Aloe vera is considered toxic to cats by the Animal Poison Control Center. However, holistic veterinarian practitioners have found that aloe vera juice extracted from an organically grown freshly cut leaf can have several health benefits for cats. According to the Chaparral Animal Health Center's Wellvet website, aloe vera juice can be used internally to treat bowel disorders, constipation and inflammation. Always consult with your veterinarian before you begin giving your cat any supplement, especially aloe vera, which in some forms is very harmful to cats.
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Purchase aloe vera juice that is intended for cats, or extract the juice yourself from the aloe vera leaf.
Use a syringe to measure half a millilitre of aloe vera juice. Start your cat out with one dose a day for at least a week to determine if it will have a negative reaction. According to the ASPCA website, reactions may include vomiting, anorexia, diarrhoea and tremors. Discontinue use immediately and consult your veterinarian if your cat experiences any of these symptoms.
Give your cat half a millilitre twice a day orally with a syringe or mixed in its food if it shows no negative reaction to the aloe after a week. If your cat has no negative reaction over the next week the dose can be doubled to 1ml (1cc) twice a day. If the aloe has no effect in treating your cat's symptoms consult your veterinarian to rule out serious illness.
Tips and warnings
- The use of aloe vera internally for cats is controversial. In very small amounts, pure aloe without harmful preservatives may be beneficial to your cat's health. However, this is not yet widely accepted as fact. Large doses, or aloe that is not pure and preservative-free can make your cat ill. Work closely with your veterinarian as you begin treating your cat with aloe vera juice.
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