Some complementary vets believe that frequent immunization with biological vaccines can damage the immune system and is a cause of the increased incidence of auto-immune conditions, allergies, and even cancer in cats. They suggest careful consideration before using multivalent vaccines, preferring “monovalent”‘ ones that induce protection against one disease only. This involves several different injections, at different times, for different diseases. When infection occurs, they use antibiotics for acute infection and a variety of other therapies for non-life-threatening infections.
Nutritional therapies Ginger, aloe vera, cinnamon, and cloves will often be recommended for their antimicrobial properties. Goldenseal and astragalus may enhance interferon production, while garlic may increase protective T-cell production.
Immune-suppressed cats with FIV or FeLV may benefit from supplements of vitamins A, B6, BI2, e, and c, together with zinc and selenium. All of these may enhance the immune system.
Infusion of catmint, Nepeta cataria, is recommended for treating a fever, Echinacea to enhance the immune system, and thyme, Thymus vulgaris, to relax the windpipe and bronchial passages in respiratory infections. homeopathy There is no evidence that homeopathic “nosodes” offer protection against infectious diseases. For respiratory infections, Aconite 6c is used in the early stages of a dry cough, while Belladonna 6c is given for repetitive coughing. Drosera 6c is used for coughing spasms and Ipecac 6c if coughing induces vomiting.
Many viruses can remain latent in a cat’s body and are then activated by stress. Any therapy that reduces stress may be beneficial. The best way to reduce stress is to avoid changes in a cat’s routine.
For upper respiratory tract infections, essential oil of lavender is recommended for its soothing effect, while essential oils of rosemary and eucalyptus are thought to fight infection. All are given as a few drops diffused by a vaporizer.