If your cat is suffering from an illness or condition the obvious and best thing to do is go to your vet. However, homeopathy for cats is becoming a popular way to complement traditional veterinary medicine.
Before we begin, I’d like to remind you that I’m not medically trained, and any information I share with you is through research.
I always believe that if your dog or cat is sick you MUST consult your vet. NEVER self diagnose either for yourself or your pets.
Homeopathy has been shown to produce effective results when used alongside conventional medicine. However, there are many sceptics who claim it doesn’t work.
Unfortunately, there has been very little research into its effectiveness. One good thing about homeopathy though is side effects are extremely rare.
In this post you’ll discover everything you need to know about homeopathy for cats. This includes safety, what homeopathy can treat, and any cautions you need to take.
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy For Cats
Homeopathy is based on the idea of curing a disease by getting the body to heal itself. This is done by using highly diluted substances.
Practitioners claim these substances mimic symptoms of the disease in healthy individuals. In other words it uses “like with like”
It’s believed homeopathy can be dated as far back as prehistoric times. However, it was in the late eighteenth century that Samuel Hahnemann created homeopathic medicine we’re familiar with today.
Although used mostly by people, more and more pet owners are using it in conjunction with traditional veterinary medicine.
The type of substances used in homeopathy for cats include
plant, mineral, and animal. For example, Urtica urens is a nettle that causes burning or stinging.
A highly diluted formula is created and used in treating itchy or irritated skin in cats. Also, Allium cepa can be used for treating watery eyes or runny nose.
In case you didn’t know, Allium cepa is commonly known as an onion. I’m sure you’ve probably experienced watery eyes and a runny nose when peeling an onion!
Well, in a highly diluted form it can treat watery eyes in cats. This could be a useful thing to know should your cat ever suffer from such a condition.
Is homeopathy for cats safe?
If you’re wondering if homeopathy is safe for cats, you’ll be pleased to hear it is. However, there may be some instances where it can interfere with prescribed medication.
This is why it’s important to get your vet’s advice before using any homeopathic treatment. You can buy products ready formulated such as Homeopet. They have a range of products for treating various ailments including urinary tract infections, and itchy skin.
In addition, you can find veterinary clinics that specialise in homeopathic treatments. Often these are used on animals where conventional medicine has failed to work.
What are the benefits of homeopathy for cats?
Firstly, as homeopathy is a natural method your cat won’t suffer side effects associated with medications such as antibiotics. Both humans and cats frequently suffer adverse reactions to certain medicines.
In addition, rather than using one size fits all, homeopathy takes a different approach. You’ll find that each cat is prescribed a remedy that’s laser targeted to suit them.
Everything is done with high accuracy to get the best possible results. Often you may find your cat’s condition worsens before symptoms start improving.
This isn’t a sign the remedy isn’t working as unlike conventional medication you don’t see results straight away. However, the homeopath can always adjust quantities or substances used in treating your cat.
How homeopathic remedies are administered
Giving your cat homeopathic treatments isn’t hard, but you need to follow a few guidelines. Your practitioner will give you exact instructions including dosage and number of times to give each day which you must stick to.
You’ll either be given a liquid or pellets. Both of which should be easy to administer. Pellets can simply be crushed in a small amount of food such as a favourite treat.
Liquids should be dropped directly in your cat’s mouth. As long as it’s on the gums you’ll be ok. One thing to note though is alcohol is often used as a preservative.
You may find your cat is sensitive to the taste, and allowing it to evaporate first is best. This can be done by dropping the dosage into a small vial and exposing it to the air. In addition, a few drops of warm water can quicken the process.
Depending on how many times the substance has been diluted there are three different levels. These are 6C, 30C, and 200C. You may find it strange, but the highest number is more potent than 30C.
In fact, 30C is the most commonly used, and many find this works just fine. You’ll find some homeopaths recommend just one substance to treat an ailment, whereas others may combine several. Apparently, the body always uses the one that’s needed.
Ailments homeopathy for cats may help treat
You’ll be pleased hear there’s quite a wide range of conditions and ailments that homeopathy can treat. These include asthma, allergies, urinary infections, diarrhoea, and many more.
Cantheris 30C is often used by homeopaths to treat urinary infections. As UTI is common in felines you may need to treat your cat for it at some point.
You’ll find antibiotics are commonly prescribed for UTI, as well as prescription diets in some cases. Of course, these are very effective and your cat will recover quickly. However, it’s always good to know there are natural alternatives with no side effects.
Arnica is often used to treat trauma and injuries in homeopathic medicine. It’s usually recommended that you give it every 15 minutes in the early stages.
As healing starts to work you’ll be able to increase the length between doses to every few hours. Always ask advice though as every cat responds differently.
Diarrhoea is fairly common in cats and usually gets better on its own. However, it can be dangerous over long periods of time as it causes dehydration. In severe cases your vet will prescribe electrolytes to help replace essential minerals.
In milder cases you could try Nux Vomica. This is a substance taken from an evergreen tree native to China. It may help normalise gut bacteria as well as calm the urge to visit the litter box.
If your cat starts vomiting and producing loose stools it’s vital you monitor her. If home remedies aren’t working you must consult your vet as soon as possible.
There could be any number of reasons why your cat has diarrhoea and a few tests will reveal any underlying causes. In addition, always tell your vet if you’ve been giving your cat homeopathic remedies.
Treating mental problems
As well as treating physical ailments, homeopathy is also used to treat mental problems. Although your cat won’t tell you if she’s scared or fearful , you’ll soon know!
For example, fireworks or thunder could soon have your kitty diving for cover under the bed. Also, a trip to the vet could have her feeling very anxious.
While I always recommend Feliway, there are homeopathic remedies as well. These include borax. (the remedy, not in powder form). This has been found to have a very calming effect. Also, Homeopet claim their product can help ease anxiety and destructive behaviour.
Homeopathy for cats books
Homeopathy for pets is a growing trend with many positive results. While there’s plenty of information available online, it’s nice to have a book to hand. Here’s a list of 3 books you may like to read. I may make a small commission on sales, but this in no way reflects the price you pay.
|Homeopathy For Your Cat||“Homeopathy For Your Cat” is a paperback with 136 pages. Written by a respected German Veterinarian it covers a wide range of ailments and homeopathic remedies. You can find out more here.|
|New Choices in Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats:||“New Choices in Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats,” is available in several formats. Its author Amy Shojai is passionate about animals and her book covers a wide variety of natural remedies including the use of herbs, acupressure, homeopathy, acupressure, and natural diets. You can find out more here.|
|Your Healthy Cat||“Your Healthy Cat,” is a book written by the same author as “Homeopathy for Your Cat” As a well renowned vet he has extensive knowledge in homeopathic remedies. He covers many chronic and acute ailments including bacterial diseases, digestive problems, and lots more. You can find out more here.|
Now you know a bit more about homeopathy for cats I hope this post has inspired you to give it a try. While there is scepticism from those in the medical profession, there have been many pet owners who’ve seen remarkable improvements in their cats and dogs.
One thing to bear in mind though is our pets don’t know they’re being given natural alternatives. There’s an argument that suggests homeopathic remedies are no better than placebos.
This implies your cat is able to tell the difference between conventional medication and homeopathic. Anyway, if your cat shows signs of improvement and no other medication has been given, the results speak for themselves.
While homeopathy can’t replace modern medicine it can certainly work alongside it. Also, it can be used if there are no other alternatives for you.
What do you think about homeopathy for cats? Have you tried any homeopathic remedies on your cat?
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