When you cat is lethargic, should you be concerned? The reason you have a lethargic cat depends on so many factors, there is no one answer. Here are a few common factors that may help you decide what to do.
Young cats and kittens are normally hugely playful, with abundant energy, so when a kitten becomes lethargic it is a cause of concern.
As cats age, their energy slows down. They tend to sleep more and enjoy the good things in life, such as sun bathing and watching the world go by. But they will still have their moments where they may tear around the house for a few minutes, then sit down and wash themselves as if nothing had happened.
One thing that many people don’t understand is that a sick cat can easily heal themselves given the opportunity and time. If you have set the stage, as it were, to ensure your cat has every chance to be healthy, then time is often the best medicine. A healthy body has a strong immune system, which is vital for self healing.
Digestion takes up an enormous amount of energy. This can be little afforded when your cat needs that energy to work on something more important. Trying to force your cat to eat is detrimental to their needs at the time, and probably a source of irritability for them.
A healthy cat can survive for many weeks without food. This may not be ideal, but I am just trying to ensure people caring for a sick cat get their priorities right. It’s more important to focus on the ‘why’ it happened.
When your cat is lethargic, before taking any action, try to work out why this could have occurred. You need to be very open minded about this, and have no prejudices (not easy). Examine every possible cause. For example:
1. Diet is one of the main causes of all health problems in everyone including cats. Commercial cat food is the main source of every health condition in cats. The ingredients are inferior in quality and toxic, despite any claims to the contrary by the manufacturer. If you are not feeding your cat a quality, natural diet, you have not set the stage.
2. Veterinary drugs, including vaccines, take an enormous toll on the health of your cat. Vaccines meddle with the DNA and contain heavy metals and cross species tissue to mention only a few of the problems. Nerve related problems are far more common than most people realise. If you vaccinate your cat, you have not set the stage.
3. Microchipping is another area that can cause health problems in cats. Even death. Is the risk worth the benefit of finding a lost cat? Only you can answer that question.
4. Making sure your cat has access to the sun, chemical free grass and the outdoors, at least for some of the time. These natural factors have enormous impact on keeping your cat happy and healthy. Try to ensure it is safe.
If you have all these factors covered, then if your cat is lethargic, and there is no obvious reason that requires immediate attention, then give your cat some time (quiet) to see if they can heal themselves. One vet told me four days was a good bench mark to go by. If they haven’t managed to sort the problem out in four days, they need help.
The best help, that supports a healthy cat’s best efforts, that helps to transform a sick cat into a healthy one, without toxic medication, is homeopathic treatment. Homeopathy can revive even the sickest cat, where veterinary care fails.