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19 1/2 year old cat

Hi,

I was wondering if one of the animal homeopathic practitioners could help me out here?

Molly is 19.5 years old and in great health except for one problem. She is periodically sick. We took her to the vet on Friday because she had a bit of a sore leg. We're not clear on what has happened but at the moment it's suspected to be a pulled muscle. She was outside for a while. I'm thinking it may have been Molly and my other cat chasing each other as I heard them through the night and the compost bucket had been knocked over. If it's not muscular then vet assumes it's a bit of joint pain - it happened over night though?

Anyway, she was prescribed anti-inflamitorys for 7 days and this morning, she was sick (vomiting) so it's likely that it's not going to agree with her.

Molly's temperament hasn't changed - she is the most contented cat I have ever met. We changed her on to senior food years ago, the problem we have is she's more interested in the gravy/jelly on the food than the meat - she'll lick it off and leave most of the meat. The sickness (out with the medication) happens roughly every 2 weeks and isn't much - a mix of bile and small amounts of food. This morning though was mostly food.

Other than having kittens and being pregnant at 5 months (we kept one and Lucy's still with us too) she's only ever been ill once (2011) with cystitis.

Temperament wise, she's neither up nor down. She loves getting cuddles, drools when she's getting clapped, she's also quite happy being on her own to sleep. When she wants clapped though, she's determined to make it happen. We have an 8 year old cocker spaniel and Molly rules the roost with her. They have a bit of a love/hate relationship but that's more down to cuddle time - if I have Nuala (my dog) beside me, Molly gets jealous and wants cuddles too and vise versa. If she's in the dogs bed - Nuala's not getting in it!

I have given Nuala pulsatilla in the past and she responded really well to it, Lucy who has always been very timid has responded exceptionally well to staphysagria. She now stands up to the dog! They were easy to figure out, with Molly, as nothing really bothers her, is proving a bit more difficult for me and I don't want to give her something that could kill her/make her worse. I'm wondering pulsatilla due to her love of gravy and cuddles but with the vomitting periodically I'm wondering if sulphur would help?? An expert opinion would be appreciated.

Best wishes
 
  kirsty28 on 2013-04-28
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Just remembered there, with Molly's leg - it's hind left and she's more stiff when she first starts to move around and gets better on movement. It's not stopping her doing anything, she's obviously in a bit of pain though. The vets description was 'she's a little bit stiff'. If this was to be a short term treatment with the anti-inflammatory's and it was going to agree with her then I would have been ok with it, but it's not and the meds are potentially going to create problems elsewhere, as we know they do. I definitely don't want her on long term medication when there are better ways to get her well again.
 
kirsty28 7 years ago
Just thought on a few other potential symptoms for Molly - she loves butter! If the butter is left out, she'll get in to it and eats lots of it. This doesn't happen very often. She'll also lick gravy, fat out of pans if she gets the chance. She won't eat tinned tuna or cold chicken but she will steal freshly cooked meat if/when it's left out to cool. I also discovered this months ago - she loves chocolate, she got a taste for it once when I had a bit on my finger, as soon as she got the taste of it, she tried to take what I was eating out of my hand. I know it's poisonous to cats so it's not something she is given - this was a once off, not to be repeated. When I remember more, I'll post them up. The love of butter, fat/gravy but disagrees with her, the love of attention and cuddles and she's also happy to be carried (I wrapped her in a blanket to take her to the vet and she was as happy as larry) is what made me think of pulsatilla. Also, when at the vet I had to get her to walk round the room. I had to walk about for her to come to me and when I bent down beside her she just wanted me to pick her up. In the house, she only really follows me about if she's looking for food. She'll walk about with me when she's outside but more than happy being out on her own...
 
kirsty28 7 years ago
I can see that you do really love your 19 year old cat.

You may like to know that I have virtually resurrected a 15 year old Labrador dog with Arnica 30c in the Wet dose taken twice daily. This dog was unable to walk and was about to be put down when I was co-opted and my therapy aka 'Joepathy' worked again.

It is very likely that your cat too will respond to this same therapy and you can use it and report if she responds like this Lab. I note that she vomits her food sometimes and you can give her Nat Phos 6x dose 2 tablets after each of 2 meals daily. Nat Phos works by accelerating the passage of food down the gut and this should her her to not vomit.
 
Joe De Livera 7 years ago
Hi Joe, I've read numerous cases of yours on here :o)... I did wonder if arnica would sort her out and have it here. I will try her with it and I'll get the nat phos tomorrow and start her on it ASAP.

She has no problems with the leg being touched, I was thorough before the vet and she had her legs in all sorts of weird and wonderful positions and she wasn't remotely bothered?

You definitely don't see a strong constitutional need for any other remedy?

It took me a couple of years to pluck up the courage to treat my other pets. My only regret with Lucy (Molly's daughter) is that I never done it sooner. They're both great wee cats and the change in Lucy is phenomenal - she's not 100% yet but we're definitely getting there.

Nuala became very clingy and demanding after she was put in the kennels when we were on holiday and severe separation anxiety - she too has responded very well, although more work is needed! She's happy enough now though. She's another one that needs her cuddles.

Thanks Joe, I'll post results as I notice them.

Best wishes,

Kirsty
 
kirsty28 7 years ago
Hi Joe,

I decided not to give Molly arnica at the moment anyway. The more I read about Pulsatilla, the more convinced I became that she needed this. We're still not sure how she hurt herself but her character is very pulsatilla.

I gave her LM1 as I find these very easy to give to my pets, I use them also. I gave her one dose on Sunday night. She slept more on Monday and was sick again, although less than before and as the day went on she was much livelier than she's been for years. Her leg is also improving. She hasn't been sick at all today and she's quicker on her feet. I will be keeping a close eye on her over the next few days to see how she progresses and will post again if needed.

Best Wishes Joe,

Kirsty
 
kirsty28 7 years ago
Hi,

Molly's great now. Leg is completely better, no vomiting at all at the moment and she's a very happy old cat. I haven't given a second dose of pulsatilla as yet. I'm waiting to see if she needs any further treatment and will take it from there!

Lucy has further improved this week also. We have lived here for 10 years and she has never came in to the living room - she's been in for a nosey 4 times so far and is getting much more confident and curious.

Nuala's still jealous but I'm working on it! :o)

Best wishes

Kirsty
 
kirsty28 7 years ago

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