If you favor alternative medicine as a more natural way to treat your kitty, consider a homeopathic approach. Homeopathic products are natural, usually made from flower and plant extracts, and treat your "whole" cat by alleviating emotional issues as well as physical maladies.
Evidence is Anecdotal
Many people believe in the effectiveness of homeopathy -- enough that countless books have been written and an industry of practitioners and homeopathic products for humans and animals has emerged and is doing a thriving business. No scientific proof supports homeopathy, but anecdotal evidence keeps it alive and well.
What Do They Treat?
Homeopathic products for your cat are purported to treat just about any condition she might experience. There are homeopathic treatments for anxiety, exhaustion and stress, as well as therapies that support the immune system and healthy organ function. Homeopathic remedies can also treat more physical symptoms like swelling, bruising, muscle and joint stiffness and dry, red and inflamed skin.
What's In Them?
Although a natural sulphur is used to treat skin conditions, the majority of homeopathic products for cats are derived from flowers that have been treated in water and sunlight before being preserved. The list of flowers and plants that are used in creating homeopathic treatments for kitties is a lengthy one and could fill a book, but some of them are aspen, arnica, cherry plum, crab apple, holly, honeysuckle and wild rose.
Where to Find Homeopathic Products for Cats
Homeopathic preparations for your puss are available in single-origin form or are mixed to create products that address more than one issue. In a local setting, you may be able to find homeopathic products for your cat at a health food store or, if there is a homeopathic doctor practicing in your community, she likely carries products for her clients. You may end up ordering them over the Internet or through the mail if you are unable to locate homeopathic treatments in your area.
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.
Elle Di Jensen has been a writer and editor since 1990. She began working in the fitness industry in 1987, and her experience includes editing and publishing a workout manual. She has an extended family of pets, including special needs animals. Jensen attended Idaho and Boise State Universities. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications.