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.