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Natural Pet Remedies for Cats

Spraying

Posted by Joy (Toronto, On) on 02/17/2011

I have a 9 year old neutered siamese cat who has been spraying for the past 6 months since another cat moved in. They get along ok, and the litterboxes are kept clean. He has really good food and no health issues, but clearly he is not a happy camper. Does anyone have any suggestions?? please please? the homeopathic remedy stramonium helped a little but he is still spraying at least twice a week. any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks

Replied by Meredith
(Chicago, Il)
03/27/2011

Cats spray out of frustration resulting from many factors. In this case your Siamese is clearly upset by the newcomer, doesn't feel safe any longer, and/or perceives a threat to its territory. In response it's spraying in frustration, fear, and/or is marking in a (futile) attempt to maintain its territorial boundaries against the invader.

You didn't describe the new cat but I hope it's both younger and smaller than the other cat so the Siamese perceives it as less threatening than otherwise. It may also be that the Siamese was #1 and is stressed because it perceives that the new cat is vying for his spot in the pecking order. Siamese are a particularly emotionally sensitive breed, so I also hope you introduced the newcomer very slowly. Suggestions:

- Most importantly, immediately get a pheromone collar for the Siamese. About $13 each, it emits a "you're safe, be happy! " smell that should change your Siamese's mood immediately from stressed to calm. It will last about a month of constant wear. I've used these collars in the same situation and they work wonderfully! In addition, you could buy a plug-in diffuser version that consistently sprays a bit of the same scent into the air; it's more costly but if your furniture is being ruined the cost probably doesn't matter in comparison. But in any event please buy the collar. The most popular brand smells to humans like lavender.

- Keep two litter boxes so that each can have a bit of its own territory in that area at least. After three or so months, change back to one large box (if they let you - ha! )

- remove as much of the spray odor as possible. The proteins in cat urine are almost impossible to remove completely. You may wish to try an enzymatic cleaner worked in and covered with a warm wet sponge first, then a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda (after you test for color fastness) which you can vacuum off after it dries. Physically cover and/or block the area so the cat can't return to the same spot to spray again, as they usually do.

- You don't mention if the new cat is fixed. If it's not, do so when it's old enough.

- Give the Siamese more time and attention. Don't punish it for spraying other than to bring it to the spot and tell it "no! " once or twice. It's nervous and unhappy already so you don't want to make it worse. Good luck!


Stray Cats

Posted by Ta (Fort Lauderdale, Fl) on 01/02/2010

your site is wonderful. We feed stray cats and of course they have all types of problems. The info you give helps us to care for them. without the info on your website we would not be able to financially take care of them. THANKS!!

EC: Hi Ta,

Thanks very much for your kind words of support. Glad you are finding helpful information on Earth Clinic.


Tea Tree Oil Warning

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Posted by Sherry (Columbus, Ohio) on 12/26/2008
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Warning

While researching tea tree oil as a skin healer, I noted that tea tree oil can be very toxic to cats. A couple of comments here mention tea tree oil use for cats to help prevent fleas. Thought I should just mention it.

Replied by Beth
(Marshall, Missouri)
12/29/2008

I have used tea tree oil shampoo on my cats multiple times, however I use it sparingly and only on one of them. My cat Brok will sometimes rub himself raw on a spot on his back. He is overweight so he cannot groom certain areas on his back properly. I will give him a bath with regular cat shampoo, then treat the balding area with a dime size of tea tree shampoo. He never got sick or showed any symptoms that I read about over the internet. I believe as long as you use it sparingly, and make sure to completly rinse the area you used it on, you won't have a problem. Don't use straight oil either, you can pick up tea tree shampoo from a health food store. I have also used this to prevent a mange break out on three previous cats of mine with no ill effects. I think as long as you use it sparingly (ie. bald spots or mange) then it will be fine. but do keep the other health warnings in mind, such as not using it on open sores, or on a cat that was recently shaved.


Teeth Issues

Posted by Angie (Tampa, Fl) on 05/03/2013

I have an older cat with bed teeth. I cannot have him put under anasthesia as he is too old. I would like to know if there is a natural solution. He is currently on antibiotics which I don't like but I have no choice at this point.

Replied by Kim
(Tn)
10/18/2015

Did you find anything to help? If so, what? Hope you did and he's better. Thanks Kim


Teething

Posted by Lady Erilyn (Calgary, Ab, Canada) on 12/04/2012

My girlfriend has a new kitten that's 3 1/2 months old. She is looking for any ideas for teething remedies - besides him chewing on her fingers and toes. I have 3 cats of my own, but teething was never an issue. Any suggestions? Thanks.


Thyroid

Posted by Ruthie (Spalding, Lincolnshire) on 12/08/2011

I would like to know if I could use apple cider vineger for my cat, she has lost a lot of weight very quickly, has been eating loads. I took her to the vet last week and she had blood test done, the results are that she has an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). I would like to give her a natural product instead of drugs from the vet.

Replied by Chichiritad
(Boston, Ma)
12/31/2011

My cat had a very rare reaction to the medication used to treat this condition, so she is unable to take it and has remained untreated for almost 3 years now. I have to tell you that not treating the cat with the medicine is very risky and her health will decline. I can't give her the medicine because it will kill her (very rare reaction so rare that they had to do research and get back to me) so this has caused lots of issues with her including liver problems, kidney problems, heart problems and high blood pressure.

My best suggestion is to try the new food they have out called Y/D it's a prescription diet and apparently it works to help the condition. Speak to your vet if you don't want to put her on meds put her on the prescription diet, but this must be her sole diet and no other foods. My chichi won't eat this food so again she is left untreated and I tell you it's just one medical issue after another so please consider the medicine or prescription diet. Good luck with your kitty.

Replied by Tori
(Batesville, In)
01/11/2013

Hi, I'm new. But really need some answers. Our almost 15 yr old cat has just been diagnosed with thyroid issues and liver problem. Her urine was orange-ish, she'd been throwing up, which the vet gave her a shot for. He wants to start her on either a diet or pills for her thyroid.

Does anyone have any suggestions what to do to get her healthy?

We are very careful about her diet since we lost her sister a few yrs back from thyroid issue that led to leukemia, we don't want the same for Mojavi.

We make sure her food does not have bi-products or corn, etc... Should we go back to making raw again, would this help? Please help ASAP!


Torovirus

Posted by Kathryn (Uk) on 05/06/2014

Hi, I've taken my cat to the vets and he was diagonosed with the torovirus. Is there anything you would advise on giving him to help him get rid of it? All the vet said is to keep him hydrated. Best wishes, Kathryn

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
05/06/2014

Hey Kathryn!

You might try mixing some activated charcoal in some wet food to see if he takes that, as the activated charcoal will help with enteritis type viruses and the resulting loose stools. If after 2 weeks you do not see signs of improvement then a secondary bacterial infection may be at play, so do not hesitate to bring your cat in to the vet again for a follow up.

The good news is that Torovirus is not considered a serious condition. It is self limiting and require supportive care, ie keep your cat hydrated, keep him warm and comfortable, and keep the litter box clean.


Travel

Posted by Helen Jeter (Great Neck, Ny) on 12/20/2011

Leaving in 20 days from Long Island, NY to Fort Lauderdale, FL with FIVE cats in a car. I network and plus a family member that went cross country in her car with 2 cats, said Pet travel solution is great to have for the cats. What can you suggest?


Weight Issues

Posted by Marline (Milford, Ohio) on 05/10/2012

Hi, I have a cat that had an eye infection that went to both eyes I took her to the vet and got medication. Her eyes cleared up, but I noticed she started to lose weight- do you know what can help her gain weight back? I do know she does have allergies and I haven't changed her cat food, but I have been giving her treats.



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