Tapeworms, hookworms, any type of worm:

Remedy: Black walnut tincture. Put a couple drops in each cat's food every day
to get rid of the infestation. Black walnut promptly kills tapeworms when nothing else will. (One of my half-grown
kittens  passed a nasty hookworm when I gave him black walnut.) Note to cat lovers who also happen to own a dog, especially those in southern regions: Black walnut also prevents heartworm infestation. For the last few years I have given my dog 1 capsule of black walnut daily in his food, and he tests heart-worm free.

Anemia of any type - Raw chicken livers. The majority of my cats absolutely love raw chicken liver! For those cats who will not eat it raw, however, serve it lightly cooked. (Even though beef liver has a higher iron content, I prefer chicken livers instead. Beef liver also contains a very high amount of Vitamin A, which can be toxic if it builds up in the body. Because of chicken liver's lower Vitamin A content, I feel that I can safely serve it more often.)

Bladder infections - Cat has problem urinating, leaves spots of blood on  floor or small drops of bloody urine, climbs in & out of litter box & cries. Immediately take cat off all dry food! Encourage him to consume more fluids, such as chicken broth. Make cornsilk tea (a diuretic) and mix it with a little canned food to make a broth.
Crush a 250-mg tablet of vitamin C & put in food twice a day. Cranberry tablets can also be crushed & added to
food. (Note: A small mortar & pestle is an invaluable addition to your kitchen. It can be used to easily crush any

FIV - (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) - Feline Aids. I had an approximately
9-month old cat, Paddy, who was diagnosed
with FIV. My holistic vet suggested I put the following in Paddy's food
twice a
day for 90 days: 2 drops of Echinacea, 2
drops of Cat's Claw and a 250-mg tablet of Vitamin C, crushed. Several
later I had Paddy re-tested & there was no
sign of FIV. Incidentally, this same vet recommends that Feline Leukemia,
usually considered a "death knell" to cats, be
treated in a similar manner.

Hairballs - Give butter as a laxative. Include more fiber in cat's diet so
cat will pass hairballs.

Gum infections - Crush Vitamin C & add to cat's food twice a day.

Bite wounds - When the bite wound is on a foot or paw, soak in a solution of
Epsom's salts & cool water. Soak for ten
minutes at a time, or as long as you can keep the cat's foot submerged.
this at least twice a day.

Chronic diarrhea/constipation/hemorrhoids - Add more fiber to cat's diet.
can solve either constipation or diarrhea.

I had a seven-month-old kitten (an orange bob-tail named Beau) who had
chronic diarrhea for three months. I tried
various vet recommendations, including expensive prescription food but
solved the problem. I finally stumbled upon
a dry food (Nutro Max Cat Kitten) that miraculously happened to solve his
problem. Overnight, I noticed improvements
with Beau, and within a week, his diarrhea was history. You can read the
complete story of my trials with Beau at

Hemorrhoids, too, will disappear if cat remains on a higher-fiber diet.
Psyllium is a good source of fiber, though be sure to
add extra water to the food when using psyllium.

Respiratory infections - Cat has mucus in eyes & nose & "snuffles" &
immediately take off all solid food.
Encourage the drinking of chicken broth several times a day. Add a little
powdered Vitamin C to the broth. Also, give drops
of echinacea. Olive leaf extract is a powerful anti-viral and
and this too can be given to the cat in an
eye-dropper. However, olive leaf may inactivate antibiotics and should not
given with them.

*Eating dry kibble will cause chonic mucus/drainage in the eyes of some
FIV cats, particularly, cannot tolerate most
commercial kibble because of the high grain content.

For illnesses of all types, give colostrum powder mixed with water.
Colostrum is
"mother's first milk" and is loaded with
nutrients and wonderful for the immune system. Cats love colostrum & will
usually lap it up. (You can also add digestive
enzymes to the colostrum.) If you can get nothing else down an ill cat, I
give colostrum in an eye dropper. Insert the
dropper in the side of the cat's mouth to prevent the liquid being aspirated
into his lungs.

Infections - In any infection, Vitamin C can be beneficial. I believe it
Adelle Davis who once referred to Vitamin C as
the "good Samaritan" who comes to the rescue. [There is a study on the
that shows that Vitamin C has been proven
to cure cancer in dogs.] Also, adding a capsule of Vitamin A to cat's food
helps to fight infection. A multi-mineral capsule
with zinc is an excellent addition also, and helps to build resistance to

Arthritis - Give grapeseed extract (a powerful antioxidant) to increase
circulation. Also, add raw honey & apple cider
vinegar to cat's food. Add additional calcium from a natural source.
Include a
source of Omega 3 oils, either fish oil or
flaxseed oil. (The above regimen has helped my 16-year old cat whose
hindquarters were so stiffened by arthritis that he
could only drag the rear part of his body, to begin walking upright again.
does not have his full flexibility back yet but he
is slowly, steadily improving.)

Fleas - Put brewer's yeast in cat's food daily. Add garlic also.

Skin & coat problems: eczema / dry itchy, flaking skin / sparse hair - Add
Omega 3 oils to cat's diet, either in fish oil
form or flaxseed oil. The essential fatty acids not only have skin-healing
powers but also contribute to healthy hair.

Also, eggs are very good for the hair and a wonderful source of nutrition
overall. They are best fed raw but give cats the
yolks only. (Raw egg white should not be given because it binds the biotin
and prevents its absorption, thereby creating a
biotin deficiency.) Otherwise, give the whole egg lightly cooked.

[Note: Years ago my brother had a cat who lived on a diet of boiled eggs; these were fertile, country eggs. That cat had the most beautiful, shiny coat I have ever seen on any cat, including show cats!]

Allergies - Grapeseed extract is good for allergies & is an excellent

Overall, keeping your cats on a natural diet--raw or lightly cooked meat & vegetables, with the addition of a few
supplements like garlic, cod liver oil and a natural source of calcium, etc.-- is  the best way to prevent many, many illnessess.

An excellent study on nutrition is "Pottenger's Cats." From 1932 to 1942, Dr. Francis Pottenger conducted a ten-year study of 900 cats. The healthiest diet, he discovered, was 2/3 raw meat and 1/3 raw
milk, plus a little cod liver oil. On a diet of cooked, processed food, he found that the health of the cats steadily

Anitra Frazier's book, "The New Natural Cat" is a wonderful cat "Bible" and a handy reference manual for the natural treatment of illnesses in cats.

NOTE: Kitties don't have the cleanest feet in the world. They walk in their
toilets and track it everywhere ergo create contagion with the usual childhood diseases
but this 'dirt trail' should inspire hygiene measures in the kitty's
SERVANT, the human. We can no longer neglect WIPING down every counter,
kitchen surface even the hard FURNITURE with LYSOL on a rag. We must
vacuum daily to get fleas and put Fluffy up next to sink, on rim,  while
we comb fleas into two sinks of water, each wi. a drop of detergent to
break the surface of water up so fleas spiral downward rather than float
on surface, paddling toward 'land.'

We are in charge of the cleanliness. You can't LYSOL the cat! To offer a
cat a natural lifestyle of IN and OUT at any time, day or night, the
thoughtful owner must cyclone fence the property (very small openings in
it, and very cheap to do,) and for aesthetics, grow raging, rampant
honeysuckle, may apple, large leaf ivy thickly UPON them so that the cat
and her kittens are all contained in the front and back yards. To
faciliate that, we must have a doggie door or leave a door ajar full
time, night and day so they have in/out privileges and can use dirt if
they fancy it. Not just fill up litter boxes 24/7.