Home Remedy for Cat Colds
What are Cat Colds?
Cats get ‘colds’ which are upper respiratory infections very often. Cats who were strays or ended up for any reason in animal rescue centers or shelters are especially susceptible since they pick it up there from other cats. Cats who come from these backgrounds can end up being prone to get outbreaks of upper respiratory infection throughout the remainder of their lives. They carry the virus and during times of stress or immune weakness, the symptoms come back. This is especially the case for my orange boy.
If you have cats you have likely been through a bout of upper respiratory disease. Symptoms include sneezing, runny eyes, squinting, redness around eyes or ears and can even include coughing and lethargy as well as lack of appetite. So what can you do? Is there a home remedy for these ‘kitty colds’ or do they need to go to the vet every time?
It is a good idea to get your cat checked out at the vet and make sure an upper respiratory infection is all that is going on. In order to prevent future outbreaks you can use several different remedies. I use both a natural supplement in my cat’s food to boost immunity every day and a home remedy you may have already to treat particularly stubborn outbreaks.
What Can I Use to Help Cure My Cat?
If you are treating your cat with prescriptions from the vet for an upper respiratory infection it can be a non-stop round of one treatment after the other for a long time to get it under control. I use this home remedy to help treat my kitties so they can get well faster. This home remedy is apple cider vinegar. You need a raw apple cider vinegar that has the “mother” in the bottle. This is a cloudy looking. white mass at the bottom of the bottle composed of enzymes, good bacteria and protein. Bragg’s is the brand of vinegar I usually purchase.
Apple cider vinegar is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal. Whether a cat’s upper respiratory infection is viral or bacterial, apple cider vinegar can help. You mix equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water and rub some into your cat’s fur and onto their skin on the back of their neck. I also rub it around their ears (never put any liquid IN your cat’s ears), and around their face. You can also rub it on their paws. It will absorb through the skin and they will also lick some of it off while grooming.
Supplement to Prevent Cat and Dog Upper Respiratory Infections
PetAlive Immunity and Liver Support is a great supplement that I put in my cat’s wet food at every meal. It is made from natural ingredients such as dandelion, milk thistle, echinacea and ashwagandha, all of which are used in supplements for humans. It works well to keep most of these outbreaks away and I love that it is all natural with no chemicals or pharmaceuticals. It is called PetAlive Immunity and Liver Support. It is made for cats and dogs alike and I even have a friend who used it for her hamsters!
I give it to my three kitties every day and I can tell you it gets glowing reviews on Amazon and elsewhere by dog and cat owners alike. People credit this with saving pets who had serious health problems and even helping with scary conditions like FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) and cancer! I highly recommend this for allover health and as a general immune support supplement. Click the link here or in the picture to go to Amazon and you can read the great reviews for yourself!
Immunity and Liver Support contains great ingredients found in human immunity supplements:
Milk Thistle containing the flavanoid silymarin which is an anti-oxidant and is also the most effective supplement for liver function.
Milk thistle is used in many supplements for humans to help the liver function at full capacity, regenerate liver cells and flush out toxins.
Ashwaganda is an anti-inflammatory that supports health of kidneys, heart, liver and blood. Ashwaganda also helps the body recover after sickness.
Echinacea which acts as an anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial. Echinacea stimulates the lymphatic system and immune system and is even used to support AIDS treatment. This is interesting since reviewers have said Immunity and Liver support has treated their cats with FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus)!
You can also get a combo pack with the other PetAlive supplement I give my cats everyday. This is Gumz-n-Teeth which treats and prevents tooth and gum disease. This is the supplement that was the inspiration for Thriving Cat. My cat suffered with bad teeth and needed anesthesia for tooth cleaning and extractions every year before I found Gumz-n-Teeth.
If you want to try the combo pack with both Immunity and Liver Support and Gumz-n-Teeth, here they are:
Gumz-n-Teeth has great ingredients including:
- Horsetail (herb)
- Dandelion (leaf)
The combo pack saves you about $20-$30 depending on the current price of each!
It is a great feeling to be able to keep our pets healthy. Saving money, time and stress for ourselves and our pets at the vet’s office is a huge benefit also. If you have any questions or comments about these supplements and this home remedy for cat colds, please let me know!
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