Natural Remedies for Feline Herpes, Feline Aids, FIV & FeLV
Feline herpes, feline AIDS, FIV, calicivirus and FeLV are common feline viruses that can be helped using natural remedies along with treatments from your veterinarian. Holistic treatments such as home remedies and feeding a low-carbohydrate, hypoallergenic diet can give your cat much-needed relief from virus symptoms.
Symptoms of feline viruses can include:
- Chronic upper respiratory infections
- Nasal discharge
- Eye discharge and/or conjunctivitis
- Loss of appetite
- Pale or inflamed gums
Holistic treatments for cat herpes, feline AIDS, FIV, calicivirus and FeLV can support your cat’s immune system, reducing symptoms and help your kitty lead a normal life. Cats with viruses will have periods of latency and active infection. Once a cat has been infected with a virus like herpes, FeLV, FCV or FIV, it will become a carrier. The virus can survive in a latent or inactive state within the body. When the virus is reactivated by stress, a weakened immune system or illness, the cat will become infectious and can spread the virus to other cats. This is called “shedding” the virus. It can be shed by saliva, nasal or eye secretions or blood.
To help strengthen your cat's immune system, feed your cat an antiviral diet that reduces inflammation. Feeding foods that contain potential allergens, chemicals and grains can lead to increased inflammation and act as a trigger for the virus. Diet changes and a few antiviral supplements for cats can dramatically reduce symptoms and improve your cat's quality of life.
Types of Feline Viruses
Feline URI (Upper Respiratory Infection) - Upper respiratory infections are a common occurrence in cats and kittens. Often there is an underlying viral component, making them hard to resolve. Antibiotics are not especially helpful unless a secondary infection is present (just as with human colds or flu). URI symptoms can make it appear as if your cat has a cold. Symptoms include sneezing, nasal congestion, conjunctivitis, fever, discharge from the nose or eyes and lack of appetite. The cold symptoms can seem to go on for months and become a chronic problem. Feline upper respiratory infections are most common in multi-cat households, in shelters and in cats that have herpes virus or calicivirus.
Feline Herpes Virus 1 (FHV-1 or Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus) - Cats are often exposed as young kittens to feline herpesvirus 1. It is believed that 80% of all kittens are exposed to FHV-1. It causes an acute respiratory illness known as rhinotracheitis. Cat herpes symptoms can include sneezing, nasal discharge, rhinitis (inflammation of the nose) and conjunctivitis (inflammation of the membrane lining the eyelid). Feline herpesvirus can also affect the reproductive tract and can cause complications during pregnancy. Although rare, long-term cat herpes infections can lead to keratitis (the inflammation of the eye cornea) and FHV-associated dermatitis (skin inflammation and ulceration at the nose and mouth).
Cats of all ages and breeds are susceptible to feline herpes. However, kittens, flat-faced cats such as Persians and those with weakened immune systems are more susceptible. The cat herpes virus is transferred when an infected cat's eye, nose or mouth discharge comes in contact with other cats. It is highly contagious and easily spread in shelters and multi-cat households. Ask Ariel’s supplements for herpes in cats (below) can improve your cat’s quality of life by reducing symptoms and outbreaks.
“Stripe is an amazing cat. Ever since a kitten, Stripe had it rough! He nearly died when he was a month old, he was gravely ill out of nowhere. Fast forward a couple of years, I noticed him throwing up and screaming. I took him to the vets and he was diagnosed with stomatitis! Well, I didn't know what stomatitis was, so I researched and got meds. Stripe was still ill, so I took him to the humane society where he was diagnosed with FIV. I freaked out, but nevertheless he's my son, so I thought we have a fight in hand. Stripe and I have been through a lot and I wholeheartedly love him, so I vowed never to give up and then I found Ask Ariel which has been a life saver for my handsome fur baby." - Turhan, Florida
Stripe uses Power Probiotic and QUENT Anti-Viral Drops
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) - FIV in cats is a retrovirus infection, often referred to as feline AIDS or cat HIV due to similarities to the human AIDS virus. It is transmitted from cat to cat with a deep bite wound that draws blood, which means outdoor, free-roaming, unneutered male cats are at greatest risk of contracting FIV. Risk of casual cat contact transmission (like sharing food bowls) between an FIV positive cat and other household cats that get along is very low. People and other animals won’t contract the disease from an infected cat.
There are many myths about FIV that can make FIV-positive cats less adoptable in shelters and discourage pet owners who have them from seeking treatment. In fact, many FIV cats can live normal lives, especially if fed a low-carbohydrate, novel-protein diet along with immune support supplements. FIV in cats is considered a slow virus because it often takes a long time for symptoms to appear. FIV will compromise a cat’s immune system, making it more susceptible to falling ill. Cats with FIV may be more susceptible to a variety of secondary infections (e.g., eye infections, upper respiratory infections, etc.) due to a weakened immune system from the virus. Cats with feline AIDS may also tend to have chronic diarrhea and experience slow, steady weight loss.
Regular veterinary visits along with a highly nutritious, low-carbohydrate diet and long-term use of immune support supplements such as the Immune Support Kit, Immune Harmony and Power Probiotic can enable your cat to live a normal life, especially if the FIV is diagnosed in the early stage of the disease. FIV generally has three stages. In the acute stage, the virus enters the cat's body and causes lethargy, fever and swollen lymph nodes. In the latent stage, the virus appears dormant and many cats seem to be healthy. This phase can last from months to years. In the terminal phase of the disease, FIV has progressed to feline acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (feline AIDS) and the cat suffers infections or cancers that overwhelm the weakened immune system and eventually cause death.
Early diagnosis of FIV through a screening test can help you get a head start in supporting your cat’s immune system. The most common screening test for FIV is included in many routine blood panels. An ELISA test screens for the feline AIDS virus antibody. Even though these tests are highly sensitive and specific, there is a relatively high percentage (65%) of false-positive results in cats that are showing no clinical symptoms. It’s important to keep your FIV-positive cat indoors to decrease exposure to secondary infections and help prevent spreading the disease.
Feline Leukemia Virus - Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a highly contagious virus that can severely compromise a cat's immune system, allowing other diseases to take hold. Many cats with FeLV die from secondary infections within a few years after the virus is contracted. Anemia is common in cats with FeLV. The virus is transmitted through a cat’s saliva, milk, urine, feces and nasal secretions. Most commonly the virus is spread by sharing litter boxes, food and water bowls. It can only be transmitted to other cats (not dogs or humans). Once contracted, FeLV can cause blood disorders and immune system deficiencies, and it is also the most common cause of cancer. The early stage of the infection, when no signs of illness may be present, is called primary viremia. The virus may move to secondary viremia, a more advanced stage, when it enters the bone marrow and other tissue.
Since there may not be any feline Leukemia symptoms in the early stages, it is important to have your cat tested. The goal of treatment is to try to identify FeLV early before a cat becomes symptomatic and then do all you can to offer ongoing immune support. If caught early and immune support is given, some FeLV-positive cats can lead a normal life.
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is what’s known as a retrovirus because it creates an enzyme that inserts copies of itself into the cells it infects. Roughly 2–3% of all cats in the US are infected. However, for those that are most at risk – very young, ill or outdoor cats – the rate rises to up to 30%.
Feline Calicivirus - Feline calicivirus (FCV) is extremely contagious to other cats. It is a viral infection that affects the respiratory tract, mouth, intestines and musculoskeletal system of cats. The most common symptoms are upper respiratory infections (sneezing, nasal congestion and conjunctivitis), ulcers in the cat’s mouth or on the lips and nose, inflammation and fatigue. The symptoms usually begin in the back of the mouth and appear similar to stomatitis: swelling, drooling and ulcers. The painful ulcers may inhibit your cat from eating. The cat may not be able to smell, so it may become anorexic. Calicivirus can also cause painful inflammation in the joints. Some cats will develop chronic gingivitis or stomatitis as a result of FCV. Incorporating natural treatments for feline calicivirus in addition to giving traditional medicine can give your cat relief from the irritating symptoms.
Calicivirus can be spread through saliva or secretions from the nose or eyes. It is most common in shelters and multi-cat households. Unlike most feline viruses, calicivirus can live for up to a month in some environments, so it is very important to disinfect the environment to protect other cats. People cannot contract FCV, but if they have touched contaminated surfaces, they can transmit the virus to other cats. New strains of FCV are common, as the virus mutates readily.
Holistic Treatments for Cats With Viruses
Holistic treatments for FIV, calicivirus, FeLV, herpes and other viruses can strengthen your cat's immune system, helping your kitty respond better to the virus and to reduce secondary infections. Cats thrive on a hypoallergenic, low-carbohydrate diet. This doesn't just mean eliminating grains typically found in dry food. Grain-free is a sure improvement, but many grain-free dry foods contain starchy carbohydrates to reduce the cost of cat food. Cats are carnivores, and feeding them starchy carbohydrates has the potential to weaken their immune system.
Over time, as you reduce exposure to chemicals, allergens, stress and sources of inflammation, and provide antiviral supplements, your kitty’s viral episodes should be less frequent and not as symptomatic. It is important to note most viruses will remain in the body, and during times of stress (either physical due to other illnesses or emotional), flare-ups will occur, but by strengthening your cat’s immune system, you can control the extent to which the virus affects your cat’s overall quality of life.
Supplements for Cats With Viruses
It can be difficult to administer supplements to cats, so we made it easier. Many cats love the taste of Power Probiotic (see video on product page). The NOT Drops, QUENT Drops and Immune Silver drops are all liquids with minimal taste. These three formulas can be purchased together at a discounted package price in the Immune Support & Asthma Kit or purchased separately (see products below). The combination of the Immune Support Kit formulas along with Power Probiotic can be life-changing for your kitty.
The Immune Support Kit Is an Effective, Easy-To-Use Home Remedy for Cats With Feline Viruses
The kit contains three tasteless, natural remedies for cats with feline viruses such as FIV, FeLV, AIDS and herpes. These three liquid supplements contain drops that are easy to administer, reduce inflammation and clear sinuses to improve breathing. Save on the package price when you buy all three natural remedies together.
NOT Drops - These natural homeopathic drops fight infection and supports your pet's immune system. NOT Drops help control harmful bacteria and restores gut flora balance, improving digestive symptoms and immune function. The drops are gentle, easy to administer and safe for long-term use.
QUENT Drops - These natural homeopathic drops fight viruses and infection, especially targeting the lung and upper respiratory system. Secondary bacterial infections often involve underlying viruses, so using NOT and QUENT together is very effective in supporting your pet's health.
Silver Immune Support - Silver Immune Support is an all-natural, easy-to-use liquid remedy to help your pet recover from a bacterial infection or viral flare-up. It is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial and is well tolerated even by tiny pets.
Power Probiotic - This is the best probiotic for pets! Backed by scientific research, this powerful multi-strain formula promotes the growth of friendly bacteria that are essential to a healthy immune system. It’s critical to use if your pet has taken antibiotics and steroids. Most pets love the taste too.
Olive Leaf Extract For Pets - This supplement has been used as an adjunct veterinary treatment for feline viruses, including feline leukemia virus (FeLV), feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline herpes (FHV-1). This holistic remedy contains antiviral properties that can interfere with viral replication. Olive leaf extract is a natural antimicrobial that can destroy bacteria and fungi that can cause respiratory infections. It’s scientifically proven to support a healthy immune system.
Immune Harmony - This product contains a unique patented sterol formula that provides long-term immune support. Helps to rebalance the immune system, reduce inflammation and fight chronic viral infections such as FIV, FeLV, feline herpes, and chronic URIs. Plant sterols help to increase T-cell activity - the "natural killer cells" that destroy pathogens and remove damaged or infected cells. Scientific research involving cats with FIV showed that plant sterols helped infected cats maintain stable immune numbers, compared to disease progression in untreated FIV positive cats.*
*Reference: Research study: Plant Sterols and Sterolins: A Review of Their Immune-Modulating Properties. Altern Med Rev. 1999 Jun;4(3):170-7. Patrick J.D. Bouic, PhD and Johan H. Lamprecht, MD.
Not Sure What To Feed Your Kitty?
To strengthen your cat's immunity, feeding a hypoallergenic, low-carbohydrate diet with a novel protein is helpful. Many quality pet foods, even "holistic brands," contain too many starchy carbohydrates that convert to sugar, weakening your cat's immune system.
Please include your cat's diet and treats on the order form at checkout, along with your kitty's health issues. Based on our extensive experience helping cats with viruses and autoimmune conditions, we will include a diet suggestion on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.
"Boris is my (now) 10 year-old domestic medium haired cat. He's a gentle and loving boy. He's had issues with allergies and feline herpes since he was 1 year old, which manifest in sneezing and runny eyes with discolored discharge.
A couple of years ago, I found AskAriel, and at the recommendation of Susan, Boris was switched to a novel canned food source, and I put him on ProAller drops in addition to his daily l-lysine, Power Probiotic and NotaSAN as needed for occasional flareups. The ProAller keeps his eye issues mostly under control on its own, and I can definitely tell when I've skipped a dose. Thanks for helping my Bobo!" - Pamela, Zion, IL
“My name is Fred. At 13, my parents FINALLY found relief for my chronic flare-ups of the feline viruses---like Herpes. I would start sneezing and then have secondary infections and have to go on traditional meds and the cycle would continue. (not to mention the tummy upsets that I would have from the traditional meds.) Now, my mom gives me NotaSAN and QuentaSAN drops…just mixed into a little food and I am not so congested. Wish they had found this sooner…but, I am a very happy, satisfied customer in North Carolina. I also use the Silver Immune Support spray when needed and it works wonderful.” - Deborah – Fred’s mommy…
Why Use Ask Ariel Supplements To Help Your Pet With Feline Viruses?
Many pet owners have seen the benefits of using supplements on their own health and now want the same for their pets. Our premium, natural pet supplements have been used successfully in veterinary hospitals since 2005. Ask Ariel's remedies are selected based on quality, scientific research and proven results. Giving your pet supplements specifically for this condition will support your pet's immunity and help reduce the symptoms. A holistic approach with supplements and diet changes (FREE diet tips on the packing slip with your order) will give your pet the best chance of healing and recovery. Many veterinarians have seen the proven results of our products with their patients, which is why Ask Ariel pet supplements are veterinarian recommended nationwide.
If you have questions about which products to use, please feel free to email us at Support@AskAriel.com.
What is calicivirus in cats?
Calicivirus in cats is an extremely contagious viral infection with symptoms similar to upper respiratory infections (sneezing, nasal congestion, conjunctivitis), ulcers in the cat’s mouth or on the lips and nose, inflammation and fatigue. Because the virus may impair the cat’s ability to smell and taste, many cats will become anorexic. The mouth symptoms may appear similar to stomatitis, an autoimmune condition that causes mouth swelling, drooling and ulcers. Feline calicivirus (FCV) readily mutates, so vaccines are not always effective in preventing the spread of the virus. Calicivirus can live for up to a month, so it is very important to disinfect any surfaces that may have come in contact with the virus. Calicivirus can be spread through saliva or secretions from the nose or eyes. It is most common in shelters and multi-cat households. Natural treatment for feline calicivirus includes supplements for immune support along with feeding a low carbohydrate, novel protein diet.
How is feline AIDS spread?
Feline AIDS is spread by FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) most commonly through deep, penetrating bite wounds. FIV cannot be spread to other cats through shared water bowls, food bowls or grooming and feline AIDS is not transmittable to humans. FIV cats may appear healthy and normal for years, especially if they are given a low carbohydrate, hypoallergenic diet and immune support supplements. FIV will eventually compromise a cat’s immune system, making them more susceptible to secondary infections. Many cats can live with FIV for quite some time before it progresses to Feline Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (Feline AIDS). FIV-positive cats can cohabitate safely with FIV-negative cats as long as there are no personality conflicts or territorial behaviors that might cause the cats to fight.
What is feline herpes?
Feline Herpes Virus 1 (FHV-1 or Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus) is a viral infection that causes upper respiratory symptoms and conjunctivitis in cats. Cat herpes symptoms can include: sneezing, nasal discharge, eye discharge, nasal congestion, and conjunctivitis. The virus is spread through an infected cat’s saliva, nasal discharge or eye discharge. Feline herpesvirus is highly contagious, especially in shelters and multi-cat households. An infected cat will usually show symptoms for a few weeks at a time and during other periods, the virus lays dormant in the cat’s body. Supplements for herpes in cats along with a low inflammatory diet can reduce flareups and symptoms.
How to treat feline leukemia virus?
Holistic treatments can help improve the quality of life for cats with Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV). There is no cure for FeLV, but cats with feline leukemia can live many years without symptoms. Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is a cancer-causing retrovirus that compromises a cat’s immune system. It is a highly contagious virus that is spread through a cat’s saliva, milk, urine, feces or nasal secretions. Feline leukemia symptoms in the early stages can include loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, mouth inflammation, repeated urinary or respiratory infections. Cats with FeLV can live for years before they develop leukemia or lymphoma caused by the virus. The goal of FeLV holistic treatment is to provide ongoing immune support before the cat becomes symptomatic.