That title is a bit misleading, considering the ‘expert’ is Sparrow and he’s really not an expert at anything except being cute. I use the Rescue Remedy for cats so often that he could be an expert, but still I’m going to take some liberties and tell you what I think Sparrow thinks, because I’m the only one who ever does any work around here.
Asthma cats are sensitive little critters; they feel fear, jealousy, loss, sadness, joy and happiness. Rescue Remedy for cats is a flower essence that can be used to support kitty’s emotional wellbeing and bring about a state of inner calm. I first tried it with Sparrow before he was wheezy and it seems to work, even if it is a bit hippy weirdo.
At a Glance
- What: Rescue Remedy Pet
- Made by: Bach Flower – a trusted brand for 80+ years
- Best Price: Amazon.com
- Does Sparrow approve? I say yes
What Are Flower Essences?
Flower essences are remedies made from the dew or flowers of plants and are produced in almost every country around the world, from native flora. They are not the same as herbal remedies as they contain only dilute infusions of the plant. Flower essences are 100% natural and non-toxic.
Flower essences in their modern form were developed by Dr Edward Bach, an English physician, in the 1930s. Dr Bach prepared 38 different remedies using English wildflowers, to address and remove negative emotional problems.
The Bach Flower Remedies range is made from natural spring water infused with wild flowers, using either a sun-steeped method or by boiling. The remedies are preserved with either 27% grape-based brandy, or glycerine made from sunflowers.
What is Rescue Remedy?
Rescue Remedy Pet drops are the most popular natural stress reliever for cats and other pets. The drops are made from a blend of 5 of the 38 original Bach Flower Remedies, including:
- Star of Bethlehem – helps animals who have experienced trauma, stress or shock.
- Rock Rose – for situations that may induce panic or stress, such as a visit to the vet, an accident, thunderstorms or fireworks.
- Cherry Plum – provides help to cats who seem to have lost control of their actions, such as constant meowing, scratching or licking.
- Impatiens – calms impatient cats who are trying to sit on your laptop while you’re writing a review, instead of waiting patiently for their dinner.
- Clematis – helps bring focus and energy to cats who are sleeping too much or not really paying attention to what’s going on around them.
- Inactive ingredients – 80% vegetable glycerine, 20% water.
How is it Used?
Rescue Remedy for cats can be used to calm anxious, fearful cats and those who just need a little help with life. A few drops can be added to the cat’s food or water bowl, added to a special treat, or if you’re game, directly into your cat’s mouth. The drops can be used as often as needed and are safe for cats and kittens of all ages.
Rescue Remedy can be used for any stressful situation your cat may face, such as a trip to the vet, travelling a distance, fireworks, thunderstorms, visitors in the house and of course, the inevitable asthma attacks.
Does it Actually Work?
A scientific study conducted by researchers at the University of Miami School of Nursing and The Sirkin Creative Living Center in 2007(ish) found that Rescue Remedy is an effective stress reliever comparable with pharmaceuticals but without the side effects. This, I assume, was a study conducted on humans, so I guess you can apply that to your asthma cat as you see fit. As we know, each cat is his own cat – it works fantastically well on some but not at all on others.
The explanation for how Rescue Remedy works is a bit ‘woo-woo’, but the guy who invented it was a doctor, so who am I to argue? Apparently, it works by transmitting the flower’s vibrational nature or energy to you, and it is this positive energy that helps to heal.
Although Rescue Remedy is veterinarian approved, 100% natural and considered safe for use on all animals, you should check with your vet to make sure it’s ok for use with your asthma cat. Rescue Remedy should not be used as a replacement for proper veterinary care – if your cat is experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety or agitation please make an appointment with your vet.
Does Sparrow Approve?
Sparrow seems to not only approve, but also loves the stuff. I’ve used Rescue Remedy Pet on a few different occasions and it seems to do the trick every time. It helped him stay calm when we moved house and has relaxed him after many of his stressful asthma attacks. He seems to like playing with the little bottle and will lick it right off the dropper if he can get to it.
The jury may still be out as to whether or not this kind of therapy is at all effective or useful, but from what I’ve seen Bach Rescue Remedy does what it says it does. It’s inexpensive and all natural, so even if you don’t see any change in your pet after using it, it’s a cheap and harmless experiment that may just work.
Have you used Rescue Remedy on your cat, or yourself? How did it go? Head to the comments and tell us your thoughts…