The Complete Book of Home Remedies for Your Cat: A Concise Guide for Keeping Your Pet Healthy and Happy - For Life by Deborah Mitchell

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A complete guide to supplements and home remedies to keep your cat healthy and happy.

From hairballs and fleas to obesity and diabetes, this comprehensive guide shows you how to treat a wide range of common feline ailments using simple home remedies, herbal therapies,, and chemical-free options that can save you hundreds of dollars in veterinary bills—and help Kitty live a longer, healthier life.

I admit I'm a can opening, dry food dish filling cat owner - my cats are pigs! - but this book was informative about nutritional needs and herbal remedies. Until reading this one I had no clue cats required more protein than dogs - in the wild the ideal diet would apparently be 50-60% protein, 30-50% fat and 5-10% carbs. Realizing from the book that cats are not designed to utilize energy from carbohydrates, but instead glucose gleamed from protein, and that the usual top main ingredients of dry commercial food is carbs such as wheat and corn products isn't encouraging.

A broad scope is covered, and the book doesn't spare details for each condition either. As an example, Allergic Dermatitis gets a lengthy introduction paragraph, symptoms of the condition, lists the three various forms, details in five paragraphs how the disorder is generally diagnosed, five paragraphs on conventional treatment with listings of three medication types broken down, and then finally five natural remedy treatments. It is not a mere quick note and listing.

The disorders covered are Allergic Dermatitis, Cognitive Dysfunction Disorder, Conjunctivitis, Dental Disease, Diabetes, Ear Mites, Feline Herpesvirus, Fleas, Hair Balls, Hyperthyroidism, Intestinal Worms, Kidney Disease, Obesity and Urinary Tract Problems.

Being in the south, fleas are a continuous problem. Commercial products are still recommended, and I knew about D. Earth, but had no idea about Rosemary being a natural repellent. Hair balls and vomiting was interesting because of the Slippery Elm, which is an easily obtained powdered herb  reasonable in price.  I've drank this personally in tea quite a bit, so adding a little to the cat's food to help with upchucking and hair ball tendencies is something I plan to try. My cats especially love throwing up their colored food on my light-colored carpet - so annoying.

The book ends with recommendations of what to AVOID with cats - apparently if you partake the magic herb marijuana, it's a no-no for your feline companion. Not a surprise. I'd seen the milk warning before, but my adult cat Kibbles adores milk and steals mine when I'm trying to whip up the morning latte. I've taken to give him a small amount of milk a few times a week, and he is one of those cats who tolerates it well without any digestive complaints or runny issues.

If you run across this one and are a cat fan with a furry companion of your own, I recommend picking this one up. The writing is to the point and informative enough to fill you in and leave no doubt - while exploring all treatments, not just the natural options.