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How to manage Calicivirus?

March 5th, 2010, 09:49 PM
I was wondering if anyone has had to deal with calici with their cat and how was it best managed?

The cat in question, Mougli, has been to the vet monday and then a follow up on thursday, and has a bad case of calicivirus. since the sores seem to all be on the tip of his tongue, I have to feed him on the side and he dosnt fuss about it. Mougli has a great appetite, and this morning I caught him testing out his water, and then this evening he was even trying to lap up some wet food on his own.

I am not trying to find some miracle to fall out of the sky or to replace any vet care, just wondering if someone has tried any kind of homeopathy or natural product with success?

Mougli says thank you! :cat:

March 6th, 2010, 02:57 PM
Brianna I wonder if Lysine would help. I beleive it is used to build up the immune system. I would be willing to be Sugarcatmom will be along with some great advise..

Good Luck

March 6th, 2010, 03:31 PM
I had a horrible experience with calicivirus with Sweet Pea's kittens :(. Theirs settled into their joints and they were in extreme pain. The vet did prescribe a pill, but I can't remember what it was, but is was like kitty aspirin, relieved the fever and the pain. When they were on that they did eat and play (they were only 3 weeks so very important). I don't believe there is anything you can do , but let it run it's course and give supportive care :(. Humidity will help relieve congestion, if your kitty is suffering with that. They were taken to the vet, well twice a day for fluids, but as I stated, they were tiny kittens. It is very important to have a cat checked by a vet throughout the illness as it can settle in the lungs and cause pneumonia.

Good luck :goodvibes::goodvibes::goodvibes::goodvibes::goodv ibes:

March 7th, 2010, 10:53 AM
Here is a link to some info on treating URIs holistically:

Like Winston mentioned, L-lysine would be good to try, even though it's typically used for rhinotracheitis more than calicivirus. It certainly wouldn't hurt and some people have found it effective for both viruses.

I would also get some 30 ppm colloidal silver and add several drops to his wet food a few times a day until symptoms subside, then maybe once a day for a couple days, and then every other day for a few days.

To strengthen his immune system, feed Mougli the best wet food that you can (never dry) and if possible, start him on a raw diet. Supplementing with Transfer Factor ( might be something else to consider:

I hope his mouth ulcers heal up soon! That's gotta be tough. If it's not too stressful for him, perhaps you could make a syrup with some slippery elm bark powder and syringe small amounts into his mouth. Slippery elm can be soothing to inflamed mucus membranes.