Heart problems in cats used to be as rare in domestic cats as it still is in wild cats. Sadly, what we are doing to our beloved domestic cats is causing them more and more health problems. Most domestic cats are so far removed from a natural life, so far removed from natural health, that their bodies can no longer live the long lives they used to. They succumb to all manner of diseases including feline heart failure.
Cats weak link is not their heart. It is their kidneys. So for an epidemic of feline heart disease to have occurred, our activity towards their health must have taken a wrong turn many years, even decades ago. Each successive generation’s health has further deteriorated.
Most of the new ways have been introduced by the average cat lover in all good faith. They think they are doing the right thing, as their vet tells them to and everyone else seems to be doing so. But this advice is heading your cat towards a cliff. And yes, many are pushed over the edge.
I believe there are two important reasons why your cat’s health is poorer, a lot poorer, than her descendants.
The food people feed their cats is mostly very poor quality. Commercial pet food is all about making a ton of money and nothing about supporting natural cat health. The animal protein is very poor quality as well as quantity, the ‘food’ is bulked out by plant based food, which is an anathema to felines. They are biologically unable to use plant based food. And the end product is laced with chemicals to preserve, to colour, to flavour, to make it smell better than it otherwise would.
There are so many things wrong with commercial cat food, whatever the label says, whatever the price, whatever your vet tells you. I know of one vet who tells his clients to buy the commercial cat food he sells, but tells his friends a different story.
So from the very start, you are contributing to health problems and especially heart problems in cats. The immune system can never flourish on a poor diet. It can keep the cat alive, but only just.
It is easy to recognise a cat who has been fed commercial cat food for some time – they don’t have those lovely silky coats healthy cats have, they are mostly over-weight, they are often dull and lacklustre. Sometimes, they can be irritable.
Another huge problem that can lead to heart conditions in cats is the veterinary medicine. People don’t realise that all medication is chemical. Chemicals are toxic to the body. They interfere with nutritional absorption. Some are neurotoxins, which interfere with the natural and normal functioning of the nerves and brain. All chemicals prevent the body’s natural immune system from working.
If most cats aren’t on some form of permanent veterinary medication by the time they reach 5 years of age, they will have received many vaccines, starting in kittenhood, when the immune system is not developed enough to effectively deal with this chemical onslaught.
All vaccines contain mercury (even when labelled as mercury-free), aluminium and adjuvants, amongst other toxic ingredients. These are neurotoxins.
Cardiomyopathy in cats comes in various forms which simply indicate a personalised outcome of poor health choices forced onto our cats. It can often accompany hyperthyroidism.
Symptoms of heart problems in cats can include:
- poor appetite
- laboured breathing
- bony over the spine but with a pump stomach
- weak back legs or what looks like paralysis
These symptoms are present because the heart is no longer operating efficiently, making for a slow flow of blood and so a slow oxygen take up by the cells.
So what can you do to prevent this distressing disease? And what can you do to reverse it? Is the only option more veterinary drugs?
Start by feeding your cat a species-specific, quality diet, one they evolved on, one that will return their struggling bodies to better health. This alone may prevent or reverse the problem.
However, a cat whose health has been deteriorating for years may need extra help. One of the best ways to naturally support a struggling immune system is by the judicious use of the appropriate homeopathic treatment. Homeopathy is a complete and natural form of health care that supports what the body is always trying to achieve.
Any heart problem, including enlarged heart in cats, including feline congestive heart failure is a result of one, or more likely both, of these conditions. Other factors that contribute to poor health in cats is a stressful household and a lack of freedom. Freedom to lie in the sun. Freedom to self medicate on grass or choice herbs at will. Freedom to feel the earth beneath their paws.