If you're a fan of homeopathy you may have wondered if you can use it as part of your furball friend's health care. Happily, you can, and you'll also find vets trained in its use. Although it is a well-established treatment option, there are times to avoid it.
The Homeopathic Principle
The basic idea of homeopathy, according to system creator Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, is, " May like to be cured by like." His research concluded that any disease is treatable by minute doses of the substance that would produce the patient's symptoms if given in large doses. From this principle he developed a series of remedies that the homeopath matches to the symptoms.
Homeopathy has successfully treated people for some 180 years, but you can talk to the homeopath and describe your symptoms, whereas your kitty can't. However, Hahnemann said only an inexperienced person would believe your cat can't reliably let you know what her symptoms are. He suggested that facial expression and behavior as well as the way the cat performs her natural functions more than compensated for a lack of speech. You and the homeopath -- preferably a homeopathic vet -- can observe your furry friend's symptoms and apply the same treatment principles that are usually used with people. According to veterinarian Dr. H.G. Wolff, this is an effective approach to diagnosis and using homeopathic remedies with your cat.
Common Homeopathic Remedies
There are more than 2,000 homeopathic remedies available, according to Don Hamilton's "Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs," most of which only the trained homeopath knows how to use precisely. However, you can buy some of the more basic remedies in stores, and these could form the basis of a first-aid kit for your kitty. For example, a combination of calendula and arnica helps heal cuts and prevent infection. Belladonna is useful for any acute condition that arises suddenly, such as a fever. Along with pulsatilla, it is also useful for ear infections.
Homeopathic remedies are available in different potencies. If you're using a remedy at home, Wolff suggests that the 6 potency is sufficient.
When Not to Use Homeopathy
Don't rely on homeopathy to cure your kitty when she's seriously ill. Although it won't harm her, using it as a first option could delay her getting life-saving treatment. If she isn't eating, has collapsed or is lethargic, or has a history of kidney or heart disease, get her to the vet. Similarly, injuries, bleeding, poisoning and any acute condition such as dehydration are also unsuitable for homeopathic treatment. However, homeopathy can play an important role in your furry friend's recovery from serious illness used in combination with standard medications.
Based in London, Eleanor McKenzie has been writing lifestyle-related books and articles since 1998. Her articles have appeared in the "Palm Beach Times" and she is the author of numerous books published by Hamlyn U.K., including "Healing Reiki" and "Pilates System." She holds a Master of Arts in informational studies from London University.