Editors note: Dr. Khalsa is traveling this month and so we have a guest homeopath to answer questions. Madeleine Innocent is a highly experienced homeopath and professional member of the Australian Register of Homoeopaths and the Australian Homoeopathic Association. She is not a veterinarian, but has many years experience treating both humans and animals.
I have a 3 year old Manx cat named Venus that we rescued from the shelter about 2 years ago. She is a timid cat, likes to spend most of her day in a room away from the main living area. But if you approach her she loves gentle human attention. At night she likes to sleep with my daughter. She is not fond of other cats and if they get to close she will swat. She has had constipation with small hard dry stools for as long as we have had her. Recently she developed what seems to be an anal fissure that seems to reopen when passing stool and then heals to form a small crust. With each stool the crust gets a little larger until it falls off. Can you suggest anything for her?
Liz La Rocca
Madeleine Innocent: Hi Liz. In homeopathy we always need the history of the patient, as well as the current conditions, to decide on how to progress. If she was from a shelter, we can assume that she has been vaccinated. It sounds like she doesn’t have access to the outside (the sun and grass are great natural healers). And the diet is very important. Many health issues are a result of toxins plus a lack of nutrition. One of the main sources (although not the only) of toxins are veterinary drugs and vaccines. A lack of nutrition comes from typical commercial cat food (whatever the price).
If you start feeding her a quality, natural, raw food, the problems may disappear, because the proper nutrition improves her immune system which also helps her to naturally detox. This is always the best start to any treatment. The body can heal itself given the right conditions.
However, it is best to work with a knowledgeable animal homeopath for three reasons:
It may take some weeks to fully heal, so you are likely to need assurance you are going in the right direction. Converting cats to real food can be problematic and people often give up easily, so ongoing help is essential. There can be a de-toxing period which can be worrying, so again, support is essential.
And finally, if the problems are not fully healed, then individual treatment may be needed to finish the treatment.
I have a 3yr old female Manx cat that is constipated, but otherwise seems in excellent health. What is the best way to treat this?
Thanks very much
Madeleine Innocent: Hi William, Constipation in cats is often the result of feeding commercial cat food. Commercial cat food is high in carbohydrates (as well as a cocktail of other things bad for their health). Cats are true carnivores and can’t digest carbohydrates well. This invariably gives them some form of digestive problem. If you feed your cat a quality, natural, raw diet the constipation is likely to disappear. Please also see the above answer.
My 5 yr old female cat was diagnosed with a fungal infection on her head called Microsporum canis. I prefer not to use those strong allopathic drugs or creams. Can you suggest any remedies or other treatment?
Madeleine Innocent: Well done! Yes, it’s so much better to treat the cause of the problem, rather than its effect. A health issue always has a cause. What that cause is varies with each individual. It could be that your cat’s immune system is slowly going downhill from her diet (see questions above). It could be from veterinary medication, even a long time ago, that has being lying latent and something has triggered it appearing now. It could be from a recent trigger, such as a shock, a fright, an accident, etc. It could be from a new toxin in the environment (such as a new cleaning agent). It can also be from a change in the family dynamics. Cats are very sensitive animals. They are easily affected by this, as well as an illness in a family member. Or, more likely, it could be from a combination, so improving one important area (such as the diet) can have a dramatic effect.
So to prescribe a remedy that will solve the problem, a lot of personal information is needed. You would need to provide those details to a homeopath for this.
I have a lovely 2 yr old cat that likes to play on the lawn and chase bugs and butterflies. She also chases bees, which just fly away. If she is ever stung by a bee, what would be the best remedy to use?
Madeleine Innocent: Hi Joanne. Bee stings are best dealt with by the remedy Apis. If it is recent then a dose or so of the 30c potency should do the trick, about an hour apart. If the reaction is very severe, then the 200c potency is more appropriate. Not everyone benefits from Apis for bee stings (like me) although most do, so Ledum is a good second choice. Same rules as above.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
My Ital grey has had diarrhea for 4 days. No blood, not black. She acts normal, happy, plays. She hasn’t eaten anything odd. How can I help her?
Dr. Khalsa: Hi Kristine. See on line “Vetri Science GI BALANCE” on Amazon and use according to directions.
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