While drug treatments are still the most widespread for our friends the cats, we are witnessing the development of alternative medicines, known as “alternative medicine”.
Among them, we find in particular herbal medicine, acupuncture, mesotherapy or even homeopathy. Not to mention diet for therapeutic purposes and osteopathy.
What interest does alternative medicine represent for the cat? How does it work? We take stock.
The holistic medicine approach for cats
We group together under the term “holistic medicine” all alternative treatments to conventional veterinary medicine. As with humans, it is a question of approaching the cat in its entirety, taking into account its own identity, its physical and emotional balance.
Unconventional therapies are many and varied. Some give excellent results and others do not, depending on the treatments and the feline individuals treated.
In all cases, this is care that must be provided by the veterinarian or established in agreement with him to ensure the good health of the cat. They will be particularly suitable to relieve the animal in the event of chronic diseases, joint pain, allergies, diabetes, stress or simply to bring your cat a gentler end of life.
The holistic approach in cats allows healthy, natural and non-invasive alternatives to improve the comfort of our mustached companions.
When to use alternative medicine for your cat?
Just like in humans, alternative medicine can be used to prevent emerging health problems, or in addition to traditional medicine in the case of pathologies already established. It is a plus that it would be a shame to do without, whatever the stage of the disease.
Alternative medicine will be more effective if used as early as possible, before your cat is too weak to defend itself and use its self-healing abilities. Because the goal of these natural treatments is above all to stimulate the natural defenses of your companion so that he fights more effectively against the disease.
If you can choose the most natural food possible that is close to what your cat would eat in nature, such as grain free kibble or the BARF method, it is important for everything else to get closer to your vet. and outlaw self-medication.
The different alternative medicines used in cats
Although controversial, homeopathy can be a safe addition to support your cat, especially in case of injury, stress, illness, dermatitis or anxiety. Some veterinarians have a homeopathy specialization. At the end of the treatment without significant improvement, or if the cat shows worrying signs of health, it is necessary to consult quickly.
Homeopathy consists of the administration of homeopathic granules, most often at a rate of 2 granules in the morning and 2 granules in the evening. It is necessary to melt them in water and administer them by syringe to ensure that your cat absorbs them in their entirety.
Acupuncture comes to us from China and is a traditional soft medicine widely used on humans and animals. It is used more and more by veterinarians in addition to traditional medicine to relieve points of tension.
Although the practice of acupuncture may seem impressive, it is painless for the cat. Most often, it even gives them a moment of relaxation that is appreciated. It is about exerting pressure using needles or fingers on certain strategic areas of the body to balance the energies.
Herbal medicine and aromatherapy
Herbal medicine and aromatherapy have been used since the dawn of time to promote healing in animals and humans. It is about using plants or natural essential oils to treat a specific pathology with appropriate treatment.
If these practices prove to be effective, they are no less safe, the plants used containing active substances used in the manufacture of drugs. Thus, it is essential to consult your veterinarian, who is the only one able to direct you towards the plants which could be suitable for your cat according to his pathology.
On the other hand, Bach flowers can be used in case of stress and anxiety in your cat without danger. However, it is necessary to buy them in a format suitable for veterinary use, alcohol-free, and to follow the instructions on the bottle concerning the number of drops to administer.
Mesotherapy refers to the use of conventional drugs, but on a localized area, so as to be less invasive. Concretely, the cat receives an intradermal injection near the specific areas to be treated.
Traditional medicines are combined with procaine and injected in tiny doses using a compressed air device. No sting is required and therefore the cat has no pain during treatment, although it may sometimes need to be soothed due to stress.
Several mesotherapy sessions are necessary, from 2 to 10 depending on the diseases or pathologies to be treated, to hope for an effective result. These are spaced a few days to a week apart.
Who said osteopathy was only for men? There are animal osteopaths, specialized in providing your cat with the comfort of life that he is entitled to expect. It is a gentle manual therapy, preventive or curative.
The osteopath will manipulate your cat in order to free him from his tensions to rebalance his organism, regain his mobility or even alleviate his emotional disorders, his stress, his anxiety. It is possible to consult an osteopath as a preventive measure for a simple “check-up” of your cat.
Soft, alternative and holistic medicines appeal to you to relieve and treat your kitten or your cat? Don’t hesitate to talk to your vet. If he does not practice these specializations, he will be able to direct you to one of his colleagues closest to you.