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Upper Respiratory Infection In Cats – Holistic Options

Upper respiratory infection in cats is not unusual. It involves symptoms of the nose, the throat and the sinus, but not the lungs. You may not be able to work out if the lungs are affected or not, depending on your abilities and degree of observation.

upper respiratory infection in catsThe common symptoms, which can also involve the lungs, are not necessarily eliminating, but they include:

  • sneezing
  • runny nose
  • congested nose/sinus
  • cough
  • drooling
  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • eyes – squinting or rubbing

Upper respiratory infection in cats, just as in anyone, can lead to lung complications, as it is normal for any bacterial or viral infection to start in the upper area and descend as it develops.

It is normal for the pathogen to start with sneezing, then develop to runny nose, irritated eyes and/or congestion, to cough, fever and a loss of appetite. It can be the fever that depresses the appetite or the congestion which stops the sense of smell.

A fever needs a lot of energy to combat. As digestion takes up a lot of energy, this is put on hold while the fever is dealt with. This is why force feeding can be hazardous to a cat’s health.

While these infections are considered to be contagious, there is much more to the problem. An infection can only be passed on to another when their immune system is not in a prime operating state. Since this is common in today’s world, infections are also common.

So how do you prevent them or treat them holistically? What contributes to a poorly functioning immune system?

I believe there are three main areas of concern.

1 – the diet. The common feeding of commercial cat food is one of the major causes of the poor health that is endemic in cats today. The diet is not species-specific, the ingredients are of poor quality, the ‘food’ is cooked at high temperatures, destroying and altering the few remaining nutrients, synthetic supplements are added which mostly can’t be digested, can be toxic ,and so on.

2 – health care. All veterinary medications suppress the immune system. They are toxic and many contain heavy metals, such as vaccines. Vaccines, contrary to popular belief, don’t stimulate a cat’s immunity, rather they suppress it.

3 – stress. This is huge in many cats today. It is common to take the kittens away from the mother at much too early an age. Couple this with the poor diet and health care of the mother and you have an ailing kitten. Rescue centres and pet shops are a huge source of stress to cats and kittens. Veterinary surgeries are too.

So how do you address these?

Start feeding your cat a species-specific, quality, natural diet. This alone can do wonders for a cat’s health, reversing often severe, deep and destructive pathology.

Use holistic health care instead of veterinary care, reserving the latter for when all else fails. Homeopathic treatment works fabulously well on animals, as well as people. Instead of suppressing the immune system, it supports it. Your cat’s health starts to improve overall. Your cat becomes kitten-like again, full of joy and life!

Stress may be a factor you can’t always control, but try to keep your home harmonious. It’s also good to allow your cat outside, to get some sun, to feel the earth under their feet, to eat (untreated) grass and medicinal herbs. This may be hard for some urban cats, but it is a goal to work towards.

With these three key areas in place, upper respiratory infection in cats, as well as all the other problems domestic cats are prone to, can be a thing of the past, or at the very least much reduced. It’s not just good for your cat. You’ll find it’s also great for your wallet.


How To Treat An Injured Cat

Most people, when confronted with an injured cat (or any other animal) have only one goal – to get them the a veterinary clinic as fast as possible. And while that may be the only solution for you at the moment, there are other options.

cat injuriesFirst let’s look at veterinary options with regard to an injured cat or other animal. Vets can be very good at setting broken bones and sewing up gaping wounds. But they (and the medical model in general) are not equipped to deal with shock. Or to promote healing. All they have are pain killers, antibiotics and other drugs which are toxic.

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Low Protein Cat Food

Low protein cat food is widely recommended for cats with kidney disease (or kd as some like to call it), especially when crystals are found in the urine sample. However, this is an assumption made by vets that has no basis in research or science. No scientific studies have been conducted to show this to be helpful.

low protein cat food

In fact, it is quite the opposite. It is extremely damaging to the health of cats and Continue reading


Cat Vaccinations And The Harm They Do

Cat vaccinations are considered by many to be the right thing to do. Perhaps even, that not getting them done is tantamount to negligence. But as the global discussion of vaccination gains momentum, more and more independent, scientific reports are coming out into the limelight about the complexities of the damage they inflict.

cat vaccinationsDamage to someone’s health by vaccination is termed vaccinosis. This has been known to homeopaths since the first vaccine.

Vaccines are sold to the public on the premise that they prevent disease. This is clearly Continue reading


Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

Urinary tract infections in cats are, sadly, common in domestic cats. And for one very good reason which veterinarians are never taught at college. Wild cats will never be prone to this problem, which indicates that humans and our misplaced ideas are the cause of the problem.

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What Is The Best Cat Food?

What is the best cat food? This is a common question from people who are searching for solutions to ill health, who want the best for a new addition to the family, or who are on a health quest themselves.

what is the best cat foodDiet is the cornerstone of health. No-one will ever fare well on a species-inappropriate diet. This is a fact that is universal. It will never change. It is eternal.

That today is riddled with corporations convincing you of untruths simply to turn a profit will not overturn this fact. You may believe them, but Continue reading


Hepatic Lipidosis in Cats Is A Dangerous Condition

Hepatic lipidosis in cats is a grand name for a fatty liver. So what’s a fatty liver? It is when excess fat deposits in the liver. In people, it is often common to find it in those who drink excess alcohol, those who are overweight, those with diabetes or other metabolic syndromes.

hepatic lipidosis in cats

Many cats today are overweight and an increasing number have diabetes, although I’m not sure too many Continue reading


Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Cats

Inflammatory bowel disease in cats is as big a problem as it is in humans. When any part of the digestive tract is out of natural balance, the whole body feels unwell. Ask anyone who suffers with it! Your energy is affected and there is a general feeling of malaise. You have to be very careful what you eat.

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Food Intolerances in Cats

Food intolerances in cats is quite common. Veterinarians will go to great lengths to tell you what the causes might be and what you should do about it. Often these sound complicated. Too complicated for some to understand enough to do anything, but accept the recommended (often expensive) replacement food. For me, the cause (and the solution) is much simpler.

food intolerances in cats

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Cat Health Advice – Who Should You Believe?

People seeking cat health advice are often confused. Understandably! It comes from various sources and is usually conflicting. Most people rely on the advice given by their veterinarian and dismiss that coming from holistic practitioners.

cat health advice

In a perfect world I would suggest that a vet should be the best person to turn to for advice. Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in a world where Continue reading


Cat Dental Care – The Easy Way or The Hard Way

Cat dental care can be done the easy way or the hard way. When you listen to many veterinarians or specialised pet therapists, they will try to persuade you to clean your pets teeth either with a product they sell or with a toothbrush.

cat dental care

I don’t know about you, but trying to clean a cat’s teeth with a toothbrush seems to me to be inviting trouble. Your cat will probably, and righteously, Continue reading