Keeping Cats Healthy

Illnesses and minor injuries are best treated using gentle, natural methods. Even when the intervention of a veterinary professional is required, holistic approaches call for using gentle methods to support veterinary efforts

As you read these articles, please keep in mind that any time you even think about giving a homeopathic or herbal tincture check to see if it contains alcohol. I've heard privately from, and we've read on the list about a lot of cats over the years hurt by alcohol in products given by well-meaning caregivers and vets. Details on cautions and caveats with cats here:

Wherever a dose has been established either in journals or through extrapolation confirmed by many years of use it is mentioned. Otherwise, it is either unknown or can only be figured out on a customized on a case-by-case basis e.g. a cat with cancer needs a lot more CoQ10 than one with diabetes and no other known complications.

Sadly, many of us have faced a situation where a kitty loses his/her appetite. This usually happens when they suffer from a disease that makes them feel nauseous, or sick in some way. It is very common for cats with Chronic Renal Failure (CRF), to not want to eat. Even in acute situations, if cats go off their feed, they will often completely lose all interest in food. The longer they go without eating properly, the less they seem to respond to food. It is critical to not let a cat get into this downward spiral.

Read more: Assist-Feeding

Dental health is just as critical for cats as it is for humans. To that end, cats need to have their teeth cleaned regularly. If your cat will not tolerate getting her/his teeth cleaned, or eat whole prey or chew on raw meaty bones, plaque can build up on the teeth. If this plaque is not removed/scaled, it hardens and forms tartar (also known as calculus). Cats don't develop cavities the way humans do. Instead, tartar gets in the crevices between kitty's teeth and gums.

Read more: Dental Care

Ringworm is a fungal infection and is highly contagious to both cats and people. If you detect red lesions (usually but not always in a ring-type pattern), or one or more bald patches on your cat's skin (sometimes accompanied by scabs or scaling i.e. looks a bit like dandruff but isn't), take your cat to a veterinarian. Even a Wood's Lamp (black light), is not 100% reliable in that ringworm doesn't necessarily fluoresce in a lot of cases. So don't assume all is well if nothing shows up with a Wood's Lamp. To be sure, have your cat's veterinarian take skin scrapings, and perform a culture test to confirm a diagnosis of ringworm.

Read more: Ringworm

Flea control is a challenge with cats for many reasons, not the least of which is ingestion concerns. From what we've seen on the list these last thirteen or so years, cat livers are ill-equipped to handle the chemicals in flea products such as bombs, foggers, sprays, collars, shampoos, and powders containing insecticides, oils, and other noxious substances. Please be careful with "natural" products as well. Don't assume something that says "natural" is automatically safe for a cat.

Read more: Safer flea control alternatives

Routine care e.g. grooming, claw-clipping (like with cutie Calisto here!:), cleaning ears, etc. More articles will be posted; for now, since we get a lot of questions on dentals, here's some information on dental care & something with which cats of all ages sometimes need help  -- assist-feeding.

How to prevent and cure infestations of pests specifically fleas and fungus infections.

Self-limiting maladies/conditions.

Conditions that are deep-seated and continuing for an unknown period of time