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These Boots were made for Walking…

My first official post is unusual in nature.  It involves a story about a cat.

Mid-July, my partner and I combined homes.  We had 4 cats between us, and so had to make some decisions.  He had one very old, old cat (19 years) who we didn’t feel right about moving, and her younger companion.  So, it was decided that my two cats would go back to my friends farm where I got them from.  This farm is very cat friendly, and we felt that because we could visit the cats, it was a good option.  So, around July 12, I drove Miss Mew and her son Bootsy to their new/old home about 10 km north of Madoc.  Madoc is 90 km or so from Peterborough.

Miss Mew integrated fine into her surroundings.  Many of the cats there are her descendants.  Bootsy was seen for a couple of days, but then disappeared.  My friends assured me that he was probably hiding in the barn, just like the other cats who had been moved there.  So, we waited, and waited.

Well, Bootsy wasn’t hiding in the barn.  This past week, on Thursday, October 8, I found Mr. Boots in our old neighbourhood where he lived with us.  The neighbours said he showed up about 2 weeks prior.  This little guy would have traveled 100km or so, over mixed terrain, around waterways and roads, risking contact with coyotes and cars; all the while fending for his own food.

I was completely stunned, and impressed, I must say.  This cat wasn’t known for his bravery, in fact, we considered him a bit of a wimp.  Apparently, he has strong survival skills, though.  He had lost 6-8 pounds and was quite skittish.  He also, appeared a bit ‘wild’.

So, where does the ‘herbalism’ come in.  Herbal medicine is usually my first line of defense.  By the time I got him home, it was Friday afternoon of the Thanksgiving weekend.  A visit to the vet was out of the question for at least 4 days.  Bootsy was looking good, but he had symptoms.

Upon inspection, I found that he was generally looking healthy.  He had lost his excess weight, but wasn’t yet underweight.  His eyes were bright, ears clean and no fleas.  He did have loose stools, though, and signs of worms.  This is common when cats are eating small animals.  He also had a lot of anxiety, and was very nervous.  Also, he was obsessed with food.  I will say though, he was happy to be home – hiding but purring; meowing but purring; purring, purring, purring.

For me, the first two priorities were the diarrhea and stress.  I made a formula of chamomile and passion flower tinctures.  Cats are small, and their dosage is, too.   I used about 10-15 drops 3-4 times per day.  To do this, I fed him small meals three times per day, and put the tincture in the food.  I also added a homeopathic formula specifically for animals that I found at the pet store.  Thirdly, I put Bach Rescue Remedy both in his water, and directly on his muzzle.  To do this, I would put the required drops in my hand, then pet him to wipe it on his nose.

The results so far?  His constant meowing has decreased immensely.  He only meows if I’ve changed rooms and he doesn’t know where I am, and if he is hungry.  He is more comfortable, and definitely calmer.  His stools are firming up.  Although intestinal worms can be treated with herbs, it is a grueling treatment plan, and difficult to execute with pets.  I will let the vet help me there.

This story isn’t over, yet.  He has a ways to go before his health is resolved.  I will be looking into ways of resolving the obsession for food created by a lack of food.  We don’t need him blowing up to a fat kitty again.  More on this later…


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