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Feline Leukemia Natural Treatment

Feline leukemia stray kitten Fairmount after one month of natural treatment.One cool September evening, a group of boys were walking through Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park on their way to their friend’s house. With approximately a little more than half a mile to go, they noticed a kitten had picked up on their trail and was slowly lagging behind, but they didn’t think much about it. Later that evening when the boys exited their friend’s home they saw a kitten lying on the ground and walked over to inspect it. The One boy’s Mother came to the scene and provided some food and water after noting the kitten’s very depleted condition. It was quite late and she didn’t know what to do. She had an older cat and would not bring this sick kitten into their home so it was left outside. The next morning the kitten still lay where it had been left. More food with a little antibiotic meant for humans was offered.

Note: administering prescribed antibiotics meant for humans can kill an animal and should not be done.

On my arrival to visit with my friend later that afternoon, I was told about this kitten and how it could not walk and lay dying in the grass. We walked over to it, and there in the grass lay some breathing bones covered with fur. It was a very sad sight – I stooped down to greet the little one and stroked the top of its head with my fingertips while mentally sending a little prayer up there for him/her. It was quite clear this kitten was extremely ill. In addition to being starved, it also had a very bad cold and was wheezing, sneezing and coughing. Its eyes and nose were caked with dried mucous – one eye was completely closed shut with the other barely open.

While walking back towards my friend’s house, we were discussing what should or could be done. I quickly caught my friend’s drift but in my mind there was absolutely no way I would even consider bringing this critter home with me, and was rapidly talking myself out of even entertaining this possibility. My friend was not the only one with an older cat; I also had one of 15 plus years and would not jeopardize his health. As I was relaying this fact, I heard: “Oh my God Karen, it’s walking.” I turned my head to see this little tiny thing coming towards us and remember thinking “uh-oh.” My friend slowed her pace but I did not, and actually think mine quickened. This kitten seemed to be on a mission! My friend had bent down to speak to him/her but s/he kept on trotting and seemed to be coming right for my heels. My friend commented that she could not believe how this kitten was latching onto me when she had been the one that had fed and given it water. I laughed and said: “Nice try but that ploy won’t work.” Even though I sensed what was up, I was so hoping this was not the case! I opted to try a little test, and went out of my way to walk around my vehicle. Sure enough, this crying little thing followed me. It was a very determined creature no doubt and even tried to follow me into the house.

I had not seen my friend in quite some time and we had some catching up to do but this kitten was becoming the major topic. My friend is an intelligent woman but tried to claim she was not sure what she should or could do. In my mind this was not rocket science and one thing was certain – the kitten clearly needed shelter. I also knew what my friend was up to and was not buying into any of it – there were several options and none had to include me. Her mansion was much larger than my small spring house, and every room had a door. Therefore, my first suggestion was to bring the kitten in and isolate it in one of the many unused rooms so that it could be cared for. When this failed, I recommended calling a vet or an animal rescue service, which finally ended this discussion.

As it turned out, the kitten had its own plan that came as no surprise to me and is exactly what the little walk around my car had reflected.  I was ready to head home shortly after dusk and discovered the kitten waiting under my vehicle. As soon as it heard my voice it sprung into action. I stood looking down at this little crying baby who stood looking up at me. I could almost hear it begging “please take me with you.” Needless to say, the kitten left with me, and it was a good thing too because some very strong weather with flooding moved in later that evening, and this little one would not have survived had it been left outside for another night.

The drive home had me weighing the options. Due to the late hour, it was a given this kitten would be spending at least one night with me, but not in my small house. There were no doors and there was no room that could be used for isolation. Therefore, the kitten would stay in another building located on the property and we would see what the following day brought, as I was not certain s/he would even make it through the night. I made a soft bed with towels and a blanket, turned the heat up, provided water, some food with a little Colloidal Silver (natural antibiotic), and tucked the kitten in for the night.

The next morning I walked over to the studio and was not sure what I would find. As it turned out, this little one was still very much alive. “She” was very weak but also seemed a bit stronger too. I sat with her and began to talk to her about her condition. I told her that I would do what I could to help her. I came back to my house and prepared her breakfast with more colloidal silver added. As she was eating, I heard coughing and then saw mucous begin to pour from her eyes and nose. She was in trouble, and I was in over my head, and immediately rushed her to a local animal hospital.

Fluids for dehydration were administered right away and then various tests were performed. About 3 ½ hours and $350.00 later the results were in. The kitten was between 3-4 months old, weighed right around 3 pounds, had mange, worms, walking pneumonia, herpes, an eye infection, and feline leukemia (FeLV) on top of it all. Bottom line – she was given a few days at most to live. My heart sunk on hearing this news. I stood looking down at this little one who was staring off into space. I began to think about the amount of energy she had expended. She could barely see but willed herself to walk a little more than half a mile and then collapsed on the ground and did not move again until I showed up late the next afternoon. It almost seemed like she was conserving what little strength was left for my arrival and then she seemed to beg me to take her with me. I honestly did not get that an animal would fight that hard or walk that distance if it was not going to live. I decided to give her a chance, and try everything I could to help her regain her health. The vet gave me the bill with a few bottles of medication and wished me luck.

On the way home, I spoke with the kitten about her condition and told her that I would do my very best but ultimately it was all up to her. Aside from the leukemia, the other conditions would be fairly easy to treat but this little one was already extremely depleted and the vet’s assessment had not offered much hope. The first thing to come through was to give her a strong name that would serve to help her. ‘Fairmount’ was the abbreviation for ‘Fair Mountain’. Mountains are strong and rugged and this little one definitely could use some fairness. Additionally, Fairmount Park is where she had lived, and it seemed as if this Fair Mountain had given her the strength to make one final walk so our paths would cross. The name fit and was appropriate for her to carry.

Once we were home, Fairmount was taken to her room and I hit the computer to begin researching. I didn’t know much about the FeLV leukemia virus but learned the big factor with the disease is that it causes severe “immunosuppression” – a weakened immune system. This information clearly indicated supporting and strengthening the immune system was crucial. This meant all normal drugs including vaccines should be avoided because this would only produce the opposite effect and further weaken the immune system. There were many articles relating to the more traditional pet care therapies but not much in the way of natural treatments. However, I did find one article concerning the benefits of pureed liver and how cats with the FeLV virus craved the enzymes. This article was a light bulb moment. Several years earlier, I had maintained a small practice as a medicinal cook for a few with various health conditions and well knew the medicinal value of food. Additionally, I also knew of a woman that once had leukemia who was given approximately 6 months to live 25 plus years ago. Therefore, I decided to attack all of Fairmount’s symptoms aggressively with food and herbs, along with some energy healing. All of which would have to be scaled down proportionate to her size/weight.

The following is the first phase of Fairmount’s all natural treatment. The photograph above reflects approximately one month of care. In addition to constantly asking the spiritual realms and Fairmount for help, I relied heavily on trusting my intuition (what came through me in the way of thought/feeling) when it came to how to proceed, what to feed and how much to administer on any given day. It is important to note that even though I believe organic whole foods are the best way to go and all of my animals have been subjected to my beliefs, I have always used the highest quality pet food I could locate as a base. Another factor for consideration is meat byproducts of any kind along with added preservatives are not good for healthy animals and definitely should not be given to an animal that is ill. Therefore, my animals were fed food made by Pet Guard, which was one of the first USDA certified organic pet foods available at that time.

Foods (Dosage ranges employed.)

  • Pet Guard – 1/2 can 2 times per day.
  • Fresh Daikon Root – 1/3 teaspoon grated to dispel excessive mucous. 1 serving per day.
  • Aduki Beans and Juice – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of mashed beans with 1 tablespoon of juice. 3-4 times per week to support and strengthen the kidneys/bladder during toxin release.
  • Short Grain Brown Rice – 2 to 3 tablespoons to stabilize system, and also treat constipation and/or diarrhea.
  • Fresh Kale – small amount slightly blanched and finely chopped. 1 serving per day.
  • Carrots – small amount either grated raw or cooked and then finely chopped. If juiced – 1 tablespoon juice with 1-2 teaspoons of pulp. 1 serving per day.
  • Pureed liver – 1-2 tablespoons mixed into food or a small bowl between meals with as much as she would eat. High source of protein and enzymes.
  • Raw egg yolk – High source of protein. 2 times per week.
  • Organic Whole Chicken Boiled – Meat with marrow extracted from bones. 2-3 times per week.


  • Fresh Ginger- 2 to 3 drops to rev up circulation. 1 time per day.
  • Fresh Garlic – 1/4 to 1/2 clove finely minced for parasites. 1 time per day.
  • Flax Seeds – 1/3 teaspoon for skin and coat. 1 time per day.

Natural Antibiotic

  • Colloidal Silver- 1/2 teaspoon internally 2-3 times per day. 1/4 teaspoon 2 times per day after improvement. 1/8 teaspoon 1 time per day thereafter. Also used as eyewash to treat eye infection.
  • Powdered Calcium Ascorbate Vitamin C – 1000 to 1500 mg per day to start. 500 mg per day after improvement. 250 mg per day thereafter.

Herb Tinctures (alcohol free)

  • Burdock Root – 2 to 4 drops to purify blood system. 3-4 times per week.
  • Echinacea Golden Seal – 2 to 3 drops to strengthen immune system. 2-3 times per week.

Fairmount was given a few days to rest and gain some strength before she was given her first bath with some of my own personal organic shampoo. Thereafter, she underwent 4 additional baths for 4 days in a row with one gallon of boiled lemon water added to treat the mange. The bathtub was filled with just enough water to cover her feet and no more than half her legs. After the initial 4 baths, she received daily lemon water sponge baths in my lap until the mange and itching was under control (approximately 10 days).

Homeopathic Remedies

  • Sulphur 30 C- for skin, mange, and herpes. 10-14 day treatment. 3-4 pellets 3 times per day for approximately 5 days. 1 time per day thereafter.
  • Sulphur 6x (animal strength) – 3 pellets 1 time per day. Administered as a precaution for approximately 6 additional days once mange was under control.

She received daily healing sessions 2x per day – first thing in the morning and last thing at night. The initial sessions lasted as long as they did for an adult. This was not the norm because animals usually require much less healing energy. However, Fairmount was at death’s door so I was willing to work for as long as the energy continued to flow through me. Approximately one week after our healing work began and during one healing session, her body began to shake uncontrollably under my hands. I thought for sure she was dying in my lap and began to pray. Within the next few minutes, she began a sneezing fit that had me concerned and I placed her on the floor to observe. After the sneezing had passed –  she stretched, walked over to her food and began to eat. I continued my observations. After she finished eating I asked, “Are you OK?” She walked over to receive some stroking and then went to curl up on her bed. I sat talking to her for awhile before leaving for the night.

I did not sleep well, as the healing session played out over and over in my mind. After tossing and turning for a few hours, I got out of my bed, bundled up and walked over to the studio to check on Fairmount – she was still alive. The next morning and much to my surprise, she was at the door waiting for me and seemed to have a lot more energy. During our healing session, I noticed the wheezing heard and felt in her chest was greatly reduced. I began to realize the trembling she had gone through the night before was very similar to what some of my human clients go through when we get into deep release work. “The healing shivers” is the term I use, and this must have been what Fairmount went through. The session the night before had been our turning point and the walking pneumonia’s hold had been broken. At this point, I felt much more confidant and knew we were on the road to recovery.

After about six weeks of treatment, the last of my three animal companions of 15 plus years suddenly became ill. My cat Asher had been diagnosed with a heart condition around age 3 which was supposed to shorten his life, but he had outlived them all. He was an amazing little spirit that captured the hearts of everyone that ever met him. I absolutely adored him and now he was dying. He wanted and demanded my undivided attention for four consecutive days – even monitored my phone time and would scream whenever someone called to let me know when their time was up. My visits with Fairmount were cut very short – I pretty much delivered her food and left. After Asher’s death, I did not want to be around any animals but could not completely ignore Fairmount. While mourning my loss, it began to occur to me that Asher might have opted to depart so Fairmount could move into our home. It was cold outside and going back and forth to the studio was taking a toll. However, I had no plans of keeping this kitten. My only intention was to help her regain her health and then locate a good home for her – HA! The thought of one that I greatly loved possibly opting to leave so this new cat could move into his home kind of pissed me off. I remember thinking “No way in hell is she ever moving in here!” Another HA!

Fairmount moved in three days later. She definitely lifted my spirits with her great personality – it was like she had always been living here and knew the routine. She absolutely loved to give me baths with her sandpaper tongue that hurt after about the third pass. I did my best to keep myself covered at night but sometimes a foot would pop out from under the covers, and it was a given that it would be bathed if she was anywhere near it. My head hair was not the right length but my eyebrows were, and I will never forget the first time she discovered them. A painful scraping sensation on my eye lid had me opening my eyes one morning to see her face right there over mine, which definitely made me jump!

As time progressed, she became stronger and I began to cut back on some of the supplements and eliminated others when she stopped eating the pureed liver, which indicated she no longer needed to be bombarded. After an approximate age was determined and given her depleted state, I had initially believed she probably would not come into season around the usual six months of age. Wrong! Contrary to what I thought and/or wanted, she did not wait. Her first season hit in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve. I did not realize she was in heat and thought she was in pain as she screamed the house down. I had also mistakenly believed cats came into season every six months so this would be the first and last time I would have to go through this. Wrong again! In January she came into her second season and it was then that I learned cats come into season every month. Needless to say, there was absolutely no way I would live with several days of monthly screaming sessions until the spring.

Our local vet was contacted first thing in the morning, but he would not spay her without giving her a rabies, and distemper shot. I tried to appeal to his better nature and explained the special needs of feline leukemia cats and how giving her these shots could cause a set back or kill her. He understood but his position was firm. We were locked in a stalemate, and he would not bend the rules. Although, he did suggest I contact the initial hospital where she had been treated because they had not required any shots to work with her. However, this hospital suddenly expressed concern about the possibility of rabies, distemper, or some other infectious disease. Go figure! I quickly reminded them that they didn’t seem to have any problems with the treatment and charging a very significant amount of money when this infectious “stray” was initially brought into their office. I also pointed out that contrary to their death sentence, this stray was still very much alive, and had not set one foot on the ground outside, or come in contact with any other animals. All of my reasoning attempts fell on deaf ears and they refused to spay her without shooting her up with their drugs first.

The end result had me taking Fairmount to a holistic vet located almost two hours away where she would receive the kind of care she required, but it was not at all cheap. After the appointment for February was arranged and the approximate cost given, I hung the phone up and sat in shock. This little stray kitty was costing more in medical bills than all of my animals and me combined in the last 25 years. I turned to see Fairmount in the middle of giving herself a bath, and informed her that she best not have any plans of checking out on that table, and better hang around and give me my investment back!

The morning had come and Fairmount was driven to the vet where she remained for 48 hours. I was a bit nervous about leaving her but more so about the procedure. Coming into season at her normal time was a good sign and reflected she was healthy. But waiting to undergo such and invasive procedure was definitively my preference. I was assured her system would be supported from administering a mild does of anesthesia to receiving an acupuncture session directly after she regained consciousness. Leaving her was hard. I found myself constantly communicating with her mentally to assure her I would be returning along with telling her she had to stay strong. The vet provided constant updates before, during, and after the procedure. What was becoming clear with each new call was the vet was falling in love with this kitten, which had me feeling relieved. Those 48 hours seemed like an eternity and Fairmount was as happy to see me as I was to see her. The vet informed me that all secondary conditions had cleared, and she was symptom free but had still tested positive for feline leukemia. This was good news and tackling the leukemia would become the primary focus now.

The second phase of treatment
In addition to maintaining the following foods, additional supplements suggested by her vet were included. Her feeding was reduced to once per day with one to two days of fasting each week. Fasting gives the system a break and stimulates the immune system. Fairmount would also see her vet once every two weeks for a form of healing therapy known as the “JMT Technique,” which she seemed to like very much. My plan was to have her retested for the leukemia in a few months and compare the actual numbers in the blood work to monitor her progress.


  • Pet Guard – 1/2 can 1 time per day.
  • Aduki Beans and Juice – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of beans with 1 tablespoon of juice to support and strengthen the kidneys/bladder during toxin release.
  • Short Grain Brown Rice – 2 to 3 tablespoons to stabilize system, and also treat constipation and/or diarrhea.
  • Fresh Kale- small amount slightly blanched and finely chopped. 1 serving per day.
  • Carrots – small amount either grated raw or cooked and then finely chopped. If juiced – 1 tablespoon juice with 1-2 teaspoons of pulp. 1 serving per day.
  • Fresh Meat – when it comes through to give this to her.

2 times per week

  • Acidophilus Yogurt – 1 tablespoon.
  • Egg Yolk.

Vitamin Supplements – 1 time per day

  • Liquid Vitamins with high vitamin “A” content.
  • Co-Q 10 – 1/3 of 30 mg capsule.
  • Acetylator – 1/2 capsule.
  • ProZyme Natural Enzyme -1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon per day.

Immune system

  • Scan – small pinch added to food. 1 time per day.
  • Powdered Calcium Ascorbate Vitamin C – 250 mg 2 times per week. More if needed.

Fairmount made it to her vet for three healing sessions before she changed things with her own plan. She developed an aversion to riding in the car and became extremely stressed on our way to the vet for her fourth session. I had initially thought she would mellow out as we drove but we were half way there and she was still screaming. I saw no benefit in taking her in for a session when nothing other than reducing her level of stress would be accomplished, which would be canceled out on the drive home. Not to mention, stress is a major trigger for this disease, and I was not willing to risk her health. I turned the car around and brought her home. To this day, I have no clue whether the leukemia is still active, or if it is in remission, or how long she will live. What I do know from my research is that if a kitten with leukemia survives beyond two years then there is a very good chance they will go on to live a full and long life. Fairmount has been with me for almost five years now, and she knows what I want and that I am actually expecting to get at least twelve years if not more! However, this choice is entirely up to her.

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  1. Thank you so much for posting this on the internet! Little Mingo just kept getting worse and worse. But I have gotten the essiac, vitamin c and medicinal mushrooms in him and will get the other components immediately. I am praying that it is not too late for Mingo, and I have much more hope now. I am not very familiar with animal pharmacology, but am learning as fast as I can. I had no idea I could give Mingo the vitamin C and in the amounts you listed. It has been so sad to watch him waste at 4 months when all the other kittens are gaining weight and thriving.

    You are saving lives and sparing hearts – I pray you have saved poor little Mingo and that he will enjoy a long and happy life here at Ozark Animal Sanctuary. NOW I know what I can safely do for them and by educating me, you have helped 50 other animals and those who we will care for in the future as well. Thank you! God gives animals people like you!

    Best Wishes Always!
    If ever…anything.

  2. Thank you so much for posting all this great information and your inspiring account.

    We just learned that our 4 year old stray has acute feline leukemia and are looking to at the very least make the remaining time we have with him as full as possible…a moment where conventional treatment generally falls short and alternative treatments provide so much more.

    I do have one question for you, however: how did you manage to get Fairmount to eat this array of healing foods and supplements? Part of the condition for Avalo is his greatly reduced appetite, and when he does eat he’s quite picky. Any successful tricks or thoughts? Mix it all together?

    Thank you, again.

  3. Hi Ethan,

    No doubt, cats can be quite finicky, especially those that are battling some sort of illness and it can be quite challenging for us to figure out what they want/need! Could be the cat does not like the brand of food that you are currently feeding so you may need to try to feed him another brand and be sure it is one of the top 5 all natural diets. “Wellness Healthy Indulgence” packets are quite good and are geared towards those that are fighting some sort of illness. Worked with another cat that ate like a bird until i hit on the Wellness packets and then I had great success in getting all the supplements he needed into him via this food. It is rather expensive and one packet only covers 2.5 pounds of body weight so might want to use one packet per day to get supplements into him and then feed another food that he likes. Should add that i have had to mash the wellness food so that it was more like the consistency of normal canned food because it comes in meat chunks, which some cats do not like. The gravy in the packets seems to be the draw for most all cats i have worked with and i wish the company sold quarts of the stuff because i now drain the gravy juice, puree the food separately with a little water and all supplements then use the gravy sparingly (or to the cat’s taste) when dealing with those that are extremely ill.

    Could also try adding more human food to his current diet to see if that makes a difference. Chicken is the most neutral of all meats. Fresh salmon is another one that most cats like, which also has anti-inflammatory properties. Including brewers yeast, 1/3 of the powder in a 50 mg vitamin B complex capsule, ginger tea made from the fresh root and some dandelion root are just a few that serve to inspire an appetite. Dandelion root will also help to purify the blood and liver. Something i have since discovered in my work with another animal with a tumor is fish oil with EPA and DHA (Omega 3) would also be a good addition. Due to the expense etc, Omega 3 is usually not included in most commercial pet foods and is something that cats need, especially when fighting cancer.

    Wishing you the best!

  4. awesome information, i have 2 positive feline luke cats, both have been in my rescue shed with 20 others , so i suspect they might all be exposed, only way to tell i guess is to buy a feline luke test kit, or buy vaccines for feline luke and give them all shots either way, it is expensive, i’m leaning towards the saliva test kit, have the two positive cats separated, one is doing great, the other is up and down but still drooling a lot, have then both on doxycycline seems to be working so far, definitely going to try your ingredients, thanks so much for the great info, any advice would be appreciated, i love all animals especially cats, most of these guys were drop offs, i fix them and do what i can for them.

  5. Hi Phil,

    Thanks for the feedback and glad you found the information helpful. Each critter is very individual and what works for one may not always work for another, and could be the one cat that is up and down is asking for a more natural treatment. So, i would definitely have a conversation with the cats and then use the colloidal silver in place of the doxycycline. The silver helps to build a stronger immune system, has no side effects when used correctly so no possibility of compromising other organs, which is something that we always have to consider when using conventional drugs that usually serve to mask/suppress the symptoms rather than cure.

    In my opinion, symptoms are the barometer we need to use when it comes to treating/curing anything and i tend to weather the storms naturally, but another option would be to test the waters and add much more support for the immune system via food/herbs along with the drug to see if that makes a difference for the one cat. If it does then this will be a clear sign that should help you to determine the best course of treatment because could be both will work for you and your cats, and/or you may opt to go the all natural way too. Give your cat (s) the opportunity to guide/teach/show you what works best for them… 🙂

    Wishing you the very best and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any other questions.

  6. Thank you so much for this information. I have several stray cats who could well have FELV and one who is ill with an infection at present and not responding to veterinary intervention, the traditional kind. (All my cats were strays from a place in Ireland where FELV was rife). I will start to implement some of the things you suggest here, in conjunction with listening to my own intuition, listening to what my cat has to say and giving him healing. These dear creatures have so much to teach us. Love and thanks.

  7. My cat CoCo was diagnosed with the Feline Leukemia. He becomes dehydrated and does not drink much. I have been offering him both dry and wet cat food. I only offer him reverse osmosis water (which takes everything out). Recently I started force feeding him Pedialyte. Do you have any recommendations to get a cat to drink more water so that he does not become dehydrated?

  8. Hi Vicki,

    Dry food has practically no moisture and is not good for kidneys, so need to locate a high quality wet food that CoCo really likes and add a couple tablespoons of water or specific herbal water teas to it. If cooking fresh food is not an option then might want to try “Wellness foods” – the company also offers something called “Healthy Indulgence.” They are packets of food with gravy liquid in them that many cats seem to like – have had great success getting all kinds of vitamins/herbs etc into cats that were not eating well due to health issues. I normally separate gravy from food – puree food in blender with vitamins/herbs along with 2-3 tablespoons of water added and then mix gravy back in and serve. It is a bit expensive and you would need to feed 2 packets per 5 lbs of body weight, so if money is not an option then your cat might really like this food or you can use 1 packet per day to get some extras into him/her that s/he might not eat in other foods. Wishing you both the very best!

  9. My 8-year-old male cat, Jack, was just diagnosed with Leukemia that has gone into cancer. He’s still 9 lbs, but is not eating as much as he was. I think it’s because he is now in a room by himself and doesn’t have to fight for his share of the food. I have 4 other inside cats that all have to be tested for Leukemia. I’ve ordered Olive Leaf Extract for Cats & Dogs, and I know Olive Leaf Extract is a potent virus killer. I also make my own colloidal silver and have used it with great success over the past couple of years.

    I need something to stimulate his appetite. He’s eating, but not as much as he should. He’s not eating a whole packet of Wellness Healthy Indulgence. I have a bowl of the Wellness Free (grain free) dry food for him, and I gave him a little raw food this morning. He had a few bites of the raw and a few bites of the Helthy Indulgence, but that was it. He usually goes around and cleans everyone else’s plate. He is drinking, so he’s not getting dehydrated.

    I know we have to kill the virus first so it won’t keep replicating. Oregano Oil is the absolute best at killing viruses…but is toxic to cats! I never take flu shots and never get sick. I take my Oregano Oil whenever I’m around a lot of people or feeling like I’m trying to catch something. I only wish I could use it for him.

    I read somewhere, and I can’t find it again, about using Ginger tea and Dandelion Root Tea to stimulate a sick cat’s appetite. Is that true? What do you know about these two items? I did read that Dandelion Root Tea is being used by human leukemia patients with good success. It is supposed to kill cancer cells.

    I would appreciate any help you might be able to give. I have your information on my refrigerator so I can give the same things to Jack.

    He doesn’t like being alone, so I go in and spend time with him. He’s actually in my master bedroom with a screen door dividing him from the rest of the house. We put it on when my husband was ill, and it seems to work well.

    Thank you so much for the information you have already provided. It gives me hope that I can help Jack. Fairmont had a lot to overcome at such a young age. Jack is 8 and still a little spunky. I want to keep him that way and help him get even better.

  10. Hello Sue,

    Jack is definitely not eating enough and maintaining his weight is extremely important because they can lose it very quickly. Brewers yeast and ginger (food herb) are two good candidates to stimulate an appetite. Dandelion root (food herb) is good for the liver and is a powerful blood purifying agent when combined with Burdock root (food herb) so cannot hurt to include about 1/3 capsule each into food that he will eat 1-2x per day for a couple weeks before taking a little break. Would also recommend offering him as much raw chicken liver (whole or pureed) as he will eat along with a variety of fresh meats. Chicken is the most neutral, salmon has anti-inflammatory properties etc – key is getting as many medicinal foods/herbs/vitamins into him as you can and using things that he likes to do this. Vitamin C should become his new best friend and i would add a little to every meal until you turn the corner. And last but not least, if you have not already then do not forget to speak with him and let him know what you want and then ask him to help you with his healing process because he is the one that will make the final decision as to what the outcome will be… 🙂

  11. Hi Karen,

    So far, he refuses the raw chicken liver, and only eats a little of the food with the Vit C in it. He will eat Friskies mixed with Authority canned food….at least more than he will eat of the Wellness Healthy Indulgence.

    I will add the Brewer’s yeast and ginger tonight. I finally found liquid, non alcoholic, Burdoc root. I picked up some Dandelion Root tea and will start giving him that also. I feed a little raw chicken to two other cats and Jack will sometimes have a couple of bites, but doesn’t go beyond that. I’ve talked to him, actually I talk to him every night when I’m in his sick room with him (Master Bedroom). He is drinking enough water to stay hydrated. The Olive Leaf Extract should arrive today or tomorrow. I need to get as much food in him as I can so he will be able to handle the “die off” effect of the virus.

    You recommend adding grated carrot to the food. Is that for the beta carotene or flavor? I read that cats can’t convert beta carotene to Vit A. Last night, I picked up some organic kale and will add that to his food today. Do you mix everything up together? I just want him to eat. He seems to eat more when I’m with him, so I’ve been spending a few hours with him each evening. He has strength to jump up onto a 3 foot high bed with ease. I want to keep that strength.

    How do you pass energy from yourself to the cat? Is there a website I can read up on it? He is such a loveable kitty and I want to do everything I can for him.

    I’ll add your suggestions today.

    Thanks so much.

  12. Sue,

    Got 2 posts, so if you tried more than that then one is missing. And as reminder, all comments are held for moderation due to spammers.

    Now, for the cat….Definitely have to locate some higher quality foods because dry food of any kind doesn’t offer much in the way of nutritional value. Major key for any recovery is finding quality foods that your cat likes, which can be challenging. Might want to try just offering the gravy juice from a Wellness packet because that seems to be the rub for many cats that I have worked with. If he goes for the gravy then that means you just have to work on the consistency via pureeing the meat with water and then hand mixing gravy into pureed meat/water etc. Additionally, If you have not tried, would recommend cooking a little chicken in water rather than giving raw because many cats do not like raw meat and will not eat much of it. Could also try some fresh salmon cakes (slightly cooked) because most cats love those! Human baby foods offer a variety of pureed meats, veggies,cereal grains etc, which is another option for short term.

    Note: outside of feeding human meats, I have come up against a bit of a stand-off when trying to change a cat’s commercial diet at times, and it is hard to not freak out a little when dealing with one that is fighting some sort of illness that seems to be going on a hunger strike. Additionally, when a cat’s health begins to decline, many become extremely finicky when it comes to their normal diet – it’s like they know what they need and it is up to their caretaker to locate it for them. Therefore, might want to try an experiment – offer him a can of human tuna fish (water packed) which should help you to determine whether or not it is the illness or not liking the food that has him eating less, as most are not inclined to pass this one up. (Tuna fish is not something to feed on a regular basis but can do as a treat.)

    I normally mix all foods together but monitor because sometimes a critter does not like a specific medicinal food/herb so amount may need to be decreased but normally can get it in there via a favorite meat. In addition to beta carotene, carrots have other nutrients. Not to mention, some cats and dogs really like them, and I tend to trust/listen to their innate wisdom more than anything else when it comes to what they may want to eat or not eat. However, I will hold my ground when it comes to things that i know they need but compromise via decreasing the amount rather than bombarding them with it all at once. Additionally, Fairmount initially had golden yellow eyes (see photo above) which reflected some issues with her liver. After her condition became more stable, her eye color changed to green so the carrots didn’t hurt.

    And last but not least, energy healing is not something I can teach via this blog but you can probably locate some information on the web. Key to any hands-on healing work is prayer and trusting/knowing/feeling the spiritual realms (God) working through you. Reiki is a good place to start – can read a little about it on my website (Reiki Healing) and if it speaks to you then you can locate someone in your area to get you started. Animals absolutely love and respond to healing energy work very well so would be good to learn/know 🙂

  13. Hello,
    I have a couple questions regarding conflicting information I am finding on the web. My 6-year-old cat Oliver was diagnosed with FeLV earlier this week.

    Garlic – I thought onions and garlic were not good for cats?
    Raw food – I have heard that since the immune system is compromised that we shouldn’t give him any raw food or meat as it may be contaminated to a degree that will make him sick …

    The same for egg yolk …

    My cat is drinking water and only wants a specific kind of wet food at this point, he won’t eat the sceince diet we’ve been feeding him his whole life and I’m worried he’s not getting enough nutrients.


  14. Hi Lisa,

    Unless your cat is dealing with mange/parasites then there really is no need to feed garlic, as there are many other alternatives that will support the immune system and/or serve as an antibiotic. Additionally, all raw food diets are not something I subscribe to when dealing with ones that are up against some sort of illness because of reasons you have listed along with possibly introducing parasites into the system. However and contrary to some opinions, including servings of things like – milk, egg yolks and chicken liver etc is not going to hurt. Not to mention, animals are pretty smart and many seem to crave specific things during their recovery process and will automatically stop eating it when it is no longer needed. Have been working with a cat (his story will be coming at some point) that was close to the end via kidney failure – he wanted milk on a daily basis during his recovery, and much like Fairmount with chicken liver, he too is refusing milk now that he is better. (Note: if feeding raw chicken liver on a regular basis then i would recommend including a little garlic 2-3x per week as a parasite precaution.)

    And as was already posted (in part) for another person, it is not uncommon for a critter to go off their normal diet when an illness strikes, and your cat obviously knows that what he has been eating has not been good for him and will not help with his current condition, which is why he has stopped eating it. He wants/needs better food and is expecting you to locate what he needs because he can’t forage for himself or go to the store to buy it. So, would recommend buying several cans/packets from a few of the best natural commercial brands (companies) and letting him tell you which one he wants you to use as his base for other foods/supplements. (Keep your receipts because you can return unused foods to the store for a refund.)

    Hope your cat lets you off the hook easy on this one because my current cat patient had me going back and forth to the store pretty much every day until i hit on the “Wellness Healthy Indulgence” packets, and then i had to learn his preferences because he likes turkey but not the Wellness turkey, so i was off to another store for the turkey that he liked 🙁

  15. Thank you for your advice. We’ve been trying out different foods and hopefully will find a more nutritious one that he will like! (Not patee, but flakes, and not all flakes … etc)
    Do you know anything about using herb combinations as in aruyveda but for cats?


  16. You are welcome Lisa and wishing the very best for your little fur ball – may he teach you well 🙂 And no – have limited knowledge/experience with Dosha types related to humans let alone employing for the animal kingdom but is similar to 5 element theory/work.

  17. HI again,
    So now he’s eating but he has a swollen nose with what looks like a scratch … he hasn’t been in contact with any other cats so it’s not from a fight but it’s not healing either … any suggestions?


  18. Hi Lisa,

    Glad he is eating! Do you have Colloidal Silver and Vitamin C? If not, would recommend picking up a bottle of “Sovereign Silver” (natural antibiotic) from local health food store or ordering directly from the company online ( – use internally and externally – can be used on any kind of wounds (via a saturated cotton ball on nose) and is safe enough to use in eyes. Would also try increasing Vitamin C before doing anything else at this point. (I have used as much as 2000-3000 mg of vitamin C for about a month or so when trying to conquer something, so would recommend starting off with lower dosages 2x per day and working up to more if needed. Will want to monitor stools and back off and reduce dosage of Vitamin C if they become loose. Would also recommend including a little mashed rice with each meal if you begin to employ higher dosages, which help to keep stools firm.)

  19. Hi, thank you for sharing your journey with Fairmount. This morning at 2:30 am a very sick young cat showed up at my door in the middle of a thunderstorm. I made an appointment today and was given the exact diagnosis as Fairmount They suggested to put him to sleep which was not an option for me. I have 3 cats of my own and am very limited in my finances, as I had to move in with my mom to take care of her full time. I am concerned for my other babies and have him in a large enclosure. I am a massage therapist and have using alternative healthcare for many years. I know I will do my best to bring him out of the crisis he is in but do not know where to go from there to treat the luekemia. I will need help and that is what I am searching for as I am writing this from my search online.I will continue to look for help from anyone who would be willing !! So encouraging to know I am not alone and there is hope… Thank you again.

  20. Wonderful story!

    I would love to do those things for my FeLeuk+ foster,
    but she hardly eats.

  21. This can be a symptom with feLV patients and there are remedies that you might try that might help to stimulate more of an appetite.

  22. Hello.
    I have a cat who was tested positive for leukemia about 10 years ago. One of his eyes is brown, he has seizures, his tail whips, he is missing both bottom fangs and he is clearly not healthy. I give him the highest quality canned and dry food available as well as aquasana filtered water. I cannot afford to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in holistic vet bills and all the foods and herbs you listed. It is absolutely ridiculous, in my opinion, to actually be able to afford all of that. What should I do? I am no millionaire and won’t get myself into debt or work my life away to take care of my cat. Holistic vets overcharge for everything they do. I’ve talked to countless vets and they all want enough money to pay their rent on their mansion and yacht for two months just to look at my cat!

  23. i understand your sentiments completely Benjamin but there is no way around it, having a pet does cost money and how much you spend depends on the type of care they receive right out of the gate. Although, there are some animals that live very long lives with minimal care — much like those humans that drink and smoke excessively for all of their adult lives that outlive others that have taken good care of themselves 🙂

    If you are feeding high quality canned food then i would also include some real meat along with some basic vitamins – most important would be water soluble vitamins along with omega 3. Meat can be frozen and used as needed. You could also include small amounts of food herbs like dandelion and burdock root etc to cleanse blood and support organs.

  24. Hi Karen,
    I live in Australia and i would like to know if you’ve ever heard of any healing veterinarians here? My beloved black panther cat, Slash has tested positive for felv and is at the specialist now. They are testing for pancreatitis as well as FIV. Any info you can give will help. I did have a physic tell me that he would have a very long hard battle but that he would survive this. I am very sad tonight as is everyone in our home. What can i do?.

  25. Hello Lisa,

    I don’t know of any healing vets in your area but you could do a search on the internet to locate any that might be there. The psychic is correct as far as the battle, and if he does go into remission then he will require extra special care for the rest of his life. Additionally, i think you might want to get quiet with him and ask him what he wants along with letting him know what you want because only he can determine whether he will stay or leave, and how long the battle will last. Animals have an uncanny ability to heal very quickly, and I have found in my work with critters that are up against life and death that speaking with them and then listening with your heart will reveal any answers that you may be needing/wanting. Usually, if they have a good reason to stay then they do. Can say, the animals i have worked with seem to hang around so that i can learn how to treat/heal them – have been extremely blessed with a number of very great furry teachers!

    I highly recommend bypassing drugs and medical procedures of any kind and providing very good nutritional care in the way of food, vitamins and herbs etc. In addition to trying to locate someone in your area that works to heal animals via nutrition, I also suggest that you try to locate an energy therapist or learn Reiki 1, so that you can work on him yourself, which might be something that he is wanting/asking you to do via his condition – could be, he is serving as the catalyst to get you more involved with these healing realms, if you are not already? If you cannot locate anyone in the nutritional field then i can assist you in this area via my website – Pet Nutrition Consultations.

    I wish you both the very best and enjoy the journey because it is a very special one….

  26. Thank you so much. I just hope he does not have AIDS too. Can you please tell me more about bypassing drugs, what are these? I was of the opinion that FELV has different stages? however Slash’ specialist seems to feel that FELV is FELV and that is that – i am unsure about this? What do you mean that ‘The psychic is correct ……and if he goes into remission’? you obviously feel this way or have ‘seen’ it yourself? I am absolutely desperate here. Please tell me my beautiful boy will be with me and not have AIDS too. As you can imagine i am very upset.

  27. Oh gosh i’m so sorry. I just re-read your kind reply and seems i got it all wrong – my apologies.

  28. Not a problem. There is much information on the internet that will help you to understand more about the stages of this virus. Just because he tested positive does not mean he will die tomorrow, BUT he does need proper nutritional support ASAP. If he is symptom free then that is a good sign and you want to keep him that way and try to work on reversing the condition – if possible. Progression can be monitored via his blood, so you might want to get a count now and check it again in another 6 months or so to see how he is doing, and make appropriate nutritional adjustments as needed etc.

    Note – your vet should have his current numbers so i would get a copy of that to keep for your personal records. Might try to search online to see if anyone with an FeLV cat has posted blood count numbers that are similar to Slash, which might give you some additional information.

  29. His wbc count is high, i don’t have the current numbers but i was told that he has loads of wbc and is not anemic. He is very very unfortunately FIV positive too. I am told that they will wait till Monday and re-do the ultrasound of his abdominal lymph nodes and hope that they have began to decrease. This would mean his pancreatitis is on the way out. I am also told he seems much brighter than a week ago and is eating well and sitting up. I have ordered a pet healing reiki book today. I am absolutely determined to do whatever it takes to keep these virus’ at bay. During my exercise class at the gym today I put all my physical energy into sending out healing energy to Slash – surprisingly the workout didn’t seem at all hard after I decided it was all for Slash.

  30. Be careful with procedures, would be best to bypass sedation which could weaken his system so make vet aware that you would prefer not having sedation if he is getting this because has already had one round.

  31. They are telling me that they may need to do a biopsy of the abdominal lymph nodes to see if he has lymphoma. As such a ultrasound is necessary.

  32. Even thou no lymphoma has been detected on the now seven aspirates that they have done.

  33. So some questions you might want to ask yourself (and the vet) – what is the course of action after you have invested the money to find out all that is wrong, and how are additional procedures serving to strengthen and not weaken your cat’s compromised immune system, and what are you and the vet employing now to help strengthen/treat him with the knowledge you already have concerning his serious condition?

    The pet health industry is a business and we have to be proactive when it comes to our pets and think to ask our vets some tough questions, especially when our pet’s lives are on the line.

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