Bach Rescue Remedy is a homeopathic medication used to treat anxious, injured or aggressive kitties. It's a flower-based formula that can calm your kitty, making him feel better. While this medication generally is safe for all kitties, consult with your vet before using it with your furry friend.
What is it?
Bach Rescue Remedy is a type of tincture that was created first in the 1930s by Dr. Edward Bach, a homeopathic physician. Tinctures are medications that contain water in which flowers petals and other plant parts have been steeped in sunlight or boiled. Rescue Remedy for pets comes in a liquid form and is a combination of five different flower essences, including cherry plum, clematis, impatiens, rock rose and Star of Bethlehem, according to PetPlace. While originally formulated with alcohol and a combination of the flower waters, it now comes in an alcohol-free version, just for pets. The pet-safe formula includes water, flower essences and vegetable glycerin in place of the alcohol.
Bach Rescue Remedy for pets is available over-the-counter in pet supply stores or health food stores. To use the medication, add four drops to your kitty's water or wet food to calm him. You also can place the drops on cat treats for your kitty to eat. Don't put the medication directly into your kitty's mouth as this may stress your feline further, recommends the manufacturer, Nelson's Natural World. If you feel that your kitty is anxious, upset or has been acting aggressively, consult with your vet to see if Bach Rescue Remedy might help him calm down. While this medication is homeopathic, it's best to use it under the supervision of a veterinarian to ensure it won't hurt your little one.
Kitties can become upset or anxious easily with the arrival of a new pet in the home, a move to a new home, or a trip by car or plane. To deal with the stress of such events, administer a flower essence mixture, like Bach Rescue Remedy, to help calm your kitty's frazzled nerves. Use this medication specifically for a stressful situation, such as before a vet visit, or for a longer period of time to deal with an ongoing behavioral issue, such as aggression or inappropriate elimination. Because this medication is a flower essence, you can use it with young kittens and older felines, although you should consult with a veterinarian before use in either.
Use the Bach Rescue remedy designed for pets because it doesn't contain alcohol, which can be harmful to your furry friend. If your kitty starts to act strange or aggressively, don't just resort to natural, herbal remedies to deal with the situation. Bring your furry friend to the vet for a checkup because an illness might be the cause of his sudden behavioral change. If he has a clean bill of health, Bach Rescue Remedy could help calm his anxiety or aggression, administered daily. If the tincture doesn't seem to work, prescription medications may be needed instead. Your vet can give you some recommendations for such anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications to treat more serious, long-term issues. If your regular vet isn't familiar with Bach Rescue Remedy, you might want to seek the advice of a holistic veterinarian as well.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
- Flower Essence Society: Treating Animals and People with Flower Essence Therapy and Homeopathy
- PetPlace: Rescue Remedy
- Bach Flower Remedies for Cats; Martin J. Scott and Gael Mariani
- The Natural Remedy Book for Dogs and Cats; Dianne Stein
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Behavioral Medications for Cats
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