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.

Cardiomyopathy means disease of the heart muscle; feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common heart disease in cats. It can be primary or idiopathic i.e. with no known cause, and is typically seen in younger (usually male) cats.

Or it can be secondary meaning resulting from other disease conditions e.g. kidney problems, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, etc. This is typically seen in older cats, and in some ways is more challenging to treat.

Read more: Heart Disease

Hyperthyroidism is primarily a middle-aged or older cat disease. Although it's multi-factorial, a common presentation is a benign nodule/enlarged thyroid gland (which may or may not be palpable by a veterinarian).

Read more: Hyperthyroidism

It never ceases to amaze me that people think stomach problems are a fact of life for cats. It is not normal for cats to have constipation or diarrhea or vomiting (other than an occasional hairball during shedding season). On my list over a thirteen-year period, we have seen this over and over – switching to a fresh raw diet more often than not takes care of any stomach problems, even for cats with lifelong tummy issues.

Read more: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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