|Supplements, Herbal & Natural Treatments
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that coincide with that need.
As with food labels, it's best to read the labels of supplements that you're giving your cat due to irritants and
possible toxins. Many supplements and herbal remedies contain artificial sweeteners and additives that are
widely documented as irritants to the human GI tract. These can be especially damaging to someone who has
any gastric disorder such as celiac disease, crohn's disease, ulcers and pancreatitis just to name a few. So you
can imagine the damage it can do to a cat's already irritated and diseased GI tract and even those that aren't yet
sick. It's just good parenting to avoid these additives altogether and there are plenty of natural treatments that
are offer a "clean" product. Even so, always check with your vet and make sure that the human supplement or
product you're giving your cat isn't going to be toxic or cause further, irreversible damage to your cat. Be sure to
always read both the active ingredients on a label and the inactive ingredients as well.
Please see the toxic/Unsafe page on information about sweeteners, essential oils including Tea Tree
Oil, certain spices and other harmful ingredients.
HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES should not be used without working with a licensed homeopath. Homeopathy does
not work like other remedies in that you don't take it to "relieve a symptom". Homeopathy works on a deeper level
to correct an imbalance in the system, whichever system is involved, and it may take more than one remedy to
correct a problem. Homeopathy is usually done in the classical tradition, which is one remedy at a time and only
one dose, then you wait to see how it works. Most websites sell homeopathic combination remedies that may or
may not be appropriate and may or may not work. ALWAYS read the instructions, cautions and comments
on any product before using! To learn more about homeopathic remedies see "The Society of
HERBS should always be researched before giving to your pet regardless of whether the product label or
website states they're safe. For instance, goldenseal should only be given for up to 7 days, then given
appropriate time off before starting again if needed. Goldenseal can cause liver damage if given for an extended
amount of time both in people and in pets, but especially in cats! Cats tend to have several side effects with
goldenseal such excessive production of bile, vomiting, salivation, foaming at the mouth and lowered blood
sugar. So no matter what the label says about giving it consistently and indefinitely, you should NEVER do this.
A wonderful book I use to always check is "Herbs for Pets: The Natural Way to Enhance Your Pet's Life".
ALWAYS read the instructions, cautions and comments on any product before using! And again, you
should work with a holistic vet for proper guidance on what your pet needs.
Flaxseed Oil, although not toxic, is not able to be converted in a cat's system: Flaxseed oil is of limited nutritional
value to cats. There are two essential fatty acids for cats, linoleic and arachidonic (both are Omega 6 fatty
acids). These fatty acids are essential in the sense that a cat cannot produce them within the body, so must
obtain them through diet. Flax seed oil contains around 13% linoleic acid but no arachidonic acid. Cats do not
have the pathways to convert linoleic acid into arachidonic acid, so another source of arachidonic acid is
necessary. Cats can only obtain arachidonic acid from animal products, so if you want to give your cat an
essential fatty acids oil, consider a fish-based oil instead.
Cosequin, which is widely used for arthritis and joint pain in animals, can occasionally cause stomach upset and
GI distress in cats with any form of GI issues. This does not happen with all cats and is still safe to use.
However, in cases of stomach upset or irritation, a vet applied shot of Adequan has been substituted and worked
very well. Adequan bypasses the GI tract and goes straight to through the cat's system to act immediately. It
usually requires a shot every month or so.
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