If you need to do some cat health research and don’t want to waste time on the outdated, the misinformed, the dubious, and the sales-centric, this list should help.
I’ve spent way too much time vetting cat health websites. For every cat health topic, I like to:
- Investigate the conventional vet-endorsed info
- See what holistic cat experts are saying
- See what regular folks are saying about real experiences with natural options
Here are some online picks for these sources. (Though books are important too.) I’m not saying that every resource here is purrfect, but I’ve found the following to be better than most at what they offer.
P.S. Need a holistic vet you consult with by phone?
Conventional cat health info
1. Good symptom checker on Pet Education.com. (Feline hypochondriacs: beware!)
2. Helpful Cat health conditions section on the “vet certified” PetMD website. Provides lots of reader-friendly information about conditions and treatments.
Holistic cat health info
4. The Conscious Cat site has many holistic health gems you can find with the Search field.
5. (NEW addition) HealthyPets.mercola.com is a great resource thanks to outstanding content from the holistically-smart Dr. Becker.
6. For Chronic Renal Failure info, I am impressed with FelineCRF.org. It includes many (conventional and holistic) tips that are helpful for anyone caring for a cat with a serious disease, including “Obtaining affordable supplies” and “Persuading a cat to eat.”
7. Alternative cancer treatment options for pets are summarized and evaluated by holistic vet Dr. Charles Loop. He seems to keep this section updated, and provides some helpful details I have not seen elsewhere. (I wish I could tell you there are other good sites on this topic, but I have not seen them…yet.) Note that this list is for cats and dogs, and note he says that with cats one must be more selective. (Remember, essential oils and alpha-lipoic-acid can be bad for cats.)
General cat health info
8. There’s an about.com Cat site that can be useful for researching cat health topics. Most of the information you find there is conventional, but Franny Syfuy writes in a helpful way and she does touch on natural options at times. The Fatty Liver Disease section is great.
Real people on experiences with natural options
9. The EarthClinic’s Cat Remedies section is a place where real people weigh in on what’s working or not working for them. Now, this is not a place to take anyone’s word as medical fact. Treat it like an interesting conversation with people who have already tried some of the things you are researching.
Other Tips: Though not focused solely on cats, the MercolaHealthyPets forum is a good place to discuss options. There is also a holistic cat forum hosted by author Sandy Arora, though there is a subscription charge. And, these yahoo groups may be helpful in cases of cancer: A small feline-cancer holistic support group and a large general feline-cancer support group, where alternative approaches are also discussed.
“Is that toxic for cats?” info
10. The Aspca Poison Control Center is a place I trust with questions like “Is this flower toxic to cats? Can my cat eat this food?“
How about you? Any sites you want to weigh in on?
I’m sure I’ve overlooked some good ones. I hope you’ll share them in the Comments below.