By Madeleine Innocent
Cats with gingivitis seem to be so common now. And yet, cats can’t suffer from it in the wild, as they would quickly die. So we need to look in this direction for the cure.
It also means that the teeth may becomes affected later. Perhaps loosen, and then fall out.
However, with the two following measures, you can prevent gingivitis in cats or restore balance if it has already occurred.
The first aspect any natural health professional will always try to address is to restore a healthy immune system. With this back in balance, everything slips back into natural order.
One of the main causes of cats with gingivitis is diet. Diet is critical to everyone’s health, not just your cats. Human diet can be shoddy at the best of times, but at least there are some, pretty basic laws, which govern the manufacturing and marketing of human food.
This is absent in cat food. Anything can, and does, occur. Such as:
- preservatives that are highly toxic, despite the claims on the packet
- high fat content, unusable in human food
- low grade meat by-products (rejects for human consumption, with questionable protein content)
- cheap filler such as melamine, sugar or crushed nutshells
Please don’t think that the processed food recommended by your veterinarian is any better.
Quality raw meat and bones, on the other hand, provide a cat with complete and balanced nutrition. Crunching up on small raw bones keep the teeth clean, the gums healthy and their minds happy. Dry food doesn’t come close to achieving this, despite the claims.
Cats on this diet rarely suffer from gingivitis.
In the interim, between changing over to a quality raw diet, the cat may still need some help with the gingivitis. The homeopathic medicine Mercurius can be used successfully in restoring healthy gums when the cat’s symptoms include”
- gums are red and swollen
- the mouth appears dirty
- there is excess salivation
- ulceration may or may not be present
- symptoms are worse at night
Madeleine is a natural health consultant, specializing in homeopathy. She treats both people and animals. She is as passionate about natural, wholesome food as she is about a natural approach to health. She writes weekly ezines about how to achieve natural good health with simple, home prescribing and diet. Madeleine has been writing on natural health and homeopathy since 1997. Her hobbies include being with animals, being in nature, self development, empowering others. She likes to be able to laugh at herself.