This article isn’t limited to cats. Trading acute disease for chronic disease is the realm of the harmaceutical industry across the board. However, here as the focus is on cats, it’s what happens to them.
Who Cats Are
Cats are extremely sensitive animals. All animals are more sensitive than the majority of people. All cats, bar the lions, have evolved to survive on their own. They are not pack or herd animals.
When your survival depends solely on you, you have to develop special skills. You have to be very senstive to changes in your environment. You have to be able to obtain your food, find shelter, defend yourself against predators, look after a family (for the females), sleep in safety, and probably much more we can only dream about.
While cats are extremely sesnitive, they are also extremely successful. You can find wild cats in most parts of the world, in all weather conditions, from the hot and arid, to the cold and freezing.
For cats to be so successful, it means how they are works. Nature is boundiful. She knows her stuff.
Acute Disease In Cats
In the wild, animals can’t afford to be ill, especially those who rely solely on their own efforts, as with cats. And they don’t get ill. Of course, they may suffer injury. But getting ill is, by and large, the domain of the human world because we don’t understand the consequences of our actions.
To fall ill, to succumb to an acute disease or pathogen, such as a fungal, bacterial or viral disease, the immune system must be badly damaged, unable to perform as it was designed.
The Three Cornerstones Of Health
The three corner stones of health and vitality are diet, lifestyle and health care. Without going into too much detail here, wild cats diet and lifestyle are a million miles from that of your average domestic cat. Wild cats don’t need health care (unless they have encountered humans or been injured); domestic cats do.
This tells us a great deal. It tells us that when we feed our cats a diet more in keeping with their wild cousins, it can increase their vitality and health dramatically. Acute diseases vanish.
And when we try to give them as close as possible a lifestyle as their wild cousins, such as contact with the earth, exposure to the sun, chasing leaves, climbing trees, that too can dramatically improve their health and ability to ward off disease.
Happiness is hugely important for good health.
Having estalished the huge impact that diet and lifestyle has on health, let’s return to the idea of trading acute disease for chronic disease in cats specifically.
As already discussed, keeping the immune system healthy so that acute disease doesn’t happen is easy. All you have to do is to get the diet right and the lifestyle as right as is as safe and possible for you.
Treating acute disease with antibiotics or other drugs destroys the gut micribiome, making for digestive issues. They also lower the ability of the immune system, so opening the door for more diseases and ailments in the future.
And trying to prevent acute disease with vaccines shows a complete misunderstanding of how health works. As it’s extremey profitable, it’s relentlessly endorsed, supported and encouraged. But still grossly misunderstood.
It’s Trading Acute Disease For Chronic
Acute disease happens most often in the young, in kittens. The young aren’t born with an immune system. They rely on the passive immunity they receive from the mothers milk. As they progress towards weaning, their immune system needs to get in some practice so it knows what to do in the future adult.
For the most part, in a naturally reared wild cat, in a favourable environment with plenty of food, the acute diseases will be mild. And bearing in mind they are in the safety of the mother’s nest and care, they are nutured through this with ease.
This means acute diseases have a very important job to do. They help develop a strong immune system. They are not to be feared or prevented.
When you do prevent them, via a vaccine or drug, the immune system suffers. It may never fully recover. And with other health damaging areas, such as a poor diet and synthetic life style, chronic disease is inevitable.
The serious chronic diseases cats suffer with are mouth inflammation (gingivitis, stomatitis), renal failure and cancers. The precursors are often digestive disturbance and infections.
Even when it’s not possible to improve the lifestyle much, you can always improve the diet. Most people live busy lives without a lot of time. I’m one of them. So I designed a diet that is easy to use and gives maximum health benefits.
The only difficulty is changing your mindset.
Humans have had a destructive influence on the health of domestic cats in general, causing chronic diseases. The best way to manage these, to prevent further damage, are with natural therapies such as homeopathy. Homeopathy works in accordance with what the body, the immune system, is trying to do. It supports the immune system and helps it return to its full strength and ability.
Trading acute disease for chronic disease in cats, or in anyone, makes no logical, intelligent, scientific, health or moral sense.