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Homeopathy for cats

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on November 20, 2009

As if this nonsense wasn’t bad enough as is, I ran accross the following question and answer in some obscure website (rel=”no follow”-ed of course!), I’d never heard off:

Question 1: I have 2 cats who are great feline companions-unless the weather turns stormy, with lots of lightning and thunder, or they’re about to have their toenails trimmed. Are there any natural ways I can help them calm down?

Friend of Felines

Response: When “meow” turns to “yeeoowwwww,” we all need help with calming crazed kitties. In addition to keeping them in a safe area, like a quiet room or other place where they can be as comfortable as possible, homeopathy offers a potential way to deal with the situation. Homeopathy is based on using diluted versions of a variety of natural remedies, including herbs or other nutrients. Each remedy is diluted thousands of times, resulting in an end-product that no longer contains the original material, only its electromagnetic essence.

Edie Snow, Shiatsu therapist at Pathways to Wellness, is a cat aficionada who has rescued several felines. She recommends using Rescue Remedy, a homeopathic approach to calming people or animals. It is a liquid dispensed from a dropper, and can be applied to a cat’s gums or inner lips. Rescue Remedy helps to relax an animal after any trauma, and can be used to deal with wild kitty behavior, fear, or over-stimulation. Rescue Remedy can also be used on the way to see your veterinarian.

So let me get this straight. First these cats get crancky because of lightning or having their nails clipped. That would be the cause of the crankiness. Since hoemopathy says like-cures-like, I can’t help but wonder just what in the hell would you dilute to calm down a cat that’s freaked by lightning and thunder? Furthermore since this Rescue Remedy can calm both animals and people, does that mean it can only calm people that get scared from lightning or are phobic about cutting their nails? Just wondering out loud here, not trying to be close-minded.

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  1. =^skepticcat^= said, on November 20, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    I think that most homeopathic sedatives are diluted from caffeine or possibly ephedrine. Generally a stimulant of some kind … I’m personally quite skeptical that they actually dilute anything as there is no government agency who sends inspectors in to make sure that drop of coffee has been diluted to 50 powers of 10 or whatever the standard is.

    • Skepdude said, on December 17, 2009 at 2:07 PM

      Yeah, plus how do you even check that. Say you test one bottle and you find one molecule of the substance. Given that the bottle is small in volume, does that mean the homeopaths DID NOT dilute it as much as they should have, or does that mean that we happened upon the one bottle, out of millions, that contains the only molecule??? LOL

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