Homeopathy For Cats: What You Need To Know

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Homeopathy is a medical philosophy that has many users effectively worldwide for acute diseases and chronic conditions. It is used by people but given to animals alike to cure diseases in a more natural way. The main idea of homeopathy is to cure the disease from its roots.

It does not only treat the symptoms as in conventional medicine. Homeopathy is derived from the Latin “similia similibus curentur” which means “like cures like”. It is based on the belief that the body can heal itself by producing the same symptoms of the ailment.

Homeopathic medicines are molecule size doses of natural substances. They come from the body system, plants, minerals, or even toxic substances. In cats, homeopathic remedies are very successful.

History Of Homeopathy

Already in the 4th century BC, the famous Greek physician Hippocrates referenced to the medical principle of “like cure like”. However, over the centuries, this philosophy got lost. It was revived by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann.

He invented homeopathy in the year 1796. Hahnemann used homeopathic remedies also on animals as the beginning of veterinary homeopathy. He experimented to find the minimum dose of the correct remedy that was required to cure a disease.

Disease symptoms are affected by their circumstances and conditions, their so-called modality. Throughout the 19th century, homeopathy became a popular treatment method in Europe and the US.

Homeopathy went out of popularity in the early 20th century due to the steep rise of the mighty pharmaceutical industry. Its renaissance came in the 1970s with lots of interest and fields of applications until today.

Preparation Of Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are prepared in a very special way. The doses are diluted and mixed vigorously in the succussion process. This methodical serial dilution and succussion is called potentization. The potentization in homeopathic remedies is available even in the infinitely diluted solution.

Potencies

Many people are often confused about the description of homeopathic medicines such as C, X, D or mother tincture. All those potencies are the explanation of the level of dilutions.

For example, mother tincture is the source material, the lowest possible dilution of a substance. C stands for a 1:100 dilution whereas X (or D) is a 1:10 dilution.

The figure after those letters reflects the numbers of doing the dilutions. Those potencies are administered either in little round bits, the so-called globuli, lactose pills, powder, or liquid preparations.

Myths And Bias Of Homeopathy

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Your practitioner may choose to administer either a single substance or several substances intended to address multiple symptoms.

Some sceptics regard homeopathy as a pseudo-science that does not work or bring any results. Many studies have been done on the inefficiency of homeopathic medicines as the pharmaceutical companies’ lobby is very strong due to the huge amount of money involved.

Homeopathic medicines are usually very cheap, easily affordable, and widely available without prescription compared to much more expensive conventional medicines. Another issue is the fact of lacking replicable research studies and scientific evidence in homeopathic medicine.

The so-called placebo effect is commonly used to describe homeopathic treatment success. This effect means that humans imagine to have received a real drug which can lead to a cure. In veterinary medicine, a placebo effect in animals can be regarded as highly unlikely as animals are not able to distinguish between a conventional drug or a homeopathic medicine.

It’s only the outcome, the cure, that counts in this case. We as trained veterinary homeopaths can clearly see the difference in our animal patients before and after a homeopathic treatment.

Therefore, we know very well that it works even in those cases where conventional drugs are not available or fail to heal the patient.

Use Of Homeopathy

Homeopathy is used for the treatment of a wide number of chronic and acute diseases. Worldwide, over 200 million people use homeopathy, among them 6 million in the US alone. In 2009 already US$ 2.9 billion was spent in the US alone on health care with homeopathic medicines with linear rising tendency.

Benefits Of Homeopathy

Homeopathy has major benefits compared with conventional drugs. The main one is that they do not have side effects and can be well used for all different kinds of diseases.

In animals, they can be used for a wide variety of animal species. Moreover, they do not destroy the gut and intestinal flora which is the case in antibiotic treatments. Homeopathic remedies do not have a negative impact on the immune system, and they do not cause allergies.

In contrast, there are some dilutions that can help to improve the immune status of the patient. Long term treatment even over several years can be performed without any damage to the organ system.

Its cost efficiency and easy storage helps to use them also in developing countries.

Are Homeopathic Remedies Safe?

Due to its dilution process, homeopathic remedies are safe as they cannot be overdosed like conventional drugs. Furthermore, they are not toxic.

Can Homeopathic Medicines Be Combined With Conventional Medicines?

The best way of using homeopathic medicines is always to use them alone as this shows their efficiency very clearly. Thus said, it is very well possible to give the patient a combined treatment with conventional drugs that are supported by homeopathic remedies. This kind of combined treatment can lead to good results, too.

Use Of Homeopathy In Veterinary Medicine

Hemopathy is successfully used in many animal species. Traditionally large animals and farm animals such as cows, horses and sheep were the largest area for their usage.

Nowadays small animals like cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and exotics are often treated with homeopathic medicines. All different kinds of birds in particular respond very well to those remedies, too.

Special Advantages Of Homeopathy For Cats

Homeopathic remedies in cats are widely distributed with remarkable success, either for diseases or behavioral problems like anxiety and stress. They can also boost the cat’s immune system which is especially helpful in kittens with respiratory problems such as cat flu.

Homeopathic complex remedies are efficient in conjunctivitis in cats and infectious diseases such as enteritis.

A study revealed that out of 270 cats, the diseases most frequently treated with homeopathy was skin problems followed by kidney failure, hyperthyroidism, and lately also other prominent conditions such as arthritis and overgrooming.

In 80% of the surveyed cats, moderate or major improvement was achieved in cases of arthritis. Skin problems or dermatitis improved in 69.6% of cats, and hyperthyroidism in 66.7%.

Even in kidney failure cases, still a moderate improvement of 57.1% could be observed with homeopathic treatment. This has been confirmed by another study even in the case of chronic kidney insufficiency which helps to stop the progression of the disease. Homeopathic remedies are used even in behaviour trainings of cats.

Quick Homeopathy Guide To Treat Common Cat Problems

Homeopathy Remedies For Gingivitis In Cats

  • Belladonna
  • Acitum nitricum
  • Arsenicum album
  • Mercurius solubilis
  • Carbo vegetabilis,
  • Kreosotum
  • Echinacea

Homeopathic Remedies For Vomiting In Cats

  • Nux vomica (general gastrointestinal remedy, helps also in constipation)

Homeopathic Remedies For Cats With Allergies

  • Echinacea – stimulates the immune system
  • Allium cepa – watery eyes, dripping nose, mucous membranes problems
  • Natrum muriaticum – sneezing, cough
  • Ferrum phosphoricum – swelling

Homeopathic Remedies For Dermatitis In Cats

Itching, Scratching, Skin Allergies, Flea Allergy Dermatitis

  • Sulphur

Allergies

  • Histaminum Hydrochloricum

Skin Abscesses (To Help Open The Abscess), Removal Of Foreign Bodies (E.g. Thorns, Seeds) From The Skin

  • Silica

Skin Infections

  • Rhus tox

Scalds, Burns

  • Cantharis

Homeopathic Remedies For Kidney Problems And Cystitis In Cats

  • Cantharis
  • Berberis vulgaris
  • Solidago virgaurea

Homeopathic Remedies For Pancreatitis In Cats

  • Pulsatilla
  • Phosphorus
  • Arsenicum album
  • Nux vomica
  • Iris versicolor

Homeopathic remedies are most often given as a single substance. Very useful in animals and cats are C30 and C200 dilutions which are among the most frequently used homeopathic potencies. In acute cases like accidents and traumas, the homeopathic medicine can be given every 30 minutes whereas in general the frequency of 1 to 3 times daily is more common.

In veterinary medicine, diseases are frequently treated with complex or combination preparations. They contain a group of carefully matched homeopathic substances in various potencies.

In cats, complex preparations can be recommended very well for anxiety, dermatitis, behavior and kidney problems. Homeopathic complex preparations with additional herbal medicines are used very successfully in cats, too.

Who Is Practicing Veterinary Homeopathy?

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In order to obtain veterinary homeopathy for your cat, you will have to find a clinician who is authorized to practice as a veterinary homeopath.

It depends on the country who is authorized to practice homeopathy. In the US and Canada, their Veterinary Medical Associations determine veterinary homeopathy as part of veterinary medicine.

Therefore, only licensed DVMs can become veterinary homeopaths which has the great advantage that the veterinarian can decide with profound knowledge which kind of medicine for treatment to use in each case.

In Europe, it depends on the country but there is the possibility that a veterinary homeopath or holistic veterinarian is a trained and certified homeopathic practitioner who does not have a veterinary medicine degree and works in a more holistic natural medicine practice with acupuncture, Bach flowers and natural health remedies.

How Expensive Are Homeopathic Remedies?

Homeopathic remedies are very affordable and range on average between US$ 4-US$ 10 and sometimes up to US$ 20. They are usually not covered by pet insurances or pet owners require an upgrade of the insurance policy.

Conclusion

Despite the controversy regarding its efficiency, homeopathy is very beneficial for the treatment of acute, chronic ailments and behavioral problems in cats and dogs and other animals.

It should be in the hands of an experienced homeopathic veterinarian, preferably a veterinarian with homeopathic knowledge.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does homeopathy work for cats?

Homeopathic remedies in cats are widely distributed with remarkable success either in acute or chronic disease. Even behavioral problems such as anxiety and stress can be treated.

What are the side effects of homeopathic medicine?

Homeopathy doesn’t have any side effects. However, an aggravation of the ailment condition is often observed at the onset of the homeopathic treatment. This might be mistaken with side effects.

In contrast, this is the clear sign that the medicine works as intended and the patient’s body starts fighting back the disease by displaying its symptoms.

What is the best homeopathic remedy for pain?

Some of the most powerful homeopathic remedies for pain is Arnica, Aconitum napellus (aconite), Bryonia, Belladonna and Rhus toxicodendron (rhus tox). However, the best homeopathic remedy for pain always depends on the kind of pain, location, and strength upon which the appropriate remedy will be decided.

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About Dr. Margit Gabriele Muller, MBA MRCVS D Vet Hom ACC CLC M.NLP & P.NLP

Diploma in Veterinary Homeopathy, Board certified in Veterinary Dentistry, author of 4 books including the award-winning Your Pet, Your Pill. 101 Inspirational Stories About How Pets Lead You To A Happy, Healthy and Successful Life, sought-after speaker, member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, member of the Bavarian Chamber of veterinarians,

14 thoughts on “Homeopathy For Cats: What You Need To Know

  1. Linda Tyson

    Thank you Dr. Margit Gabriele Muller. So happy to see the article on homeopathy for cats. I use homeopathic remedies on myself, leaning to use on my dogs. Good to have an article to educate people on using for cats. Your article said useful on cats with hyperthyroidism but I did not see a remedy suggested for hyperthyroidism. What is?

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    1. Margit Gabriele Dr Muller

      Dear Linda,, I’m glad to hear that you use homeopathic remedies for your dogs. I think it is important to spread the knowledge about homeopathy treatments as they can give such amazing results. Hyperthyroidism is commonly diagnosed in cats and can be treated with Natrum Muriaticum and Thyroidinum, There exist also combined homeopathic preparations as drops for thyroid support. I hope this helps!

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  2. bj torrence

    I have used Homeopathy for all my cats. at present I have 8 cats.. Its safe , it cures and comforts
    People NEED to know about Homeopathy
    I have been using Homeopathy since 1970’s
    and its great for dogs and all pets also

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    1. Margit Gabriele Dr Muller

      Dear BJ Torrence, I’m glad to hear that you are also a fan of homeopathy. I treat all my pets with homeopathic remedies and this has increased their quality of life and life span tremendously. So please keep going and let your friends know about the benefits of homeopathy, too!

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  3. Lynette Lee

    I have a car who has been catheterized twice with UTI! Now he won’t or can’t pee! What alternatives do I have rather than surgery or euthanasia?
    Please help I’m desperate!

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    1. Mallory Crusta

      Lynette, you have options! Have you considered dietary changes? If your cat is on dry food, they should switch to a wet diet. Additionally, a therapeutic or prescription food may be able to help. I would recommend reading our article on the best cat food for urinary health. Additionally, I wonder about the UTI diagnosis. Did your vet confirm that your cat has an infection? Urinary tract issues are commonly referred to as infections, but this is a misomer. Actual infections requiring antibiotics are rare. Instead, it is much more common for cats to develop idiopathic cystitis, which can be treated with a combination of dietary changes, stress reduction, and any other treatments recommended by a veterinarian.

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    2. Dr. Margit Gabriele Muller

      Dear Lynette, I’m sorry to hear about the problem of your cat. Male cats frequently have problems with UTI. If he has been catheterized twice already, he might have had a problem with the blockage of the ureter which can be caused by bladder stones or struvite crystals etc. This has to be treated by a vet. If the vet cannot dissolve the stones, then a surgery is inevitable. However, to support your cat, there are excellent homeopathic remedies such as Reneel tablets (from manufacturer Heel), or Cantharis globuli. Another homeopathic alternative is PetAlive UTI free which are drops. I would always try these remedies as they have proven to be very successful in treating UTI in cats. I hope this helps!

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    3. All About Cats Editorial

      Hi Lynette,

      My cat Pedro also had a bad case of UTI where he was hospitalized for a week had been catheterized multiple times and could not pee. The vets at that specific hospital recommend a surgery. Luckily I got a second opinion from a different vet clinic which treated my cat with just one single catheter treatment (but not removing it for 3 days but he was at home instead of being hospitalized ) with a mix of dietary supplements to control the acidity in the urine. Took my cat back to the vet 3 days later and he was all cured. So I’d recommend getting a second opinion before surgery or euthanasia.

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  4. Amanda Holbrooks

    Hello,
    Two weeks ago, two kittens (in a taped box) were left on my porch. They appear to be three weeks old. One kitten was fine and the other had an upper respiratory infection. I was able to treat the sick kitten, and he is fine now. However, now the other one appears to have pink eye. I have been treating her with the same remedy that I used on the other one. It has helped some, but I think I need drops. Do you have any ideas or recommendations? I will take the kitten to the vet if necessary, but would rather treat it at home.
    Thank you in advance for your advice!!

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    1. Mallory Crusta

      Hello Amanda, the appropriate treatment really depends on the cause of your kitten’s pink eye. It sounds like she may have caught the URI from her sibling, but it’s difficult to know which treatment will work without diagnostic testing. You can learn more about URIs in this article and eye infections here. That being said, there are a few solutions that may be able to help in the meantime. It’s not veterinary advice, but you may get some ideas from this article on my site, Wildernesscat: Home Remedies for Cat Eye Infection. Hope this helps!

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  5. Annie

    I have a semi feral kitten about 8 weeks old. We’ve had him for quite a while and he is usually very outgoing, friendly and energetic. Over night he became very lethargic, is isolating and hunched over and laying down. He has no appetite but is drinking water. He looks terrible. We took him to the vet, did many tests and blood work, which revealed nothing but a fever of 104 and slightly elevated neutrophils. Gave him fluid, antibiotics and probiotics. I’m wondering if there is a homeopathic remedy that would be helpful for him? Especially for the fever. Thank you!

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    1. Mallory Crusta

      Annie, I’m sorry that you weren’t able to get a diagnosis. Has this kitten been vaccinated? Have you ruled out any possible infections or common diseases affecting kittens? While I personally can’t give recommendations on homeopathic remedies for fever (neither a vet nor an expert on homeopathy), you might appreciate this article on the subject: https://hpathy.com/veterinary-homeopathy/how-we-prescribe-for-animals-a-case-of-sudden-high-fever/

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  6. Lissa

    I have a kitty that is a little over a year old. He has been neutered. Periodically he scoots his butt on the carpet and I would like to treat this homeopathically. Do you have a suggestion? As for his diet, I feed him Farmina N&D…not sure if this is a good brand, but am eager to learn what a good diet is in order to preclude disease and problems.
    Thank you so much for your insight!

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    1. Mallory Crusta

      Hi Lissa, good question. Have you tried alternatives to homeopathy for this scooting? To my understanding, that kind of behavior generally stems from anal gland or GI issues, and once you’ve figured out the underlying cause, the appropriate course of action should become clear. You can learn more about scooting, its causes, and how to treat it here. You may get some ideas for the appropriate diet by reading that article as well. – Mallory

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