Treating bite wounds and abscesses in cats
If your cat is not eating, listless or the site is very painful and the treatments you have tried (or you are not yet trained) then you do need to see a veterinarian (especially an integrative one who will use this episode to actually build up health to lessen the chance of future abscesses). I strongly recommend getting some training in understanding the wide range of approaches to health so you can be in charge of what you choose for treatments for your cat(s).
Do you want to always go directly to the veterinarian and get drugs?
Do you want to learn some of the many different ways to stimulate healing and start home treatments?
From books, on-line and in classes you can learn Reiki (see below – which can ease pain, take the “bad” out of vaccines and any needed drugs, or even make food healthier), massage, Healing Touch for Animals, Tellington TTouch, acupressure, flower essence therapy, all of which are 100% safe to use for any problems. There are many more approaches you can do to help heal your animals with some training since they need to be used more carefully – homeopathy, herbal medicine, Chinese herbs, aromatherapy. In addition to classes there are many very good list serves filled with people experienced with not vaccinating and feeding raw meat diets. Classes are found through your health food store, by phone or on-line. As with human health approaches, there are many different opinions, so you need to experiment and see what makes your animals more or less healthy.
For a bite would or injury:
- Reiki may be all you need to relieve the pain and the cat heals on her own. If the abscess has been treated with drains, it will help keep the holes open so any serum or pus can drain.
- Acupressure can be used around the wound and on the immune stimulating meridians to relieve pain, stop pus formation and aid in healing, if the cat is on medications or not.
- Herbal topical preparations using very warm water of echinacea or marshmallow root can be used on the undrained abscess, or if it has opened on its own or if it has drains in it. The vet can show you how to squirt some in to keep the holes open. Use the compress for 5-10 minutes 2-4 times a day.
- Once there is no more pus or drainage (and the drains are out) you can apply Calendula topically to stimulate healing (10 drops/1/2 C water).
- Homeopathic remedies will work in 80% of the cases once you learn how to use them. Books like Dr. Pitcairn’s Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, don Hamilton’s Homeopathic care of cats and dogs,
- Supplements and herbs such as Vitamin C (250 mg twice a day for a cat), vitamin E (5mg/# of cat), vitamin A (100 IU daily)
- HTA will help the immune system by balancing the chakras and the energy field.
- Many flower essence companies have combinations for abscesses or pain and they are wonderfully gentle and 100% safe. You can get Rescue Remedy all over the country at health food stores and even at some grocery or pharmacies. Buy the human one and put 10 drops in a 1/2C of water to compress the site, or add to any other liquid you are using.
Personally, I think every person who lives with or works with animals must know at least Level I Reiki. The practitioner offers this energy and the animal comes over to get it (or places her hands upon the animal), or it can be done from a distance, even around the world with the intent for healing to occur. The energy flows through the healer into the animal. This is based on directly applying Chi (energy) to rebalance the energy field so it no longer needs to produce the physical symptoms. It is a very good adjunct to any healing modality, especially to relieve pain and inflammation. I have seen cats who began to eat again when their food was treated with Reiki. It also “takes the bad out of” things. By doing Reiki on smelly water in restaurants I have been able to drink sweet tasting and smelling water. Use Reiki anytime that you must give injections, vaccines, drugs, flea or heartworm drugs, or other substances with potential toxicity. Reiki is great to calm animals, relieve discomfort, and can deeply heal some problems in some animals.
For a wound, you would offer the Reiki several times a day and use Reiki on any drugs the veterinarian gives you. At any point in treatment, you can ask for long distance Reiki from around the world.
- Great information on Reiki – http://www.reikicourse.org.
- Kathleen Prasad is a wonderful teacher and works with my favorite sanctuary and holistic education center, BrightHaven www.brighthaven.org. Kathleen leads a free monthly telechat for anyone trained in Reiki and using it with animals. http://www.animalreikisource.com/.
- If you cannot find a Reiki Class near you (same class for people and animals as it connects you through an “attunement” to the healing energy of the universe, making you a channel of healing), the following groups offer long distance, free, attunements.
- Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.awakeningrainbows.com. To receive free distance Reiki send her your first name only, city and state, and whether or not you have had any Reiki training. She invites you to include your pets as well. She uses a teddy bear and does a full body Reiki distance treatment for one hour each Sunday evening from 9 p.m. until 10 p.m. EST.
- And a team of over 100 healers will send free healing energy until you say not to. Email Barbara email@example.com with your healing request, name of animal, species, color & age. In the subject say request through Dr. Chambreau
- for a fee: www.ReikiBlessings.com offers many types of energy healing classes- search a bit to find the reiki ones or email them. Long distance healing and training is at www.animalhealers.homestead.com.
- Get a free treatment for yourself at www.interdimensionalhealing.com.