How to Treat Cat Diseases With Holistic Medicine

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05September 2015

Holistic medicine is often worth exploring when your fur baby is sick.


This is especially true when traditional medicine can’t help.
Suddenly, an alternative path looks pretty inviting.

The best way to use holistic medicine is with the guidance of a holistic vet or animal naturopath.

These professionals can help you design a treatment plan that uses a range of natural treatments to help your precious cat.

But while you wait for your appointment, of course the lure of the internet is irresistible.

And this is where things can get a little weird – and also potentially dangerous…

Google “holistic medicine,” and you’ll be amazed.

There are several million hits.

There are many, many treatment options out there – for human and cat diseases.
And many products openly claim they can do miracles.

Browsing site after site, it’s nearly impossible to decide what to do.

Should you try everything you find – or nothing?

How do you choose the right product for your sick fur baby?


Holistic Medicine for Cats: 4 Golden Rules


If you’re considering trying holistic medicine, it’s a great idea to start by setting a few golden ground rules.

They can help make sure you make things better, not worse.

Talk these through with your animal naturopath, to be sure the treatments you choose will only benefit your cat.


Rule 1 of Using Holistic Medicine: Do No Harm


OK, I’ll admit it.

I’ve shelled out good money to order “miracle products” that promised to cure cat diseases practically overnight.

It was only when I was ripping into the packaging like a kid at Christmas that I suddenly thought to read the fine print.

Turns out, the fine print can be very worrying.

It often describes potential side-effects that can be downright terrifying – from organ damage, to internal bleeding!

So it’s smart to ask key questions like these – before you invest in any holistic medicine:holistic-medicine-should-do-no-harm

  • What are the downsides or side-effects?
  • What are the possible benefits, exactly?
  • How does the product work?
  • Are there any user reviews – not written by the company?
  • Has any medical research been done on this treatment?

The goal here is to maintain and improve the health of your fur baby – not compromise it further.


Rule 2 of Using Holistic Medicine: Keep an Open Mind



If you’re heading down into holistic medicine territory, get ready to meet a few goblins and fairies on the way.

At the very least, you’ll hear some whispers of auras, energy and chakra balancing.

But here’s the thing.

If mainstream medicine can’t help your cat, it’s time to make a Plan B.

By keeping an open mind, your Plan B can include holistic medicine you may not have considered.


Rule 3 of Using Holistic Medicine: Do Something Now


With most kinds of cat diseases, the worst thing you can do is nothing.

So if you want to use holistic medicine, choose a treatment that creates tangible results, has no side effects, and that seems the best fit for your cat.

And go start it now.


Rule 4 of Using Holistic Medicine: Keep Trying


No kind of holistic medicine (or traditional medicine for that matter!) will fix cat diseases instantly.
You have to use them every day, usually for months.
It’s not always convenient.
It takes up your precious time.

But persisting with a worthwhile treatment could just save your fur baby’s life – or at the very least, make her happier and more comfortable for longer.

With these ground rules in place, you can talk calmly to your animal naturopath about how best to use holistic medicine to successfully treat cat diseases.

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Liz Hardy is the founder of, where cats are not just pets – they’re family.
  • You mention in the article to use Holistic alternative’s IF standard Allopathic care can’t help them. I personally believe in the other way around. There are usually more risks in Allopathic medicine than in Holistic. Yes, there is “Science” behind these medicines, but they are far from without risks. I certainly wouldn’t just give my cats “anything”, just because it says “Holistic, Natural ” etc. I do do my due diligence, but it still can be a daunting task to say the least researching things, and as you mentioned, you might need to add, or change medicines and/or approach. Many people just won’t go through such an ardorous process.

    I wish it was mo re feasible to be able to afford to go to a more “Holistic” practitioner. There are some standard Vet’s that practice Traditional Chinese Medicine, these are more financially feasible verses a Homeopathic Vet, (which if properly certified & experienced, is extremely expensive.)

    I am not saying I am against Allopathic care, I do use that when necessary, but many times there are not real answers there either. Many times improper food is the cause of may ills, yet these Vet’s are not educated in nutrition to be able to be dispensing advise on proper feeding/diet. My jaw has dropped on more than a few occasions on things that have come out of Vet’s mouths, in regards to feeding animals, especially cats.. That’s a whole other conversation though. Guess I’ll stop rambling now.

    • Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Cheryl. I know exactly what you mean – especially about the difficulty of what can often become complicated treatment processes and regimes. And YES, the whole food topic is a massive issue, especially when it seems that some vets get commissions to stock and recommend high end cat biscuits which is definitely not what I’d call good nutrition – especially for sick cats!

  • I agree with Cheryl. My approach is to get a diagnosis from a vet and THEN decide whether to use Traditional western or eastern medicine. Unfortunately this doesnt always work when the vet makes too many assumptions, doesn’t investigate properly & gives your wrong diagnosis. I almost lost 2 of my babies & did lose one for this reason. Usually I go with Eastern/herbal/diet over Western surgery/chemical treatments/drugs any day.unless there is obviously no real choice (eg dog has injury)

    • I hear you, Jack! And YES, it is vital to have an accurate (and fast) diagnosis to start with so you know what you’re dealing with! I’ve found animal doctors are like human doctors – some are more skilled than others and sometimes you have to look hard to find the right one…

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