Like humans, cats can reap the benefits of taking nutrition supplements and vitamins. There are natural and homeopathic remedies for UTIs, joints, respiratory health, allergies, and much more for cats. Of course, supplements aren’t necessary for a cat’s daily life if they are already on the right diet, but they can sure help your cat reach their wholesome potential. Who doesn’t want their cat to have a healthy looking coat? These are a few that are worth looking into.
Omega- 3 Fatty Acids
The most popular fatty acids are the Omega-3s (alpha- linoleic), but there are also the Omega-6 (linoleic) fatty acids. The fatty acids can help improve your cat’s coat and skin, cardiovascular health, inhibit kidney disease, and even stop development of cancer cells. These fatty acids are essential, so this is probably one of the more important ones- remember, your cat cannot really make these on their own.
- Deficiencies in Omega- 3 include stunted growth, eye problems, and general immune system dysfunction.
- Deficiencies in Omega- 6 can consist of dry skin, poor wound healing, and inability to gain weight.
As you have probably heard, fish oil is an important source of Omega-3s. I have talked before about why fish can be so bad for cats, but when it comes to fish oil, it’s a completely different medium.
In my page mentioning why fish is not good for cats I spoke about smaller fish like sardines not being able to hold toxins because they don’t live long enough. Well, here’s where that comes into play. The best fish oil for cats will come from sardines, anchovies, and herrings, all small fish that don’t live long.
It’s highly recommended to stick to fish oil for cats because cats cannot convert plant oils effectively. Flaxseed oil has been popping up as an alternative, but dogs are only able to break it down somewhat effectively, being a bit more omnivorous. See what I mean about sticking to an animal based diet?
Once again use in moderation. The dosage does depend on weight. For example, for a cat that weighs around 10 pounds, around 120 to 200 mg is good. Start small first! If you give too much, they can have gas and diarrhea.
Urinary tract and bladder remedies/supplements
Holistic UTI and urinary tract remedies for cats are important for me. They are what saved my cat years ago when he had urinary tract discomfort. I don’t regret spending the money for a product that works! I was skeptical at first like most people and did a lot of research.
Just a note, urinary tract discomfort and an actual UTI are different; Cystitis is the infection and inflammation of the bladder and usually most cats will not get it unless they are diabetic, have a kidney issues, and have hyperthyroidism. If your cat doesn’t have any of these, there’s a good chance that it is NOT Cystitis (UTI) and you won’t have to get your cat antibiotics.
Antibiotics in cats that don’t have an actual UTI are abused and if your vet suggests them to put your cat on antibiotics and have not tested for Cystitis, I would go elsewhere. You will need to make sure to go to a good veterinarian and get your cat’s urine tested.
For urinary tract discomfort, natural remedies are safe and effective. This is what to look for in a good natural remedy:
- an analgesic to relieve pain
- antiinflammatory to reduce swelling
- a diuretic (this will make them pee more) to flush the system and flush bad organisms from the kidney
- antibiotic to get rid of harmful bacteria
Look for the product to be USDA organic too. The products will mostly come in liquid form and come with a dropper to drop the product into food.
Immune System support
A strong immune system in a cat will naturally fend off inflammatory disorders, help with allergies, bacterial infections, and strengthen the liver and kidney. Since Shadow has been on his path to wellness for a few years now, he has not had any immune system compromise. Don’t let your cat get to that point in the first place!
Some cat specific diseases that compromise the immune system includes:
- FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency virus)- basically attacks your cat’s immune system so it won’t work correctly
- FelV (Feline Leukemia virus)- impairs the immune system and leads to the development of cancers
- Feline Infectious Peritonitis- a fatal virus that becomes stronger the weaker your cat’s immune system is
This is all good and well but feeding the correct diet on top of some additional immune support will keep your cat healthy and improve their overall well- being. Just feeding supplements to your cat with mediocre food won’t be enough. Keep your cat stress free, they will thank you for it.
Cats in the wild will instinctively search out herbs and plants to “chew on” to help with their pain and maintain their wellness. If you see your cat (dogs do this too) chewing on grass outside, or even trying to chew your plants inside (be careful with this and don’t have toxic plants inside!) this could be an indicator of a health issue, especially if you notice your cat acting differently.
Some examples of helpful herbs linked to immune system support are Astralagus root and Dandelion root. These are both common and you’ll most like come across them in your search. Just be careful that you’re not getting a toxic version of Astralagus root if you choose to just use the root, and get Astragalus membranaceus.
This page is all about Astralagus if you want to read up about it.
Just a note, immune supplements like this are not intended to help autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
It’s called “supplement” for a reason
I mentioned this earlier, but you must give your cat their natural, carnivorous diet to really reap the benefits of nutrition supplements. That in itself is prevention! Don’t just go cheap on the food and give all of your attention to the supplements. Be mindful and use your common sense on what your cat needs.
Also, be aware of the dosages when you give your cat supplements and speak to your veterinarian if you’re really concerned about adding supplements into your cat’s diet. Find a good balance of what you need and give your cat the best they can get!
Any concerns or questions? Have you had any experience with natural remedies for your pets before? Leave a comment!