Cat With Difficulty Breathing, Loud Snoring and Alarming Hacking
I thought I should write and share some good news with you since we’ve been corresponding. When I last wrote, I was frustrated by my family’s unwillingness to be consistent with feeding raw chicken for our sick cat. I had to let go of the arguments until I did some more research that I believe were linked from your articles. I remember reading a story from a pet owner how raw food saved their dog’s life from diarrhea. Well, I sent my family articles along with a company that produces organic raw food here in the U.S. that is freeze dried and/or frozen also carried here at Petco. I found out that my mother had already ordered a similar product from a similar company. I found Instinct Pet Food and she found The Simple Food Project. So, I was pleased that my prayers which begun several weeks ago were finally being answered to know what do about our cat but also to “see the light” in trying something different other than processed pet food. And good timing too because the cat’s health was suffering again with difficulty breathing, the loud snoring noise and alarming hacking sound she was making.
When it arrived, the cat couldn’t eat enough. She may have possibly been overeating but her appetite was incredible. She would eat the other cat’s food too when he was finished! By the way, I read what you said in your recent email about fasting and taking it slow but she did go through a slow increase in eating a couple weeks back after losing half her weight. Then, we saw a noticeable difference only after 24 hours where the loud noise turned into a wheezing and then after 48 hours, the noise was almost gone and she was acting more like herself with more energy and has been improving every day. My parents were astonished and very happy that the cat seems to have lost all those symptoms. However, a week to two weeks later, the sound is trying to come back and may be related to the cause of her illness which we were told by the vet was cancer but could be something else like a fungal infection. They honestly don’t know. But she is so much better than she was before.
I will say that it’s been an incredible revelation from the state she was in a month ago. She likes to lay in the sun near the back sliding door window in the mornings and is playful again. Her appetite is extremely healthy as she eats more than she used to and you can see her body weight back to normal with her black coat a silky sheen.
This has been quite a learning experience for me and want to thank you again for recommending the raw food to help save our cat. I believe that was instrumental along with our prayers that led me to your site in the first place. It was difficult for the parents to digest the advice as I mentioned, but now they seem to be both won over as the evidence is irrefutable. I don’t know what the cause for the illness was that seems to be lingering but believe that with her strengthening immune system, she should have a fighting chance.
Anthony Jolley, USA
Vomiting Every Day for Six Months
Jojo is doing perfectly well, and I can say that you are a big part of this state of affairs. I still genuinely think you are a uniquely gifted healer.
He is eating really good, he devours everything I put in his bowl, and asking for more pretty much every day, and – if not supervised, stealing the food from his mother and his brother.
We’ve been through a lot of trouble with Jojo in the last couple of years, so for me, the fact that he is doing so well because of you, is – like I said previously, almost magical. There were times when I thought I will
lose him, so thank you so much foe getting into our lives.
Jojo is joyful, playful – he is actively asking for challenges. His poop looks great (crumbly), even though in the last couple of weeks he is not drinking (his remedied) water anymore, but he seems to enjoy only the regular, filtrated water.
Last time he vomited on Nov 14, and that was a hair ball, so no concern at all. You were right, healing takes time.
I only feed him rough free run poultry, a couple of times a week lamb, with rough whole egg and every other day, chicken wings.
Following your advise, I stopped to add any other supplements in his food.
I love my cat Little Man! He’s been my faithful companion and lap buddy for nearly 10 years. So about nine months ago, when I noticed he was having trouble yawning and discovered that his teeth were full of tarter, I became very alarmed. I took him to my local vet and had his teeth cleaned immediately. She said it was one of the worst cases of tarter she’d ever seen. I’d been raw feeding Little Man for about seven years. My vet was adamantly against it, so I assumed that as usual, she was indirectly criticizing my feeding habits.
She mentioned that Little Man had symptoms of stomatitis, a very painful and debilitating disease of the gums. She gave him a round of antibiotics to help it. He seemed so much better, and I was extremely grateful to see him back to his old self. But within about two weeks, he started having problems again. She gave him another round of antibiotics and this time, his symptoms just didn’t seem to improve much. Then she tried laser light treatments, which helped a little, but he was slowly loosing interest in food and his ability to eat was declining rapidly. She did some blood work and also informed me that he had a form of leukemia.
Out of desperation, I began doing my own research about treatment for stomatisis and discovered that the only real veterinary treatment was a total tooth extraction. I watched a video about what that entailed and I was horrified! I couldn’t imagine putting my cat through the agony of pulling every single one of his teeth. And if a bit of a root was left in his gums, another surgery would be required because otherwise, the stomatitis would continue growing and causing pain.
In my search for alternatives, I came across Madeleine Innocent. Her writing and her philosophy of health really resonated with me. I’d never used homeopathy, but some of my friends had told me that it worked wonders in animals. Others had also used it to heal their children. I found a “homeopath” online in the US (I am an American living in Brazil) that sold a formula for stomatitis and ordered it. But my cat got really bad fast and nearly quit eating altogether.
So I decided to consult with Madeleine, and I’m so glad I did! She explained to me that I hadn’t been giving enough bone to my cat to keep his teeth clean. She also had me immediately stop the other homeopathic treatment I had purchased as it was not at all designed for the health issues of my particular cat because each of us are so unique.
After filling out an extensive survey and having an equally extensive consultation with Madeleine over the phone, she made her recommendation. I began treatments in earnest, and it was challenging! My cat had so much mouth pain that I had to cut his little meat chunks into tiny 1/8 inch bites, feeding him those one by one off the tip of my finger, hoping he would just swallow them. I was highly motivated to save him and there were glimmers of hope; I kept at it.
After about four months my Little Man began to come back to me. He was still eating off my fingers, but the bites were more like half inch now and he was eating with more vigor (he had lost so much weight!). I had to travel for a month and leave my cat with a sitter who was dedicated to keeping up with the treatments until my return.
Since my return, my Little Man has begun eating normally and completely on his own. The first time he crunched into a bone I was sure I was witnessing a miracle! While he still has problems chewing bone (although he does try!), he can eat them if I cut them up a little. He also loves to sit on my lap again after spending months preferring to stay outside far away from me.
He is not yet 100%, but I am dedicated to the treatment and I can tell he just keeps getting better. I am a firm believer in homeopathy now. (I was recently diagnosed with glaucoma, which Madeleine is now treating with homeopathy!)
There was a time when I tried to be at peace with the fact that my beloved cat might actually not make it. But he did make it, and I was proud to finally inform my local vet that homeopathy was in fact healing him. It was curing his dis-ease because it focused on his immune system, not just his symptoms. She was amazed!
My experience has taught me that homeopathy does in fact work, it can even heal a debilitating illness like stomatitis, but it takes time, courage, dedication and persistence. Most of all, it requires a knowledgeable and compassionate homeopath, someone like Madeleine Innocent, to find the right formula for each individual animal. I am so fortunate to have found her, and I recommend her highly. Because of her, my Little Man is no longer suffering. He is back to his old loving self.
Cindy Lee Winkelman
Resolving Behavioural Issues
Our cat has changed so much for the better! She is calm, and purrs, and cuddles, and has a much more controller reaction to things she dislikes. There is a warning meow now, and a warning tap on the hand with no claws whereas before it was directly cry to the heavens and claws and tons of bad attitude at the slightest provocation.
Valeria Zubritskaya, Germany
You should know that I soak up every word you offer up. It makes so much sense.
Beverly Cogan, USA
Results of Raw Feeding
I just wanted to give you an update on Zoe and my other two kitties. Since switching them to the all raw diet, all of their coats have gotten much softer and shinier, all of their sneezing, weepy eyes and runny noses that seemed to appear every few weeks have stopped, and Tanner’s hairless, scabbed up patches on the back of both legs (supposedly from herpes) have completely healed! Yay!
Rachel Unger, USA
Holistic Vet’s Perspective
I’m trying to patch up a dog that had a dose of topical flea treatment applied along it’s back and its immune system went crazy and the entire top of the dog’s skin from ears to tail sloughed off. The local vet clinic dosed broad spectrum antibiotics and prednisone for 3 months – disabled the dog’s immune system and created Cushings disease in the dog. Prednisone and the body’s own adrenal gland hormone called cortisol is the same chemical compound. The dog was getting so much prednisone for so long that it’s body started to lay down calcium in the skin. The clinic then did a skin biopsy and the pathologist reported that the skin changes were most suggestive of a Cushing disease. The clinic’s next plan was to administer a drug that would destroy the dog’s adrenal glands forever, so it could never make cortisol again.
There is no silver bullet in western medicine – I keep telling clients over and over. No drug nor biologic (like vaccinations) are 100% safe and you never know what effect they have later on. The only one that has it down pat is Mother Nature.
Dr Brenda A Bernhardt
‘Sharing the Care’
Cowichan Veterinary HouseCall Services
Lake Cowichan, BC
Recovery From A Death Sentence
As always, your advice is right on point and truly life-saving. Two years ago this last May, I had an unneutered little cat come to my home – terribly sick, dehydrated and starving. He had a huge abscess on his left cheek, had lost most of his fur along his spine especially near his neck and between his shoulders, his eyes were “goopy”, his fur was dull and lifeless, and he was very lethargic. He was near death.
I had five cats in my household at that time, all rescues. Long story short – Frankie (as he is now known) is a permanent resident of my home. The veterinarian had diagnosed him as being Feline AIDS positive and had strongly suggested he be euthanized. I refused – knowing these “tests” are far from perfect, and this little guy deserved his chance at life. He was kept away from the balance of my cat family (I am blessed to have a walkout basement with an apartment – and Mr. Frankie called that his home for over 6 months while he recuperated.) He was given only a raw, homemade diet of chicken thigh meat and/or slightly cooked wild caught Alaskan Salmon, vitamins and minerals and Alaskan Salmon oil, and at least four times a week organic chicken liver.
He also had only fresh, deep-well water from our well that is sunk over 800 feet into the mountains of North Carolina, immune-system boosting herbs and homeopathics. Today he is the most wonderful, beautiful and unforgettable little guy anyone could ever hope for. And he loves me so much it is almost sad. Frankie is a stinker – and plays like a kitten. I have no idea how old he is, but in his mind he is a kitten . . . and that’s all that matters. The veterinarian did neuter him, did give him a rabies vaccination which I now wish he hadn’t done (however it was only a one year vaccine and not a three year – he will never get another vaccine). My little fellow miracle buddy will spend the rest of his life in a real home, with other cat buddies and a “mother” who daily praises our Mutual Creator for bringing him to me. Thank you, Madeleine and thank you God. Some wonderful day we will all be beyond this place and will embrace an eternal life of joy beyond description. And, yes, the animals are all there!
Nancy R, USA
As to your comment to no vacuuming “so an old fashioned broom does the job admirably”, might I also suggest it can provided a huge amount of fun. At my house, Frankie the Stinker Cat, thinks the broom is a huge tackle toy. With butt in the air and his 3 inch long tail wagging like crazy, and front shoulders and legs hugging the floor, eyes as big as the moon searching for just the right moment to pounce – the game is on. Trying to use the broom always turns into play time . . . and I love it as much as he does.
Nancy R, USA
Thanks so much for your help in getting Regina back to her usual self (cat with ringworm).
Sarah P, Western Australia
Aggression Solved With A Raw Diet
My cat keeps biting me! It has been going on for months now. I can’t think of any specific thing that started it. I have read up on the internet and the articles say she is just playing but I don’t buy that. I play with her at night when I get home from work but that doesn’t seem to help. When I sit on the lounge to watch TV she glares at me, the ears go back, tail swishes back and forth and she launches herself at me. I usually just put her on the floor and try to ignore her but she will keep going for me or my legs. Eventually she will get up on my lap and go to sleep.
I think it started after my daughter moved out of home in February. Kitten is home alone a lot more now as my daughter was home for parts of the day and I am at work all day. There have been two occasions when I have been away for a week and my daughter has come home to look after Kitten. Nothing else has changed or happened that I can remember.
I am only feeding Kitten dry food now – which I know you don’t like but it seems to be the only thing she will eat. I used to give her a chicken neck for dinner and some dry food in the morning but she stopped eating the chicken necks. I gave her mince once but she wouldn’t touch it.
Kitten will also go to bite me when I am at the table working on the computer or reading a book. Sometimes she attacks my legs when I am playing with her.
As I write this it sounds like she wants more attention but if I try to pat her while I’m doing other stuff she bites my hand. She also doesn’t like being picked up. She wasn’t like this when she was a little kitten – she was very cuddly and gentle. (Kitten is about 11 months old).
I took her to the vet 23 Nov 2009 to have the 12 month vaccination.
The vet was angry with me when I told her I was feeding her a raw diet.
OMG I am so amazed! Kitten has been raw for 6 days now and what a difference! In fact, I noticed the difference on the second day. She is so much calmer, more loving, and far less aggressive towards me. I have been letting her outside in the morning before I go to work. She stays out for about 20 minutes and then comes racing inside to say hello. She then goes out again until I have to leave.
I have found a product call R.A.W BARF which is a raw food product developed by a vet in Bathurst NSW. It contains human quality food; flesh, bones, offal, vegetables and fruit, so pretty much a complete meal. I give Kitten a serve of that for breakfast and a chicken neck for dinner.
Thank you so much for giving me the confidence to get Kitten back to raw food. She is a delight to have around.
Sydney, NSW, Australia