Asthma in cats is not particularly common. But sneezing and coughing can be mistaken for it, or can indicate it. Many veterinary (or medical) disease labels are only a collection of similar symptoms, which can mean various problems.
Asthma in cats is not unlike asthma in people. It is a condition of the upper respiratory tract which has the main symptom of difficult breathing. The veterinary label is feline bronchial disease. In effect the bronchi tighten, restricting normal breathing. There is normally an excess of mucus.
Asthma can come and go. It can be triggered by something in the air, such as smoke, dust, household chemicals, etc and for this reason is accepted as an allergy.
The veterinary solution is to manage the attacks usually with steroids, just as with humans. Bronchodialators are also used when the asthma occurs. Both of these measures are toxic and immune suppressive. This leads to further problems in the years ahead.
The better approach is to first discover the cause of the problem. This may or may not be easy to see. However, when someone is not on a healthy diet, all manner of problems can arise. So the very first thing that should be addressed is the diet. If you cat is on a typical commercial cat food, this may well be the cause of the problem. In which case, she will never recover until it is changed.
A quality, natural diet can go a long way in helping your cat recover from every disease under the sun, and should always be addressed as the first action.
If the asthma continues after the diet change, it will invariably be less intense and less frequent, but may not be completely resolved in all cases.
You may not know, but asthma was never a fatal disease until it was treated with steroids. It may look horrific to the onlookers. It may be scary to the sufferer, but it was the body’s way of addressing a problem.
Dr Bouteyko, of Russia, discovered that when someone had an asthma attack, it was because the body was too low on carbon dioxide. By restricting the influx of air, the carbon dioxide could increase. How clever the body is. It knows exactly what to do.
So his (highly successful) solution was to get people used to holding their breath for a period, several times a day. This naturally built up the carbon dioxide, reducing and finally clearing the asthma attacks.
OK, so this is difficult to get your cat to do. Luckily, there is an easier solution, too.
Homeopathic treatment is very successful in treating asthma in cats or in anyone. It works by using the very personal and unique symptoms of the individual cat, then matching them to the similar remedy.
Homeopathy is a natural form of medicine which works by gently raising the immune system, meaning the cat becomes all round healthier.
The combination of a good diet and natural health care – you can’t beat it.
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