Homeopathic Remedies and Feline Asthma – a Good Mix?

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Homeopathic remedies and feline asthma…I don’t know, but I’ll give just about anything a shot, because let’s face it, parenting a sick kitty is tough. Between looking out for environmental triggers, providing a stress-free home and choosing the best treatment for your cat’s asthma there’s a lot of room for confusion. Conventional medicine does a great job of controlling the symptoms, but this can be disheartening for humans who usually choose natural therapies for themselves. Holistic or homoeopathic remedies and feline asthma might seem like a good mix if you’re that way inclined, but before you go down that path there are a few things to consider.

 

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is an alternative medicine system that was developed in 1796 by a German physicist named Samuel Hahnemann. It works on the principle of ‘like cures like’, which means that the same substance that would cause sickness in a healthy body can cure that illness in a sick body when minute doses are used. Hahnemann discovered that administering highly dilute substances from the plant, mineral and animal worlds stimulated the body’s healing process in a natural, non-evasive way.

Homeopathic Remedies For Feline Asthma

A master homeopath chooses a single remedy to treat the individual as a whole, including their emotional and mental difficulties as well as their physical symptoms. While conventional medicine works to suppress or remove symptoms with medications or surgery, homeopathic treatments work to stimulate the body’s natural defences and restore health rather than just fighting disease. Homeopathic remedies are inexpensive and natural and are believed to be both safe and effective by those who shy away from synthetic drugs.

 

Where’s The Science?

The theory behind homeopathy is appealing, but in reality, it is considered a pseudoscience – a belief that is presented as being scientific when it actually isn’t. The concept of homeopathy is to give the patient a substance that would cause the illness from which they suffer – but do you really want to give your Looking For Science - Homeopathic Remedies For Feline Asthmawheezy kitty something that would make it more difficult to breathe? Homeopaths get around this by diluting minute amounts of the substances with distilled water or alcohol.

Hahnemann developed his homeopathic theory before the concept in chemistry of the mole and the Avogadro constant, which defines the number of particles in a substance. What this means in English is that Hahnemann didn’t realise that homeopathic remedies have the active ingredient diluted right out of them. Modern homeopaths attribute the healing powers of their solutions to ‘water memory’, or the belief that water remembers the shape of the medicine it once contained and while this is plausible, it is also beyond the realm of known physics.

 

Do Homeopathic Remedies For Feline Asthma Really Work?

I’m fairly skeptical about most things, and homeopathy is no exception. There’s a lot of mixed research and my own personal experience often negates this research. While I’m skeptical, I also have a healthy understanding that there are a lot of things we don’t understand – the energetic balance of the feline body, for example, and how an imbalance can cause disease. I’d like to believe that this unseen energetic imbalance can be corrected with an also unseen energy, without my internal logic-monger getting in the way. I don’t think it’s a completely ineffective treatment and given that the solutions are so heavily diluted there’s probably no harm in using homeopathic remedies to support healing of minor issues that would soon pass anyway.Flowers and Herbs - Homeopathy Feline AsthmaThere’s also some consideration that must be given to the placebo effect, which has been proven to be remarkably powerful. However, in the case of treating illness in our feline friends, this placebo effect can and does alter how humans perceive their pet to be responding, rather than actually providing relief. It is obviously dangerous and irresponsible to shun scientifically proven medicine for something that might work, or might be perceived to be working, particularly when it’s not your own life in your hands.

In other words, experiment all you like with your own health, but please be a responsible cat parent by using whatever works best for your little friend, even if it goes against your personal preferences. I know, I sound like a hater but I’m really not – I do have a few homeopathic things in my arsenal against feline asthma.  Click here to read my Native Remedies AmazaPet Review.

 

Having Said All That…

There are some cases where uses of such woo-woo treatments might be more appropriate than conventional medicines. These synthetic medicines can cause undesirable short-term side effects and long-term use has been linked to complications with the liver, kidneys, heart and even the personality of asthmaSide Eyed Sparrow - Homeopathic Remedies And Feline Asthma cats.

Feline asthma is serious business and can be fatal if not properly treated. It’s important to make sure you’re using the correct treatment for your cat’s particular needs. A qualified holistic/homeopathic vet will be able to assess kitty’s condition and tailor a treatment to address his individual symptoms. The International Association for Veterinary Homeopathy website is a great resource for learning more and finding a qualified homeopathic vet in your local area.

Use caution when choosing an over-the-counter remedy; it should be designed specifically for cats and you must discuss its use with your vet first. I personally use a homeopathic remedy to support Sparrow’s traditional medicine treatment, you can read my review here. My feeling is that these kinds of generic remedies are best used for supporting the immune system and reducing anxiety, rather than as a complete treatment for feline asthma symptoms.

 

What do you think of homeopathy, have you used it with your pets? Let us know down there in the comments…

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16 Comments

  1. Hi, its never crossed my mind that our beloved felines can have asthma, really like how you are skeptical as when we feel emotional with loved ones (including cats) we can be drawn into buying all sorts including pse-science.

    What are the symptoms of feline ashtma?

    1. Hi Steven, thanks for stopping by. I was a bit surprised when I first discovered that cats can get asthma, too…but then again it makes sense when you think about it. They have lungs and airways and are exposed to all the same irritants as us humans. Plus they’re such delicate little creatures, despite their tough-guy attitudes. Here is a detailed rundown of the symptoms of feline asthma if you’re up for a little more reading.

  2. Thank you for your very informative article on homeopathy for cats. I’ve often thought of using homeopathic remedies for minor ailments, but I’m so afraid I’d do more damage than good.

    With regard to your asthmatic cat, does having an electric air purifier help? I’ve just seen an advertisement by Dyson. They are making a heater/fan/air purifier combo, but you can probably bet it will break the bank.

    1. Hey, thanks for stopping by again! I know what you mean about homeopathic remedies – there’s every chance they might do nothing, but not really knowing what you’re dealing with is just a bit too much of a risk, especially with my little Sparrow. I’d be fine trying stuff out on myself, but he’s too precious to be putting at risk without proper consultation with an expert. I think your thinking is right there though, they’re probably better for minor ailments.
      I’m getting a lot of questions about air purifiers today, I’m definitely going to get some research done in the near future.

  3. Interesting article. I actually didn’t know that cats can get asthma. I checked out your other post where you list environmental triggers and I guess the best thing to do is play detective and take care of the environment triggers first and hopefully you will find out what is causing the asthma.

    I was also thinking that installing HEPA filters might also help. As for homeopathic remedies, I guess we can try as a last resort with a qualified practitioner.

    1. Thanks Vanessa, yes I do spend quite a bit of my time in detective mode – I think I’ve got the triggers under control, but lately I have been thinking about some kind of air purifying filter as well. It’s definitely on my list of things to research, so I’m glad you mentioned it.

  4. Hi Shirley,
    this is truly and excellent take on how alternative medicine can also help our pets! I often use ayurvedic remedies on our dog and the rabbits. All the pets with keen smell, such as cats, benefit from aromatherapy. Peppermint is one of the great allergy relievers, most cats find the smell very interesting, which means they seek it out and that in returns helps them to receive the full benefits from it.

    1. Hanna thank you! I’ve not put much thought into aromatherapy for Sparrow’s asthma, but it’s definitely something I’ll be looking into now that you mention it – I might need more of your expert advice. Thanks for the tip!

  5. There’s something I’ve never thought about–the placebo effect in pets. I have done quite a bit of research on the placebo effect for all the treatments I do on humans, but never considered its effect on animals. I agree with you that the placebo would be what the parent THINKS they see in the pet, so it’s a dangerous game to play.

    You know how much I love Sparrow, and love reading your articles. Thanks for the thought-provoking information. Keep writing! XOXO

    1. It’s a VERY dangerous game to play, especially with someone who doesn’t speak English. I’ve always favoured natural products, but when it comes to treating Sparrow’s asthma I think I have to side with science. I just couldn’t forgive myself if his condition didn’t improve or got worse because I wanted only natural remedies for him. He’s far too precious for me to take any risks as far as his treatment goes.

      Thanks for your support, Amy…I always love hearing from you!

  6. Hi, thank you for your detailed and interesting article on homoeopathic treatments for cats with asthma. I am very thankful that both of my cats, though reaching old age, are quite healthy generally.

    I prefer evidence based medicines and science and though have listened to other people who claim things such as homoeopathic medicines and treatment have helped, I personally have never had enough confidence to try them out on myself or my cats for fear of doing more harm than good or even worse just wasting my cash.

    I did, however, take on some thoughts and advice from other sources regarding such things as cat fountains, which I purchased, and this encourages them to drink, and air purifiers which I did not yet purchase.

    I agree with your summary, regarding these type of treatments as being better focused on a supporting role as opposed to a complete or singular treatment.

    Best wishes

    Neil

    1. Hi Neil, great to see you back here again! Science seems to be winning this debate all round, and I think with good reason. It’s reassuring to know that you and others are of the same mind as far as our cat’s health is concerned and I’m not just being overprotective. Perhaps we need to be a bit overprotective, though, don’t you think? I’m sure homeopathy has a place as far as reducing anxiety and supporting the immune system, but for a chronic condition I think it’s best to go with what the doctor ordered.

      I’m seriously considering a drinking fountain for Sparrow, he seems to only want to drink water out of the running tap or my water glass these days. I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback from cat lovers about this, so I’m definitely going to look into this. Thanks for your valuable comment once again, I hope to see you back here soon!

  7. Thanks for the review of homeopathy for cats. I’m pretty firmly skeptical of homeopathy, mostly because it’s been debunked by science. Then again, some combination of the placebo effect as well as all the things we don’t understand are likely at play. When my cat’s sick, a homeopathic tincture would not be my go-to remedy. That said, I think herbal and natural remedies can be great, and also an adjunct for when medication is needed.

    1. Hello, fellow skeptic! Now I know you’re the proud cat parent of an elderly feline so you must be doing something right if she’s still in good health into her old age. I’m going to have more to say very soon about certain homeopathic or natural remedies and you can be sure I’m going to keep my skeptic’s hat firmly in place. Of course these non-scientific remedies may have a place – I’m just certain that that place is not treating a chronic illness. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us again, Penny.

  8. Hi Shirley,

    Great post on the homeopathic effect on cats. I never knew cats got asthma! Wow, the things you learn. I am very much into alternative treatments for myself as I actually healed myself naturally for a hideous disease so I certainly understand how it would help cats.

    Having said that I don’t know a lot about homeopathy. but with my experience I think why not give it a go. Cat’s are very spiritual and I’m sure this would not hurt trying. Keep up the great posts Shirley 🙂

    Kev

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