Lily and AlissaAs a long-time journalist and the former pet industry editor for About.com, I have a vast knowledge of pet care, products and issues that impact the health, well-being and happiness of our beloved companion animals.

After leaving the network in 2014, I decided to continue my mission to write about topics that aid in the best care for pets, along with fun and informative pet news and information.

I hope you enjoy my blog, and find it helpful.

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  1. Hi Alissa~ I found your article on your kitty’s rodent ulcer treatment and wanted to try it out on my 9 month old kitten/cat, who seems to have that on his upper lip. When looking up the colloidal silver I found various ppm (not sure what that is) so was wondering what ppm you used.
    My guy is the WORST PATIENT EVER so anything natural that in not in pill form or tastes bad is what I’m looking for. My skin and clothes are in tatters and he simply won’t eat if he tastes anything that he doesn’t like. I too have found the Dave’s can food and he loves all the ones with tuna – YAY!
    I’m going out of town in 10 days for a week and would like to get him started on something before I go – and preferably even see some results. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much,


    • Hi Robin,
      I used 20 ppm on Murphy, and it worked like a charm. Be sure to avoid any food or water bowls made from plastic; stainless steel or glass are best. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.
      Good luck with your kitty!


  2. Hi Alissa,
    I also read your article about the rodent ulcers. I have a 14y/o silver Maine Coon who has always had mild skin problems, chin acne & random irritations. This ulcer, also on her upper lip for almost 4 months, has been a beast. Did your kitty’s ulcers start to scab as they healed? I’m actually a vet tech and have now long given up on the western medicine approach to healing her ulcer as all it did was wreck havoc on her stomach. Due to the location of the ucler I’m having a tough time keeping anything in place topically, coconut oil or spray. Do you have any other pointers or tips for us? We will keep using your current regimen as it hasn’t gotten any bigger and seems to be developing a scab. Thanks!


    • Hi Jessica,
      Yes, the ulcers do form scabs. Make sure that your kitty is on a grain-free diet (my cats are on Dave’s canned food), try to spray it with the colloidal silver as best you can and give him the L-Lysine on a regular basis. Good luck, and let us know how of his progress.


      • Hi Alissa,
        The porch kitty that visits me has a rodent ulcer, poor thing is drooling and his tongue sticks out. I am going to get him the canned Dave’s food but what kind do you give? Chicken or turkey? Is one more effective than another? I am going to try to do the spray but since he is a stray I don’t think he will let me. Thank.


      • Hi Laura,
        All of Dave’s foods are good. The important thing is to feed kitties, even healthy ones, grain-free foods. There are many great grain-free canned cat foods on the market, including Hound & Gatos, Wild Calling, Weruva, Fussie Cat and Tiki. The reason why I often recommend Dave’s is because my cats eat this, and it’s the least expensive of the premium natural cat foods. As for the colloidal silver, you don’t have to spray the wounds directly, if the porch kitty won’t let you. You can add some to the food, say a 1/4 teaspoon twice a day. You can also add some L-Lysine to help boost his immune system. Hope this helps. And bless you for taking care of this stray.


  3. Allissa, I see your name in numerous locations concerning pet health.I am a manufacturer of organic animal bedding. We have been told by many of our customers our horse bedding is excellent for cat liter. I have much experience with horses but little with cats. We are researching the cat liter market to determine if there is an organic cat liter need. Our bedding products are currently sold throughout the mid-west. I would like the opportunity to discuss the features and benefits of our bedding products with knowledgeable cat owners. This could provide me with vital information going forward. Your consideration of my request is appreciated.


  4. Hi Alissa,
    I have a 4 year old tiny female tabby, Lexi, who ever so often gets a flare up on her lips of these bumps/sores. I’ve found your information extremely informative and helpful as she was on Atopica for a while but I have stopped giving that to her so that we could build her immune system better without any hard drugs to compromise her little body. Question for you: do you think it could also be caused by stress as the white cells seem to be over-reactive to change/stressors/excitements? Just wondering…she has a tiny bump starting now to show so I will be adding the dosage you had recommended.



    • Hi Benita,
      Yes, stress can cause flare-ups of all types of physical issues in pets. Can you identify the stressors? If so, try to eliminate them. I am a marketing consultant for a wonderful natural pet remedy company called Epic Pet Health which makes the product Repair, which I mentioned in the article. The company president, Amy Swartz, is based in Seattle, WA, and all of the products are made in America. She produces remedies made specifically to help relieve pet stress: Calm and Happy. You might want to try these to see if they help.

      Thanks for writing, and I hope your kitty is feeling better soon.



  5. Alissa,

    Thank you, I will definitely look into those recommended products. Yes, we have eliminated most of the stressors; except one. Its the other cat, Sadie, our very aggressively attention grabber cat…she at times will play at little too rough…so we are aware of any signs that can lead to a good play turned ugly. Most of the times we succeed. And of course we shower Lexi with lots of cuddles and compliments to soothe her worries and give her a boost of good confidence.
    Thanks for the reply and the tips…Lexi’s bump is gone. But always on alert for the next one…Ha



  6. Alissa,

    Read your article on rodent ulcer. I have a cat with rodent ulcer. She lives in our horse barn, no access to outside, no fleas, homemade cat food using chicken proteins-thighs, livers, gizzards, vitamins, salmon oil, taurine, eggs, fed in stainless steel dishes. Food is frozen in plastic containers. Contact with hay, straw, cat litter -if they use it-is pine pellets or pine shavings, or the cats prefer stone dust on stall floors.
    Changing to rabbit at $5.79 a pound is rather pricey & still need to add fat.


    • Hi Christine. I would avoid chicken. A lot of cats are allergic to it. There are other novel proteins that are less expensive than rabbit. Canned foods such as Hound & Gatos, Wild Calling and Weruva are some great ones. Hope this helps.


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