Cat Health Care on a Budget

Prevention, Prevention, Prevention

In tough economic times, it becomes necessary to lower our daily expenses, and we are always on the lookout for another avenue for cost cutting. Pet health care may quickly become an area of the budget where funds are tight, and cuts must be made. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to help reduce your cat’s health care costs, without sacrificing your cat’s overall health and well-being.

Vet bills can be extraordinarily expensive, and no cat owner wants to be in the position of not being able to afford the veterinary care necessary to treat or save the life of a beloved pet. While unforeseen illnesses and accidents will always happen, making prevention a cornerstone of your cats health care program, can greatly reduce your vet bills on routine health care, as well as life threatening illnesses.

Avoid the Temptation – Don’t Skip the Annual Exam

While it may seem like the best way to have cat health care on a budget is to avoid taking your cat to the veterinarian entirely, in fact the truth is the exact opposite. Make a point of taking your cat to a holistic vet for his or her annual (or bi-annual) wellness exam. A veterinary exam is vital to accessing the overall health of your cat, and often, future serious illnesses and maladies can be greatly minimized, or even completely avoided by early detection.

Work with your holistic veterinarian to establish a program for your cat of routine health care needs and costs. These may include fecal screening, parasite control, and routine monitoring blood work, all of which are vital to preventing more serious diseases and conditions.

Vaccinations While cat vaccinations have traditionally been given on an annual basis, new research has shown that the antibodies created in response to vaccinating often lasts several years. If you have a senior cat, or a cat that is indoor-only, and is never exposed to other cats, talk to your vet about stopping vaccinations altogether; this is healthier for your cat, and easier on your pocketbook.

Fecal Screening and Parasite Control Cats that go outdoors should be screened yearly for common internal parasites that can be acquired from drinking standing water and from hunting and eating wild animals. Parasite infections can cause serious and even life threatening cases of vomiting and diarrhea. By identifying and treating internal parasites before they become a problem, you can avoid expensive vet visits.

Treating your cat for external parasites (fleas, ticks, etc) monthly can help to prevent some parasite infestation, as well as to avoid skin problems related to flea bite allergies, and prevent tick borne illness; all problems which would require veterinary attention to treat. Be aware that many “cheaper” pet-store and supermarket varieties of flea treatments can cause serious and potentially deadly reactions and sudden illnesses in cats. Chemical flea and parasite treatments can and often do have serious side effects. A holistic vet will have natural and safe options available.

Blood work Especially in older cats, routine blood work in the form of the complete blood count (CBC) and chemistry analysis is vital in ensuring that your cat is healthy. Hyperthyroidism, diabetes and kidney failure are three diseases that can be life threatening if not treated, and cats rarely show outward signs of illness until these diseases have progressed into very serious problems. Routine blood work can detect these and many other diseases before clinical signs appear, allowing your cat to be treated before serious damage to the body can occur. A holistic vet will often work with dietary inputs to adjust various elements such as the glycemic index. Food is always the first place to begin a treatment plan.


Other Money-Saving Vet Tips

If your cat does require more than just dietary manipulation, your holistic vet will always start with natural, gentle, and safe treatments. However, there are a tiny percentage of cats that will need medication. You may be able to save money on medications by asking your holistic vet for a generic prescription, or by obtaining a prescription to get your pet’s meds online. Because they buy in large bulk quantities, many online pet pharmacies are able to provide the same medications as your vet at lower prices. By taking a few minutes to shop around online, you could save significant money over time. Take care to do your homework, and select a reputable on-line pharmacy though- out of the country pharmacies have been caught selling medications that are fake, or contain incorrect or impure amounts of medication in them.

Home Care

Dental care is a vital part of keeping your cat healthy, and at sometimes, dental cleanings under anesthesia will be an unavoidable necessity. However you can minimize the number of dental cleanings your cat will need in his or her lifetime by providing excellent dental home-care.

Daily Brushing Brushing your cats’ teeth daily is the single best thing you can do to keep his or her teeth healthy, and avoid frequent professional teeth cleanings. Cat toothbrushes are available at your vet or pet store, or a human toothbrush will do, but be sure to use toothpaste made specifically for pets. For example, the xylitol in some toothpastes can be dangerous to cats and dogs. Brush the teeth daily, making sure you get the outsides of the teeth in the very back of the mouth, which often have the most accumulation of gingivitis and tartar. While your cat may be skeptical of what you are doing at first, most cats quickly become accustomed to the practice and become cooperative for the procedure.

Dental Chews– There are several brands of chews available that help to reduce gingivitis, and even help remove tartar from the teeth. While daily brushing is the best way to keep your cats teeth in good health, raw meat diets are a great prevention method, and vital in cats who simply won’t tolerate brushing.

Better Health through Nutrition
 – When times are tight, it may seem tempting to abandon a quality diet and switch to commercial pet foods- canned or dry. Although supermarkets, and big box stores like Wal-Mart sell prepackaged cat foods at cheaper prices, than preparing meals made with real meat; fish, chicken, lamb, or turkey, be wary. Prepackaged foods are inferior, they are mostly fillers and meat by-products (the parts of the animal unfit for human consumption, such as chicken beaks and feathers). In addition to providing poor nutrition, often you will find you have to feed more of the “cheap” food due to its lack of quality content.

During the pet-food recall of 2007, prepackaged pet foods found themselves at the center of the problem. The Chinese added Melamine to boost the protein content of their pet foods. While the foods on the shelves today are currently considered safe, the best way to avoid potential food problems, and to keep your cat healthy (and by that extension, saving on vet bills) is to make sure your cat’s food is made from quality pure meat sources.


Holistic Veterinary Care is the Lowest Cost and Most Effective Option

There is no denying that orthodox veterinary care is expensive, and there is no crystal ball for knowing when your cat is going to experience a health crisis. However, holistic vet care is not only more effective, it is much less expensive. You can find a holistic veterinarian near you at www.ahvma.org.

The Bottom Line

Cat health care on a budget is possible and best accomplished by learning what is the best natural food for your cat, and avoiding commercial prepackaged pet foods. By doing this and giving your cat supplements that cannot be found in any food, you can prevent most cat health problems. Spending more upfront for better food and proper supplements you will minimize your vet bills in the long term, while keeping your cat happy and healthy.

Celloquent. My asmatic 1 year old cat Houdini was diagnosed with lymphoma after being rushed to emergency thinking it was he asthma. After a few months of Chemo, predisolone and my own research, I decided to boost his immune system with Celloquent. His Dr was ok with that since his tumor was shrinking but very slowly. He was on it for about 1 1/2 months and the Dr said on his next visit that his tumor got bigger. I was heartbroken. I took him back 1 week later for another x-ray and treatment and the Dr came into the room shaking his head. He said he never saw this before but his tumor was completely gone. It was getting bigger and it totally disappeared. The Celloquent kicked in finally after being in his system. I can happily say that Houdini turned 5 this year and has been cancer free all these years. He still takes his steroid but a low dose ever other day since he always has a tiny bit of fluid in his chest. and he still sees his oncologist every 3 months for a sonnogram. Thank You Vitality Science
Nancy Raicaldo
Nancy Raicaldo
2018-12-19T16:07:31+0000
Their luxolite clay is literally the BEST item for ANY animal household to own. Especially for owners, like myself, who have an animal with a sensitive stomach. On more than one occasion my dog has had an upset stomach and sometimes when it's really bad, vomiting will start soon after the diarrhea. Luxolite is the ONLY thing that can stop my dogs vomiting and diarrhea. This is amazing because previously we would have to go to the vet and they'd just give us anti-nausea meds and diarrhea meds and send us on our way.Luxolite now makes it easy for me to treat my dog at home for her sensitivity issues and to provide her comfort at home, which is always why I take her to the vet to begin with. Now we can do it all from home and help her feel better sooner than later!!Everyone needs it in their house as a just in case!!
Katie Lyn
Katie Lyn
2018-11-17T15:27:40+0000
My husband and I are very happy with all Vitality Science products specially the Super Foods!Steve, the owner is absolutely amazing! He takes his time to advise and recommend us what we should be giving to our 3 doggies. One of our doggies is diabetic. He just turned 10 years old. He has a lot of energy and acts like a puppy! He’s a very loving and happy doggy! We have been giving him the Super Foods for over 3 years and it’s helping him a lot!We have been clients for many years and we absolutely recommend Vitality Science products!Thank you so much Steve for your care and recommendations. You are absolutely the best!
Mary Carmen Shannon
Mary Carmen Shannon
2018-07-13T19:47:29+0000
On May 3, 2018 our cat Pineapple aka Appi & Apps was diagnosed by our Holistic vet with stage 4 Intestinal Lymphoma. We took him in because within a week he had lost so much weight, we could see his spine. At that first appointment he had to have his lungs drained of fluid... his breathing was that of a person with COPD . We were sent home with Prednisone, mushrooms and Fish oil. I just didn’t feel that it was “enough” for us to do for Apps , so I got online and began researching Holistic treatments. I found many testimonials praising the Advanced Immune Restoration, so I ordered it ASAP On May 7 he had his first chemo treatment of vincristine, he was able to tolerate it like a Boss! On May 10 he had his second chemo treatment of cyclophosphamide... again he tolerated it amazingly! On May 15 he had his 3rd chemo of vincristine... and we received the box that we were waiting for from Vitality Science! We started him on the program the next day. On May 23 the vet informed us that the tumor was shrinking... and there was no fluid build up! His next chemo is in four weeks... he has been on this program for five weeks. He is eating like a horse, has been putting on weight, is active and loving again. We can’t thank Vitality Science enough for helping to save our boy!
Sandra L. Espinoza Bradford
Sandra L. Espinoza Bradford
2018-06-22T16:52:40+0000
My wee 13 year old cat was so incredibly sick 2 years ago. She was diagnosed with IBS after an ultra sound and it was all throughout her entire intestinal tract.. After searching long & hard I found the Vitality Science website. I looked for negative reviews and literally could not find one! So I ordered and received what's now called the Gastro Prime Combo and noticed results within a few days! No more huge barfs on the floor! After about 8 months she went down to the lowest dose of her meds from the vet who was SUPER impressed with her results as well! I give her the Super Food as well as the Flex n Free as she's gettin up there in age and is arthritic now.. She still tears around the house and plays with her toys like she's a kitten (but not nearly for as long!) I also should mention that the Flex & Free is a miracle! She was in too much pain to even jump up on the couch and after I'd given it to her daily for a month, she was jumping up on the couch AND my bed which is at least a foot higher! Miracle I tell you!
Michelle Covin
Michelle Covin
2018-05-08T19:27:23+0000
Their products helped to put my cat's cancer in remission. I also used Essiac tea. I would never put my cat through chemo due to both the expense and the pain.. so having products like this allow me to have more time with my favorite fur person.
Hilary Klein
Hilary Klein
2018-02-27T17:09:35+0000
My cat Kojo was diagnosed with IBD, which is incredibly difficult to treat. Vitality Science’s GI Distress and Herbal Anti tincture drops have been lifesavers, along with a limited ingredient diet. He’s been on the drops for a few years.
Dennis Hunter
Dennis Hunter
2018-02-11T05:07:56+0000
Vitality Science is a godsend if you have a vomiting kitty or one with digestive issues or diarrhea. Their products have helped my cats tremendously. Steven Becker there freely offers a wealth of knowledge and information on feline health. Thank you VS!!
Georgene Cevasco
Georgene Cevasco
2018-01-30T19:43:11+0000
Our cat was extremely sick for months in 2016. We had trouble getting a good diagnosis then when we did he was to ill for any intensive treatment. He had hardening of the intestines from what is basically the cat version of severe IBS and the vet suspected lymphoma as well. He also had a sharp decline in his vision from nutrient deficiencies. A year ago, we were basically at the point that we were counting our days with him when I started trying an elimination and add back diet to find out what he could and couldn't eat. We have virtually elimated poultry and corn and only give him foods that have been pureed. This change allowed him to keep his food down most of the time. When we started adding Vitality Science Feline Comfort Plus and Luxolite daily, he started to gain weight, his bowel movements normalized, and inflamation in his mouth and throat healed. We have maintained the addition of Feline Comfort and the changes made to his diet. Though he is still mostly blind, he is overall healthy and happy again. Our vet even asked how we managed to help him recover so well. Seems like animal health care needs an overhaul, but I'm thankful that I found the right solution for our sweet cat.
Aja Burns
Aja Burns
2018-01-26T06:09:44+0000
Our very precious black cat who is a member of our family was diagnosed with lymphoma in October. We were crushed. Our vets wanted us to do chemo etc... In the interim, I researched holistic approaches and thankfully found Vitality Science. I am happy to say our sweet black cat is doing so well. No need for even the steroid he was on before. An absolute miracle. As well, the company itself is amazing. Anytime I had questions they would call or email and very quickly. Their customer service team is aces as well. Thank you to everyone at Vitality Science.
Chris Davis
Chris Davis
2017-12-19T02:15:38+0000
Love the products that Vitality Science carries! I have a very anxious dog and the Soothing Solution works wonders for his anxiety! It really calms him down. They have great customer service as well. Thanks!
Becky Senkerik Fallan
Becky Senkerik Fallan
2017-07-11T16:01:39+0000
The treatment resistant cat formula plus an all raw diet saved my kitty from the horrid depths of feline IBD. Thanks Vitality Science!
Kiana Erickson
Kiana Erickson
2017-03-01T23:15:08+0000
Your products saved our dog's life..literally!!! She was diagnosed with IBD and was dying until a client of yours turned us onto your products and we started her on them. Thank you so much for developing such products!!!
Eda Gowdy
Eda Gowdy
2016-09-19T16:05:42+0000
I cant say thank you enough for saving my cats life. Like many other stories here, the results are astounding. After months of watching my beautiful bengal vomit himself to death, being wrongly diagnosed and nearly euthanized we were advised by the vet we hired to euthanize him that he did not have kidney disease, but probably IBD/IBS. We treated him for his vomiting and dehydration and I immediately started researching the disease. I ordered your products and started him on the Feline Comfort Plus. I even received a sample of the clay, which is also wonderful! I can't thank you enough for giving my cat his life back and for giving us ours too! With Love and Gratitude...thank you! DD
DD Westerman
DD Westerman
2016-09-13T17:49:01+0000
I should probably mention that when I adopted 6 year old Angelique, I did not have much of a background on her (I noticed her soiled bottom) Soon an occasional bad poo turned into severe IBS and poor baby, Angelique also has acid reflux...we were both miserable and my off white carpet was absolutely ruined. Much to my horror, my own family kept suggesting that I should find another home for her so I could get some sleep and stop running up my credit card debt on vet bills... I was really worried that I might lose Angelique. She was wasting away and at 5.75 lbs, she didn't have much to lose. I could also her moan whenever I'd pick her up. It hurt me to know that she was hurting soo much. Praise the Lord, a concerned friend told me about Vitality Science!! Let me tell you that the first time Angelique had a normal formed poo, I was soo excited that I almost took a picture of it to send to Stephen!! I really did! Angelique soon began to heal and by the end of 3 months she consistently had ONLY healthy poos. WOW- No more worries!! I finally felt confident that when I fed her that she would be fine. No more bad poos!! When I took Angelique back in to our vet to have her poo cultured, our vet was soo thrilled and excited about the change in Angelique's appearance and most of all her demeanor ((it had been a good 2 months since Angelique had been in) that she had to take Angelique through the whole office to show her to the other vets and techs to show them how great she looked!! Angelique's eyes were bright and shiny, her tail was wagging and she had given our vet the first happy kiss ever!! My friends noticed that Angelique's personality just blossomed as well, so I need to say,Thanks Vitality Science, thanks so much for giving me such a great dog!! JulieI wish I could post a picture - she's adorable too!
Jullia Jane Briggs
Jullia Jane Briggs
2016-08-24T03:40:08+0000
Just received Super Pet Enzymes, Pet Flora, Feline Comfort and Luxolite for my beloved cat Sabrina. She has been suffering with gastrointestinal problems dating back three month. No one has been able to diagnose her and no successful treatment. So here I am under the care of these lovely, caring and true champions of our fur babies. Thank you Stephen Becker for your guidance and compassion. Optimistically hopeful for the recovery of my beauty Sabrina. THANK YOU!
Clara Diaz
Clara Diaz
2016-02-22T23:34:38+0000
My sweet kitty Spike was diagnosed with jaw cancer back in February. It's aggressive and, according to what I read, with no treatment, takes about a month or two before it's too much and takes the cats life. He had masses in his jaw, on his lungs and his heart. I was advised by a great pet oncologist to have part of his jaw removed and start chemo and radiation. There was never a single second that that was an option in my mind. I found the Feline Cancer Treatment online and he's been on it ever since. It's been 6 months now and he's doing great. He still may go from the cancer but it appears as if I'm getting about the same amount of extra time with him that I would have with the medical treatment as it only gives you about a year or so more. Hopefully I'll get even more time than that! I also give it to my other cat in smaller doses and he started out skin and bones. We had his thyroid tested regularly and couldn't find the cause of his inability to gain weight. That one is now on a diet because over the last six months of getting these supplements he's gotten way too fat! So it's expensive but not nearly as much as the surgery and treatment was going to be. This will be part of my cats diet for as long as they are with me now. Thank you SO much for giving my kitties more time!
Christy Lillard
Christy Lillard
2015-08-22T13:16:05+0000
Dr. Becker and his products at Vitality Science saved my precious kitty, Amie. Thanks to his advice and to Vital Pet Lipids, Celloquent, Uro-Cleanse, and Luxolite, she has made nothing short of a miraculous recovery. She had a seriously low white blood count, had constant urinary tract infections, stopped eating. Thousands of dollars at the vet and an internal med specialist couldn't help. She seemed to get sicker when on pharmaceuticals. Her last blood test two weeks ago revealed that her white blood count is well in the normal range. Thanks a million.
Holly Briggs
Holly Briggs
2015-03-07T23:45:22+0000
Super great products super great people everything is great! Highly recommend Vitality Science!
Millie Springer
Millie Springer
2014-08-27T01:52:57+0000
Great support from steven!
Gery Gerald Hofer
Gery Gerald Hofer
2014-04-06T17:08:20+0000
Great customer service. Great products. Super fast shipping AND a full money back guarantee if you are not satisfied.
LeLa Becker
LeLa Becker
2013-06-22T17:29:19+0000

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