Gem’s Recovery from Bladder Stones/Crystals

I adopted Gem in the late Spring of 1997. Within a few months, I began to feel that Gem was lonely. He seemed so, especially when I came home. He ran to the door to welcome me and was so expressive in his affection, I thought some company would be good for him. In August I adopted Clea. Gem was not thrilled. Overtime, they worked out who the top cat was.

At the time, I was learning how to nourish myself with whole foods and holistic medicines, and I was integrating spiritual and metaphysical healing into my life. Part of my daily practice was meditation (and still is). As I sat and practiced body-centered meditations, neighborhood cats began visiting our yard. Within a few months, three males cats became regular visitors, peering in the windows. A feral feline became a regular nightly visitor too. Later I realized she was pregnant. She was searching for food. The cats were attracted to the compassionate energy emanating from our house.

Without going into the entire story of my evolvement into the holistic cat world, I soon became the caregiver of five cats. We were living in a large beautiful house, and there was plenty of room for me to have feral kittens in the back room without involving Gem and Clea, but then there was Nicky.

Nicky was the first feral kitten I socialized. He was not housed in a cage like the other kittens. He was intense, sweet, magnanimous and demonstrative. An Aries for sure.

Well, Gem is a whale of a Pisces and he had no tolerance for Nicky. Soon thereafter, Gem’s urinary issues became full blown. Gem is a water cat by nature, which means that his elemental disposition, where is he strongest and also where he is the most vulnerable, became challenged. Gem and Nicky had urine battles all over my couch. Boy, did I learn a lot about myself, cats, and about Urine stain and odor remover (best stuff is called Oxy Solution from PetSmart).

Gem was taken to the emergency room many times because he was blocked. Initially, he had to be catheterized. For years, this issue went on. At times he was okay, and then he wasn’t. He was hospitalized once for a week. For almost eleven years he has had urinary challenges. This summer Gem had all updated testing done. His sonogram showed a completely clear bladder, no sand, no stones. AMAZING, I was totally astonished, and very happy.

All of last year I gave my Chandra Piedra, and herb from the Amazon, meaning stone breaker. It worked. Amen. The other really good solution for urinary pH imbalance is Uroeze. I found that giving Gem, Treasure Tea which has Chandra Piedra in it and the Uroeze he balanced out.

Last week, Gem began showing signs of urinary upset. I added the Uroeze once to his food and he was fine.

Treating Early Stages of Hyper-Thyroidism Naturally

With our recent challenges, I didn’t have the money to take Clea back to our regular vet, so I did a great deal of research on my own on how to best treat Clea’s most recent diagnosis of Hyperthyroidism and Chronic Pancreatitis!  Not a great combination.

We have begun using Standard Process products, including “Thyrotropin PMG, Cataplex, and Calcium Lactate. The Thyrotropin for balancing thyroid levels, Cataplex for essential nutrients and calcium to support Clea’s increasing bone loss.  It is my understanding that hyperthyroidism creates bone loss. The vet also gave me another option, an herbal formula, but I had already tried that, and it wasn’t working.

I have been feeding Clea 3 times a day at minimum, sometimes four with only high quality calcium rich foods: Salmon, sardines, raw chicken necks, Chicken soup (recipe from The New Natural Cat, Anita Frazier), and Wellness canned food if she would eat it. Usually she wants fish or the chicken necks. I also pill her with digestive enzymes to help her absorb the nutrients of the food.

Mainly, she demands high quality calcium foods, and refuses to eat anything else. For her health and my peace of mind, I was happy to fulfill her requests, demanding as they were, especially from a Tortie. After a while though, working this hard was driving me crazy. Plus she was clearly distressed.

I was really clear though that I wanted to treat Clea’s thyroid naturally for as long as I could, because the side-effects of the conventional meds concerned me.  The Standard Process products just weren’t strong enough, and the herbal products we tried weren’t working either.  I found a published article on-line from a holistic homeopathic vet and began to treat her homeopathically with Nat Mur 200C and she seemed to be better, but only for a very short period of time.  I was determined not to give up though.

I consulted Dr. Pitcarin’s website forum. I have been a long-time follower of Dr. Pitcarin’s advice. I read his book, Natural Health for Dogs and Cats when I first adopted Gem, my first cat and it helped me immensely over the years, especially for a multi-cat pet guardian household.  What I learned has been invaluable in dealing with colds, viruses, eye irritations, and abscesses.  I also highly recommend Anitra Fraizer’s Book, the New Natural Cat for Finicky Cat Owners.

After posting Clea’s condition, Dr. Pitcarin suggested that if I was to work homeopathically with Clea’s condition, I would need to consider all of her history, her symptoms, past and present presenting maladies while reading through the variety of homeopathic remedy descriptions (he suggested nine that are known to support thyroid issues) for me to come up with a remedy for her.

Now, I don’t present to be a veterinarian, but I do empower myself by trusting my intuition and my love of natural medicines to support myself and the beautiful animals in my care. That said, I also worked for a holistic vet for many years who practices homeopathy, Chinese medicine and more, so I learned a lot there, and I have also applied homeopathy, herbs, whole food nutrition, energy healing, and conscious communication into my personal and professional life for close to twenty years. So I am not timid in terms of exploring and experimenting with the use of knowledgeable and educational resources.

Researching through the materia medica lectures that I found on line served me well, because Cleopatra is a different cat now, and I now longer have to feed her excessive amounts of food. Rather than inhaling 3-4 chicken necks within one-two minutes, she is eating normally again.

I compared Clea’s health issues to 5 or 6 remedies Dr. P listed and decided upon Phosphorus. I had the remedy here at home because I have taken it before, so I gave her one dose of Phosphorus 200C. I fed her a few hours later in the afternoon, she ate two bites of food and went upstairs at four in the afternoon and went to sleep. She didn’t get up until the next morning!  This was a miracle!  Her incessant crying, the spasmodic jumping along her backside which she has had for years, and her vomiting which she also has had for years ceased.

She is definitely more content and more nourished somehow. Homeopathy is a miraculous medicine, one that has really supported my cats health and well-being since they were kittens.

Here is Clea munching on cut-up raw, chicken backs.