Feline Miliary Dermatitis In Cats

Feline Miliary Dermatitis is a general term and is often also called Miliary Eczema. Affected cats suffer from a combination of the following clinical signs :

  • numerous tiny scabs,
  • hair loss,
  • hypersensitivity to touch,
  • scratching,
  • excessive licking, biting and scratching and
  • irritation.

The cause is usually an allergy to flea bites. Even just a single bite from a flea - it does not take a flea infestation - will produce this terrible allergic reaction.

I avoid the use of drugs wherever possible as they generally get rid of the symptoms without addressing the underlying cause.

Some drugs only treat symptoms and not the underlying causes of disease, but can still be used to make the patient more comfortable while proper nutrition fixes the problem.

Allergies are not cortisone or antihistamine deficiencies any more than a headache is an aspirin deficiency! I use nutrition as the most important part of any treatment.

However for serious cases, some form of anti-inflammatory may be necessary to control the symptoms and relieve the distress while you change the diet to prevent recurrence.

Natural anti-inflammatories include Aloe Vera (I use Pukka), omega 3 oils and turmeric. All need to be used with care and preferably with the guidance of a holistic vet. Sometimes medication is required short term.

Why Avoid Drugs Where Possible?

The foundation of health is nutrition. Nutrition provides the nutrients needed for the body to continuously repair and regenerate used and damaged cells.

Remember, the body is made of cells, each with its own special function. For example, liver cells are all clustered together in an orderly manner to form the liver, each cell performing its task in conjunction with other liver cells.

Poor nutrition over a lifetime leads to a slow degeneration of the body

If the nutrients consumed are of poor quality, the repair and regeneration of cells will be of the same poor quality, so the body gradually degenerates. The regulatory mechanisms also start to malfunction and all sorts of bizarre reactions result, allergies being one such reaction.

It is not natural for cats to have fleas nor is it natural for them to have a violent reaction to a flea bite, which can lead them to lick off their own fur and scratch themselves raw.

These symptoms are evidence that something is desperately wrong, so something has to change!

Treatment Of Feline Miliary Dermatitis

Many severely affected cats are given steroids and other anti-inflammatory drugs to control the symptoms. But if the cat's environment isn't improved, the symptoms will recur as soon as the anti-inflammatory action wears off.

So while your cat is less itchy, use this time wisely to make some changes to diet and environment.It is essential to ensure there are no fleas either on the cat or in the environment. There are various natural products available to provide flea control and flea treatment.

I tend to suggest dusting the cat with Diatomaceous Earth, thoroughly vacuuming the whole house and all furniture, especially the areas the cat frequents, then dust it all with Diatomaceous Earth.

Billy No Mates Herbal Mix for Cats and Dogs is another useful product. I avoid the potent chemicals wherever possible, especially any oral treatment designed to treat a skin invader!

Feed a raw diet and include PET plus. I cannot emphasize the importance of this enough.

What You Feed, Matters

The first thing to do is to change the food. Feed your cats with raw meat and bone mixed with a teaspoon of liquidized greens (some cats just won't accept the greens!) and 1/4 teaspoon of Pet Plus.

Any remaining fleas will usually go. The cat's immune system will gradually recover, the skin will be able to repair and the excessive scratching and licking will cease.

It takes time for this recovery to take place. The last cat I treated had been on steroids and various other anti-inflammatories for many months.

With the last injection from her vet, the cat's symptoms didn't go away as effectively as on previous occasions, so the owner sought a different approach.

The cat still licked herself all the time. After 3 weeks on PET Plus, the owner noticed signs of improvement which continued until she had recovered completely in 2 months.

Her fur is still growing back, so it'll be a while before she looks completely normal, as she had licked off nearly all her fur over the many months of failing medical treatments, poor thing.

Also, the owner couldn't believe that such simple changes could make any difference, so she was a bit slow to get onto 100% raw food!

Her cat was relying on the Pet Plus for the first few weeks as she was still receiving processed food. As soon as the owner saw the improvements in her cat after 3 weeks of adding the Pet Plus for Cats to the processed food, she changed her onto raw food with the Pet Plus.

Prevention Of Disease

Wouldn't it be better to feed raw food and Pet Plus from the start and prevent these horrible ailments and food allergies? Just do it!! You know it makes sense!

How Do I Feed Raw?

There are numerous frozen minced meat and bone mixtures available both online and from the pet shop.

Natures Menu is one you can buy in pet shops. Cats tend to like the rabbit, chicken, tripe (just once a week!), fish and lamb.

The tripe has no bone in it, but it is rich in other nutrients and really smells!! Great for the cat, not so good for the house!

Online, you can get raw meat and bone minces from numerous raw food manufactures, for example: Nutriment, Natural Instinct and Honeys Real Dog Food, all great for cats!

Cats also thrive on raw chicken wings which you can give every day along with the minced meat and bone, liquidized greens (which some cats just won't eat, mine included!) and Pet Plus.

This helps to keep their teeth in good health. It's good to give them some raw heart, liver and kidneys (offal) once a week too. Please see the dietary sheet for more details.

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67 comments on “Feline Miliary Dermatitis In Cats”

    1. Cooked bones of any description won't do anything any good at all. They would never be found in the wild as no animal (apart from us crazy dumb humans) cooks and destroys its food!
      Raw meaty bones are what all mammals (and many other animals) are made of. The cat is the ultimate carnivorous land based predator, devouring raw meaty bones several times a day, usually as mice, rats, birds, fish, rabbits.
      Raw chicken bones in their natural meaty bone state are fine as long as they are appropriately sized. I recommend starting with minced meat and bone, then when the cat is used to having wonderful real food to eat, offer a raw chicken wing tip. I expect your cat will then be looking around for more of this wonderful real food, so the next day, you could give 2 or 3 after a meal of raw minced meat and bone. Aim to get organic, free range, pasture fed chickens.
      When the cat is used to eating 100% raw you could give more raw meaty bones and try different animals, like rabbit for example. Wild rabbit, not those poor appallingly kept abysmally fed farmed rabbits whose meat is not worth eating, poor things.
      You are right to be cautious and thank you for asking the question.
      I hope this answer helps you.

    2. Regarding miliary dermatitis from flea bites, aloe vera helped, but what really improved the condition was coconut oil, rubbed onto the problem areas daily.

      1. Excellent. And I expect the cat loved licking it off too. They will often eat it from a teaspoon when they need it.
        But we must always keep in mind that the underlying cause is an over-reactive immune response to a few relatively innocent fleas having their lunch! And the fleas wouldn't even be there on a really healthy raw fed cat, amazingly enough.
        I learned this the hard way whilst on my journey of discovery on raw food for both people and pets. Once I changed the cats onto raw food, the plague of fleas simply left the cats and the whole house. And our little children were never bitten again.
        So to stop the immune system over-reacting, there are several things we need to do:
        *we need to stop feeding animals on irritating processed foods that the immune system has to deal with and which lead to the malfunctioning of the immune system.
        *we must stop expecting animals to drink chemical laden, dehydrating, toxic tap water and filter the chemicals out or drink fresh clean water from a spring or from glass bottles.
        *we must stop injecting animals with noxious chemicals, like vaccines and other drugs.
        *we must stop using chemical parasite treatments, especially those ridiculous ones that kill all parasites by a little drop on the neck...they also kill bees and beneficial insects and other innocent by-standers.
        *we have to stop filling our environment with chemicals altogether. It is slowly killing us all!

  1. Hi Susanna my name is Nancy.Karma and I live in Vanc BC Canada. I hav a few Q's..What r sprats?? And were can i get it??? Were wood I buy Krill Oil??? And instead (whole)fish oil will just fish oil do???
    And do they sell Pukka Alea Vera drink / PET PLUS / Diatomaceous Earth here which I know r essential for Karma recovery from dermatitis. In the last year I've had to change my diet as I've been diagnosed with diabetes & now changing Karma diet..i can tell u my diet is expensively challenging so my Q is what wood b best on a fixed income RAW MEAT CUTTINGS &( im still confused about the whole BONE thing) or MINCED MEAT & (BONE). U might hav to tell me what minced meat & bone r.
    And were do I buy rabbit?? dead rite

    Change is essential for Karmas health just like change was for me.
    It's something that we don't like to do but we have to do to live a healthy life

    1. Thanks for your questions Nancy.
      Sprats are little fish that are eaten whole. Cod feed on them too. They are related to herring and are a fabulous source of oils and energy. No idea if they live around Canada, but they are found in the Baltic Sea, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, so I don't see why they would avoid Canada!!!
      Krill oil is unnecessary and immoral as it is stealing whale food! Numerous species of whale are dependent on krill (tiny creatures living in the sea) and we and our pets are not! Definitely avoid fish liver oil (like cod liver oil) as the excess vitamin A in it cause osteoporosis.The liver is also full of toxins because it is the organ responsible for detoxification in all animals. So the oil extracted by wringing out the livers of various fish is a concentrated source of the toxins found in the sea....what a disgusting thought! We humans are successfully polluting the seas with all sorts of terrible waste which the poor fish and other sea creatures are forced to survive in. The increases in tumours and all sorts of ailments in sea creatures is evidence that the seas are fast becoming uninhabitable. The we really are in trouble as a species. We are such idiots!!!
      I digress!
      Any Aloe Vera will do. Just read the labels and find the one with the least preservatives and chemicals in it. I expect you can get Pukka in Canada.
      I manufacture and supply Pet Plus, so you can order it here, on my web site.
      I can post you some Diatomaceous Earth if you can't find it locally. It's a universal product, so I'm sure you'll find it in Canada.
      You need to feed meat and bone because that is what our cats and dogs would eat in the wild; that is what their whole digestive system and metabolism and everything are designed for. If you feed meat alone, you will eventually cause osteoporosis as the diet will be deficient in minerals. Nature provides the perfect balance! Minced meat and bone is simply a carcasse put through a mincer. Once dogs and cats become used to eating raw meat and bone, I recommend feeding raw meaty bones as they would eat in the wild. For cats, chicken wings are perfect. They must be raw. Never ever feed a cooked bone ever ever! They are indigestible, fragile, break into sharp pieces and cause constipation. Really bad news!!
      You can buy sprats at the fish shop and rabbit at the butchers. Or you can order it online.
      Remember to filter your water. Tap water is so full of chemicals, it ends up dehydrating us all! Make sure you and your cats have filtered water always.
      Hope that's helpful.

  2. Hi there! My cat has some dermatitis that the vet can't quite diagnose! He tested for mites which came up negative (no mites). My cat has been on a raw diet for about a year with his brother. We use red dog blue Kat label raw food which comes already pre made with all the minerals and nutrients added. Back in December, about half a year in to raw my cat was scratching his ears and just above the brow line. He was given some type of pills and antihistamine by the vet along with topical solution. It calmed down and hair grew back, but off and on through the year it's come up again but not as severe. His brother eats the same food but does not have such reactions. Basically Sasha eats two "flavors" of raw for 3 days then I alternate to a new set of flavors. I get beef, chicken, turkey, venison and sometimes wild boar for raw. I also supplement his diet with colostrum capsules, fish oil, veggies from those veggie pucks you get in store, and canned pumpkin or squash. This has been SINCE the first diagnosis, otherwise prior to diagnosis Sasha was still eating the above raw but no veggies or pumpkin. He does sneeze from time to time and has watery eyes. I'm not sure what to eliminate from his diet since he's already eating an ideal style of food? When he rubs his face or scratches his ears, the ear canal is clean and not red. And he rubs his face and above the brow a lot but there is no skin breakage or infection. Any advice would be appreciated! I'm worried the vet will want to put him on pills again. Sasha is active and vibrant (5 years old) and at an excellent weight .... Not sure what's going on?

    1. Ps my cat also has all natural spring water and I forgot to say that I was using "healthy mouth" liquid in his water ever since August... And he was diagnosed with dermatitis in December.... And I still
      Use healthy mouth in his water but it's really not helping his teeth anyways because they are pretty yellow ๐Ÿ™

      1. My cat has miliary dermatitis and have tried a number of things, but just had good success with barrier pure aloe vera gel

        1. That's great to hear! Well done. Thanks. And this is as well as feeding raw and Pet Plus. That's an excellent result.

      2. Thanks Lisa. I'd suggest the first thing to do is to stop the healthy mouth stuff as that will be a chemical load which the cats are having to excrete through their skins, if their liver and kidney can't cope with it.
        Also, what are the minerals that are already added to the raw meat and bone minces you feed?
        I'd avoid feeding beef or pork and choose rabbit, chicken and maybe fish. Always aim for organic if you can, to reduce the chemical load.
        Let me know how you get on

  3. Raw meat and bone......and bone. The occasional chicken wing or are you meaning something mixed into the raw meat? I may as well totally understand what you are meaning whilst I am waiting for delivery of the Pet Plus. My poor cat has suffered from dermatitis for years and our local vet around here is not very switched on Im afraid. I really want to get this right so my poor cat can get relief.

    1. Thanks for your question Vicki.
      When we feed raw, we are aiming to get as close as possible to what the cat would eat in the wild. This would comprise numerous herbivores, like mice, rabbits, rats, birds and fish. Once caught, cats eat nearly all their prey, still warm, sometimes leaving some unsavoury morsel. So that's meat, bone, guts and their contents, organs, fur and everything.
      In many parts of the world, companies are making and supplying frozen minced meat-and-bone in free flow or blocks. They use various herbivores, like rabbit, lamb, beef, fish, chicken, turkey and so on. Variety is essential. It is easy to just stick to using chicken as it is so easy to get, but no animal would eat exactly the same food day after day, so vary the meat and bone source. They also make minced green tripe (which has no bone but is a useful variant with useful nutrients).
      For dogs, I advocate liquidizing greens (that the rabbit would eat and chew to a pulp, so the liquidizer is pulverizing the greens just like the chewing rabbit does) and mixing them in with the minced meat-and-bone, but I find cats much less interested in eating their greens! I tend to rely on the greens in Pet Plus for Cats.
      Mixing Pet Plus for Dogs in with the meat and bone mince and the liquidized greens helps digestion enormously, so dogs fed this way can gain maximum nutrition from their food.
      Make sure the water is chemical-free, so filtered or bottled.
      Avoid chemicals of any description, either household chemicals or anything offered for the cat.
      I use Verm-x as a daily herbal wormer treat for my cats and they love it!
      Is there a flea problem? If so, dust her with Diatomaceous Earth and dust her environment with it too. There's lots on the internet about it.
      Hope that helps.

  4. Could you please tell me what do you mean by liquidized greens? Do you me an assortment of vegies, eg spinach broccoli beans etc and I blitz them in the food processor with a little water or is there liquidized greens that you can purchase? Sorry if I sound silly.

    1. Hi Vicki,
      Yes, put raw green 'leafy' veg (e.g. broccoli, spinach, chopped celery, chard, parsley, basil etc, but not starchy greens like beans and peas as too much sugar does not digest well with meat (fat and protein), but could use pea greens) in a liquidizer / blender / food processor / nutribullet and blitz to a pulp. What this achieves is effectively like the rabbit chewing the greens to a pulp which the carnivore gains when eating a whole rabbit. Some raw food companies also supply frozen raw veg, but I think it's best to make your own, fresh every day, then you can put the right things in there instead of the root veg that these companies tend to use.
      Hope that helps.

  5. Hi Susanna
    I think my cat (Stella) has some sort of skin problem. She scratches around her neck and has quite large scabs there. If you stroke her head or near the area she pulls away as if this irritates her. She is currently on a 100% raw diet. I have just restarted the Pet Plus once a day. My friend used to give her cats Cod Liver Oil daily but before I try this, I wanted to run it past you for your thoughts. Bliss and her gnashers are still ok thanks to you!
    I hope you are enjoying Christmas.

    1. Sorry for the delay.
      She might have been in a fight if the scabs are big. Healing scabs are itchy so that could explain her irritation. Does she wear a collar. If so, some irritant may have become trapped underneath it, so a new collar would be a good idea....or no collar at all....I'm not a fan of collars on cats as they tend to get themselves caught in things as they whizz through small gaps at speed. They also can get a front leg caught in the collar too which causes terrible injuries under their 'armpit' as you can imagine.
      When you remove the collar, thoroughly wash the area that's sore with warm salty water then rinse it clean then pat it dry.
      If you suspect fleas (unlikely in a raw fed Pet Plus eater!), use diatomaceous earth.Rub a little bit into the affected area when it's dry.
      What's the situation now?

  6. Our kitty has been taking a tiny does of methimazole (about .1mL equal to almost 1mg), but she's been biting at her tummy and inner rear legs & scratching around her neck ever since. Even when we took her off of the med for a couple of weeks, she persisted in biting/scratching. In the last few days, we discovered that she's lost fur around her anal area and base of tail (she's starting cleaning & biting there, too). We took her to the vet today b/c we were concerned about anal glands and a possible UTI. The vet expressed the glands and applied some sort of steroid cream to her seat area (she did it before asking, as I wouldn't have allowed it). She has stage 2 kidney disease. Do you think that one application of steroid cream will worsen her kidney problems? We're really worried. What can we use instead of that type of cream? We're new to your website but have been reading and reading. Thanks for the information, etc. you provide.

    1. Thanks for your enquiry. The list of side effects from that noxious drug is pretty grim. Can you stop giving her the drug?
      What do you feed her? If she has kidney problems, she needs to be on wet food and preferably raw food, as she would eat in the wild, so raw meat and bone (can be minced together), preferably mixed with Pet Plus to supply the nutrients that they would otherwise get from eating the gut contents of their prey.
      Also make sure the water she has available to drink is filtered or glass-bottled, as tap water is too full of chemicals to be safe to drink!
      The irritation to her skin is most likely to be the result of her body excreting the toxic chemicals from the drug out through her skin. When in contact with the skin, these chemicals cause great irritation.
      So the way to treat it is first, stop the chemicals which are causing it in the first place, i.e. any processed foods, drugs and tap water.
      Second, reduce the symptoms, so here, give her some Aloe Vera drink (I use Pukka as an excellent quality make) by mouth (about 2 mls 4 times daily) and get some Aloe Vera cream / gel to rub into the irritated areas of her skin. If she is red raw anywhere, bathe the areas in warm salty water, rinse clean, then pat dry and rub in the Aloe Vera cream/gel. She'll lick it off, but lots will have been absorbed when you rub it in, so it will help to calm her skin and won't harm her if she licks it.
      Thirdly, give her clean raw food, Pet Plus and clean chemical-free water so that her body can heal more quickly and to reduce the intake of toxins (the body regards anything unnatural as a toxin).
      Let me know how you get on with that.

  7. My 16 year old long haired female cat has an open wound that we just discovered because we saw blood(she is pure white). We have never really seen her clawing at herself, now we also noticed she has another open wound under her bottom lip. She is losing clumps of hair under her chin. She is sleeping lots and barely eating. About 2 years ago we felt small lumps under her fur but they were on her back. We feed her Iams indoor cat as she never goes outside so it cant be fleas i dont think. Please help i know she must be in pain.

    1. What a distressing situation. It's never too late to change onto raw food and so get rid of the constant input of chemicals and denatured 'foods' she is currently consuming with the dried food. Change her over gently by mixing minced raw meat and bone in with her kibble and some Pet Plus and gradually reduce the amount of kibble and increase the amount of raw meat and bone mince. The Pet Plus would be added to every meal and provides numerous micronutrients which would otherwise be provided by the wild animal diet carnivores are designed to eat.
      Also be sure to give her filtered / bottled water, not the chemical rich tap water! Having been fed dried kibble all her life, she will probably be seriously dehydrated.
      If she won't eat anything, mix some Pet Plus with some water and dribble it into the side of her mouth.
      Were the lumps you felt actually knots in her fur? This is the most likely cause of the lumps you felt. Part her fur and have a really good look down there and see if you can actually see her skin. If they are lumps of fur, you can gently tease them out with your fingers, a little at a time. Don't cause her any distress though. Sounds like she's too ill to handle any stress.
      Hope that helps you.

  8. Hi Susanna - I'm trying to get my cat's miliary dermatitis under control but she won't eat anything other than one or two brands of tuna cat food. She has always been a fussy eater and turns her nose up at anything else.

    1. Have you tried anything raw? Whole raw sprats are usually well accepted by fish loving cats.
      You could also try mixing Pet Plus with the tuna. If she won't eat it, mix it with tuna oil and stick it to the front of her front legs and she'll lick it off!
      Tuna is a very polluted fish, with more than its fair share of mercury and other toxins, so personally, I wouldn't use it.
      To get her to accept raw meat, put a bit in a bowl next to her bowl of tuna. She'll look at it and not eat it for several days, but just keep doing it with fresh minced raw meat and bone every day and eventually, she'll have a little lick and eventually actually eat it.
      Or you can mix a little raw in with her tuna to gradually wean her off the tuna.
      I use nutriment.co for most of my minced up meat and bone. I mix Pet Plus with it.
      Once you're on this sort of combination, her skin will be getting the nutrients it needs to repair itself. The important things are to stop putting the irritants into / onto her body (chemical wormers, flea preparations, processed foods, vaccinations, drugs) and start using fresh raw or frozen raw meat and bone, fish, eggs (cats usually only eat the yolk) and Pet Plus. I use verm-x crunchies as a herbal wormer every day for my dogs and cats. They love them!

      1. Thank you Susanna, I am awaiting my Pet Plus for Cats, will it also help with my cat's pooey poo, which I have had to use a special diet dry food since she was a kitten to firm and unpooey her poo?

        1. The ingredients in Pet Plus help the digestive system to work effectively, so a frequent comment I hear from people is exactly that their cat or dog's pooh is much more normal and less smelly! Feeding raw makes it even better!

      2. PS: does my indoor cat need worming? Are there any raw food suppliers who send out inexpensive trail packs of raw food?

  9. Hi,

    I have a 16 year old female cat who has been suffering with miliary dermatitis for about 2 months. She doesn't have fleas and in the past whenever she's had fleas she has never had an allergic reaction. She has the scabs on top of her head and round her neck like a necklace, down her spine and at the base of her tail. We took her to the vet who advised giving her 1/4 of a Piriton twice daily - we tried this for a month but it made no difference to the spots/scabs and just made her lethargic so we abandoned this. The vet then suggested 3 antibiotic injections given fortnightly - we did this and it did help for about a week following each injection, then it just returned. She was diagnosed with heart disease 3 years ago and due to this the vet has said she cannot have steroids. She is on 1 tablet of Fortekor and 1/2 tablet of Frusemide daily. We fill her water bowl from the the garden water butt (rainwater) and she eats a variety of wet food, she doesn't eat dried anymore due to her not having many teeth left! As with most cats she is a fussy eater and we have to vary the choice of food, which is Whiskas and Felix puches and also Sheba trays. I am not sure what to try next for her. She seems quite well in herself but is grooming more than normal and is loving me scratching her itches. If you have any suggestions that would be safe with her heart condition/meds I would appreciate it.


    1. Great that she is on wet food but a pity it's processed! Should be easy to change her onto raw minced meat and bone. I use Nutriment and Honey's both of which do good quality raw minced meat and bones without veg as cats are a bit fussy about that! I also give offal and tripe to my cats and they love it. And mix 1/4 teaspoonful of Pet Plus for Cats to this mince. This will provide the probiotics, prebiotics and numerous micronutrients that her body needs to repair itself.
      Linseed (flax) is rich in the anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids which will help her skin to repair as well. There is plenty in Pet Plus but if you would like to add more, you can get it from The Linseed Farm and give her about 5 mls a day mixed in her food.
      Aloe Vera is also a useful anti-inflammatory 'drink'; Pukka is the best, cleanest make. Give her 5 mls 4 times daily. Cats don't like it much, so the battle to give it to her may not be worth it! If you try it and she won't take it, you can drink it yourself! It's not advisable to take iot for more than a month at a time as it depletes the body of those very important omega 3 oils.
      If she has any bare patches, rub in some Aloe Propilis Cream (which I can send you if you like, or if you have a friend who does Forever Living Products, you can get it from them). Or get some Aloe Vera Gel from the health food shop.
      Hope that helps.

  10. Hi susanna,
    I posted a few months ago regarding military dermatitis on my 16 year old cat - he doesn't have many teeth left so it's been difficult to encourage the raw food - I have been making a broth from chicken wings and carrot and I will add some broccoli to the next batch - he loves it and his skin is improving slowly. I am bathing and using aloe vera plant gel and using filtered water. I have a new problem with my 15 year old female - just been diagnosed with bladder cancer. I am taking her to a local homeopathic vet next week though I think the prognosis is not good. I think she may need worming and I am not sure what you suggested in in the previous post that the cats love - is it verm-x?


    1. yes, Verm-x is the wormer I've used for my cats and dogs every day for many years.
      And for the bladder cancer, make sure there are no toxins in her body that need to be excreted via the kidneys which would therefore sit around in the bladder irritating the bladder wall. Antioxidants have been show to aid the body in ridding itself of cancers and other free radical damage. Pet Plus is an excellent source of antioxidants and other essential micronutrients. Aloe vera is a wonderful anti-inflammatory so could also help the bladder to repair itself. I use Pukka Aloe Vera drink and would give a cat about 5 mls 4 times daily by mouth.

      1. Thanks susanna - I am hopeful that we can keep her going for a little while longer by a wholistic regime - she is on the broth and filtered water and some absorbic acid powder already. I don't use any flea powders or collars, just the diatomaceous earth. It will be interesting to see what the homeopathic vet recommends, perhaps similar products that you have suggested that are available here in Australia. Verm-x seems to be problematic due to customs rules. Thanks again for the great advice.


  11. Hi,
    After reading a few of the comments i thought i would you may be able to help as my query is similar to previous comment noted above.
    I have recently rescued ( Wednesday in fact) a 5 month old kitten/young cat. after getting her check over yesterday afternoon (6pm) by a local vet she had confirmed she must have been on the streets for about 2 months, had no fleas (which i found strange) she has extremely bad dermatitis and is badly malnourished.. the vet then continued to given the kitten a worming tablet and a flea drop just in case.
    At 7:30 i went back into the room to find that the kitten was having a fit and gone into a convulsive state and foaming at the mouth.
    She was immediately rush to an emergency vet where they where able to bring her out of the shock and clam her down.
    At the same time the vet had not heard of the flea treatment and felt that seeing as her skin was in a bad condition and was malnourished..also she was covered in fleas. Last night the kitten stayed at the vets.
    I am told now that she has had a good night, eat well and her fleas gone!! looks like it was a reaction to what ever she had being so weak. It looks now like the kitten will be staying with us..especially after the cost i have paid for her treatment. My mission now is to feed her up, get her back to a good healthy weight and sort her skin and hair out.
    any advice on how i can do this in a natural and get her back to enjoying life! would be great.
    Many thanks in advance ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Well done for reacting so quickly when your kitten succumbed to the toxic neurological side effects of these flea and worm treatments. I never ever use them anymore. I am currently treating a human who has absorbed a huge amount of toxins from the household flea sprays she used 2 years ago. She is so ill. There is absolutely no need to use these noxious chemicals at all. If you need to treat the house, vacuum everywhere really thoroughly and sprinkle salt everywhere. This will kill the larvae by dessication. Diatamaceous Earth is also 100% effective at killing the adults, larvae and eggs, so rub that into the fur and sprinkle it everywhere around the house, in all the nooks and crannies and all the furniture.
      So to build up your little, malnourished kitten, raw food is the best way. I use , (their 'Just' range) and as they both supply good quality frozen minced meat and bone. Mix with this 1/4 tsp Pet Plus and feed her about 100g 4 times daily until she has filled out. I'm suggesting a little and often because her stomach is probably not able to take much at the moment, but when she's grown a bit, you'll be able to give her fewer bigger meals.
      Make sure she has access to clean filtered / bottled water at all times, fresh every morning. Do not use tap water as it is so full of chemicals it is really not fit to drink in the UK!
      For worming, I use which I give to my cat and dogs every evening at bed time! They all love it and actually wait for it.
      If you follow this diet, you won't need to use flea sprays or wormers, because the body's natural systems will work perfectly and keep the parasites at bay. Our cat catches loads of mice and rats and used to get the odd tapeworm, so I had to give him Drontal occasionally, but he hasn't had a tapeworm for years now, as the diet and Verm-x are keeping his gut so healthy that the worms don't stay. Parasites always go for the weak and ill.
      I'll email you a diet sheet now too.
      Let me know if you need more help.
      Best wishes,

  12. I took my poor kitty to the vet regarding his itching and scratching with crusty patches afters futile attempts to use different flea treatments bob martins being the main culprit it got worse from their on in after using filprinil and frontline he was still scratching like a maniac he was i believe became allergic to the cat litter with deodoriser into to this the vet totally dismissed as he is 11 I was worried that also witha now comprised immune system I came across your natural remedies page and the raw diet which I mentioned to her she said it wasn't a good idea as the meat could contain parasites that would harm him she gave him a anti inflammotory shot put him on stronghold said he didn't need a Elizabeth collar as I asked about this and also prescribed a antibiotic ointment for his sore bits he is currently on the a
    Iams senior food kibble as he hardly has any teeth we got him like that she wants to see him in two weeks please help I am desperate many thanks

    1. Hi there,
      I replied to you direct by email in May, but forgot to put my reply on my web site, so here it is! I'd be interested to hear how you are getting on too.
      You poor thing. That sounds really terrible and you are most probably right about the cat litter amongst other things. Stop using any chemicals on him at all, so stop those spot-ons and flea spray etc etc.
      So, he definitely needs to come off the dried food and get onto raw food as you suggested. I've attached a diet sheet for your guidance which you probably already found on my web site. The Pet Plus is an essential part of this too. This will give the body the nutrients and micronutrients it needs to heal itself.
      Filter his water as chlorine is toxic and dehydrating, exacerbating his itchy skin (I could write an essay on that!). Or give him bottled water.
      Get some aloe vera drink (Pukka is the cleanest) from health food shop. Give him 5 mls 4 times daily by mouth. Some cats love it and lick it off the spoon. Or you can use a syringe and gently dribble it into his mouth. And some Aloe vera cream / ointment, maybe with tea tree in it too. Again, get the cleanest least chemically one you can. If you have aloe vera plants, cut the tip off one leaf and squeeze out the gel and rub that into any sore bits. I can send you some Aloe Propilis Cream which is amazing, from Forever Living products. Or get it from a friend if you know anyone that does Forever Living Products.
      Aloe vera is a great anti-inflammatory with no side effects.
      I'd suggest you delay your next appointment.
      Hope that you can do all this.

  13. The liquidized greens, are they meant to be cooked or raw? Anything that would not be suitable, e.g. lettuce, cabbage, peas, etc?

    Also, you mention using aloe vera, I've got this 99% pure aloe gel that I had thought might sooth my cats itchy/damaged patches, but have read that aloe is poisenous to cats, is that incorect?

    Thanks for any advice.

    1. Everything is raw, so liquidize raw greens. I use broccoli, celery,sometimes carrot tops, pea plant leaves (not peas as they're too starchy). Darker green lettuce is fine, but not iceberg lettuce!
      Many lilies are poisonous yes, but the gel inside the Aloe Vera is not poisonous. So applying that to her itchy bits is perfect. Well done.
      Hope that helps.

  14. I have a male cat who has the same dermatitis problem mentioned in other posts - bathing him does help....should I use aloe Vera in its natural state (plant) or commercially prepared tube? We have a pawpaw cream here in Australia which is very good for human skin problems but I am reluctant to use this as I don't know what is reaction might be on a cat.

    1. Use the gel you squeeze out from the plant, then you know there are no chemicals in it at all, so if the cat licks it off before it's all been absorbed, it won't do any harm. Are you feeding raw and using Pet Plus too? The skin irritation is largely the result of the toxins from the processed foods being excreted by the skin when the normal routes of excretion of toxins are too overloaded to do the job. On the skin, these toxins are very irritating.
      Hope that's helpful.

  15. Hello, I have a cat that was rescued about 3 years ago I found in a plastic bag and shoebox when she was a kitten. She gave birth to 4 beautiful kittens last year, I found homes for 3 and kept one for the mother and myself. She is a long haired calico kitten, closing on 1 year old now. The mother cat adored her baby to this day, she takes such good care of her, and I dont want to give her away to someone who has the means to pay for treatment. I recently lost my job, and just cant afford to bring the cats to the vet right now.. Especially since in my experience vets try to do so many uneccessary things to make money instead of just treating the problems. I love my girls, theyre family to me. But this poor little 1 y.o. Kitty has developed a terrible case of flea bite dermatitis. When summer came it got progressively worse as it warmed up. Ive always used frontline on my cats, and its kept the fleas away, but I just dont have any at the moment. Im cleaning up the house, trying to rid it of fleas completely, and I gave her a bath for now holding her in the water attempting to drown the fleas that were on her, but there still there. Its gotten bad, her whole neck is hairless now, and certain spots ooze and bleed. She constantly bites and itches herself. I just dont know what to do right now. I am living day by day for the moment and cant afford to drop hundreds at a vet. What can I do myself to help this poor little girl out?!?

    1. First a few questions for you!
      Are you feeding 100% raw food? It is very rare for cats fed on raw food to get fleas or any health problems at all actually.
      Do they have bottled or filtered water or is it tap water? Tap water in most countries is full of chemicals which are not at all beneficial to the body, so filter the water or find a spring and collect spring water for them....and for you! There are maps of springs so you can find your nearest one.
      Are you giving them Pet Plus? I have never heard of a cat on Pet Plus getting fleas!

      So, those are the things to change for their diet and water. You can also rub brewer's yeast all over her to deter the fleas or you can use some excellent stuff called Thornit to kill the fleas on her.

      Now you need to break the life-cycle of the fleas as they lay eggs all over the place. Vacuum up everywhere really thoroughly, especially in all the corners and the edges, down the back of the seats and sofas etc. and empty the vacuum bag into the outside bin. Then sprinkle table salt all over everything, especially in all those little corners and edges etc. Salt is a desiccant and will kill the flea larvae so they don't develop into egg laying adult fleas. This usually takes at least 3 weeks, so just make sure the salt is down continuously all that time, then vacuum it up very thoroughly again.

      Have fun!


      1. Thank you Susanna, I didn't get a notification for this message, and have only just checked back. If I manage to switch her over to the raw food (adding Pet Plus), should I still continue her on the Hill's Science Plan Adult Cat Light - Tuna (dry food), that's she's been on since 3 month old kitty (as she had very soft, smelly poos, and which solved this problem)? Best regards Catherine

        1. I would gradually convert her onto raw food, so start by just adding Pet Plus to her existing food. Then start adding raw to it and gradually reduce the processed food. Take as long as she needs.

  16. I realize this is an old posting, but I'll leave my question anyway since it's related, in the hopes that you can still answer:

    I adopted my male cat a couple of years ago from the Humane Society and I've been feeding him raw ever since. I use Nature's Variety, which is readily available frozen at my local pet store. Fall 2011 he started to lose patches of hair and get scabby and very itchy all over. I should mention that I had also adopted a second cat the year before. Anyway, I took my boy to the vet and she immediately diagnosed an allergy to something--he didn't appear to have fleas but she wanted me to put him on flea meds anyway and she also gave him a steroid shot. I was sceptical, but I went home and inspected our female cat, and to my surprise, she did have a few fleas on her.

    So I started the flea meds, and a couple of weeks later I had to bring him back for a follow-up steroid shot. By that time he had developed a swollen bottom lip, which my vet said made her think it was more than just fleas. But we first had to be rid of the fleas to be sure. Eventually we did get rid of all the fleas and things seemed to be going okay for awhile. Until--two weeks ago the swollen lip returned. Uh oh. Now, I know my vet had said if it came back it would be time for an elimination diet.

    I am very frustrated because he's always eaten raw food (my vet doesn't approve of that, BTW). If I take him back to her, I'm sure she's going to suggest some Science Diet garbage and I don't want to go that route. I am working under the assumption that this CANNOT be a grain allergy because his food has always been grain-free. I am also assuming that it's a chicken allergy, because that is one of the most common allergens and also the variety I've fed him the most often (probably too often, in retrospect, I should have been rotating more frequently).

    So, I have switched to the lamb variety for now. I realize I may have to stick it out for awhile before I see an improvement, assuming I have targeted the right allergy in the first place. I don't like the risk attached to the steroid shots, but do you think he should have another one, to get his allergies calmed down a bit? Or will his swollen lip eventually go down on it's own once the chicken works it's way out of his system? I wish there was a way to allergy test him, instead of shooting in the dark, but if there is my vet doesn't offer it.

    1. Thanks for your question. You could use natural anti-inflammatories to get the allergic over-reaction to calm down a bit, to buy you some time to eliminate the allergen(s). Aloe vera comes as a drink and as a topical cream / gel. Use it in both forms. Just rub it well into the inflamed areas, then he'll lick it off, but most will have been absorbed by then. Give him the drink by mouth usually by syringe.
      Omega 3 oils are also anti-inflammatory, so flax oil or a whole fish oil, especially krill oil. You'll probably be able to mix the krill oil with his food.
      Try feeding him on raw fish, whole. Not sure what's available in US, but here, I give mine mackerel, sprats, sardines...whatever small oily fish is in season.
      Parasites are repelled by B vitamins, so a source of B vits in his diet would be very helpful. We have Brewer's Yeast in Pet Plus for exactly that reason, as a flea deterrent. That'd be good for the other cat too. In fact, give them both oily fish too.
      Foodwise, you need to feed him food his system has never seen before, so again, fish would be good. There is often chicken in the lamb minces for the bone content, so read the label thoroughly. Rabbit is another useful raw meat and bone mince for them, but look out for added chicken there too. You can also buy frozen mice (snake food in pet shops) which I expect they'd love, especially if you tie a string to its tail and whizz it past his nose at speed!

      Also, make sure they have clean, fresh, chemical free (so filtered / bottled) water every day. We are all better off without those noxious chemicals which supposedly purify our water!

      The swollen lip could be the mental gland that's infected or inflamed. That might well subside with the aloe vera and omega 3 anti-inflammatory action. The trouble with steroids is not just the side effects, but also they just mask the symptoms and suppress the 'disease' process, so best avoided if you can, but on humane grounds, use it if absolutely necessary.

      Allergy testing is hopelessly inaccurate, so don't waste your money!!

      Check for other potential allergens, like washing liquids, carpet shampoos, laundry liquids, softeners, deodorant sprays. Use all natural household products. Have you decorated anywhere...paint fumes maybe...perhaps a neighbour doing stuff to a car or something. Farmer's spraying fields??

      Let me know how you get on.


  17. my cat Ollie developed a bad case of miliary ezcema 2years ago. He was treated homeopathically and the condition cleared. Last year the rash returned but wasn't so severe, treated with the same remedy including pulex and it cleared again. It has returned recently quite badly and I am using the same remedies and think he is improving, fur ball vomiting is frequent when he is like this.

    He has raw chicken, raw fish,. "Aplaws" dried nibbles and their sachets of chicken with veg as a standby. As a kitten I started him on raw chicken wings but he won't eat them now. I have given him brewers yeast daily from an early age.
    I haven't used flea treatment other than herbal "Scratch" which I use mainly as a spray wherever he sleeps. I brush and comb him daily and haven't seen any fleas. I'd be grateful for any advice

    Lillian Winter

    1. Dear Lillian,

      Thanks for your query.

      I'd suggest you stop giving him anything cooked or processed to eat and give him 100% raw meat and bone with some liquidized greens and Pet Plus mixed in. If he has been on chicken and fish for a while, try some rabbit or lamb. The Pet Plus has omega 3 fatty acids in it but you may want to add a teaspoonful of flax oil to his food. This will help him to get rid of the fur balls too and prevent them from accumulating in his stomach again, by helping him to pass all the fur he swallows.

      There are several makes of frozen minced up meat and bone here in the UK. Natural Instincts, Darlings Real Dog food (they also do cat food!) and Prize Choice are the 3 I use. The trouble with any processed food is that the nutrients are largely destroyed by the cooking process and they often contain cheap carbohydrate fillers which are of no use at all to a truly carnivorous cat! Many biscuits contain gluten too, a very common allergen, so all are best avoided. Nature knows best, so I recommend you follow the natural raw food diet completely.

      If he has no fleas, you probably don't need to use the Scratch any more. I wonder if he may have developed a sensitivity to it as his skin will have been in contact with it when it was sore and inflamed. I expect you've already washed his bedding and rinsed it thoroughly to make sure there are no chemicals there.

      Does he have clean, chemical-free water (i.e. bottled or filtered) to drink? The chemicals in tap water are no good to anyone and could be exacerbating his skin irritation as his body may be excreting some chemicals through his skin which then irritate the skin.

      Let me know if I can be of further help.

      Best wishes,


  18. Hi
    My cat has Feline Miliary Dermatitis. However she also has a urinary tract disorder and is on a special diet of feline urinary s/o.
    How can I help her. I cannot change her diet as she needs this to eliminate the symptoms of her disorder. But what can I do for her dermatitis. Can she have the pet plus with her urinary s/o diet?


    1. Hi Sarah,
      Yes, Pet Plus is fine with any diet. The micronutrients in the Pet Plus are used by the body whatever the diet is.
      Let me know how you get on.

    2. I've been feeding raw at my holistic pet sanctuary for several years and I really appreciate that you help educate people on the importance of natural diet. I am hoping now you could assist me since I feel a little stuck. Usually I can "fix" anything when it comes to a chronically ill pet, but I could use some help, if you don't mind.

      I have one aprox 13 year cat with MD. She was vaccinated for the first 5 years of her life and has been vaccine-free and raw-fed for the past 7 years. I stopped all pesticides about 5 year ago. She had been virtually flea-free for the past 5 years with only the occasional flea found. She had no allergic reactions to those fleas that were occasionally found.

      A few months ago, she developed miliary dermatitis. She licked the base of her tail and belly bare. She went in for a dental extraction and had a reaction to the pain meds so she had another blood panel to see what was going on. Basic labs looked normal the day after the procedure, but two weeks later, when she seemed to be doing well outside of the pruritis, BUN and T4 were found to be elevated. Pruritis increase with bumps spreading. She spent 2 weeks in an E-collar and had 3 days of prednisone and I applied one drop of advantage- both were done out of complete desperation and I would not have done them if I didn't think her life was in danger. The areas healed and E-collar was removed for about 10 days but then she started chewing at herself and she had to wear the collar again.

      Not that is has anything to with the allergy directly, but her BUN and T4 were still elevated when the second flare up of MD occured. BUN had come down since I added a few kidney-helpers to her diet. After researching probiotics and how they can help kidney failure patients, I now believe now that her BUN shot up because the probiotics she'd been on prior to her procedure were wiped out of her system by the antibiotics. Perhaps her T4 shot up to compensate for the decreased kidney function. I expect both to be back to normal within a month.

      As scary as "hyperthyroidism" and "kidney failure" might sound to some, I have a lot of experience treating these naturally with great success. My greatest concern right now is the dermatitis. I need to keep her stress down and get to the root of this allergy. She's in an E-collar until I can figure out how to help her. The E-collar isn't helping her stress levels.

      I'm not sure if your pet plus is indicated on top of or instead of some of the supplements I am currently offering, so please advise. I feed her a raw chicken diet which is void of necks (so as not to include a thyroid gland) and the following supplements:
      Azodyl (only giving SID since the piling is stressful)
      Astro's CRF oil
      Epakitin (phos levels were not elevated but I add a small amount because I don't think it can hurt)
      Brewer's yeast

      Do you think the Pet Plus could replace the Azodyl? The manufacturer of Azodyl makes such a big deal about refrigeration and their enteric capsule. I've used probiotics for years and they've seemed effective without refrigeration or any enteric coatings. Granted with CKD, we could be dealing with extreme acidity. Any thoughts on this?

      Much Appreciation from Nikol and the pets at Luckydog Sanctuary =)

      1. Hi Nikol,

        Thanks for your detailed description and great analysis! I'm delighted to see you reversing elevated T4 and BUN naturally. These blood tests are just a snap shot really, just showing the levels at that precise moment; it can all change so quickly!

        So, some suggestions to help you. I'd try some different food, like fish or rabbit or lamb, rather than chicken all the time, as they probably wouldn't eat the same thing every day in the wild. I think variety is important.
        Pet Plus could be used as your source of Brewer's yeast, probiotics (instead of Azodyl), greens (instead of broccoli) and essential fatty acids (instead of Astro's CRF oil). If you're feeding raw meat and bone, I wouldn't have thought you'd need the Epakitin. You could feed a bit of offal including kidney tissue to replace the renatropin. They'd get all that in the wild by eating the whole carcass, so you could consider getting frozen mice from the pet shop (they sell them to feed snakes usually).

        Aloe Vera is a very useful natural anti-inflammatory which may help to soothe her skin too. You can apply it topically, which they usually lick off, so they get it systemically as well.

        Hope that helps.

        Best wishes,


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