Cats and kittens can suffer from feline respiratory disease, which is an infection caused by a virus or bacteria. Natural remedies for feline respiratory disease include apple cider vinegar, colloidal silver and l-lysine.
What are the Symptoms of Feline Respiratory Disease?
Feline respiratory disease will give a cat symptoms similar to symptoms people have when they have a cold or the flu including:
- Discharge from the nose
- Conjunctivitis (inflammation of the eye)
- Loss of appetite
- Swollen lymph nodes
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar fights viruses and bacteria.
The easiest and most gentle way to use apple cider vinegar is topically. This video will show you how!
Alternately, you can add apple cider vinegar to your cat’s food, or give it to him with a syringe. For dosing information for cats, see this page.
Colloidal silver is effective against bacteria and viruses. It is also tasteless and easy to give to most cats. You can simply mix 1 teaspoon colloidal silver in your cat’s food twice daily. If he is not eating well, you can give him 5 ml by syringe 2-3 times a day.
If your cat’s eyes are irritated, red, or have a discharge, you can add 1 drop of colloidal silver to each eye twice a day for two days.
L-Lysine is an amino acid that supports the body in its fight against infection. You can give your cat 1/8 teaspoon of l-lysine each day, mixed in his food. If he is not eating, mix it with water and give it to him in a syringe.
If you cat is suffering with congestion, a warm mist humidifier near his sleeping area can make him more comfortable. Be sure his sleeping quarters are warm, comfortable, and draft free.
Feline respiratory diseases are contagious. If one of your cats comes down with a respiratory virus, it would be wise to go ahead and treat his companions as well. The natural remedies listed above are safe enough to use daily for cats.
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