Common health problems in cats include skin infection from fleas, hairballs, and urinary tract infections. These are simple problems that can easily be treated at home without a trip to the vet. Natural antibiotics are less harmful and more effective than pharmaceutical antibiotics without the cost and side effects. These homemade remedies should only be tried on cats with no known allergies. See your veterinarian if your cat's condition does not improve or worsens over time.
Aloe Vera has antiseptic and antibacterial properties and helps boost the immune system. If you do not have an aloe vera plant at home, you can buy a tube of aloe vera gel at your local chemist. Make sure the label states 100 per cent pure aloe vera and does not contain any harmful chemicals. Aloe vera treats burns, wounds, rashes and can also be used to treat ear and eye infections. Apply it topically on the appropriate area. According to clinical animal research from the University of San Diego, aloe vera is effective even in treating some skin tumours. If ingested, side effects of aloe vera may cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea.
Cranberry is high in vitamin C, which protects against immune system deficiencies to help fight off infections. Mixing a few tablespoons of cranberry juice into your cat's food can relieve it from urinary tract infections. Research from Worcester Polytechnic Institute found that cranberry juice fights against the E-coli bacteria that causes urinary tract infections. Cranberry juice also detoxifies and lowers the pH of the cat's urine, preventing infections. Do not give vitamin C supplements for humans to your cats.
According to Dr. Weil, fish oil is used to treat a variety of conditions including arthritis and high cholesterol due to its anti-inflammatory effects. Fish oil is also effective in treating hairballs. Fish oil, high in omega fatty acids, acts as a natural antibiotic. Add a drop to your cat's food. The oil helps lubricate a hairball and allows it to pass through the digestive system. In addition, fish oil provides your cat with a shiny, healthy coat.