- Hi All,
Well my precious little heart kitty Jake seems to like to make life
difficult. I guess it keeps it interesting for him. After several
bad weeks he is finally on a upswing. He is back to grooming,
actively asking for cuddles, and chowing down on his kibble...big
Hurrah :)He is even randomly playing with things :) :) :)
Unfortunately, I think he has come down with a yest infection. He
has patches above both of his front paws and funkiness going on his
heels. When the "owies" first appeared, the cardioloigst didn't know
what it was so she gave us Chlorohexaderm to clean the area. The vet
has taken a fungal culture, but we won't get the results until next
week. From the few pictures and descriptions I found on the internet
it looks like yeast...sigh.
I have read that the traditional medications for fungus aren't very
effective and are toxic to the liver. I am curious if any of you all
know of any more benign alternative treatments.
I realize that I am going to have to change his diet (which will be
hard b/c he prefers kibble to everything) and use something other
than metamucil to manage his constipation.
I am worried about interactions with his current medication and that
his current medication pre-disposed him to this. Jake takes
Atnenolol, Lasix, Spironalactone, Enalapril, Dilatzem, Vetmeddin, and
Mitrazapine (every third day). He also gets about 1/4 teaspoon of
Metamucil spread across the day to soften his stool.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. He is doing so well now
(beside the yeast) and I just want to keep him happy and healthy as
Thanks Adrian and Jake (a-black-cat)
- Hi Adrian,
In a message dated 6/27/08 8:39:18 PM, marmammer@... writes:
> After severalGood to hear.
> bad weeks he is finally on a upswing.
> He is back to grooming,While it's important for all cats to eat...and when they are sick, they can
> actively asking for cuddles, and chowing down on his kibble
eat whatever they like (within reason)...but I think dry food may be a
contributing factor to the symptoms you're seeing. At very least, the carbohydrate
content of dry food "feeds" yeast and other pathogenic organisms. And there are
substances in the grains (and other ingredients) used in dry food that can
contribute to various skin problems other than yeast, incl "allergy"-like chronic
> Unfortunately, I think he has come down with a yest infection.
> I have read that the traditional medications for fungus aren't veryRight.
> effective and are toxic to the liver.
> I am curious if any of you allI think the most important thing would be to stop "feeding" the yeast with
> know of any more benign alternative treatments.
dry food...and help Jake transition to a high-quality, well-balanced,
low-carbohydrate, grainfree, moisture-rich, meat-based diet, which will feed his whole
body with quality nutrients in a form it can readily process. This will be
important not only for his skin, but also his heart, digestive system, urinary
system, teeth/gums, etc. Some grainfree canned brands that do a good job meeting
a cat's nutritional requirements incl Wellness, www.omhpet.com/wellness;
Nature's Variety Instincts, www.naturesvariety.com; By Nature Organics,
www.bynaturepetfoods.com; and EVO 95% meat, http://www.naturapet.com/brands/evo.asp.
Another systemic, nutrient-related option is nondairy probiotics. Generally I
recommend a product with mixed strains, but Lactobacillus acidophilus alone
can also be effective in this situation. Look for a product with a high
potency, so you can use less. Probiotics have a pleasant, mild, "milky" taste that
most cats don't object to...so it can be mixed with a moist treat (eg pure meat
baby food). About 2 billion organisms per dose, 1-3x/day.
As for topical treatment, colloidal silver can act against fungus. I would
stick with 10ppm (Sovereign Silver) or 30ppm (Source Natural) at this point,
droppering it right on the spots or compressing lightly with the drops on a
cotton cosmetic pad or sterile gauze. Another option to reduce skin inflammation is
pure aloe vera inner-leaf juice or whole-leaf gel (no sodium benzoate, no
emodin, no aloin)...eg Lily of the Desert brand. Swab on a few times per day with
a cotton or gauze pad. Among plants with an anti-fungal action there's
goldenseal and chamomile...both are available in no-alcohol tinctures or dried
plant, which can be made into a solution with boiled cooled water that can be
compressed or swabbed on. If you want more on any of these, just ask.
What I would not use on a cat are any essential oils (eg tea tree oil, neem
oil) or grapefruit seed extract, among others.
>Yes, exactly. I understand that he loves kibble. If I had my way, I'd eat
> I realize that I am going to have to change his diet (which will be
> hard b/c he prefers kibble to everything) and use something other
> than metamucil to manage his constipation.
chocolate chip cookies 24/7. But I would get very ill, b/c the human body needs
other nutrients than sugar, wheat, and chocolate. It's not that much different
for cats, who have evolved eating animal proteins and fats, not plant
carbohydrate. Cats learn early in life what is safe and good to eat...and helping them
learn new foods can sometimes be difficult, b/c they are programmed to reject
anything that smells "foreign," which could be toxic. It becomes all the
harder when cats are physiologically addicted to the ingredients in dry and
habituated to the taste/smell enhancers with which the dry nuggets are enrobed, incl
animal digests and fats. But it is possible to help a cat transition to a new
diet, by introducing *teeny* amts of the new food in with the old, so that
the cat very gradually gets accustomed to the smell, rather than repelled by it.
Then increasing in tiny increments as the cat accepts. Active, positive
communication...explaining to the cat what we're doing and why, in words, with
relaxed body language and with visualizations of the desired outcome...is also
very helpful. Some cats can transition quickly, some not...so we sometimes need
patience and persistence.
It's also entirely possible that once Jake starts eating a
species-appropriate meat-based diet with 60-80% moisture, the constipation will clear. If not,
there are other options for managing it, incl slippery elm bark,
lowish-glycemic soluble fiber plants (eg zucchini, pumpkin), and pure aloe vera juice. //
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