Alternative Medicine for Cats of all types

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See also: Vaccination issues or Holistic Cat or Natural Feeding of Cats


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Rudyard Kipling wrote about the ‘cat that walked by himself’. How well he had studied and understood the feline way of doing things. Cats are uniquely tuned in to life, both their own and ours. Cats are …., well cats are cats!

Strangely, I can find no reference to cats in the Holy Bible, despite their representation in Ancient Egyptian art and artifacts.

Cats are obligate carnivores. Because they live with us, however, they suffer many of our diseases. They suffer heart disease and cancer, skin disease and arthritis, diabetes and chronic bowel disorders. We come to accept these as part of normal life for our cats, just as we do for ourselves. We believe that older cats should expect illness. This is wrong. Old age is not a disease, nor is disease an inevitable part of life. Our cats should be able to live to a healthy old age, dying with dignity when the time is right for them. Cats who are reared on a natural diet and not over-vaccinated appear to be able to do this very well.

Cat Homeopathy – Cat Acupuncture – Cat Herbs etc.

We treat cats with homeopathy, acupuncture, herbs (herbal medicine), chiropractic manipulation and nutritional therapy as the main therapies offered. Other therapies may be used, according to need. The most common feline conditions we are asked to treat are arthritis, skin problems (miliary dermatitis/miliary eczema, alopecia, eosinophilic dermatitis, eosinophilic granuloma, rodent ulcer), ear problems (otitis externa, otitis media), sinus problems, respiratory infections, asthma, hyperthyroid, lameness and cancer but we take on any problem in a positive manner.

We usually see cats at the AVMC premises but house visits can also be arranged, more or less UK-wide.

Whether we see cats at the AVMC or at their homes, we look closely at previous veterinary history and results of any tests or investigations. We take an extensive history, enquire into diet and lifestyle, ask about management of the home, garden and other environments and examine the cat closely. Of course, cats being cats, their roaming activities may take them into environments that we cannot evaluate but we can only do what we can do.

We then select appropriate therapy, whether homeopathic, herbal, acupuncture, chiropractic or other therapy. It may even be an integrated combination of these. We also advise on future management for health, to boost our chances of a successful outcome.

Feline Homeopathy Feline Herbs Feline Acupuncture Feline Chiropractic

The reason for this strategy is to optimize/maximize healing ability, so that the best use is made of the extraordinary capacity of natural medicine to stimulate the regenerative and healing mechanisms innate in the body.

Cats generally accept Acupuncture very well. If an occasional feline patient objects, we do not sedate. Not only is that a potentially toxic drug input but it also corrupts or annihilates the body's proper responses to treatment. Instead, we offer painless LASER Acupuncture, which they tend to find very relaxing. Homeopathy is usually very readily-accepted and Herbs go down well in most cases. Chiropractic manipulation can also be necessary for optimum welfare and health.


While providing an approach alternative to the conventional one, the use of homeopathy, acupuncture and other alternative therapies does not rule out the need for a proper examination and assessment of each patient, necessary diagnostic tests, appropriate measures to repair injury and a study of natural lifestyle and diet, in order to be able to speed recovery. We have enjoyed a good measure of success through this methodology, seeing, as in other species, recoveries from diseases usually associated with a poor prognosis in conventional terms and wisdom.

  • Have you ever been told that your cat is now untreatable?
  • Have you ever been told that your cat must stay on drugs for his lifetime, accepting the risk of side-effects?
  • Is your cat ageing before his time?
  • Do you know what is in the foods or supplements you are using?
  • Are you confused by manufacturers' claims?

There may be another way …. Holistic methodology may provide some of the answers you are seeking.

See also:

Cat Acupuncture
Cat Homeopathy
Cat Herbs
Cat Topics
Case Histories
Cat Diseases
Back Problems
Nutrition & Natural Feeding
Preventive Medicine
Notifiable Diseases
Articles about Cats

The AVMC is conducting objective analysis of clinical outcomes from cases seen. These results are being updated on an ongoing basis. To view them, click here.


See also: Idiopathic disease

To give examples, these conditions contribute to the workload of the AVMC:

Abscess AIHA Allergies Alopecia Anaemia – Anemia
Aortic Thrombosis – Aortic Embolism Arthritis Asthma
Auto-immune – Autoimmune Back & Neck Problems Behavioural Problems Calicivirus & FVR Cancer
Cat Flu – Feline Influenza Chlamydia Constipation & Megacolon Corneal Ulcer Cystitis
Diabetes Diarrhoea Ear Problems & Ear Mites Eosinophilic Granuloma Eosinophilic Skin Disease
Feline Dysautonomia Feline Herpes Feline Infectious Anaemia – FIA FeLV
FIP FIV FUS Flea Allergy Fleas
Food Poisoning Gingivitis Gum Disease Haemobartonella
Heart Disease Herpes
Hormonal Alopecia Hyperthyroid Iliac Thrombosis IMHA Influenza
Key-Gaskell Kidney Disease Lungworm Megacolon Miliary Dermatitis
Miliary Eczema Obesity Osteomyelitis Paralysis
Rodent Ulcer Sarcoma Sinusitis Smoking Stomatitis
Teeth Thrombosis Thyroid Problems Ulcers Urine Spraying
Urological Syndrome Vaccination Problems Wounds

See also: Idiopathic disease

Click on any condition for more information. Send a request if a disease is not shown or is not yet covered. N.B. Some of these links are in preparation.

In addition to the above links, we have a suite of brief introductory pages for quick reference on the following:

AllergyArthritisAutoimmune DisordersBack ProblemsBehavioural ProblemsCancerKidney DiseaseParalysisSkin Problems

If these prove useful to readers and if we receive requests for others, we shall try to oblige as soon as possible.

While the only promises that can be made are that we will always concentrate and put in maximum effort on your cat's behalf, and strive for excellence in the application of holistic natural medicine techniques, we are able to report an encouraging level of success in such troublesome and chronic conditions. A great many cats have surprised their human companions with their ability to defy prognosis and recover. Follow a full (and sometimes demanding) holistic program and trust your cat’s healing ability, for maximum chances of success.

Click Homeopathy for cats

Click Acupuncture for cats

Click Herbal Medicine for cats – Herbs for cats

Click Chiropractic for cats

Click Natural Feeding for cats

See also: Pet Care

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Common signs of ill health or impending ill health are: inability to make certain movements, inability to jump up, stiffness on rising, lameness (limping), decreased appetite, noisy breathing, heavy breathing, rapid breathing, increased thirst, laziness, sleepiness, head tilt, loss of balance, fits, fitting, seizures, convulsions, shaking head, shaking ears, scratching ears, poor coat (dull coat), dull eye, excessive blinking, bleeding, sickness, vomiting, drooling, dribbling, diarrhoea, abnormal discharges, difficulty urinating, frequent urination, difficulty defaecating, mucus in stool, blood in stool, blood in urine, abnormal odours (breath, skin, discharges), frequent sneezing, coughing, loss of muscle (muscle loss), unexpected weight loss, increased appetite with reduced weight, scratching (itchiness), over-grooming (excessive grooming).

Cat vital information:

Reasonable life expectancy 14 – 18 years, but some can live into their twenties.

Rectal Temperature Respiratory Rate Heart Rate Gestation Period
101.5oF / 38.5oC 26 breaths per minute 120 (110-140) 58-70 days


Feline Homeopathy Feline Herbs Feline Acupuncture Feline Chiropractic

Health Warning

Spot-on Flea Treatments 

While we have long been concerned that there may be nerve toxicity connected with certain spot-on flea treatments, the strongest suggestion yet has come from a client who has reported repeated hind limb weakness in a cat following spot-on treatment and in another of her cats, that we had successfully treated for megacolon, relapse after spot-on flea treatment.

This still does not amount to proof but gives cause for concern. Remember too that the family is also exposed to these chemicals.

There are more natural methods of flea control

The Alternative Vet (AVMC) offers Holistic Veterinary Medicine for horses, ponies, dogs, cats and other species. As herb vet / herbal vet, Chris Day uses traditional Western Herbs, which naturally form the indigenous plant medicine of his patients. As homeopathic vet, we use many different homeopathic methodologies, not being confined by any single doctrine. As acupuncture vet, we use needling, LASER stimulation, moxibustion, electro-acupuncture and acupressure. As chiropractic vet, we examine every patient for correct skeletal alignment and offers manipulation for those that require it. As holistic vet, we integrate these therapies, as needed and advises natural, species-suitable feeding. Whether herbal vet, acupuncture vet, homeopathic vet, holistic vet or other nomenclature, Chris puts the patient first, applying whatever means of stimulation of natural healing he can, to the benefit of the patient.

One-stop service for veterinary homeopathy, veterinary acupuncture, veterinary herbs, veterinary chiropractic, LASER therapy and other natural therapies.

Main Treatments offered (see Therapies):

  • Homeopathic treatment
  • Acupuncture treatment
  • Herbal treatment (Phytotherapy)
  • Aromatherapy treatment
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Nutritional advice – Feeding advice
  • LASER treatment
  • Ultrasound treatment
  • Back manipulation – Back treatment
  • Bach Flowers
  • Holistic medicine – Holistic veterinary medicine
  • Flower Essences
  • Tissue Salts
  • Holistic therapy – Holistic treatment – Holistic care
  • Holistic advice
  • Integrated medicine (Integrative Medicine)
  • Anthroposophical medicines – Anthroposophy
  • Natural medicine – Alternative medicine – complimentary medicine
  • CAM – CAVM
  • Natural Feeding – Natural Diet

These approaches represent a philosophy that is alternative to the current conventional norm but the use of alternative therapies does not do away with the need for a thorough examination and assessment. Nor does the use of natural therapies preclude the use of modern diagnostic techniques where necessary. A holistic vet will take into account all these things, in addition to closely scrutinizing lifestyle, diet, environment etc.

HomeopathyHerbsAcupunctureChiropracticHolistic MedicineNatural Feeding

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