Fever, sore throat, inflammation: in many families there are recommendations of home remedies as supposed natural alternatives to relieve various symptoms of the disease. Funds don’t always deliver what they promise, and some may even do more harm than good. This is especially true for careless use on pets.
Some beliefs about the alleged beneficial effectiveness of home remedies have persisted for generations, even if they are not true.
The vet Dr. Joniness from Engelskirchen in North Rhine-Westphalia urges pet owners to be careful:
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“While you don’t get it wrong for the organic plant approach, it can still end badly, for both the patient and the owner.”
Inflammation is promoted rather than inhibited
Specifically, it works in this Facebook post the vet on the use of chamomile tea for cat eye inflammation. Chamomile extracts are said to have a disinfecting and calming effect on inflammation.
In fact, the essential oils contained in chamomile are harmful to cats and can even exacerbate existing inflammation:
“Sore or inflamed mucous membranes don’t need an extra portion from the outside, and even scratched forearms are quite uncomfortable when held (…) Cats in particular don’t find it fun to be tortured with this method.”
If you want to clean sore cat eyes yourself at home, you should use boiled water instead, the vet advises. However, it should only be used on the animal once it has completely cooled down.
If eye inflammation persists, it is generally advisable to go to the vet.
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