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How To ...Treat Your Cat's Abscess Naturally

Updated on April 7, 2009

Use a Homeopathic remedy to treat an abscess without surgical intervention.

If you prefer to care for your animals with natural remedies whenever possible, this lens is for you.

Please note that I am not a veterinarian. Nor am I practicing veterinary medicine without a license. I am an animal lover who prefers natural and non-chemical medicines whenever possible. I've learned a lot about this over thirty years of sharing my life with many animal friends.

This lens is solely to inform interested people about the use of Homeopathic remedies for their pets.

And specifically, what has worked for me and my furry friends. PIctured here is my cat Onyx, who recently got into a dispute with a local feral cat. Onyx developed an abscess on his shoulder. Read on to see what I did.

How And Why An Abscess Happens

More than you probably ever wanted to know, unless your cat gets one.

Cats who go outside by themselves -- and most do -- will encounter other cats.This encounter can quickly escalate to a territorial dispute. Yowww! Hiss! Swipe!

The fight is usually over quickly and is not terribly damaging.

But... in a couple of days, your cat might be licking repeatedly at a large, soft, fluid-filled area. Could be on the side of her face. Her shoulder. His rear. A leg. It could be anywhere. You will then notice bloody pus or clear fluid leaking. It will show up on the bed covers, the chair, the couch... wherever your cat sleeps. Ewww!

Now your cat requires medical attention. And you require some "clean the house" time.

Cats are prone to abscesses because they have hides. Not skin, like us. The hide slides over the muscles. All that is required for an abscess is a single puncture wound from another cat's claw or tooth. The puncture introduces bacteria under the hide. The bacteria reproduces and forms a pocket of gross, nasty stuff (the "technical" term is pus.)

The traditional choice is to pack up your cat in the carrier, take time off from work, and haul off to the vet. At the vet's the protocol is to sedate the cat, shave the affected area, and usually surgically insert a drain tube. Then you must give your cat liquid antibiotics for 10 days. By holding her down and squirting it in her mouth twice a day.

Not fun for either of you. And then there's the bill, probably $60 or more.

Sometimes, this is necessary. In my experience, most of the time it is not.

What To Do?

So you've discovered that your cat has a problem. Hopefully, it's only been a couple of days. if your cat is still acting normal: eating, drinking, purring when petted, then by all means try Homeopathy first, before rushing off to the vet.

If your cat is not doing those things, grab her up and take off. You can always give Homeopathic remedies later, and they will help with the healing process.

Homeopathic remedies have different potencies. Usually you start low (30x). My experience is that cats (and dogs) with abscesses respond best to a very high potency. I give Silicea 1M for abscesses, and have gotten excellent results.

There are several ways to give pets remedies: in their drinking water. Sprinkled on top of their food. Mushed up in a tiny bit (teaspoon) of highly desirable food. They will lap it up and swallow it without a second thought. If all else fails, get an eye dropper, take the squeeze top off, and fill it with water. Drop 4-5 pills of the remedy in the water and let it dissolve. Put the top back on, and squeeze it into your cat's mouth.

This usually takes two people, unless you're very skilled!

I give one dose a day for 2 days. Do not give for more than three days in a row. By the second or third day, the abscess will drain (more house cleaning) but by the 4th or 5th day, it will be healing nicely.

Happy cat. Happy person.

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