Today, we love all things natural for both animals and their masters. And for pampering Kitty, you may also be looking for alternatives to chemicals? Good idea: this solution is better for the environment, and often much more economical. At Meyou, we are also fans of simplicity and naturalness. As a result, we have found for you some remedies to answer the most common small hassles for cats.
Chasing away the undesirable onesHelp : your big cat is invaded by small creatures! To fight the unwanted (fleas, ticks ...) who would have taken their quarters in the kitty coat, you can use diatomaceous earth (we mention it in our article "5 advices to become an eco-friendly cat owner”). The product, which must be food grade, is a fine natural powder. Composed of fossils of microorganisms, it causes tiny cuts on the bodies of the insects which lead to their death by desiccation.
For this method to be really effective, you should also treat the rest of the places where your cat usually goes (sleeping, carpet ...) with the diatomaceous earth. It is also a good idea to double your actions with an anti-flea comb. Finally, take preventive measures so that the situation does not happen again. Cider vinegar for example is a natural flea repellent, which you can apply diluted with water on the coat of your pet.
Healing small injuriesKitty scratching himself more than usual ? Skin diseases are common for cats and have multiple causes (the best is to get the diagnosis of a veterinarian). You can also use cider vinegar for its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. The application of aloe vera gel or coconut oil can also be used to relieve your pet, as well as to clean his ears.
Another solution in case of injury : to make a cataplasm of green clay. This will prevent the proliferation of undesirable bacteria and will facilitate wound healing. The honey is known to have identical virtues and can also be used in poultice (but make sure that Kitty does not eat too much of it !).
Keeping your cat in best shapeDid you know that your cat can drink clay, especially to relieve digestive problems? Several types of clays and several modes of administration are preferred according to the objective sought. White clay mixed with water ("clay milk") can be used in 3-week cures to relieve gastric or intestinal complaints, while a little green clay sprinkled on the food or drink of your pet on a regular basis will have a "detoxifying" action. But be careful: the clay is usually not to be taken with another treatment, because it could cancel the effects of that medication.
Finally, to keep your cat in the best shape everyday, you can use some natural food supplements. Beer yeast, in particular, has demonstrated its effectiveness in nourishing and strengthening hair and claws. Spirulina, a blue microalgae, is also known for cats (as well as men) to help boost immune defences and give vitality.
All these remedies can help keep kitty in top shape. But, because it is always better to prevent a problem than to cure it, be sure to provide him with a balanced diet and an environment that is suitable for his well being. Keep in mind that "natural" does not mean "harmless" and that some herbal remedies may not be suitable for felines (essential oils can be very dangerous for cats if misused !).
Do not hesitate to consult a veterinarian if you have any doubt about the health of your pet. Especially since these professionals are also increasingly "green" and now associate veterinary medicine with homeopathy, naturopathy or physiotherapy !