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Trying to boost my kitties immune system.

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Pepper

The Cuddle Bug
 
 
Purred: Tue Dec 10, '13 10:00pm PST 
Hello! I have a 7 month old Maine Coon girl (Pepper!) that weighs 7.70 lbs and an orange tabby/domestic medium hair boy named Oliver! He is 3 months old and weighs 3.10 pounds. I first got Pepper when she was only 2 months old, she was a very hyper and playful kitty! Oliver is like that now, full of energy and playful... BUT, he sneezes a lot... No buggers coming out of his nose and no cough. Just an occasional sneeze and his eyes tend to get watery after he has his sneezing episode... I took him to the vet and was told he had a URI, "kitty cold" is how they worded it and prescribed him "Doxycycline" 100mg to be given twice a day orally for 10 days... So I finished the prescription, which actually toned down the sneezing, and he's back at it at sneezing. I've done A LOT of research and asked all sorts of questions at the vet to see if he possibly had kitty herpes or something worse... but was rest assured that this was not the case. So! Today I've been looking at natural ways to improve their immune systems. Both Pepper and Oliver are on a strict wet food "Wellness" brand diet and get occasional dry food. (once a month...?)

So anyways, they're both really happy kitties and are unconditionally loved. I would just like to get your opinions and thoughts on human supplements would work on my feline children.
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BK

Ambassador at- the Kitty U.N.
 
 
Purred: Wed Dec 11, '13 4:57am PST 
Try L-lysine. It's the best for boosting immune systems, especially for respiratory and eye problems. The best part is that in addition to pills it comes as powder you can add to food, or as treats that cats love so it's easy to administer!
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Pepper

The Cuddle Bug
 
 
Purred: Wed Dec 11, '13 9:18am PST 
Thank you so much for your reply! I really appreciate it. smile
I might note that ever since Oliver's been home (he was brought two days before Thanksgiving Day), Pepper has never once sneezed or has watery eyes.. maybe because she's older and her immune system has been boosted?
I was also reading online that Fish Oil liquid capsules is also a great way to boost their immune system.. but seen that other people recommend to just give them sardines(none salted) and/or salmon. What are your thoughts on this?

My neighbor actually gave me some kitty treats that contain Omega 3 supplement but only about 10%. Which I'm under the impression that it's not enough. I'll definitely try the L-lysine! Do you know if it has a smell to it? I've also read that some cats wont touch their food if it has a "new" smell to it.
Sorry for all of the questions... lol. I just want what's best for them so I'd like to get correctly educated.
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Kaylee &- Amelia

Snuggly Sisters!
 
 
Purred: Wed Dec 11, '13 3:29pm PST 
I don't think L-Lysine has much of a smell to it. When we catsat for my fiance's parents cats, they had it added to their food. We would split a can of wet food between them, and split one pill between them, breaking it open and mixing the powdery stuff inside into the wet food.
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Pepper

The Cuddle Bug
 
 
Purred: Wed Dec 11, '13 4:04pm PST 
Thank you for the reply! smile
My next question now is... how much L-Lysine is too much? I found these treats online ( http://www.amazon.com/Pet-Naturals-Vermont-L-Lysine-Fish-Shaped/dp/B 006OCG4JY/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1386806607&sr=8-4&keywords=l-lysine ) and found out that my local Petfoodexpress has them, so I'll be picking some up. Is 250 mg enough? or can they be given the 500 mg dosage?
Thanks so much in advance for all of your help! smile
It is truly appreciated.
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The Thompson- Zoo

Whatever it- is....we didn't- do it!
 
 
Purred: Wed Dec 11, '13 8:51pm PST 
The Lysine dose is typically 500mg per day for adult cats and 250mg per day for kittens under 6 months old.
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Pepper

The Cuddle Bug
 
 
Purred: Thu Dec 12, '13 9:30am PST 
Awesome! Thanks again for the information! Truly appreciate it! big grin
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