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
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
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
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
I’m blown away by (the recovery of my dog’s eyes). Impressed would be an understatement.
Jeremiah Cameron, USA
Thanks so much for your help in getting Regina back to her usual self (cat with ringworm).
Sarah P, Western Australia
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.