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Holistic Treatment for Feline Leukemia (FELV): Help Your Cat Feel Better Naturally

Holistic Treatment for Feline Leukemia (FELV): Help Your Cat Feel Better Naturally

Many Cat Owners Search for Holistic Feline Leukemia Treatments

Feline leukemia (FeLV) is highly-contagious retrovirus transmitted between cats via infected saliva and urine.

Uninfected cats can become infected by direct contact with these body fluids.

Some examples of contact include:

  • fighting (bite wounds)
  • mutual grooming
  • shared litter boxes
  • shared food dishes

According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, there is no definitive cure for feline leukemia, and the median survival time for cats after FeLV is diagnosed is 2.5 years.

However, cats who are treated for feline leukemia can still have a good quality of life.  And, some FeLV positive cats can live for years without major complications.

Luckily, you can do many things at home to give your cat an edge on easing the immune challenges associated with FeLV. 

Below is a list of what our veterinarians recommend to their clinic clients for the holistic treatment of feline leukemia.

Sodium Ascorbate 

An easy way to boost your cat's immune system and combat FeLV is with sodium ascorbate vitamin C.

It's crucial to use the sodium ascorbate powder form of vitamin C. Don't get ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid is very acidic, and most cats won't eat it.

Sodium ascorbate is a neutral pH and only tastes mildly salty. Most cats like it on their food.

For adult cats over seven pounds, start by mixing 1/4 teaspoon in your cat's food at each meal.

Then, if your cat develops loose stool, cut back to 1/8 teaspoon mixed in the food at each meal.

Use 1/8 teaspoon for a week or two, then try upping to 1/4 teaspoon again.

If your cat can tolerate 1/4 teaspoon, remain at that amount.

Then, if your cat develops loose stools again, cut back to 1/8 teaspoon.

For kittens and cats under seven pounds, start by mixing 1/8 teaspoon in your cat's food at each meal.

Then, if your kitten or cat develops loose stool, cut back to 1/16 teaspoon mixed in the food at each meal.

Use 1/16 teaspoon for a week or two, then try upping to 1/8 teaspoon again.

If your cat can tolerate 1/8 teaspoon, remain at that amount.

Then, if your cat develops loose stools again, cut back to 1/16 teaspoon.

We recommend keeping your cat on sodium ascorbate vitamin C for the rest of its life for the beneficial immune-boosting effects.

Wet Food and Plenty of Water

Ensure your cat gets top-quality food and plenty of water.

Wet food is always better for cats than kibble.

However, it's best feed your cat a TCVM energetically appropriate diet to be most proactive.

You can easily cook an energetically appropriate diet at home for your cat.

Just go to the PET | TAO recipe page and scroll down and find the cat food recipe most suited to your cat.

Improve Gut Health

The scientific community has been researching gut health for increased immunity and overall health for quite some time.

Their research behind what's called the "hygiene hypothesis" shows us how an imbalance within the gut impairs the gut barrier and increases the risk of poor gut health.

At the same time, it increases the risk of developing illness or disease.

Conditions that cause gut imbalance include an unbalanced diet, lack of exercise, chronic stress, chronic illness, medications, and antibiotics.

PET | TAO Harmonize GI Supplement for Dogs and Cats provides a unique blend of the top prebiotics, probiotics, and digestive enzymes to support digestion and help return your cat's gut health return tip-top condition.

Medicinal Mushrooms

Our vets recommend PET | TAO Complement Immune medicinal mushroom supplement for their patients with FeLV.

Complement Immune is a blend of four medicinal mushrooms: Reishi, Shiitake, Turkey Tail, and Maitake.

  • Reishi mushrooms enhance immune function through their effect on white blood cells, which help fight infection and cancer.
  • Shiitake mushrooms contain the antioxidant l-ergothioneine and the immune-boosting polysaccharide lentinan.
  • Turkey tail mushrooms contain a compound called polysaccharide-K (PSK) that stimulates the immune system. PSK is so effective that it is an approved anticancer prescription drug in Japan.
  • Maitake mushrooms enhance macrophages, natural killer (NK) cells, and cytotoxic T-cells.

You don't need a prescription or a veterinarian's authorization to purchase medicinal mushrooms.

TCVM Herbal Formulas

TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) herbal formulas are a holistic way to alleviate the symptoms of FeLV in cats.

In addition, TCVM herbal formulas work on root causes of disease, helping your cat's natural healing process.

However, to purchase TCVM herbal formulas, you need a veterinarian's authorization

Some examples of formulas used to help with FeLV are:

The above are just a few examples of TCVM herbal formulas used to help with FeLV.

Your TCVM-trained veterinarian may choose a different blend to suit your cat's particular health needs.

Need Extra Help With Your Cat's FeLV Health Challenges?

We have options if you need extra help naturally managing your cat's FeLV health challenges.

Our co-founding veterinarians Dr. Marc Smith and Dr. Casey Damron offer TCVM telemedicine consultations.

If you get a TCVM telemedicine consultation ($125), you'll get personalized TCVM recommendations specific to your cat, including:

  • Food Therapy Recommendations
  • TCVM Evaluation
  • TCVM Herb Recommendations & Veterinary Authorization
  • Supplement Recommendations
  • Alternative Medicine Recommendations

If you reside in the Middle Tennessee area or would like to commute, you may choose an in-clinic appointment. You can learn more about each vet and contact the clinic you prefer directly:

Casey Damron, DVM - White Oak Animal Hospital
Marc Smith, DVM - Natchez Trace Veterinary Services

We hope this information helps you help your cat feel better!

If you have any questions, or if we can help you in any way, just contact us!

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