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Homeopathy for Cats

Updated on May 29, 2011

Feline Homeopathy

Homeopathy for cats follows similar principles to those of human homeopathy. The principles are the same. The medicines are the same. The methodology is the same.

However, animals cannot speak so the homeopathic veterinarian (veterinary surgeon - vet) must use sharpened observational powers and deductive skills, to identify the patient's ideal medicine or remedy.

The principles of homeopathic medicine were worked out and laid down in the early nineteenth century, by a physician from Saxony - Samuel Hahnemann (1755 - 1843).

In c1813, Hahnemann gave the first known lecture on homeopathy for animals, in Leipzig.

Hahnemann and his books
Hahnemann and his books

History and Principles

Hahnemann's original work in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries has stood the test of time. There have been later developments but the basic work had been done in his lifetime.

He discovered the principle: "similia similibus curentur" - "let likes be cured by likes", which is a natural 'law'. Medicines are selected for the treatment of a diseased patient according to their ability to provoke similar symptoms in a healthy body.

Hahnemann refined the method by employing methodical but extreme dilutions for his medicines, called 'potencies', since the process involved serial dilution and succussion, rendering them extremely safe and paradoxically more powerful in their use.

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Cat

Some of the diseases and conditions we treat

In cats we are asked to treat abscess, allergy, arthritis, asthma, auto-immune diseases (autoimmune), cat flu, chlamydia, conjunctivitis, corneal ulcer, cystitis, dermatitis, ear problems, eczema, eosinophilic lesions, FeLV, FIP, FIV, flu, FUS, gingivitis, heart problems, kidney disease, miliary dermatitis, paralysis, pruritus, rodent ulcer, ulcers, vaccination problems (vaccinosis) and wounds.

A homeopathic vet should be able to explain the possibilities for you.

Symphytim officinale
Symphytim officinale

Common First-Aid Homeopathic Medicines

Home remedies, many of which are available 'over-the-counter'

Aconitum - This remedy treats shock, both mental and physical and will also assist in the treatment of acute febrile conditions, such as viral or bacterial diseases. Any sudden-onset disturbance of equilibrium may be helped by Aconitum.

Apis - Urticarial swellings, oedema and fluid in joints will often respond to this remedy, apart from its benefits for burns and scalds or for insect bites and stings.

Arnica - Arnica is homeopathy's great injury remedy. Its use will minimise pain and bruising and will speed healing.

Belladonna - High fevers with head, ear, throat or eye pain are especially helped by this remedy. Very painful abscesses may also respond.

Bryonia - Arthritis, rheumatism, pneumonia or mastitis, when the animal refuses to move, are the main areas of use of Bryonia.

Calendula - Used as a lotion, this remedy speeds healing of cuts, grazes or open wounds, in addition to helping the animal to fight septic infection of such injuries.

Cantharis - This medicine helps most cases of cystitis.

Carbo veg. - This is nick-named the 'corpse reviver', on account of its ability to help patients in collapse.

Caulophyllum - The birth process, at all stages whether before, during or after, is helped by Caulophyllum.

Chamomilla - Teething in young animals and trouble from teething in any species will benefit from use of this remedy..

Euphrasia - With the folk-name 'eyebright', this remedy helps many eye conditions, including conjunctivitis from cold winds. It also helps in cases of sneezing and nasal allergy. It is also useful as a first-aid treatment for eye ulcers.

Glonoinium - First-aid remedy for heat stroke or heat distress (the AVMC uses a selected combination of remedies, for ill-effects of heat and heat stroke. Client reports are very satisfactory).

Hamamelis - Bleeding from wounds and orifices would indicate Hamamelis, in many cases.

Hepar sulph. - This is nick-named the 'homeopathic antibiotic', so effective is it in helping patients to fight septic, purulent infections and infected wounds.

Hypericum - Use this remedy whenever there is a painful graze or damage to tissues rich in nerve endings (e.g. toes and tail). It is of value in helping the healing of nerve damage.

Ledum - Use this whenever puncture wounds occur, from whatever injury. There are reputed anti-tetanus properties in addition to its ability to help such wounds heal correctly, from the depths outwards.

Nosodes - These are remedies made from diseases or disease material (e.g. discharges, tissues, secretions, excretions) and are used to help in treatment and prevention of specific infectious diseases.

Nux vomica - If an animal has stolen too much rich food or has had access to poisons, Nux vomica should help recovery from the resultant intoxication. It may also help cases of constipation and is a useful first-aid treatment in cases of equine colic.

Rhus tox. - This suits most cases of rheumatism and arthritis, that are worse for first movement but loosen up with movement.

Ruta - Ligaments, tendons and other fibrous tissues are the main areas of benefit of this remedy.

Sarsaparilla - May help release acute urinary blockage (obstruction), while you seek veterinary help.

Silica - Helps the body to drive out foreign bodies, e.g. grass seeds and thorns.

Symphytum - Symphytum treats bone injuries of any type, speeding healing. In cases of bone fracture, Symphytum will speed healing and stimulate a better repair. Non-union fractures will also generally respond.

Urtica - This remedy treats nettle rash (urticaria) and helps the flow of milk from the mammary gland.

Safety

Homeopathy is safe for all ages and safe during pregnancy and lactation. Homeopathy cannot provoke antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Homeopathy provokes no side effects (adverse effects).

Antagonism to Homeopathy

There is a significant body of self-confessed enemies of homeopathy. They wrongly claim there is no science to support homeopathy. They refuse to spend their time observing the results of homeopathy (observation is the first requirement of good science). It is difficult to explain the hostility and aggression, unless fear is involved. What we don't understand, we fear. What we fear we destroy.

One day, they will wake up to real science. Until then, we must put up with their rantings and get on with the all-important job of helping sick and injured animals.

Cat sitting
Cat sitting

Summary

Homeopathy is able to treat all manner of conditions in all species. It can be used to treat serious disease, life-threatening conditions, first-aid conditions minor ailments, viral diseases (virus, viruses), bacterial diseases, acute disease and chronic disease.

The only known bar to success is if the body has no healing capability for a certain disease process, since homeopathy works via the body's own healing mechanisms.

Homeopathy can be carefully integrated with and used alongside herbal medicine (herbs, herbalism) and acupuncture.

Homeopathy is a holistic discipline and it behoves us to ensure that the diet is as healthy as possible, ideally a fresh, organic, species-suitable diet.

The author is independent of commercial interest or sponsorship and cannot endorse any products or advertising material attached to this lens.

For more information on holistic therapies, visit: AVMC's information website (over 600 pages).

Chris Day - holistic vet - runs the Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre (AVMC) in Oxfordshire, UK.

The physician treats; the body heals.

Hippocrates is credited with this saying. It applies beautifully to the basic homeopathic concept of applying a stimulus to the body's innate healing capability.

Cat taking homeopathic medicine
Cat taking homeopathic medicine
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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @kislanyk: Thanks for positive comment - good to see you here.

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      Marika 6 years ago from Cyprus

      Such a lovely cats lens. I love cats (but I'm a dog person myself though).

      Thanks for stopping by, btw, :)

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      @pawpaw911: Good to see you - good luck with your new lens.

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Just did a lens on "The Top 20 Reasons You Might Be a Crazy Cat Lady", so thought I would check out some other cat lenses.

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Just did a lens on "The Top 20 Reasons You Might Be a Crazy Cat Lady", so thought I would check out some other cat lenses.

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      @LouisaDembul: It certainly is!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @ChrisDay LM: Thanks for clarifying that!

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      Very interesting information! I think homeopathy is very useful.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @anonymous: This is just a tiny few of the available medicines. Yes, I've heard of garlic but I'm not sure of the truth in the 'urban myth' you quote. Garlic can be toxic to cats.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sure are a lot of Homeopathic Medicines for Cats listed here! Wondering Chris if you have ever heard of using Garlic (somehow putting into a Cat Food) to repel fleas and ticks? Did hear (might be a "urban myth" of some Cat food manufacturers adding Garlic just for this reason?

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      jolou 6 years ago

      Yes, very helpful. I'm a big believer in this. I feed my cat organic food and treats, and she uses a non toxic litter. So am doing my best to keep her healthy, but if she gets sick I want her to be treated by natural means. This has no side effects. Good for people too!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @David Stone1: You're really kind - I've not got into that stuff yet.

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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      This is a great lens, full of useful information and insight. I came back to push it out through Amplify and StumbleUpon. This will give you around fifteen new bookmarks and, with some luck, a litter of fresh traffic. Good luck!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for your interest and for the lensroll

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have lensrolled this lens to my lens Homoeopathy For Allergic Conditions.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @David Stone1: You are really most kind. Thanks for reading.

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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      Outstanding. No other word for it.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @Helene-Malmsio: Ref. homeopathy, there is so much unscientific prejudice against it, just now.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @Helene-Malmsio: This has taken me completely by surprise (in my nautical expressions mode, I've been 'taken aback'). I never knew such an option existed, then it hits me. Thanks so much for your consideration.

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      Helene-Malmsio 6 years ago

      I wish my vet would use homeopathy for my cats and dogs. Love this informative and helpful lens!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @jvsper63: Thanks for supporting this lens and commenting. Good luck with your cats.

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      So many useful tips, great lens.

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      Nice information. I have 3 cats. one just had 6 kittens also. I was going to get her fixed only to find out she was already pregnant.:) Great Topic and lens Joni

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @katiecolette: You're most welcome and thanks for your visit and support.

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      katiecolette 6 years ago

      Learning something new every day! Never heard of feline homeopathy before. Thank you for all the informatio.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @RetroMom: Thanks - great encouragement in a hostile world.

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

      Great information, I support any natural remedies we can use for humans and pets.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @remanon: Glad to have you along and thanks for positive support.

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      remanon 6 years ago

      Lovely lens - and beautiful kitties - and as always so much useful info. Thank you!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @greenspirit: Hello - thanks for visit to this lens - not wise/safe for me to make a suggestion without knowing the cat - I'd suggest a visit to a homeopathic vet - such cases usually seem to respond.

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      poppy mercer 6 years ago from London

      Thanks Chris, lensrolled to my cats lenses. I am trying to find alternatives to steroids for long term Coughing/asthma/ lung problems in one of my cats...the cat and I have had enough of invasive explorations that yield vague conclusions and cause distress. The latest theory is allergic asthma. any homeopathic suggestions?

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      @livingfrontiers: Hey thanks!

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      livingfrontiers 6 years ago

      Wonderful information, and great lens! Thank you for getting the message out there, and your kitties are adorable!

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      @sousababy: The cats and I thank you!

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      @Meloramus: Hopefully, it will serve you and your cats well.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Lensrolled to my Healthy Valentine's Day lens. Thank you.

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      Meloramus 6 years ago

      Interesting lens. I have two cats myself so will consider this type of treatment in the future.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @mivvy: Thanks for visit and comment - they are my daughter's cats and, of course, they rule our household.

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      mivvy 6 years ago

      Very interesting read. Oare the two cats in the photo yours?

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      @anonymous: They said thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Didn't want to leave out the cats, so, I had to come by and say hi to them also!

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      @ChrisDay LM: Can't find you in Squidoo, to make sure you have my response.

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      @anonymous: I'm up for that.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love your article - will send to friend who wants to become a vet...but one of the "good ones" LOL.

      I have a blog about cats and would like to link to your site. www.blogaboutcats.com

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      @puerdycat lm: No probs - glad to see you here.

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      puerdycat lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for the help! I'm learning

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      @sousababy: Thanks for your visit and interest - the pleasure's all mine.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Excellent lens, I will be back to look at more. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Sincerely, Rose

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      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      So useful and great informative cats lense. Liking yours again :)

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      @darciefrench lm: And they don't smoke Whacky Baccy! (Nor do we!)

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      The cats in your intro pic look positively blissed out -:)

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      @ElizabethJeanAl: I'm honoured by your visit.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      Great lens.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Great lens. I love cats and have a few cat lenses as well.

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      ChrisDay LM 7 years ago

      @Maxxswan: What a great story - thanks for your visit and positive comment!

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      Maxxswan 7 years ago

      Homeopathy works! I had to take my cat to the vet and they wanted over $700 just for tests! I balked at that but left her overnight while they rehydrated her. Picked her up the next day and it still cost over $300. Within a day she was back to being sick again.

      So I consulted with my brother who is a big proponent of homeopathy. We figured out what the problem was and the right remedy. Went to the health food store and got a homeopathic remedy that cost $9. Emma was back to normal within 2 days.

      Not only does homeopathy work, it's beats taking your pet to unregulated vets who can charge whatever they want (at least in Canada). They charged $16 for one tiny pill that was cut into 4 tinier pieces -- for pete's sake. The pill was ineffective.

      Thanks for an informative lens, Chris.

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      ChrisDay LM 7 years ago

      @delia-delia: That is comfrey (Symphytum officinale) - it can be found in blue white and pink. It is a 'vulnerary', with especial healing benefits for bone injuries.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      Great lens and very informative...you have a photo of a blue flower...my Spring garden is full of them, what is the name and what healing properties does it have?