Having a cat diagnosed with FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) can be frightening. Cats with FIV can become very sick. FIV can cause death. Fortunately natural remedies can be surprisingly helpful for FIV. Apple cider vinegar, coconut oil and dietary changes can strengthen the immune system and fight the virus itself.
FIV symptoms start out as mild lethargy, anorexia, fever, and swollen lymph-nodes. As the disease progresses these symptoms may disappear, and your cat may appear normal for a number of months to years; but the last stage is known as feline acquired immune deficiency (FAIDS), which makes the cat susceptible to infection and disease which can cause death.
A proper diagnosis of FIV from a vet or lab is important so that you know what you are dealing with. Antibiotics do not work for viruses however, and would only be used in the case of a secondary bacterial infection resulting from a depressed immune system. A very sick cat may benefit from IV fluids before any home treatments are used.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw and organic apple cider vinegar may sound too simple to treat such a serious infection, but may work well for your cat nonetheless. You will find more information about using apple cider vinegar for your cat on this page.
Coconut oil is a powerful natural antiviral food. Be sure to use raw coconut oil that smells like coconut oil. 1/8 to ¼ teaspoon is typically used 3 times a day, internally. It can be melted and added to food. If your cat has conjunctivitis or weepy eyes, a bit of coconut oil can be applied to the eyes for healing.
Colloidal silver can be given three times a day to fight viruses. A dropperful at a time is typically given. You can also add it to your cat’s water.
Echinacea strengthens the immune system. 5 drops of Echinacea can be added to your pets food or you can dose it orally, thrice daily.
Be sure to give your cat a diet rich in nutrients. Cooked meats, fish and eggs are ideal. A natural cat diet does not include grains, though sparing use of quality whole grains can provide some nutrients to your cat. Dairy products are not well digested by cats. Most cats won’t eat much in the way of fruits or vegetables but if they enjoy them it is fine for them to have them in moderation.
Keep stressors to your cat at a minimum. Stress makes healing more difficult. Climate controlled living quarters so that your cat is neither too hot not too cold is important. He should also be kept free from irritating parasites like fleas and ticks. Other pets in your home that tease or bother your cat should give him rest while he recovers as well.
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