Homeopathy is often a much misunderstood form of therapy. When used correctly, astounding results can be often seen – even with the most chronic of diseases, which vets cannot cure. Rather than suppressing the problem with anti-biotics (killing the symptoms-which doesn’t actually remove the disease, just hides it or transmutes it into another problem) Homeopathy actually stimulates the body to fight the problem itself, thereby in the long-term creating a healthier individual.
I believe (personal opinion) that many so-called homeopaths are not using Homeopathy correctly, and a lot of people believe Homeopathy does not work because of this. Many vets “dabble” in natural therapies and will say they use homeopathy, but homeopathy is a very difficult ART to master – it requires years of study and practice and experience to use it correctly and well in chronic diseases. Unless a vet is using Homeopathy as their sole therapy, they are most likely not using it correctly. Sadly, there are very few good Homeopaths in the world.
I use Homeopathy for cats a lot and I have found that for First Aid (acute) purposes, the basics are simple to learn for the average person and also very cheap. Once you have a sound understanding of the principles, you can treat your family, cats and other pets at home for such things as colds, fevers, stings, cuts, bumps, burns, sprains etc., without drugs/antibiotics.
Here is First Aid info to help with selection of the best remedy by one of the world’s very best Homeopaths, David Little.
Be aware that chronic and long standing problems however, do require the talents of a well-trained and experienced Homeopath.
This page goes over the basic concepts of homeopathy for cats. Owners interested in holistic cat care are able to utilize the simple principles of this all natural way of treating disease and emotional issues. As an holistic cat breeder, I use homeopathy for cats wherever I can.
Once the basics of homeopathy are understood, and you have some good books on hand to look up which remedies are required, then you are usually able to deal with many minor issues yourself.
Here, I hope to introduce your to the basics of using homeopathy for cats and kittens, along with some of the remedies that I have had success with for my own cats.
How Homeopathic Cat Remedies Work
If you are new to using homeopathy, then you should first understand that it does not work like modern drugs and medication. As a very simple explanation, homeopathy works on the energy of the cat, to stimulate an immune response and strengthen against disease.
This is the exact opposite of what anti-biotics do. Antibiotics are made to kill things, bugs bacteria, infection … and they do a very good job of that. However, they also kill some good things we need to maintain inside our bodies, including our beneficial bacteria.
Although sometimes you can see sudden and amazing results with homeopathic remedies (and I certainly have seen some awesome results), more often than not, homeopathic healing takes time and can be very subtle.
Depending on the length and depth of the illness, you may also see ups, downs and even plateaus. This happens when a level of healing is reached and then it plateaus out – as the cat’s body adjusts to the new level of health. Once equilibrium is achieved at that level, then the healing starts again.
You can visualize it kinda kind like walking up stairs. Imagine that the bottom step is illness and poor health, and the top step is perfect health. Yeah, I know it is a journey and a half! On the way up, you need to stop and rest on each stair – to get your breath and build your strength for the next step.
Classical vs Clinical Homeopathy
There are two quite different “schools” of homeopathy, and both rather disagree with the other. Here is a quick examination of the differences between the two:
This is the original method as developed by Samuel Hahnnemann, where the individual is treated and not so much the disease they are showing. A “case” is taken of the patient, which involves getting as much information about them as possible, including health, body type, emotional and mental type. Once a case has been taken, a single remedy is prescribed and is usually be the only remedy used until the “issue” is resolved. Then a different remedy will be prescribed to clear up another issue.
This is more like a modern day physician’s approach. Remedies are prescribed based on the illness or symptoms. There is often more than one remedy taken at a time. These types of remedies are called “combination remedies”.
Homeopathy for cats: Initially as a breeder, I was searching for home remedies for cats that were safe and effective, and I found Homeopathy to be a fantastic form of natural remedies for cats. As an energetically sensitive animal, the cat seems to be a species that responds particularly well to Homeopathy.
However, there are actually no specific “Cat Remedies” in Homeopathy, as Homeopathic remedies are used the same for all species. A “case” is taken by the practitioner, which encompasses all aspects of the patient; mental, physical, emotional… and a Homeopathic remedy is prescribed on the totality of all the symptoms. A feline prescribed a “Cat Remedy” may even be given exactly the same Homeopathic remedy as her owner is taking!
Treating a cat with homeopathic remedies is extremely simple. Since you will be using either teeny pills or a liquid, there is no nasty taste or forcing things down your cats throat.
Homeopathic Pills can be different sizes depending on where you buy them from. The more commercial pills are usually larger than those you can buy from a homeopath or a homeopathic dispensary. The photos here on the right show you how small some pills can be. These ones are extremely tiny.
The swiftest way for the remedies to work is that they should make contact with the mucous membranes, where they can be quickly absorbed into the system. My preferred method is giving drops to the cat’s mouth. You can do this when the cat is sleeping, or cuddling on your lap.
You are aiming not at the throat (swallowing is not necessary), but more the mucous membranes inside of the lips. So all you need to do is ease the skin down a little and in it goes. No fuss, no bother.
The pills may be given to the cat as is. I do this pretty much the same way as above. As the pills I use are only about the size of a pin head (see photo), they just stick to anything moist. Therefore, dropping a couple into the mouth in the same way as the drops (as above) is very easy.
You can also put the pills into your cat’s water. If your cat does not drink very much then you should try one of the above methods to make sure you cat is getting his proper remedy dose.
Although those couple of methods are the best and easiest, if you are not able to use them for some reason, then remedies can be applied to the skin. Make a liquid (aqueous) dosage up and put the drops onto the inside of the ear leather. You can pet and rub the cat’s ear until she is quiet, then gently fold it a little over your thumb to bare the skin, then put the drops on. You can also separate the cat’s fur on the back of her neck or head and apply the remedy to the skin there.
Making Homeopathic Pills Into a Liquid
In this video, Dr. Sue Swanson of the Cat Care Clinic in Mahtomedi, MN shows us how to make an “aqueous solution” (the official term) from homeopathic pillules. Often using a liquid is the easiest way to give homeopathic remedies to a cat.
If you are new to Homeopathy and would like a basic starter kit to cover most issues, this is a very good one: recommended homeopathy kit
Many people also report extremely effective results using Bach Flowers - and most especially the Rescue Remedy for cats. Although Rescue Remedy is a brand-named Flower essence and as such is not actually a homeopathic remedy. But again, cats do seem to respond very postively to energy medicines.
For those who are interested in finding out about Homeopathy, I have listed below a selection of E-Books, which can be read on-line for free.
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