Help for catAs unusual as this may seem, homeopathics have helped my 17 year old cat stop throwing up. We'd been advised to "put him down," but he's obviously feeling better now that he can eat without vomiting. We used two nux vomica tablets mushed up in his wet food three times a day.
We've added raw foods to his diet, and a daily helping of avocado with occasional coconut oil, but he is still very thin. I believe the correct term is "wasting." The remedy program came up with Iodium. Does that mean plain Iodium or Iodium Metallicum? Also, are there any other suggestions?
Thanks for the help!
wambtac on 2004-12-08
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♡ John Stanton last decade
wambtac last decade
What was going on in your cats life prior to the vomiting?
What is your cats temperment like?
Does he prefer warmth or cold? Like lying in the sun, ontop of the stove or by heating vents. Or does he like to lay by fans, air conditioning vents, or by a cool breeze?
Homeopathic Care for Dogs and Cats by Don Hamilton DVM is a great homeopathic book that includes remedy profiles so you can see them in animal terms.
Nux Vomica was a good start and I am happy it helped. Some remedy pictures that come to mind for his thinness are
SULPHUR-These cats tend to have dry, rough coats and flaky skin and they don't care much for warmth or washing. They are unkempt and don't care much about their appearance. They tend to be lazy, are prone to fleas and worms, and skin problems.
ARSENICUM ALBUM-Restlessness, obsessive with cleaning themselves, prefer warmth, anxiety and fearfullness, and tend to hide when company arrives, reappearing only once the company has left.
LYCOPODIUM-Behave nicely for their guardians but tend to bully those beneath them. They like to know someone is home but do not interact much with the owners. Rapid aging of animals, gray hair on young animals, flatulence, and bloating.
PHOSPHORUS-Friendly, loves attention, outgoing, loves massage, and they are very vocal especially when they are hungry. They are long, lean, thin, thirsty, chilly, and love to lay in the sun.
If he was vaccinated some alternative vets believe starting with THUJA to lift the harmful effects of the vaccinations out of the body before the other remedies will take effect.
Calcarea Phos will help him absorb his nutrients better. I have all my animals on Bio Plasma which is a homeopathic cell salt combination and includes Calc Phos in it. I dissolve it in their water bowl or I crush it between two spoons and drop it into their mouths.
You'll have to look more into these remedies if you choose, and the modalities and mental symptoms are the best indicators of what suits your feline. There are many, many more out there that possible will help him.
I would switch him to the purest raw food diet you can give him. See BARF on the internet. Any dry kibble is like feeding him cereal, they absorb so little. Wet food is better but still overprocessed. You don't want a fat, plump, cat like so many commercial foods turn these animals into. You want a lean, muscular, healthy furball even if he is an elder.
I could give a zillion suggestions but little is best to start with. In addition to his diet, I would put him on Meyenberg's canned goats milk or whatever goats milk you can get him for added protein and the immune building properties of it. I know super Wal-marts carry them so I imagine that most grocery stores or health food stores will as well.
Stop vaccinating your pet if you are doing so. By law you cannot give a rabies vaccination to an unhealthy animal. Don't let them fool you.
Namaste27 last decade
Thanks also for the book reference. Will pick it up asap. In the meantime, re: Squeak's life prior to the vomiting. He did and does love warmth: lying in the sun, snuggled into comforters, curled up in front of heating vents. He's always been very loving to humans. He used to play a lot with another cat, Moe, that he was very close to, but Moe died rather young; he'd been abused before we took him in, and had led a hard life.
Squeak kept himself clean until he hit 17. Now he just doesn't seem to care. Still likes to be brushed, though, gently. He's taken to greeting me with growls when I'm out for the entire evening. This is new. I couldn't tell if he was just hungry or ticked off because he was alone with five other cats all evening.
None of my cats are vacinated beyond what is required by the vet prior to neutering. All except two were rescued; one came from a breeder, and Squeak, the oldest, came from a pet shop. He was only 6 weeks old, too young to have been taken from his mother. He's always been "king cat" around here. The other cats pay him the proper deference, and he is civil to them, although he seems quite fond of the youngest one, who was rescued from a dumpster at approx. 3 weeks old.
Does any of this info help? I've run the homeopathic software a few times, and think baryta carbonica might be useful...
wambtac last decade
Baryta Carb tends to be more bashful.
Sulphur doesn't groom themselves much but they don't care for warmth and get hot easily.
Phosphorus loves the sun and are thin and vocal. Some orange-haired cats I read tend to have this tendency.
Arsenicum loves warmth and needs constant company. They do not do well when you are gone. Maybe Arsenicum.
But Nux Vomica is chilly as well and they love to be in charge. First in line for love and food.
Ignatia is good for any animal with a past of trauma, neglect, abuse, or who has lost a caretaker or companion. They sigh a lot as well. It lifts their spirits and helps them release their grief. Hence his abuse and loss of Moe, if I read it correctly. Ignatia may come up at some point in the healing process.
Read up on Arsenicum Album on the internet, glad to see you are ordering that book it will help you and continue to research the remedies you think will suit your furry one. You are speaking a whole different language when you are dealing with animals because they are silent, unless you know how to listen to them in your head. So you have to learn what to look for and you have to really observe their entire state. Keen observation is key.
I use that homeopathic book and pull up any articles I can on homeopathy for pets on the net. I think there is also a Materia Medica for animals which I am eager to order soon. I love to cross-reference.
Keep on truckin' as they say, you will find all the answers.
Namaste27 last decade
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