Every time I read about someone rescuing a cat (or any animal) who is emaciated or somehow struggling to survive, it warms my heart. To become quickly chilled when I read on that they took the animal to a vet who conducted various veterinary procedures on them.
Let me explain.
When an animal (or human) is struggling to survive because of malnutrition, extreme weather conditions, abuse, etc, the best thing you can do as a rescuer, is to allow them the space to heal themselves. Food for the starving, shelter for the exposed, compassion for the abused and love for everyone is usually more than enough to pull them through in all but the most extreme cases.
The body is an excellent healer, given the opportunity and time.
A film was made about a war zone, where there were more casualties than the medics could cope with. So they separated them into two groups – the no-hopers and the ones they felt they could save. When they had time to observe the results, they were surprised. The no-hopers had faired better than those they had treated.
The no-hopers had been given time and shelter for their bodies to rally. And rally they did. The added trauma and stress of surgery and medication tipped many who may well have survived, over the edge. It’s no different with veterinary procedures.
I wish I knew the name of the film.
When a well intended rescuer takes an already traumatised animal to the vet, the stress zooms through the roof. You are quite possibly signing their death warrant.
Vaccines are very difficult for a healthy body to cope with. A struggling body has virtually no chance.
Just as with every human group, there are good, bad and indifferent vets. The animal appeared to YOU for help, not the vet. Whilst you may trust the vet, many practices are run more on the line of businesses, than health centres. Have more faith in your abilities than in someone else’s.
Leaving an animal at a vet’s is enormously stressful at the best of times. The energy is toxic, there are many other highly stressed animals, often the animals are not treated with compassion when you are out of sight. A much loved pet is likely to feel abandoned in their hour of need. What will a rescued animal feel, who came to you for help?
If you must get veterinary advice, then delay it until the animal has recovered some weight and strength. If you must vaccinate, delay them for the same reasons. Never leave an animal at a vet unless it just can’t be avoided. You are more likely to provide better nursing and a better healing environment, if you care enough to rescue.
To recap, allow the animal to deal with one thing at a time. Allow strength to return. Allow the body to become nourished. Allow a bonding to develop between you. Boost the immune system with a species-specific diet.
If you have to seek veterinary help, know that your bond is stronger than any pathology. Limit procedures to one at a time. For example, have only one vaccine at a time, not the common multiple ones. Don’t have vaccines and antibiotics at the same time. Worm them at a later date, when they are more able to cope with the poisonous substance.
Better still, use homeopathy. This can be done at home, right from the start and will only help and enhance the animal’s healing.
Please be aware of the highly stressful conditions found in veterinary practices. Even the best ones will be noisy, with many people. Rarely do veterinary practices clear the toxic energy that accumulates with multiple sick animals and stressed people.
Hospitals are a great place to catch infections. It’s the same with our animals. Please consider what your actions may trigger. Delay any veterinary procedures as long as possible. Allow the cat time.
Homeopathic treatment, a wonderful natural cat health discipline, removes stress and stimulates a healing response.