Natural Remedies for Older Cats: What Helps Senior Cats?

From the age of seven, velvet paws can suffer from the first signs of old age. Older cats are less mobile, less active, and sleep more than younger animals. Natural remedies, on the other hand, can provide relief and also help with digestive problems.

Cats are very sensitive animals, especially old cats react very sensitively to experiments. Therefore, you should only use natural remedies for cat seniors after consulting your animal healer and veterinarian. Essential oils are generally taboo for house tigers, as is everything that contains salicylic acid, such as willow bark.

When Natural Remedies Make Sense for Old Cats

Natural remedies and methods from alternative veterinary medicine can be useful for old cats, especially with chronic ailments. Senior cats are not always ill just because they are no longer as quick, agile, and active as they were when they were younger. Mild natural remedies or homeopathic treatments, acupuncture, or color therapy, for example, relieve joint pain, improve mobility or keep your cat mentally fit. Nettle leaves as a tea or powder are said to have pain- relieving effect on osteoarthritis, for example. Older cats also usually do well with rose hips; They have an anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effect. Healing earth can also be used under certain circumstances. If you want to use natural remedies for external use, consider that the furry friends could lick the ointment off their fur. Therefore, do not use anything that is potentially toxic to house tigers, especially no alcohol-based extracts, drops, and never essential oils.

In addition, there are natural remedies from the field of Chinese medicine that, for example, strengthen the immune system or mental fitness, such as products with ginseng. Bee products from apitherapy are also suitable for general strengthening. Bee pollen, royal jelly, propolis, and bee venom are used. However, make sure beforehand that your kitty is not allergic to it and, if in doubt, choose an alternative. So-called emergency drops help against stress and anxiety – for example in dementia – but also other Bach flowers. If old cats suffer from constipation, pumpkin puree, psyllium husk, olive oil, linseed oil, salmon oil or some yogurt in the food are possible supplements.

Natural Remedies As a Supplement to Conventional Medicine

Natural remedies for old cats cannot replace the vet. A good animal health practitioner will ask you about conventional medical treatment and your fur nose’s medical history in order to get a comprehensive picture of their state of health. This way he can recommend the right alternative healing methods. Some diseases that typically occur in cats as they age, such as arthrosis, diabetes, kidney failure, heart problems, and other organ complaints must also be treated by the veterinarian. He can prescribe special food for your cat and give you important information about nutritional supplements and substances from natural medicine. If classic and alternative healing methods work hand in hand, your cat senior is well looked after and can enjoy the rest of his life with you, in his loving home, in peace and quiet.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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