What are cat autoimmune diseases? Why are they so current today? What can you do to prevent them? What can you do, other than veterinary treatment, to help your cat overcome it?
Cat autoimmune diseases are new diseases. In effect the immune system becomes very sensitive and it is thought that the body attacks its own cells, tissues and organs, as if they are foreign diseases that should be destroyed. They include hyperthyroidism, stomatitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE), pemphigus, bullous pemphigold.
The symptoms cover almost all the areas of the body including the musculoskeletal system, the skin, the renal system, the blood and lymphatic system, the nervous system, the endocrine system and the digestive system.
In the veterinary world, this is a potentially fatal disorder. The most they can offer you is to control it with immunosuppressive medication. Mostly this means a corticosteroidal treatment, which in itself, reduces the life expectancy of those taking it.
An autoimmune disease in cats, or in anyone, has a far greater significance than medical treatment offers. In effect, it is a VERY strong message by the sufferer, that what has gone before has been highly damaging, and to recover, a whole new way of looking at health MUST be adopted.
Every body, including you and your cat, has a natural and incredibly efficient system of health care. This is easily compromised by doing things that don’t support the natural status quo. Things like feeding poor quality food (aka commercial pet food). Things like using immune suppressive medication (aka vaccines and other veterinary drugs including antibiotics). Things like poor living conditions (never allowed outside, or access to the sun, to medicating grass or herbs, or to feel the earth under their feet).
Rather like a car, your cat needs the right fuel to run efficiently. Commercial pet food offers an easy way out for cat people who want a simple life, but is highly detrimental to the health of cats. It does nothing to keep the immune system running smoothly.
Just by the names, we can tell that veterinary medication is immune suppressive. In a large part this is because vets are only taught how to match a drug to a disease. They are not taught about causes. But a disease is simply the effect of a problem. It is not the problem itself. If you know the cause of a disease, you can prevent it and probably deal with it so that it vanishes, never to return.
If you start honouring the evolution of your cat by feeding them a natural diet, by using holistic health care, in particular homeopathy, by ensuring you are meeting their natural instincts as far as you can, then it is highly likely that your cat will never suffer with this debilitating disease. Or that you can reverse it.
If your cat is exclusively indoors for safety reasons, then at least make sure there is access to a sunny windowsill and a pot of grass. These are the fundamental basic environmental needs for any cat. Access to a safe garden is better.
Access to a safe and comfortable resting place, away from noisy children or other pets, goes without saying.
But with all this covered, you stand an excellent chance of a full recovery for your cat. Don’t let cat autoimmune disease take over your life or that of your cat. It can be easy to rectify if you change the way you think.