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Cats With Gingivitis – Two Natural Ways to Resolve it

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.

Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums and this can occur at any age in any breed. Not only is this a painful problem, it shows that the health of your cat is not good.

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-Innocent_210654Madeleine 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.

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Dear Madeline;

I have a tuxedo female spayed cat about 7 years old now who has had a long term dental health problem with gingivitis and possible abscess. Some of that is due to the fact that my husband and I have been under an extreme financial challenge to provide veterinary care for her due to a prolonged financial hardship. This makes it even more upsetting and challenging to find a healing path that doesn’t involve the huge financial expense of veterinary care as well as the type of care and diagnosis that is administered. I had the experience of taking one my male tuxedo cats to a veterinary hospital years ago with a similar situation and they wanted to pull all of my cats teeth which was totally unnecessary. Because I was not in complete agreement with this, I was both threatened and subsequently reported to the local branch of the ASPCA who had someone come out to examine my care of my animal which I thought was rather high handed of the veterinary clinic and has made me even more cautious of who to trust.

I have been feeding her non grain Weruva and Wellness foods both dry and wet with 500 mg of Ester C and Solid Gold Cat Sea Meal supplement mixed in for lack of any other plan that I can transition her to. She has not transitioned to raw food successfully yet.

Although, my husband and I are still trying to dig out or our financial situation, I feel that if I could just get her on track with the proper raw diet and supplements, this could at least offer a healing path she could start on until the right veterinary care can be found.

There are so many feline foods and products on the market which can amount to quite a bit of expense for those of us that are financially challenged but at the same time love our pets and want to do something for them. I am not familiar with Mercurius of which you referenced in your article and wondered where I could purchase it and if adding it to any dietary recommendations could help my cat.

I would be sooo appreciative of your response to my comment and how I could at least start my cat back on to a road of health.

Thanks so much!

Gail

Gail Fernandez

Dear Madeline;

I have a tuxedo female spayed cat about 7 years old now who has had a long term dental health problem with gingivitis and possible abscess. Some of that is due to the fact that my husband and I have been under an extreme financial challenge to provide veterinary care for her due to a prolonged financial hardship. This makes it even more upsetting and challenging to find a healing path that doesn’t involve the huge financial expense of veterinary care as well as the type of care and diagnosis that is administered. I had the experience of taking one my male tuxedo cats to a veterinary hospital years ago with a similar situation and they wanted to pull all of my cats teeth which was totally unnecessary. Because I was not in complete agreement with this, I was both threatened and subsequently reported to the local branch of the ASPCA who had someone come out to examine my care of my animal which I thought was rather high handed of the veterinary clinic and has made me even more cautious of who to trust.

I have been feeding her non grain Weruva and Wellness foods both dry and wet with 500 mg of Ester C and Solid Gold Cat Sea Meal supplement mixed in for lack of any other plan that I can transition her to. She has not transitioned to raw food successfully yet.

Although, my husband and I are still trying to dig out or our financial situation, I feel that if I could just get her on track with the proper raw diet and supplements, this could at least offer a healing path she could start on until the right veterinary care can be found.

There are so many feline foods and products on the market which can amount to quite a bit of expense for those of us that are financially challenged but at the same time love our pets and want to do something for them. I am not familiar with Mercurius of which you referenced in your article and wondered where I could purchase it and if adding it to any dietary recommendations could help my cat.

I would be sooo appreciative of your response to my comment and how I could at least start my cat back on to a road of health.

Thanks so much!

Gail

Gail Fernandez

Hello,
My cat has recurring gum ulcers, and I am concerned that his walmart, processed cat food is contributing to the problem. What do you recommend please? I am so worried about him.
Thank you so much,
Ellen

ellen lowery

Hi Ellen, I’m sorry to hear about your cat. Bad food and over vaccinating in addition to other problems like infections and parasites can all contribute to gum ulcers. What is important to know is that your cat’s health is compromised at a systemic level. It’s not just in the gums. Until I work with you and your cat directly, I won’t know specifically what’s needed to get them healthy again. Please get a session with me so we can get started, okay? Hugs,

Val Heart

I have 12 rescue cats in my home and one by one they are all starting to get gingivitistomavitis – my wonderful Nargie has the worse case ….for example I have to take her every two weeks for injections as oral treatment doesn’t work …..I feel SO bad and guilty for her ….guilty because of my ignorance and had been giving her supermarket dry food ….now I give them all much higher quality vet food now. I’m giving them all Metacam as well and a lot of teeth have been pulled ….I would be so grateful for your help ….I live in Spain, Europe

Susi Berman

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