Natural cat health means much more than the words indicate. How? I recently came across two articles which upset me considerably. Both were about abandoned cats. But these were not abandoned by families who could no longer afford to feed them. Or by uncaring families who just deserted them. Or by abandoning unwanted kittens. These were healthy cats taken to shelters already bursting at the seams.
In both cases, doctors had told the patients to get rid of their cats. In both cases, the woman was pregnant. One doctor told her to get rid of the treasured family pet because of the risk of toxoplasmosis. The other was told that her asthma may increase during her pregnancy, so getting rid of the cat might help. Sadly, it seems that the word of the GP prevails over common sense.
Let’s look at toxoplasmosis. It is an infection that can be passed onto people who have a depressed immune system. There is a small risk that if a cat has toxoplasmosis it could be passed to humans when cleaning out the litter tray. I can understand that women will avoid every risk to their pregnancy, (although I suggest the risk of a car accident is far greater). So the first thing to do is to set about improving your immune system. And that of your cat, so that the risk is no longer there.
Diet is one of the major causes of a depressed immune system. By feeding your cat a healthy diet, her immune system will improve dramatically, considerably reducing the liklihood of getting any infection.
By healthy eating yourself, your resistance to disease explodes out of normal proportion, so reducing the risk of being infected.
Other alternatives include getting your partner to clean out the litter tray. Or to use cloves when doing so, and then wash afterwards.
Even if you do get toxoplasmosis, this is easily treated both by homeopathic treatment and by antibiotics before any damage can be done to the unborn baby.
The other woman had a far less potentially disturbing problem. Asthma can be worsened by an allergy, but an allergy to cats can be easily treated with homeopathy.
In neither case did the doctor or the patient consider the possibility of the greater harm that can come to an unborn child of the feelings of grief or guilt on the mother’s part. Everything that the mother feels during pregnancy is transmitted to the baby and so influences the child.
I suggest the love and gentle nature of an important member of the family is far more healthy than the possibility of easily treated health problems.
Natural cat health should be your priority in preventing transmittable disease by improving the immune system.