By Bethney Foster
Natural Remedies for Cat Health
By Bethney Foster
Natural remedies can help alleviate many common conditions in cats. However, if your pet doesn’t respond to treatment within a few days or gets worse, with many conditions the cat should be taken to a veterinarian for treatment to ensure there is not a more serious illness. In addition to conventional veterinarians, there are many veterinarians who now practice holistic and homeopathic medicine. With some natural treatments, it is best to consult with one of these practitioners.HairballsFrequently brushing your cat will help to prevent hairballs. Adding a teaspoon of fish oil to her food each day will help to eliminate hairballs and discourage future ones from developing.Ear MitesA mixture of almond oil and Vitamin E, followed by Yellow Dock Root Extract, can clean cat’s ears of mites. The treatment takes about seven weeks to complete. Consult a homeopathic practitioner about the right dosages for your pet.FleasThe best natural remedy for fleas in cats is the old-fashioned flea comb. Garlic, yeast and bathing are also useful tools for battling fleas naturally.Upper RespiratoryIf your cat has an upper respiratory infection, care for him almost as you would for a human with a cold. Keep his nose clean, moisturize his nose with Vaseline, run a vaporizer and cook him nutritious meals. Chicken noodle soup is not out of the question.ConstipationIf your cat is suffering from constipation, add more fiber to her diet. A popular choice a cat sees as a treat is canned pumpkin. Be sure to purchase 100-percent unsweetened pumpkin. Give your cat a teaspoon each day with her meals until the constipation has resolved.DiarrheaA 12 to 24-hour fast is usually the start of treating diarrhea in cat. This gives the cat’s intestinal tract a rest. While no food should be given, the cat should have access to water during the fast. Reintroduce food with a bland diet. This might include white rice and boiled chicken with meals fed every four to six hours and in small amounts at each feeding.ResourceskeywordsCat HealthkeywordsNatural Remedies for Cat HealthkeywordsHome Health Care for Your CatreferenceHealthy New AgereferenceThe Cat Health GuidereferenceVet Info
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