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.

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) or Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) are both used synonymously as umbrella terms covering a variety of urinary conditions. These conditions include bladder inflammation (cystitis) with or without a bacterial infection, and with or without crystals (struvite being the type that form in alkaline pH).

Read more: Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

A broad category of viruses, including the herpes and calici virus, fall under the umbrella term of feline upper respiratory tract disease commonly known as the "cat flu". Vaccines neither prevent nor help URIs. Ditto antibiotics, which are not needed in the absence of a secondary bacterial infection.

Read more: Upper Respiratory Infections

Chances are good you're here because your cat has just been given a diagnosis of CRF. And if you're anything like me, you're numb and in a panic all at the same time. Stay strong, and keep your chin up because your cat needs you. CRF is not a death sentence.
In my experience CRF is one of the most treatable conditions out there and with gentle methods i.e. no or minimal drugs and supportive treatments, a cat can enjoy an excellent quality of life for many years.

Read more: Chronic Renal Failure

Cats develop diabetes due to a poor/species-inappropriate diet, it really is that simple to prevent diabetes. Anecdotally speaking, in almost 11 years of the list with thousands of cats having come through my cyber door, I have yet to see one cat develop diabetes on a raw diet or even a low-carb canned diet for that matter.

Read more: Diabetes

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