how can I boost my cats immune system

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  1. drucil

    drucil PetForums Junior

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    I have two kittens who are now nearly six months old and was wondering if there is anything I can do/give them to boost their immune system. When we first got them they had cat flu badly and the male was basically road kill, even the vet didnt think he would survive, we had to feed him every hour using simicat and a syringe until he was able to feed himself on wet food then we had to spoon feed him as he would only take it if it was offered up to his mouth, anyway he is now very much alive as is his sister but he has damage to his lungs, is there anything I can supplement them with that would help boost his immune system.
     
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    Ianthi PetForums VIP

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    Hi there and welcome!

    Sorry to hear about your two kittens but glad to hear they survived the cat flu! Well done for nursing them throught it!

    Do you know which type they had? In cases of feline herpes L-lysine ( available from Holland and Barrett ) is a very good supplement to give with a view to preventing future outbreaks. It is also good to use during the illness because it stops the virus replicating itself. With calici virus - I've heard it's better to use Lactoferrin. I suppose though as in most cases your vet didn't actually do a test to discover which type it was though! Do bear in mind as well that stress is a major contributor to further outbreaks of the viruses.

    I'm sure Hobbs our resident nutritionist will be along shortly to give additional advice! :)
     
  3. hobbs2004

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    Hiya and welcome to the pf?

    Shamelessly copied from another thread on here, but here it goes:

    Several supplements can be used to strengthen a cat's immune system.

    1) L-lysine - an amino acid. Get the powder
    2) Colostrum - mother milk (first 24 hours). Again, try to get the powder or the liquid form

    In both cases getting the powder gives you more control over dosage and they tend to be purer than the stuff in tablet form. Don't use either continuously. But instead use as 2 month or so courses a couple or so times a year or use when there is a flare up.

    3) salmon oil - contains fatty acids, that not only give a fabulous coat but also support the immune system. Get the capsules as you need very little with cats (even if you give a capsule a day for several weeks) and the stuff in bottles will spoil more easily.
    4) brewer's yeast - full of b vitamins and trace elements, which again support the immune system. Just sprinkle a little on the food (a pinch) daily.

    Please do not use the brewer's yeast if your cat has kidney issues (contains phosphorus which is what you try to reduce if there are know kidney problems).

    Also, get your hands on some taurine. Taurine is an essential amino acid that helps regulate the heart, vision, etc. Cats are quite special in their need for taurine because they cannot synthesise it themselves and need to take it in with their diet. You can get some powder (a bodybuilder shop tends to offer the cheapest). Just mix a little (500mg) with water to dissolve and use once a day. Anything the body doesn't need is excreted out.

    Hope that helps
     
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    jenny armour PetForums VIP

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    when raffles first had the calicivirus some years ago i gave him fresh royal jelly and echinacea. not sure where you can get it from now as the firm i used to use doesnt seem to exist now.
    also yes, l-lysine
     
  5. drucil

    drucil PetForums Junior

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    Wow so much info in such a short space of time

    1) L-lysine - an amino acid. Get the powder.

    How much of this would I give or do I follow instructions on the product.

    Merlin and Ace thank you for the help, and not forgetting Darth as well.

    thank you very much.
     
  6. HannahKate

    HannahKate PetForums Senior

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    Just wanted to highlight the important bit of this one. After 24-48h colostrum is pretty pointless. Colostrum provides immunity from the mother (or colostrum bank substitute) in the form of proteins called immunoglobulins which can only be absorbed through the intestine walls for the first day or so. :)
     
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