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Feline Health: Natural / Alternative Therapies


The term "Homeopathy" comes from the Greek words "Homeos" which means similar or alike and "Pathos" which means disease or suffering. It is made up of natural animal, vegetable and mineral substances. It was found by Dr Samual Hahnemann who was born in 1755 in Meissen, Germany and died in 1843. One day he decided to perform an experiment on himself in which he ingested China bark a plant extract which was used then to treat malarial diseases. He contracted the symptoms of malaria which lasted for hours and was reproduced again by a renewed intake of China Bark. he therefore concluded "A substance that is effective in the treatment of a disease, can cause the characteristic symptoms for that disease in an healthy person". Homeopathic remedies do not cause dangerous side effects and there is no danger of overdosing.

During the initial treatment it is not unusual to find the symptoms you are trying to cure become worse, this stage is called the "primary aggravating stage" this is a good sign as it indicates the substance has simulated the body to respond. You should then see the next stage take effect which sees the patient becoming gradually better, if this does not occur then the remedy or dose was incorrect. Sometimes a remedy may cause a reaction, i.e., cough, nasal discharge or diarrhoea, these are nothing to worry about they are signs that the body is trying to reject the poisons and cleansing the system.

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Bach was developed by a Dr Edward Bach, at the time of his death there were 38 flowers which had medicinal use. Bach flowers can be purchased in an undiluted formula which is called mother tincture. The most common one which most of you will have heard of is the Bach Rescue Remedy, this is a special mixture of five different flowers which are, cherry plum, clematis, impatiens, rock rose and star of Bethlehem. This remedy is great for shock or trauma in both humans and animals.


This is another natural remedy based on herbs and plant extracts. You will find that nearly all herbal remedies you use on yourself can be used on your pet for the same ailment. It is one of the oldest forms of treatment and is very popular with the Chinese. Herbal remedies can work on there own or along side prescription only medication, They can be used in cats and puppies as young as 8 weeks old.

In the UK, all medicines are issued with a license, known as a Manufacturing Authorization, and can be identified by the letters Vm followed by the license number on all containers. This means that they have been licensed by the Government's veterinary medicines licensing authority and are strictly controlled under the terms and conditions set down in the Medicines Act 1968.
In order to obtain a medicine license a dossier on each product has to be provided and approved by the licensing authority. This will cover the specification standard for each ingredient, the method and place of manufacture, product safety reports and finally clinical evaluation undertaken by veterinary assessors. Only when a medicine has satisfied all these criteria will it be licensed for sale.

Provided below is a link to a symptom sorter which will give you some idea of which natural/alternative treatment is often used to treat particular conditions/ailments.

Condition - Treatment Guide

The FDA mandates the following disclaimer for all herbal remedies and information.
According to them, only drugs - not traditional natural remedies - can heal.
You should discuss your cats health options with your vet.

The information contained in this web site is for educational purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional veterinary advice. Readers should not use this information for self-diagnosis or self-treatment on their animal, but should always consult a veterinary professional regarding any problems and before initiating any major changes to their animals diet. We will not be liable for any complications or other medical accidents arising from or in connection with the use of or reliance upon any information on this web site.

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