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My cat has cateracts and I am taking him to and Optomoligist Vet eye doctor.It cost 125 for the 1st visit and I live on a fix income.I need peace of mind for him and myself,but Vets are also out to make money.Has anyone herd about Vitamin C and Vitamin E in helping slow down Cateracts ?
And if so what are the dosages I would give in his diet ?
I will consult with the eye Vet and also talk with him about the Vitamins.
I have him on eye drops >Brand Bulter > Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution USP, 0.3 %
I welcome all feef back

ps:I rescued another cat today and sent to a pet Welfare.

Thank you from my cat Floyd and I.
Floyd still is happy with his progressing Blindness.I guess he realize that Daddy loves him more then then anything.
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Originally Posted by FloydTheCat View Post
My cat has cateracts and I am taking him to and Optomoligist Vet eye doctor.It cost 125 for the 1st visit and I live on a fix income.I need peace of mind for him and myself,but Vets are also out to make money.Has anyone herd about Vitamin C and Vitamin E in helping slow down Cateracts ?
And if so what are the dosages I would give in his diet ?
I will consult with the eye Vet and also talk with him about the Vitamins.
I have him on eye drops >Brand Bulter > Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution USP, 0.3 %
I welcome all feef back

ps:I rescued another cat today and sent to a pet Welfare.

Thank you from my cat Floyd and I.
Floyd still is happy with his progressing Blindness.I guess he realize that Daddy loves him more then then anything.


WHERE AM I at in forum?
post #3 of 12
your in the health and nutrition forum

I know little about cat cateracts .... but someone will come along with info
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your in the health and nutrition forum

I know little about cat cateracts .... but someone will come along with info
Thank you for the information my friend.
post #5 of 12
First of all, please know that there is nothing you could have done to prevent the cataracts.

I don't know about vitamins or herbal remedies to shrink them, though there are definitely claims on the web for various things. Our vet says there is no medical treatment to prevent cataracts, to reverse cataracts or to shrink cataracts.

The only potential issue is that sometimes they are indicative of an underlying disease, which may need to be treated. I don't know the statistics on this, so I don't know if it's worth taking your kitty to the vet for bloodwork, which can be expensive.

If you cannot afford the surgery, which I'm sure is expensive, your kitty will slowly go blind. However, if your kitty is inside only and you don't move your things so he can trust his environment and is confident that he knows where all the objects are (especially his litterbox), he'll probably do just fine. There are plenty of blind cats living very happy lives.

Laurie
post #6 of 12
Hi FloydTheCat!

Hopefully this article will be helpful to you:
http://www.petplace.com/cats/catarac...ats/page1.aspx

As for treating cataracts with vitamins, please, please, don’t try to do that on your own. Consult a holistic vet. Some of the nutrients you can use are very easily toxic to cats, so you have to be very, very careful with the dosages.
This book: Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats by Shawn Messonnier, DVM (a fine holistic vet) has a chapter on cataracts and their natural treatment. It’s great information.

Supplements that can easily be toxic to cats include vitamin A, zinc, selenium and manganese. (All of them are recommended in the natural treatment of cataracts.)
High doses of Vitamin C have an effect on the production of thyroid hormone. Safe, lower doses may still cause digestive upset. Also, depending on the kind you choose, vitamin C will have an effect on the body’s pH. Since supplements (most vitamins, minerals, some natural antioxidants, etc) normally have an alkaline effect on the body, the acid form of vitamin C can balance their alkalinizing effect and make it possible for you to prevent urinary problems (UTIs or struvites). As far as pH is concerned, vitamin E is safe, it doesn’t affect pH in any way. However, high doses have an anticoagulant effect, and vitamin E also interacts with certain medications.

If you decide to use supplements, always keep them at least 2 hours apart from any medications kitty has to take. And don’t give them at the same time with eye drops either.

This directory can make it easy for you to find a holistic vet in your area:
http://www.holisticvetlist.com/

Best wishes for you and Floyd, I hope you will be able to find holistic help for him.

Violet
post #7 of 12
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Floyd had all his blood work done when I found out he had cateracts.The blood work turn out nomal.The Vet thought that hey may be a Diabetic,since he had cateracts.I will bring Floyd to the eye doctor.If I am able to find something that will lesson the impact,then I will use the product.He is 13 and half years old and lives in my house.It hurts me more then my cat.He will not be able to see his daddy and his other cat play mate.That is the part that hurts the most.It makes me sound selfesh.
All of you have been great and I thak you for the support.
My heart and Floyd thank all of you.
John and cat Floyd
post #8 of 12
I'm confused - the Doc thought he may be diabetic? That's something they get paid to determine - and then kitty would need to be on insulin.

As long as you're taking him to an eye specialist, please mention this. Very strange!

Laurie
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Originally Posted by LDG View Post
I'm confused - the Doc thought he may be diabetic? That's something they get paid to determine - and then kitty would need to be on insulin.

As long as you're taking him to an eye specialist, please mention this. Very strange!

Laurie
I think it has been much harder on me,then it has my loving cat.
All of you have been great.I live alone and do not have the support of a girlfriend or wife.
I truly thank all of my cat friends.
John
post #10 of 12
Well tell us what the Dr says! Im anxious to know!! Good
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by glitch View Post
Well tell us what the Dr says! Im anxious to know!! Good

I have had Floyd on eye drops for 3 days,and his stain and mucus in his real bad eye is gone.I am almost still cerain he is loosing his site.I have used my hand and objects in front of his face and he has slow reaction is his eye movements.

This saying has brought me comfort:

Seeing a treasured cat go blind,either gradually or suddenly,can be a devasting experience,because we then to equate vision loss in cats with human blindness.
We (I ) need to remember,though,that cat's are terrifically resilient.Cat's do not need a seeing eye dogs to find there way around,nor do they need to learn braile in order to communicate.They will use there enhanced senses of smell,hearing and touch(whiskers and other vibrissae hairs on there feet and face) to compensate for their vision loss ,so well that casual visitors may not even be aware that your cat is blind.
post #12 of 12
I've been discussing this very subject with a friend, whose father's cataract surgery has proved unsuccessful, although her mother-in-law's was. Both of my parents and both of my in-laws have had cataract surgery, and the results have been 50:50. This is a routine procedure performed on humans, and doesn't always deliver the desired results.

I've had several aged pets go blind, and only had one operated on (a dog), and in hindsight, I wouldn't do it again, because pets cope far better with blindness than humans do. They can smell and hear far better than humans can, and being four-legged, don't tend to easily trip over obstacles. Floyd should have little or no trouble coping with his diminishing sight, so don't beat yourself if you can't afford cataract surgery, or simply decide against it.
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