Home Remedies for Cats with Flu

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What is feline flu?

Feline flu is a viral infection of  the upper respiratory tract but can also infect the bronchi and lungs. It is highly contagious and can be transmitted directly through sneezing and the secretion of body fluids. Feline flu can also be spread indirectly on food bowls, bedding, litter boxes and grooming brushes etc. Common symptoms include sneezing, runny eyes or nose, fever and mouth or tongue ulcers.

Cats who have had feline flu will be lifetime carriers of the virus. Therefore vaccinations against feline flu are essential as without them, your cat may contract pneumonia which can be fatal. Home remedies for cats with flu can help your cat recover more quickly from the condition.

Treatment

Although the infection cannot be cured, conventional treatment typically involves medications such as antibiotics or eye drops. In severe cases if your cat experiences eating or drinking difficulties, force feeding or intravenous therapy may be required.

There are several ways to control the symptoms of feline flu and home remedies for cats with flu can play an important role in relieving symptoms such as sneezing, coughing and promoting quicker recovery in a gentle, safe manner.

Homoeopathic remedies

Remedies with ingredients such as borax, phosphorus and pulsatilla promote respiratory health and boost the immune system. They are completely safe for kittens, pregnant and senior cats without any harmful side effects.

Borax is a mineral which beneficial for mouth ulcers and cold sores. Phosphorus, commonly known as calcium phosphate, is used for severe coughs and a sore throat, whereas pulsatilla helps to cure weepy eyes, cough and colds, congested catarrh and a blocked nose.

If you want to buy ready-made natural remedies, FCV Protect from Pet Alive is a good choice. It relieves symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion and watery eyes. It contains the above mentioned ingredients and comes in granule form. Simply sprinkle on the back of your cat’s tongue. For more information on how to administer home remedies to cats click the link.

FeliSafe is a homeopathic remedy to relieve cat flu symptoms such as feline sneezing, nasal congestion and watery eyes. It will also help protect your cat’s immune system when fighting viral infections, alleviate nausea and vomiting and restore normal appetite. It increases levels of iron in the blood and improves rehydration.

Alternatively, if your cat is suffering form eye and nasal discharge, use salt water to wipe it away meticulously. Also give your cat a chamomile steam bath to help relieve any nasal congestion or let your cat inhale the steam from your bath or shower.

For a steam bath put your cat into a mesh cage and suspend about 1m above a bowl of hot water with the herbal infusion. Throw a large heavy towel over the top of the cage that covers all sides and prevents vapours from escaping. Finish the treatment after 10 minutes.

Diet

To help your cat recover feed high quality commercial food or, even better, a natural diet without any preservatives, additives or colourants. To overcome loss of appetite, feed your cat strong smelling foods, e.g. fish in small amounts. Ensure that fresh, clean drinking water is always available and encourage your cat to drink regularly.

Also make sure the sleeping place is comfortable and warm, but well ventilated. Keep this area as clean as possible and clean the litter box and food bowls regularly.

These measures, together with the home remedies for cats with flu discussed above, will help your cat to make a speedy recovery.

Home Remedies for Cats with Anxiety

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What causes anxiety in cats?

Like humans, cats can suffer from anxiety and natural and home remedies for cats can benefit them by supporting the nervous system.

Causes of anxiety are manifold and can range from a visit to the vet’s office to a change in routine, loud noises, moving to a new home, a traumatic event or small children in the home. Cats can also pick up your mood and feelings. It is possible that if you are anxious and stressed over longer periods of time, your cat may become anxious too.

The most common anxiety disorders in cats are noise phobias and social anxiety. Cats can be afraid of certain loud noises such as thunderstorms, fireworks, gunshots, a vacuum cleaner or a hair dryer. Frightened cats will typically run and try to hide somewhere safe. Other signs of fear that may be displayed include meowing, trembling, urinating or defecating.

Cats that have not been socialised at an early age may suffer from social anxiety. They may be fearful of groups of people coming to visit as well as other animals. An anxious cat may react aggressively or run to a safe retreat. Traumatic events, the death of a pet companion, jealousy or rivalry between pets can also contribute to anxiety developing.

Various treatment options are available to help your cat cope with the symptoms associated with anxiety. Conventional anti-anxiety medications helps to suppress anxiety and stress. However, these medications immobilise cats and often have some negative side effects. Diarrhoea, low blood pressure and vomiting, dry mouth and irregular bowel movements may occur. Home remedies for cats are a natural alternative. They are safe to use without the risk of any negative side effects.

Natural remedies for cats with anxiety

Herbs such as scullcap and passionflower help to soothe the nervous system and have a calming effect on cats. Homoeopathic remedies like kalium phosphate and argentum nitricum balance the nervous system. These ingredients can be found in commercially produced natural remedies for cats.

PetCalm from PetAlive is such a remedy. It relieves acute symptoms of fear and nervousness and helps to calm and soothe your cat back to a balanced mood. It comes in granule form and is easy to administer. Simply sprinkle it on your cat’s tongue. The remedy is not addictive and can be safely used by cats of all ages and sizes.

Bach flower remedies also work well for anxiety. These are liquid remedies and a few drops can be given in drinking water or milk several times a day. Red chestnut is beneficial for cats displaying excessive fear and anxiety or running after human or animal companions to see where they are if they leave the room. Rockrose is for terror, extreme fear or panic and vervain can help highly stressed, tense cats.

Lifestyle

There are a number of ways to reduce anxiety in cats and these include a healthy diet that boosts the immune system, regular exercise, a secure home environment as well as extra support in times of stressful events.

If your cat is scared of loud outside noises, ensure it feels secure but do not fuss or you may encourage the behaviour. You could turn up the television or radio to drown out external sounds. Try to ignore any unwanted behaviour.

Start socialising your cat at an early age, allowing it to become accustomed to trips in the car, strange noises, yelling children or noisy vehicles.

Consider a new companion if your cat is grieving the loss of one. Shower it with love and lots of affection.

Consistency in your reaction to your cat is key. The whole family needs to follow the same routine when dealing with your cat’s anxieties, otherwise your cat will become confused and even more insecure.

Home remedies for cats with anxiety will boost your cat’s immune system and address the symptoms of anxiety. A safe environment coupled with an appropriate lifestyle will also benefit cats suffering from anxiety.

Home Remedies For Cats With Liver Disease

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Home remedies for cats with liver disease can be used alongside conventional treatments for various types of liver disease to heal the liver. Apart from medication, your cat will need a special diet that supports the healing process.

Diet and supplements

Small, frequent meals, low in fat and containing easily digestible foods are recommended. Often vitamin and mineral supplements are also advised. For example, Small Animal Antioxidant from Thorne combines vitamins A,C, E and selenium with milk thistle, lipoic acid and grape seed extract.

If you want to try herbal supplements, give five dandelion flower stems each day. Cut the stems finely into your cat’s food, making sure the milky sap is not lost. Parsley and wild garlic are also great liver tonic foods.

Herbal remedies

Milk Thistle is an excellent herb for treating liver disease. It contains silymarin (a powerful antioxidant) which can block the entry of toxins into the liver and remove them at cellular level, resulting in regeneration of liver cells and improved liver function.

For hepatitis give a tisane of dandelion roots, speedwell, greater celandine, common club moss, wild chicory flowers and woodruff. To prepare the tea infuse one teaspoon of herbs (and ½ teaspoon of moss) in 150 ml of boiling water for one minute. Give four dropperfuls six times daily.

If your cat suffers from liver cirrhosis apply a compress of Swedish bitters to the affected area for two hours in morning and in the afternoon and a horsetail poultice during the evening and at night. Give three dropperfuls of an agrimony, cleavers, woodruff, dandelion root and speedwell tonic six times daily. To make the tonic follow the instructions above.

For a fatty liver give two dropperfuls of club moss tisane in the morning and three dropperfuls four times daily of the tonic above. In addition, apply a compress of Swedish bitters during the day and club moss compress in a linen bag overnight.

Homoeopathic remedies

In addition to herbal treatments, homoeopathic remedies can be used to promote a healthy liver. The following products from PetAlive work well.

LiverAid is a homoeopathic remedy to improve the efficient production of insulin and bile and help to maintain the body’s ability to eliminate toxins from the system. It comes in soluble granules. Sprinkle on your cat’s  tongue three times daily.

Immunity and Liver Support strengthens and improves the immune system and liver functioning in cats. This remedy comes in capsules which may be given whole or opened and mixed with food or a treat. Administer 1/2 capsule twice daily.

Detox Plus is a natural herbal remedy helps to support healthy liver functioning and the ability to eliminate toxins. Give 1/2 capsule twice daily for three weeks.

A cat’s liver does not cope very well with chemicals but these home remedies for cats with liver disease will help to heal your cat the natural way.

Home Remedies For Cats With Anaemia

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What causes anaemia in cats?

There are several causes of anaemia, e.g. blood loss, a malfunctioning immune system or insufficient production of red blood cells. Anaemia can become a very serious condition if not treated immediately. Home remedies for cats with anaemia have proven to be highly effective in providing relief.

Herbal remedies

Herbal home remedies for cats are safe and gentle. To cure anaemia in cats naturally prepare a tisane of stinging nettles, agrimony, parsley and cleavers and give four dropperfuls, six times a day. In addition, feed plenty of wild garlic (leaves) and parsley. These herbs are best given in honey pills. Honey is very beneficial for the treatment of anaemia. Peppermint or spearmint leaves and watercress, chopped and put in honey pills are helpful too.

Herbs like dandelion, echinacea, withania somnifera (also known as ashwagandha) and milk thistle support the immune system and hemoglobin levels, and help to cleanse and purify the body’s system. They are also an excellent tonic for the lymphatic system and promote vitality and balance. They can be found in ready-made natural remedies for cats, e.g. Immunity and Liver Support from PetAlive.

Fruity home remedies

Certain fruits make great home remedies for cats with anaemia and are suitable for treating the condition. Blackberries, bilberries, elderberries, black grapes and strawberries can be used to make a fruit jelly. Fill a cup with the fruit and add two tablespoons of water and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Add half a tablespoon of honey, mix well and give teaspoon in the morning and in the evening.

Diet

In addition to the above, feed your cat a healthy, well balanced diet. Raw food, e.g. chicken or beef is best. If you go for convenience, choose quality cat food with a high meat content and no artificial colourings and preservatives. Incorporate iron-rich foods such as liver or green vegetables into your cat’s diet and supplement it with kelp, nutritional yeast, vitamin C and B12.

Lifestyle

Get your cat to exercise regularly and ensure it has sufficient water to drink. Keeping your cat  free of fleas, ticks and worms will help to prevent anaemia. Kittens especially, are at an increased risk of developing anaemia if they are infested with fleas or internal parasites such as worms.

These home remedies for cats with anaemia will ensure that your cat gets better soon.

Natural Remedies for Cats with Asthma

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How does asthma show in cats?

Asthma is a chronic condition and is characterised by an inflammation and thickening of the small airways in the lungs. It is also known as chronic bronchitis. Cats of all ages may suffer from asthma but it is more prevalent in younger to middle-aged cats. Siamese cats are particularly predisposed.

When your cat inhales the affected airways collapse and make it difficult for your cat to catch its breath. Mild cases of asthma might go unnoticed or be misinterpreted as a furball. Mild asthma may be nothing more than a dry, hacking cough which may progress to wheezing sounds that are most obvious when your cat exhales.

In severe cases of asthma the airways become blocked with mucus and the smooth muscle that surrounds the airways goes into spasm restricting breathing. Severe asthma attacks may be life-threatening.

Tell tale signs are hallow, rapid and laboured breathing with a marked movement of the abdomen as your cat tries to get more air into its lungs. A bluish purple tinge to the tongue or gums may also be noticeable. In such cases your cat needs urgent veterinary help.

Most asthma attacks are triggered by allergens in the environment and stress. Some common allergens include grass and tree pollens, fire smoke, cigarette smoke, fumes from cars and factories, dust especially dust from cat litter and aerosols such as perfumes, deodorants and flea sprays. In addition, commercial cat foods are often filled with colourants and preservatives and can damage your cat’s immune system  predisposing it to allergies.

Treatment

The first step in the treatment of asthma is determining what the triggers are. If they can be identified and eliminated no further treatment is necessary. Try and remove potential triggers from the environment.

For example, do not expose your cat to smoke. Minimise the use of aerosols or at least make sure that your cat out of the room when you use them.

Feed your cat a preservative and colourant free diet of unprocessed food. This should consist of mainly raw meat such as minced beef, chicken and chicken livers mixed with a little bone meal and a small amount of grated carrot or finely chopped greens like spinach. Remember not to change the diet overnight, especially if your cat is elderly. Slowly introduce new foods and allow the digestive system to become accustomed to the new diet.

Remember that there may be more than one trigger so remove suspected triggers one at a time and allow 2 to 3 weeks to see if the asthma attacks lessen. Bear in mind though that t is seldom possible to identify all triggers, and even if they are identified it may be impractical or impossible to eliminate them. It may therefore be necessary to give your cat medication to control the asthma attacks.

Conventional treatments for asthma include bronchodilators, corticosteroids and antihistamines. There are also natural remedies for cats with asthma that  alleviate the symptoms of asthma and promote respiratory health.

Homoeopathic remedies

A combination of herbs such as elecampane and marshmallow together with homoeopathic ingredients like mag phos, kali mur, arsen alb and phosphorous can be used to promote respiratory health naturally.

Pet Alive offers two ready-made natural remedies that contain these ingredients. AmazaPet relieves wheezing and chest discomfort, keeps the chest open and maintains easy breathing. Respo-K is an alternative remedy to improve respiratory health and strengthen immunity for optimal lung functioning. Both come in tablet form and may be given whole , crushed or mixed with food or a treat. Administer one tablet 3-5 times daily for two weeks.

Herbal remedies

If you prefer to make your own natural remedies for cats with asthma, mix one teaspoonful of fresh coltsfoot juice into half a teaspoonful of warm honey and some water and administer twice daily, in the morning and evening.

If there is an infection of the lungs, boil 200ml of water mixed with one teaspoon of honey and two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. Let it cool down a bit and add two teaspoons of a thyme and plantain tisane (herbal tea). Let it steep for one minute. Check that the mixture is not too hot and then administer by dropper. In less severe cases of asthma just give the thyme and plantain tisane, four dropperfuls per day.

All natural remedies for cats with asthma can be used alongside conventional treatment.

Home Remedies for Cats with Bladder Infection

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What causes feline bladder infection?

Bladder infections are commonly caused by bacterial infection, crystals which form urinary stones or a change in urinary alkaline or acidity value. Male cats often suffer from a partially or completely blocked bladder.

If the bladder infection is left untreated, other health problems such as kidney infections and kidney failure can occur.

Treatment

Bladder infections are conventionally treated with antibiotics or anti-inflammatories. Although they are effective in treating the symptoms, these medications do not address the root cause of the problem.

Home remedies for cats have proven to be highly effective in the treatment of bladder infections and other urinary tract problems. These remedies contain natural ingredients and they are safe to use without the risk of negative side effects.

Herbal remedies

A tisane of golden rod will relief the condition. For a blocked bladder, make a herbal tea using equal parts of couchgrass, small-flowered willowherb and golden rod. Give three dropperfuls four time daily.

For more home remedies for cats read the article on Home Remedies for Cats with Urinary Tract Infection.

Home Remedies For Cats With Hairballs

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Are furballs a problem that needs treating?

Virtually all cats have hairballs more or less frequently in their lives, although long hair cats are more prone to hairballs than short hair cats. To prevent excessive hairballs to form in the first place groom your cat regularly. Long hair cats need to be brushed more often than short hair cats.

It is natural for cats to cough up hairballs and you don’t need to do anything about that. However, if your cat has problems expelling hairballs natural remedies can help. When your cat can’t rid itself of hairballs you will see it gagging and straining and it might also only be able to eat small amounts of food. Home remedies for cats are great for hairball control.

Home remedies

One of the best home remedies for cats with hairballs is linseed tea. This is easily prepared by pouring about a litre of boiling water onto one teaspoon of linseed and half a teaspoon of liquorice root. Leave to stand and cool down naturally for four hours, then strain the herbs. Give three dropperfuls to your cat morning and evening until it has expelled the hairball.

Alternatively, give your cat about half a teaspoon of melted butter or margarine once a day for a few days to help the hairball pass through its intestines.

Diet

Help your cat to pass hairballs by feeding it fibre. The easiest option is to buy ready-made cat food for hairball control. These foods are richer in fibre than normal foods and a good hairball formula should contain at least 8% fibre.  Some companies have also developed natural hairball treats such as Cat Lube Hairball and Digestive Aid.

FurBall Dr from PetAlive is another option. This is a herbal supplement for digestion, cleansing and elimination. It comes in capsule form and is easily administered. Give 1/2 capsule 2 times daily for 10 days and then 1/2 capsule once daily. This will keep your cat and your carpets and floors furball-free.

If you don’t want to use a ready-made remedy, feed mashed vegetables in addition to the normal food. Another way to increase your cat’s fibre intake is to add a teaspoon of canned pumpkin to its food. You can also grow or buy your cat some wheat grass. This is a safe and natural way to prevent hairballs. Eating wheat grass may induce vomiting, thus helping to expel hairballs.

These home remedies for cats will eliminate any hairball problem quickly and effectively.

Home Remedies for Cats with Vomiting

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Why do cats vomit?

Cats often induce vomiting by eating couchgrass and other herbs. This is nothing to worry about as they are only using a natural cleansing method and getting rid of excess bile, mucus and other impurities. However, continual or acute vomiting can be dangerous for your cat and should be treated. Home remedies for cats are perfectly suited to cure the problem.

The most common cause of acute vomiting is diet. Your cat may eat something that does not agree with them or they may not be used to certain foods. Cats may also vomit as a result of hairballs. There are other possible causes such as swallowing a foreign object or travelling in a car.

Treatment

Find out what the likely cause of vomiting is, i.e. whether the problem originates from the stomach or not. If coughing is the cause, your cat may have swallowed a foreign object and you will need to seek help from a vet.

Conventional medication for vomiting includes antiemetics, antibiotics and corticosteroids. They may relieve the symptoms but come with side effects. Some of these drugs can cause digestion problems and immunosuppressants can lower resistance to illness. Home remedies for cats are a natural alternative. They can help to restore digestive comfort and help prevent vomiting.

Diet

To treat your cat naturally, put it on half day fast to start with, but still giving fluids. This will allow the system to clean out. Then feed a bland diet of boiled chicken or meat and rice or potato in small amounts. Gradually return to normal meals. This may often be enough if food is the cause of vomiting.

To prevent vomiting in future, gradually reduce commercial foods and replace them with fresh, raw, unprocessed foods. Make sure though you never change your cat’s diet suddenly as this will lead to stomach upsets.

Herbal remedies for vomiting

Certain herbs have proven to be particularly beneficial to prevent vomiting. Slippery elm, marshmallow and mint have been used for centuries as digestive aids. Licorice is an excellent tonic and helps to soothe the lining of the digestive tract. You can add small amounts to your cat’s food.

For continuous vomiting prepare a soothing tisane (herbal tea) of gentian and sage. To make the tisane use one teaspoon of each herb and 200 ml of boiling water. Let the herbs soak for one minute and then administer by dropper, one dropperful four times a day. This will usually calm the vomiting very quickly. If your cat is agitated add a teaspoon of skullcap to the mix.

If the vomiting is severe, take a handful of spearmint, a teaspoon of cloves, cinnamon and rhubarb and pour 500ml of boiling water over the mix. Let it cool down and sweeten with a teaspoon of honey before you administer six dropperfuls every 20 minutes.

If the vomiting is due to food poisoning give half a dropperful of apple cider vinegar mixed with water in regular intervals, every 10 minutes, until the symptoms disappear.

Homoeopathic remedies

If travelling is the cause of vomiting homoeopathic remedies such as kalium phosphate, aconite, cocculus and pulsatilla vulgaris may help. They are tissue salts and well known for their ability keep the stomach calm during travelling and prevent motion sickness.

Pet Alive offers a ready-made remedy with these ingredients. Easy Travel Solution supports your cat’s digestive system during air, sea, or car travel.

Home Remedies for Cats with Pancreatitis

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What is feline pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. It can be acute or develop over time. When  digestive enzymes become activated within the pancreas, they start digesting the glandular tissue resulting in pancreatitis. Symptoms vary greatly and range from digestive upset to severe pain. Chronic pancreatitis is more difficult to recognise and symptoms may come and go.

Along with the correct lifestyle choices, home remedies for cats can bring relief from pancreatitis. In addition, there are things you can do to allow your cat’s pancreas to heal on its own. As digestive enzymes are produced whenever the stomach receives food, put your cat on a fast for 2 days. For natural pain relief during that period, give four dropperfuls of a chamomile and catnip tisane six times a day.

Herbal remedies

Home remedies for cats with pancreatitis can be used on their own or alongside conventional treatment. Certain herbs and homoeopathic ingredients are an excellent tonic for the pancreas.

For example, milk thistle is such a herb. It acts as a powerful antioxidant and helps to remove toxins at a cellular level. Burdock can be taken to assist in the treatment of chronic pancreatistis. It has antibiotic properties and works as a blood purifier.

Homoeopathic tissue salts like nat phos are also recommended as it helps to break down and assimilate fats whereas nat sulph helps to detox the liver and promotes pancreatic health.

There are a number of ready-made herbal remedies available to treat your cat. PetAlive offers Pancreas Booster, a herbal formula that contains bromelain (a mixture of enzymes found in pineapples), sweet fennel, goat’s rue, gymnema (a herb native to the tropical forests of southern and central India where it has been used as a natural treatment for diabetes) and papain (an enzyme present in papaya).

The remedy promotes digestive functioning  and supports the balance of digestive enzymes during digestion. Bromelain is a mixture of protein-digesting enzymes. Papain is an enzyme that breaks down tough meat fibres. Gymnema, goat’s rue and fennel promote healthy levels of sugar in the blood.

Pancreas Booster may be used alone, or in conjunction with conventional medication. In comes in capsule form and is easily administered. Capsules may be given whole or mixed with food or a treat. Give 1/2 capsule twice daily.

If you prefer to make your own herbal remedies, there are a number of options. Prepare a tisane of calamus roots (soaked  in cold water for 8 hours) and give three dropperfuls per day. Also make a thin gruel of honey, slippery elm and half a teaspoon of Swedish bitters and give three dropperfuls morning, noon and evening.

Alternatively, administer a tisane of stinging nettle, marigold, yarrow, catnip, elder, mint 10 times a day, ideally three dropperfuls each time. In addition, bathe the pancreatic region with a very warm St John’s wort tisane mixed with a few drops of St John’s wort essential oil once a day.

Pancreatistis is an agonising condition and you have to be meticulous and devoted in administering herbal remedies for your cat to recover.

Diet

To keep the condition under control, healthy eating is vital. Feed your cat a low fat, high fibre diet, rich in complex carbohydrates. This slows the digestive process and helps to stabilise blood sugar levels. Avoid commercial cat foods which may contain high amounts of sugar and preservatives. Avoid high fat meals as they can raise fat levels in the blood. If your cat is overweight, losing weight is  an essential part of the treatment.

Lifestyle

Exercise is also important to keep your cat’s blood sugar levels under control. Keep the activity level the same each day. Stress can be a contributing factor to pancreatitis, so avoid any stress situations for your cat.

Limit environmental toxins as much as possible to avoid the build-up of toxins in your cat’s body from household chemicals, medication including antibiotics and pesticides. If your cat needs to take conventional medication, consider a detox.

 

Home Remedies for Cats with Allergies

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Types of cat allergies

Allergies occur when your cat’s immune system reacts to a particular irritant that it has been exposed to. Allergies are very frustrating and distressing for cats and manifest themselves in scratching, biting or chewing the affected area.  Home remedies for cats with allergies will help you manage the condition.

There are various types of cat skin allergies. Food allergies are caused by certain food sources or ingredients in commercial pet foods. Inhaling substances such as tree, grass and weed pollens, mould, mildew, smoke, dust or dander can cause atopic allergies. Contact allergies can develop when your cat comes into contact with a particular substance such as flea collars, fabrics, plastic, insecticides, pesticides or rubber. Parasite such as fleas and heartworm can also cause allergic reactions.

Treatment

The treatment will depend on the type of allergy. If you know what causes the allergy, avoidance is very important. Natural herbal and homeopathic remedies can be used to address allergies in the short term and in the long-term.

If your cat suffers from food allergy, feed an all natural diet without preservatives, additives or colourants. Introduce new foods slowly and monitor what effect they have on your cat. Avoid feeding your cat table scraps, sugary or salty foods.

Atopic allergies are caused by something that your cat inhales such as tree, grass and weed pollens, mold, mildew, smoke, dust or dander. Avoid exposing your cat  to irritants such as pollen, smoke, household detergents, fertilizer or pesticides. Vacuum carpets and dust furniture regularly to ease respiratory allergies.

Contact allergies are caused when your catt comes into contact with a particular substance such as flea collars, fabrics, plastic, insecticides, pesticides or rubber. Use stainless steel or ceramic food and water bowls instead of plastic which may cause an allergic reaction.

Parasite allergies are caused by fleas, heartworm, bee sting anaphylaxis.

Homoeopathic remedies

Home remedies can provide effective relief from allergy symptoms. A combination of homoeopathic  ingredients such as arum triph, viola tri, comocladia, chamomilla and cina helps to alleviate  itchiness, scratching, redness and burning of the skin. One such remedy is Allergy Itch Ease from PetAlive which relieves relieves skin allergies and itch.

Biochemic tissue salts also have wonderful homeopathic benefits – Mag. Phos, Kali. mur, Arsen. Alb, and Graphites gently support your cat’s body and help to decongest airways, decrease swollen eyes and help stop sneezing.

Herbal remedies

Herbal home remedies for cats are very beneficial for symptom control. Give a dropperful of a stinging nettle tisane, four times daily for 12 weeks. Add ½ a teaspoon of honey and ½ a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to the morning and evening doses.

Feed small amounts of raw, grated garlic every day. A couple of feverfew leaves, finely shredded and mixed into food will also help.

Elecampane has been used for centuries to treat coughs and asthma, often side effects of an allergic reaction. Marshmallow helps to reduce all types of inflammation, while cleavers is used as a cleansing tonic to assist in the treatment of chronic skin conditions such as allergic dermatitis.

To alleviate itchiness, soak the cat’s fur in a solution of stinging nettle, chamomile and lavender tisane. Let the water cool down. Warm water will worsen the irritation. If your cat does not like being submerged into water, sponge the fur from a bowl. Groom your cat well after treatment and keep it indoors to allow the fur to dry naturally.

Although allergies cannot be cured, they can be managed and controlled with home remedies for cats. Simple measures such as bathing your cat, using a natural flea repellent or avoiding exposure to irritants can make a significant difference.