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Frugal Home Remedies for Cat Health Problems — 10 Comments

  1. Thank you for posting this addendum. I read the article a few days ago and it was not here. But came back and the mark through of the tea tree is in place with this article (link). I have made many mistakes myself with wanting to use home remedies. I have guilty mom syndrome now for doing so.I have a certificate for natural pet health care, and I use the training I received but I still go to the vet when it is beyond my scope of practice. It is very important to use our knowledge with care. I know just enough to be dangerous. I do not want to accidently kill one of my cats because I thought I knew what I was doing. So I defer to the experts (veterinarians) and I also do a lot of research and get a second opinion, because sometimes even Vets, just as doctors, get it wrong too. Essential oils are very strong medicine and cats cannot metabolize them. Dogs can to an extent diluted in a carrier oil 75:1 ( 75 being the carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil) one drop of essential oil. But there are oils like Tea Tree which are still too concentrated for their livers to filter out. I am glad you put this link into your page and I hope people will take the time to read it.

    • I absolutely agree with you Mallred. It is helpful for a cat owner to have health knowledge. It improves the welfare of their cat provided it is used wisely and when necessary in conjunction with their veterinarian’s skills.

  2. Recently my cat Mitzy developed a UTI. I noticed her straining to pee. I started home treatments with Uro Cleanse mixed in goat yogurt. I also mixed up a little ACV (unfiltered) with water. After a few days, she was better. I also ordered Fish Mox, as recommended in the book “Secrets of a Vet Tech”.

    Then a few days later, I noticed blood on her fur. I took her to the vet, because I could see that she needed something stronger to get rid of the bacteria.

    She was put on Clavamox and Buprenorphine for pain. In two days, she was back to normal, but still on the anti-biotic for 8 more days. The culture showed bacteria, and I’ll be taking her back for a re-check in a few days after she finishes the Clavamox.

    I have a great aversion to taking her to any vets, after my past experiences, and of course, the expense. So, I’ll always try home remedies first, and have a home remedy first aid kit for her.

    Many of us who have rescued cats aren’t in a good financial position. It was one reason I had decided not to have any more cats. And yet, I rescued Mitzy from the Death Chamber. The shelter said she was “not adoptable” as a previous feral.

    Although that was purely an emotional action, and not a rational one, I couldn’t allow her to be put to death, on my watch as a shelter volunteer.

    I got pet insurance, which was fairly cheap because she was still young, but then my income shrunk, and I had to let it go. I’d get it if I could afford it, but that doesn’t address my distrust of vets.

    I almost euthanized her last year because I couldn’t afford the bill for her ear infection, possibly caused by unnecessary anti-biotics. The kind vet saw my distress, and said they’d take care of the balance on the bill, since I’d already paid $200, and they wanted another $200. So, she escaped death twice.

    I don’t think that most people who have pets or children forsee how expensive it can be. It’s hardly a rational decision, where we look at our income and expenses to see if we can set up a health fund for an animal or child. I don’t know anyone who’s done this. How much should we set aside? $5,000-$10,000?

    A friend recently paid $3000 for an “exploratory” stomach surgery on a stray cat who was vomiting. She created a new debt with CARE credit, at 27% interest. The surgery showed nothing wrong, and the vet doesn’t have a clue about the problem. But now, she’s $3000 richer, and my friend is $3000 plus, poorer.

    Let’s continue to share what has worked and what should never be used, in home treatments. Since there are so many of us who truly can’t afford vet expenses, and are by nature “rescuers”, we have to rely on ourselves, as our ancestors did.

  3. Essential oils are very potent, and can be toxic when used on pets. With cats, never put anything on their body that can be licked off unless it’s harmless, like olive/coconut oil.

    The spot on flea solutions are put between the shoulders so that cat can’t lick it off. Even then, some cats react to the chemicals that are absorbed by the skin. Flea collars can also be problematic.

    Allergic reactions to flea dirt can cause major skin problems, so finding a solution is important.
    And the itching is very stressful, as we know.

    I don’t like using these products, but it’s the only thing I can do in my situation. A friend told me that she only uses half of the vial, and it still works.

    I had another friend who sprinkled flea powder in her bed! She woke up with a serious rash all over her body. It’s strange the things that thinking humans do….when they don’t think.

  4. Would cleaning is tricky, because you don’t want to cause more pain than already exists.
    Even peroxide can sting some.
    Plain gold Dial soap is the best there is for cleaning wounds (never the bacterial). A sponge soaked with water and rubbed across a bar of dial is easy to squeeze and gently wash a wound. It is very important to rinse thoroughly so the cat won’t have some loose stools for a short time from licking the area.
    Even emergency room doctors recommend only Dial for human cleansing and wound care.

  5. Don’t use Dettol or any other disinfectant which turns cloudy when added to water. This means it contains phenols and they are highly toxic to cats. Same applies to antiseptic creams such as Germolene. It’s always best to read the contents label of household products we use for hygiene or treating wounds before using them on or around cats.

    Minor wounds can safely be bathed with a mild solution of salt water. Around a teaspoon of salt added to a cup of boiled water which has been allowed to cool, makes a sterile solution safe for use on cats.

  6. Good article! Generally: keep cats away from herbs and essential oils! Most are poisonous and too little is known about how cats react towards herbs. I have been trying to find out about cats and herbs for a long time now. The problem is that there are almost no vets that are specialized in herbal treatment AND cats. In fact most vets did not have 3 yrs of extra education which is needed to become a cat specialist, so most are specialized in dogs and have no clue about cats, even if they say so (they will tell you “we’ve been treating cats for 30+ years” or something along those lines, but that is NOT a specialization in cats! That is trial and error.). From those cat specializing vets I know NONE that are specialized in herbal treatments at the same time. Until vets educate themselves, I’d say: stay away from home treatment with herbs on your kitties.

    • Oker, you make some very sensible points, with which I agree. There is a desire by quite a lot of people to use more “natural” remedies but often we don’t know enough about them and what we do know is anecdotal and the vets have no idea about them normally. Also “natural” does not mean there are no chemicals or side effects.

      The conclusion I came to was to avoid these natural remedies unless we are absolutely sure. Some people have first hand good experiences which is fine. I hope they pass them on in comments.

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