THE HOLISTIC CAT

by Anita Sands Hernandez astrology @ earthlink.net

As a cat owner, animal lover, and simultaneously, a healthfood fan, also a partisan of 'free or homemade instead of store-bought,' I question the assumption that vets know everything worth knowing. I seriously doubt that we poor people with tons of human children need expensive animal shots/pills, toxic vaccines and vet visits for our furry friends.

For two decades, I cared for a flock of up to (at times) 20 cats (ten indoors, ten outdoors who visited,) and PRAYED for a vet's help because in such large groups, cats are ill a great deal but never being able to afford a vet taught me how to live without one.

Ascending to 'amateur vet' status, just like my cat ownership itself, was inadvertent. In 1973, a hippie yogi girlfriend named SEVA KAUR gave me a pregnant queen she couldn't keep as she was 'on the road.' A wiser pal warned me not to take it, but I said yes, and into my lap came 'Fluffy' who soon had 6 kittens. I had four human kittens of my own and as a single mother, never had an extra dime for vets, spaying or vaccinations. Busy with children, I fed this whiskered bunch 'convenience' canned food. Rents in West L.A. were costly so I never had the extra pennies raw meat cost but also, it didn't occur to me to do so. I would have WISHED to neuter, but 40$ each would have been $250. Naturally, the queens multiplied into a flock of three dozen. We gave away kittens by the basket load.

But, then, something else happened. Plagues invaded. Our kitties started getting ill and dying. My kids would shout 'Mom, get the vet'. The first visit, vet wanted hundreds of dollars so I took cat home, fed her chicken soup with herbs and the kitten got better, went on nursing her Ma, grew up and is today a fat old GIRL! I decided there and then to spend my money on my home and children and to try to get the kittens through these diseases with holistic remedies like herbs, heating pads, sheltered boxes, ringer bags for hydration, light broths, even fasting with broth, not water, as the cat didn't seem to want to eat.

I found that after nursing the cat through the childhood diseases, he got lifetime immunity to that bug and he/she conferred that immunity to offspring. Try my method. Be sure you absorb every tip. A failure to heal can come from something left undone, like confining the animal in either a draught-free room or large draft free box, where his Mother can visit....using heating pads under a multi level towel situation as those heating pads are all too hot. And giving raw juices by the droplet in water or broth, soups instead of food and liquids hourly meaning there has to be a night shift. Heat is necessary as a fasting, feverish cat is vulnerable to cold. ANY TIME you feel a HOT NOSE, heat that cat. BUT TEN LAYERS of toweling over the heating pad (set on low, always,) and a nice entrance and exit so cat can walk away from box for a few minutes and a nice, clean litter box nearby! No sharing the space with other cats.

You have to catch all cat illnesses the very first time that cat doesn't show up for his meal. YOU ALWAYS watch who comes for breakfast. IF ONE guy is lying on the couch, you have to eagle eye him hourly. HE HAS a bug. You want echinecea, olive leaf, in a tisane, zinc, vit C, golden seal, garlic, tumeric mixtures spooned into him hourly to nip that bug in its BUD!

In those days I fed them the most inexpensive kibble and canned foods available, often generic brands as a daily diet. Force-feeding them three solid meals a day. Not surprisingly,  they then got constipation on top of their fevers, or of lungs completely closed with mucus. And you had to recalibrate. Broths seemed to fix everything.

My children had heard of cat shots and complained but I could not afford vaccinations at $30 a piece. Not having a vet to advise me, I didn't know the names of the yellow mucus disease (mycoplasma pneumonia) or the smelly diarrhea disease, enteritis. I just know that GOOGLING online and reading holistic books at the WHOLE FOODS STORE became a pathway through the jungle! I should have figured the thing out sooner. My children were on a LIVE food vegetarian diet, with plenty of raw foods with every meal. They never visited a doctor, never had a vaccination; they all had their tonsils and lively immune systems.

When disease hit my kids, I would feed them rose hips in orange juice and their T-cells would kick in, attack and kill the virus like a leaping panther. Later, they did not get re-occurences of that particular virus because through that disease experience, they had achieved immunity. No kid of mine ever saw an anti-biotic. I never vaccinated a child. In holistic circles, it is known that vaccinations are a terrible shock to the body and children given anti-biotics continually get re-occurences of the disease.

I began to correlate what I knew about human healing to the cats in our house. I saw 'catfood cans' in the market and that was the end of it. In fact, I always longed for vets/vaccinations and blamed the CHILDHOOD ILLNESSES that the cats had on the lack of vets and shots.

There is a certain power in the seeker's mind to know it NEEDS truth (Christ mind) and to attract or pull in the right teaching force..i.e. the 'miracle.' By chance one night, I tuned into my favorite public radio show, SOMETHING'S HAPPENING, at midnight on KPFK-FM and lo and behold, a HOLISTIC VET! Public radio has gurus, mystics, holistics, medical leftists, radical politics, philosophers like Alan Watts and Baba Ram Das. It was on FM that I first listened to a holistic vet whose name was Dr. Art. I took notes. It was the beginning of the cat healing knowledge I have today. In the wake of talking to him, I found a holistic cat book at the healthfood store. I couldn't afford to buy it, but I scoured its pages and took notes. I found that it is possible to create immunity through a more natural diet and, when illness strikes, turn to holistic healing methods. Suddenly, the disease stopped in its tracks. Litters lived. So I share my secrets with you.

PREVENTION-The primary feeling of the holistic pet community is that prevention is best, especially nowadays when pet surgery approaches human in cost. Prevention of disease is based on vital foods and no toxic vaccinations. The animal on a POWER diet may become ill with the 'childhood diseases of the cat world ---the so-called 'killer diseases' but most of your first generation will survive such diseases, the way healthy children survive the measles and chicken pox. That pet will then be immune to this disease, and so will his offspring. That's a humane thing. As a breeder and 'giver-away' of little kitties, how much better to give animals that require no vets, that have educated immune systems!How to take care of sick kittens without a vet

To shun vets and vaccines takes an attitude somewhere between Buddhist forbearance, Taoist acceptance and American sang froid. But in the end, this isn't ice cold Darwinian laissez faire. It's a compassionate "We will create the fittest and the fittest will survive."

POWER FOODS: So-called 'health food' products for animals have already started showing up in the marketplace but they're expensive. Don't bother with them. NO FOOD IN A CAN is good enough for your cat. The truth is that the best food for a cat is probably fresh RAW meat. Some people say that today raw meat can be full of parasites and bacteria and viruses. In spite of this, the benefits of raw flesh on all-over health outweigh the dangers. Buy the meat in whole pieces, if possible. In the case of discounted turkeyburger, I had no choice but to get the pre-ground. It was .69c an lb. at first, a decade later, 99c an lb. Today 3$ a pound ON SALE. Then as now,  it is frozen, so the parasites are killed by intense cold. Rinse rancid juice off meat surfaces. In the case of turkey burger, thaw it, slice it, serve quickly. Don't keep thawed meat or even fresh meat around long, like over six hours!As you buy a pound cut into balls when fresh and soft, freeze them in plastic wrap so servings are smaller.

If serving frozen, thawed meat (which rots fast), use it immediately when thawed. If you cook meat, simmer, (don't fry) keep it slushy like chili, mash in pre-cooked-til-soft vegies: carrots, (greens like kale, collards, parsley are optional). Top the stew off with freshly mashed, uncooked mini dose of garlic, add a few drops of any good oil, flax seed, olive oil, cod-liver oil, bone-meal and pediatric or pet vitamins.

The first rule of maintaining optimum health is: AVOID canned meat made of toxic 'meat-by-products,' Convenient but way costly, $2.50 a pound. Avoid GRAINS which all kibble type foods are made of. Cats aren't meant to eat grain or soy. They don't have ptyalin in their saliva. They digest food with stomach acid, generated for flesh food. Dry kibble dehydrates the animal, gives mucus that becomes disease sites, can ruin kidneys and is usually filled with unhealthful palm or cottonseed oils or even RANCID oils (kibble lies around so conveniently) and that kinda stuff ages and sickens the animal. Worst it makes for fat cats with diabetes.

Dr. Art taught me that canned foods, even the most expensive name brands, will cause a slow toxic liver reaction and food-allergies in the cat which throw its immune system off balance. The only sign is occasional slight mucus in the eye but that means the cat has waste products and acids storing in the body and hasn't digested the food well. Enough toxic dump sites in his body and he will not survive the usual 'childhood' diseases.

Instead, buy raw turkey or chicken in a frozen, plastic bullet-shaped package found in the store's freezer. All super markets have it. I hear it has the same IRON content as BEEF! There is a full pound of turkey or chicken burger in this plastic tube. The .70C I used to pay for turkey burger was much cheaper than any canned cat food. THEN. But today turkey burger is 4 times the price. So buy chicken on sale, boil, give skin and bones to POSSUMS who are outside at night. I boil vegies/broccoli, carrots, mash into its water and add to the warm,  cooked minced chicken meat. I do not believe in giving cats grain or potato. Starches go undigested and leaves mucus behind and the basic philosophic concept behind holistic healing is one that's basically ecological in tilt. Don't allow toxic dumps to form (indicated by mucus in the cat's lungs or eyes,) because that's where disease grabs a hold.

20th Century medicine is ignorant of the fact that toxicity causes disease. Allopathic medicine (what's mostly out there) is better at merchandising: i.e. " dirty disease can at any time get a hold on your nice clean body but our costly medicines come to the rescue every time." That's a crock.

The beliefs of homeopaths would be terrible merchandising: "Disease only grows where there's toxicity. Stop your gluttony, remove toxins and you remove the source of disease." HOLISM would be a terrible tack for a capitalistic, linear society to take because LESS products would get SOLD that way, hence it absolutely stinks. It's heinous, anti-American heresy to admit that the downside of the body's universe is waste matter, poisons, toxins created by freely merchandised and toxic comestible products but that's the horrible holistic truth.

Somewhere within us, a garbage barge loaded to the gills, trawls endlessly, looking for that ultimate dump site, and obviously, this barge is not turned away. A sequence of organs accept it, and in turn are dirtied, then invaded, infected and destroyed. Avoid the garbage pile by feeding the cat what he is meant to eat. RAW meat.

I mix 2 parts of the turkey burger meat with 1/3 part steamed, mashed carrots and add raw garlic as I serve. I use a Braun hand mixer which can turn a pot of lumps into puree in seconds. This is the simple diet secret that brought the flock back to health, to immunity, or the ability to beat a disease.

FAT FREE VEGIES IN BROTH RECIPE: TO GET BROTH, cook a chicken serve chicken. Fridge broth, PEEL off scum of cold, hard fat, put it in JAR to give to soapmakers. Now, use the broth. Try SIMMERING BROCCOLI, CHARD, KALE in chicken broth. That is my gourmet taste secret. I simmer a lot of chickens for my family. I fridge the broth, tear off the layer of fat which congeals. I NOW have a clear, excellent broth, no fat in it! I SEAL THE LARD part in coffee cans. I will never figure out a use for it: soap so i put it on CRAIGS LIST FOR FREE ..there's a FREEBIE AREA. I use a little for fattening up the local crows. Yes, I CALL MY neighborhood crows, offer them day old bread from dumpster, with some chicken fat on it. THEN TAKE clear broth, simmer green and orange vegies. Not long, just til soft. Mash to pulp, add to your raw meat. AS IT COULD HEAT THE MEAT, what they do not eat right away is not saved. YOU CAN NEVER let anything HOT touch raw meat and then keep raw meat around!

THE SICK CAT: Into every whiskered darling's life a little malaise must fall and it's good that it does. Builds the immune system which kittens will inherit. A legacy of antibodies is what you're after when you're breeding.

When your puss starts to feel unwell, and he gets the usual cat community flus, distempers, viruses or bacterial disease, immediately place him in this large box if it's an older animal, or a smaller box (if it's a kitten that might wander off the heating pad.)

Mr. Whiskers will be restored to health by you, its loving mother, not a vet at some noisy, howling hospital that will freak out our darling, bleary pet.

Remember how emotional you get when you're feverish? Imagine being abandoned in some Hellish Hospital of Howls. Puss has no chance of recovering when he's as freaked out and lonely (as that place will make him.)

Your cat's infection will be healed by love and warmth, by confining him in a box on a heating pad with several layers of toweling on top. Always test to see if you have sufficient layers. You don't want to 'cook' the cat. But never leave a cat outside or free roaming in a room. He will flop on the floor where there are drafts you can't feel and become freezing cold. Purr-ball must be confined in a box with tall, sheltering sides and a box large enough to offer him bathroom facilities in one corner if he can drag himself to that corner. It must contain rags that you can wash frequently if he soils himself.

Give feverish puss LIGHT MEALS, using a Murine bottle if he's a kitten, or a baby spoon and never fasting him entirely unless he's an adult and a fat adult at that. Give soups or raw vegetable juices for some meals, gruel, pureed vegies or other liquids a total of 5 or 6 liquid meals a day. You give also give pureed food 3 times a day. You will also find or make some herbal healing additives. (like Chickweed herbal tea to dissolve mucus). This is a lot of work, so plan on some family member staying home all day with him for a week or two. He will need bed rest, warmth, a perfect feeding regimen, all the things that work on us humans when they become ill, so this is great practice for someone who wants to eventually heal humans well.

In healing humans, if there is a lot of mucus, you fast them to get rid of it. If there is constipation, you do not give more food, you banish solids, and put a human on a juice fast. But when Whiskers the cat has no appetite, gets violent at the sight of food, when his bowels are not moving and when he's exuding mucus, you cannot fast him. He will quickly starve to death. You need to give him 'light' meals. You can make a constipated cat's bowels move with a little 'green raw juice' so there really is no occasion to fast an animal. For the first twenty years, I tried it, and I lost them all.

Light meals means no solid or fatty food. It doesn't mean 'no nutrition.' If there is diahharea, you would feed brown rice gruel just until the cat's bowels tighten up and no liquid stools persist. Give raw meat in pureed vegetables, or Gerbers meats mixed with Gerber's carrots or string beans. Usually l jar meat needs 1/2 jar of vegetables added to it. Raw egg yolks from FREE RUNNING farm chickens marked on the box CAGE FREE are great foods, mixed with Gerbers stringbeans or carrots.

Steam and mash fresh vegies or mince raw chicken or turkey, washing carefully to remove salmonella. In L.A. we get a l-lb plastic 'bullet' shaped turkey burger for .69c to 1$ at the biggest super market chain.  I give raw meat only to animals that are ill. For an animal with some mucus emanation from eyes, mucus-free avocado is wonderful. Haas Avocado which is high protein, (the black, bumpy avocados) is the richest of all. Also use the greenest part, just under the skin. NEVER give overripe avocados or hard, underripe ones. They can hurt Mr. Whiskers and even kill a dog. To make GUACA-MEOW, grate a dash of onion into it, a few drops of our BIOFLAVENOID COCKTAIL (recipe below) instead of lemon and some TOFU mashed in well.

A sick cat doesn't want to chew or swallow and will sometimes fight you, so this has to be done very 'tactfully,' to prevent a fight. Stroke the furball, soothing, talking to him, showing him family members, walk him around, showing him his favorite sites. Sit where he most likes to be with you, holding him in the crook of your arm, watching t.v. maybe. Talk to him. Tell him how much you love him and want him to get well. Then, casually, help him assume the 'position.' On top of a rag, lying in Sphinx position, head up. Have that food all ready and pre-prepared right by your elbow. If it's a kitten, use a Gerber's baby spoon (available in super markets) with rubber bowl. The left hand goes over his head so that your left thumb and first finger can open top jaw. Use the SPOON TIP to open bottom jaw. Spoon force feed but gently. It's pasty, smooth food so it will slide down easily without chewing.

Praise Puss after each bite. Continue until an entire meal is given. If his resistance becomes 'freaked out,' let him win. Walk him around again, try again later. If he eats his meal, put spoon down, resume your socializing on a very slow, relaxed manner as a reward. Spoon feed thick soups (recipe below) or Guaca-tofu-mole, or raw egg yolk (never raw eggwhite) mixtures. Do not cook eggs for sick animals.

Between meals, give "Magic Rose Hip in Juice". (One of the most powerful foods on the planet is the red bolus of the rose, which becomes truly ripe months after the rose drops its petals. I have had great success in healing the so called fatal diseases by putting a cat on juices boosted by home-made SUPER high Vit C RoseHips (which I find in the neighborhood on rose bushes).

These boluses are washed well, to remove poison spray, then sliced very thinly into citrus juice. It must be ripe citrus juice. Most commercial lemons, limes and oranges are picked green and are a disaster, much too acidic. Add a squeeze of fresh raw garlic equal to what would fit on tip of your pinkie. (The bolus' central seeds are thrown in a pot in the greenhouse to root rose trees for your garden. ) 5 boluses are enough for 2-tbsp. juice. I leave this RoseHip mix in a teacup then place in the fridge to saturate. It's good after a few hours, even better after 24 hours. Throw away after several days and have a new one ready.)

When you serve, Vit C liquid, it's alright for the juice to be chilled as that way kittie feels the liquid when it hits his tongue and the swallowing reflex is activated. An eye dropper is a good way to give it, or a teaspoon, taking care not to slosh so much down his throat that he inhales into lungs which will cause him to get pneumonia and die of something other than the illness he has. Getting food or liquids into lungs is very, very dangerous, so always feed slowly, paying great attention to the cat's swallowing reflex. I give a sick cat several teaspoons a day of ROSE HIP fruit drink which is just what I would do for a sick child, too. Mammals with fevers dehydrate. It is very important for feverish animals to be given spring water or vegie broth every few hours, day and night. Be watchful for the sunken eye that means only an I.V. could rehydrate).

COUGH REFLEX-If you hear that wet cough and realize a cat has mucus in the lungs, you must rub his trachea, adam's apple and chest. Rub from just under the neck to that place an inch down, where there's an indentation, over his collar bone, provoking coughing.

Cats cannot cough on their own like dogs. You must create an itch so strong that the cough response is stimulated. That will help empty lungs of mucus. Humans know how to spit mucus out when they cough; cats unfortunately don't, they swallow it. Swallowing it is still better than having it in the lungs. For mucus give strongly brewed chickweed tea with lemon, cayenne, garlic and onions squeezed in, as this breaks mucus up.

In addition, give sick cats three, substantial, vegetable/meat with garlic SOUP meals at her normal meal time. Sick cats must continue to eat while they fight off the virus or bacteria and there are certain foods that enhance the immune system. (like rose hips.) Practice on yourself when you're ill, to find out what these are.

SOUP RECIPE: BUY: Meat, parsley, carrots, chard, kale, celery, onion. Simmer meat, cracked bones for 1 hour. Add vegies only for the last l0 minutes. Remove bones, wrap and discard or bury deep in yard for longterm compost. Take the soup, blend or puree. Add lemon, garlic, your Rose Hip drops, bioflavenoids at the last minute. These you don't heat.

Between meals, eyedropper a sick cat with herbal 'specifics' i.e. for lung mucus, chickweed, cherrybark and mullein tea

When I first discovered 'healthfood' and New age healing techniques, PREVENTION OF DISEASE THROUGH DIET and FASTING were what I did for myself. At first sign of a sore throat, I would quit all foods: meat, dairy, grains. I would eat steamed vegies, raw fruit between meals, drink raw juices made on a juicer, eat NO BREAD< not even  whole grain bread as it's ALL GLUTEN and mucus producing. If I were starving raging hungry on this thinner diet,  I would take various herb capsules that were tonic and specific for what ailed me, going in the herb reference book to look up specifics for kidneys, liver, pancreas or throat or lungs, for instance. Chickweed for lung mucus.

At first recognition of a virus, I would take nature-lax pills to empty bowel of all food from the week before, I'd keep very warm, wrapped up and rest l00% of the time and that sore throat would go away. I would beat it quite often and never get the deeper lung infection and cough.

When I no longer created toxic waste dumps in my body, when I re-educated my tastes to enjoy savory VEGETARIAN proteins like nuts, avocados, vegie burgers, hummous, all disease ceased. I occasionally eat meat, (not lamb/veal of fish as they suffer) eating it with salads, food combining perfectly, still no disease. But if I eat pasta or any white flour food, stuffiness is instant. Drink milk, I'm instantly clogged with mucus. Glutenous residues that pour from chicken, ditto. Just eat chicken, not what boils off 'em!

To avoid making the body a garbage dump, and attracting disease, learn to select POWER foods, use them mostly raw, and properly COMBINE, i.e. to eat proteins with salads, to eat proteins "dry"--- (no cokes or juices with a meal that requires digestion. Another reason to eschew sodas is that they acidify the body which should be alkaline. One soda requires 32 glasses of alkaline water to counter-effect it and re-alkanize the body! No white flour foods, and this hides in many 'prepared, convenience' foods like burritos or soups, and no milk). Combine so food digests better. Don't mix acid digestion proteins with starches which require alkaline digestion. Eat grains with salad. No sour with flour. No sugar with meat. And no pasteurized dairy at all.

As animals don't eat a great variety of foods, combining is not an issue for them. I did find that grains are not suitable for cats. Having no pytalin enzyme in their saliva to digest starches, they simply turn grain into undigested mucus and start getting phelgmy. I do not give kibbles at all. I give only market-purchased fresh or frozen raw meat, warmed, partially cooked, but mostly raw.

THE KIBBLE QUESTION: Many people feel grain is not natural to cats. I am one of them. Some cat experts recommend kibble be given but mixed with meat, and made mushy and wet, to avoid stressing kidneys. If you want to feed kibble and feel that commercial kibbles are costly and often contain heart-damaging lard, cottonseed oils, make your own with any organic whole grain flour (just let soak in dough stage for 2 hours on back of stove to dissipate the phytic acid.) Best way is to sprout your wheat kernels or other grains in water for a day or two, then food process in a mill until it's a fine dough. Then proceed the way you make your OWN crackers. Add olive or other natural oil, a natural vegie broth then roll into a large cracker. Bake at low temperature; then crumble. Store air tight and dry, and slightly cool so it won't get rancid. Add to expensive meat/vegetable mixtures, but keep the whole thing mushy when served. If mucus develops in the cat's nose or eyes, discontinue starches and kibbles. Humans should also stay away from grains unless it's Bible bread, whole grain soaked overnight, so phytic acid dissipates.)

Not that meat is the perfect food. The holistic vet told me that many cat health problems come from acid saliva which comes from a liver overloaded with transfatty acids meaning flesh that was heated over 212 degrees (boiling), hence a too rich diet of cooked foods. Changing the diet means no tinned meats from Kal-Kan and Friskies. They're made of HIGH TEMPERATURE COOKED meat-by-products. This isn't real meat in the first place. Commercial pet food is really nothing but ground up 'offal' an accurate sound for what it is: bovine lips and hooves, chicken beaks and nails, cock combs and claws mixed with the rendered, dead fat from bodies of animals killed at the pound.

This creepy graveyard brew will cause an immediate, invisible allergic reaction in your pet, an immediate drop of immune system integrity. That in turn invites viruses which are really opportunistic and secondary to the basic insulted toxic and then allergic condition.

There's a reason FIV and FeLV are so frequent in animals today. They are CAUSED by that costly American diet of tinned meat by products. This diet will eventually damage the animals that consume it. If you love your furball, you'll give her real meat, cooked lightly in pure water, at low temperature, 212 or below, until part of it is no longer red, but much of it is pink and fairly raw. (Some sources say you shouldn't give RAW flesh unless you somehow KNOW there are no parasites in it but YOU CANNOT KNOW THAT.) So cook the meat at very low temperature, which leaves enzymes in the meat but kills parasite life, add some grated cooked vegetables (beet/carrot, greens/broccoli) mixed in with garlic at the end. If you drink celery or carrot juice, add a shot to the plate of cat food for live enzyme activity of raw juice is magic.

Always give bottled spring water, never faucet water, and always leave plenty of water on the floor in the cat's dish and change it daily as it gets dirty fast. Leave water dishes all over the garden so cats can get a relatively unused dish if they want.

Dr Art told me that the most frequent disease of American dogs and cats is skin tumors. Kidney problems next. Both are due to skin no longer functioning as eliminatory organ. Remember, skin is a 3rd kidney. Poor skin means horrid smelling urine, all from a diet of l00% cooked meat and kibble which puts a strain on entire animal's health.

Add vegies to the meat, and 'loofa ' your pets' skin, also massage the skin, get circulation into the whole thick layer of it. Skin is almost 1/3rd of an inch thick. And get rid of that top layer of dried, old skin with a regular, good brushing. So get an OLD, strong bristle hair brush and reserve it for Fluffy or Bowser.

Use camphor, peppermint, eucalyptus, fennel, spearmint on the cat's skin. Make strong teas of these leaves if you can find them, put brush in it, brush backwards into her fur. Use witchhazel and Lipton's tea on hot spots especially those near her ears.

Give your pet exercise and massage so there's optimum circulation in the skin, otherwise the kidneys are overloaded and the kidneys slowly die. Living room cats and dogs (and their parents ) will have short lives.

BOILS: I don't neuter my male tomcats as I need the male to protect my garden/house chicken, puck Puck, which the tom will do. Too well. He Walter will often come home with big, sore spots. Those big lumps look serious but they're not. They can grow very suddenly on a cat (often from a scratch or wound) and they aren't tumors; they're a boil or lump of white blood cells left over from an infection. Even a lymph gland can get huge and break open and heal perfectly. Not on humans, but on cats. Apply hot compresses, or mullein poultice until it grows bigger. The skin will become hairless and shiny, a sign that it is about to burst. Press, it will rupture, pus will depart the cat. Take cotton balls and squeeze the remaining lump clean, let it drain clear. Calendula petals ground into some neosporin, applied into gauze, taped on will heal it shut. Antibiotic ointment, the "over the counter" kind, is great stuff but only calendula will seal the wound and cats can have pretty big holes on them. You could probably roll Fuzzy in mud and he'd heal but this is high tech and better.

KIDNEY DISFUNCTION happens to all animals on high protein dried feed, tuna and other fish which is detrimental to cats. I NEVER use kibble, and rarely do canned tuna fish as cost is wild but I OCCASIONALLY BUY ocean fish brand of cat meat in a can....they adore it. If you're occasionally using kibble when you're at work during day, hey, it's ok, just be sure to wet the kibble when you serve it. Use vegie broth, spring water or 'vegetable simmer' water.

BALANCE the richness of meat and cut down on it's high uric acids by adding grated carrots (raw or cooked) to meat. Avocado and Tofu can be used. (NOTE: But make certain avocados are not overly ripe; they can kill an animal when they begin to be unpalatable to a human.)

Homemade vegetable garden additives will be much more laden with vitamins than the artificial lab vitamins put in commercial kibbles and cat foods so I add carrots, kale, collards and have seen my cats choose them even before the meat. GO figure!

YUMMY RECIPES FOR YOUR FURBALL

'T.V. DINNERS': When you travel, your kid or your housesitter or your maid may not want to cook so leave the catsitter a stack of TV dinners. These frozen meals have to be fully pre-cooked. When your local supermarket has a sale, load up. Boil l0 lbs of chicken, lamb, gland meat, sweetbreads, turkey or beef, mixing them as you wish. Discard the broth. It's all uric acid and not much use. Cool the meat, puree or hand blend, mix in a third mashed vegies, wrap in l lb. patties, freeze.

Simmer at low temperature, 4 chickens at a time, cool, pull off fatty skin BEFORE you cook it. After you cook it remove dangerous bones leaving in the calcium bone-KNOBS and as much marrow as you can, mash with vegies, or blend vegies into puree, stir in meat. Freeze.

Thaw l in the morning, nuke and pour this meat/vegie mixture over kibble, if your cats handle grains well, (mine don't) stir and serve. Le Petit Pet Gourmet will love his TV dinner.

COOKING FRESH DAILY- I find it just as easy to thaw out two bullets of frozen turkey burger, cook it up with carrots, mash it with an electrical hand masher but then, I never owned a Micro-wave, so what do I know? I cook from scratch for cats, twice a day and never think it's too much work.

HERBS AS MEDICINE- Dr Art spoke of healing specific diseases with herbal extracts. If animal is incontinent or has pain over kidney area when massaged, one brews a diuretic tea of corn silk, plantain, parsley, fennel, carrot (any part), celery, comfrey, ginseng, mint, oregano, thyme, PLUS, and most important, all kinds of diuretics like uva ursi, an herb bought online at herb wholesalers....and give by teaspoon. Puss probably won't drink it in her water dish but put it there anyway and prevent her getting garden water, faucet water with chlorine. I never give faucet water only Sparkletts to cats.

For animals with kidney problems, who have pain when massaged there, cut down on protein by extending meat with vegetarian proteins: tofu, greens, carrots, cauliflower, beets or other non oxalic-acid vegies and avoid dry kibble and high ash tuna or fish. How to make these foods appetizing to pet? MIX with some meat, give aroma with onions, olive oil, and garlic.

Dr. Art went on to talk about other fatal CAT VIRUSES: BABY CATS grown in a group GET a most often fatal, foul-smelling DIAHARREA called viral ENTERITIS. Or, they get DISTEMPER, (the fatal headcold). They get these two around the time the mother starts to wean them when they lose their mother's milk-carried antibodies. These are the two serious diseases in the cat world, the real killers. They are not hard to tell apart. It's distemper if fever, raspy breathing, lung congestion is present along with foul-mucus, suppurating eyes, swollen lymph glands, a bad odor from mouth and in room. If distemper is suspected, it is highly contagious by saliva, breath, hands, other pets, even the owner's hands, also through the area itself, so quarantine sick cat.

Because cats mess carpets, I always keep cats in the part of house with linoleum. The doors are opened to living room only if they behave. Never to any bedroom. I am lucky enough to have a separate linoleum floored breakfast room with a lot of furniture around tables, and at the breakfast bar, suitable for perching on top of. They like the table, too, which means a washdown before guests. The cats don't have to get under foot in the kitchen. They can use back door, left ajar, or an open window to get into a large, fenced garden. In summer the windows are open; in Winter they are sealed but the cat can go out the back porch door. At times, I've had a 'cat door' but not in this house.

Year round I have blankets on perches, like the washer dryer, or towels on the cold floor, washable small carpets on chairs, and a lot of cartons and baskets lined with towels for mothers. Their laundry gets done regularly. TO CLEAN AREA: Cats are sent into the garden. Floors must be swabbed in hot water, soap with a few tablespoons bleach added to remove germs. If you do not do this, other, later litters can be infected. Always remove all pets while bleaching a room and for several hours afterwards. The fumes will give them compromised immune systems and lung infections. Just what they'll do to you if you clean a shower, for instance.So open bathroom windows wide. INHALE in the hallway. Exhale in shower.

THE CAT BOX QUESTION: Cat litter boxes contain microbes and spread disease onto kitty's paws, and paws go in mouths. Boxes must be bleach-cleaned weekly and waste-cleaned daily, by picking up waste with a plastic bag over your hand. Throw waste into a larger plastic bag. Sprinkle new litter on top.

NOTE: I am more easily able to justify 5$ for two 20 lb bags of litter if I can reuse LITTER in some way. I take turd free litter that is wet out to the garden, hose it into ground, dig it in. As we have black clay here, similar to cement, I have much improved my garden's soil texture with my magic litter! BUT NOT THE CLUMPING kind, just the old fashioned litter. The urine is just like cow urine, which is uric acid which is fertilizer....and contributes to growth. NOW, true, a pregnant woman should never garden in my soil as TOXIPLASMOSIS lives in cat refuse! But even if I didn't do this, a house where cats have lived recently is not a garden spot for any woman who is in baby making age! REMEMBER THIS. Birth defects in babe CAN result!

TO KEEP LITTER BOXES relatively clean, try to use 'cat doors', allowing cats access to yard and avoid cat boxes getting overused. Cat boxes really are primitive and spread disease. PROBABLY the best thing would be a covered patio, some warm 'dog houses' for cats, and permanent camp out bathroom facilities!

In SNOWY Winter time, we all must use cat boxes as cats will not go out on a cold or RAINY night. As sometimes, I did not have the extra money in my wallet for expensive plastic cat boxes and liners, I for a short while used disposable cat boxes made of juice carton-bottoms from supermarket displays. I line them with plastic and foil so there was no soaking the linoleum, then a newspaper, stapled down, then I filled box with 1" cat sand. We use them for three days to a week then dispose of the whole thing.

Kittens have their own, smaller litter boxes (shoe box lids lined with foil) because I don't want them in contact with adult waste and adult diseases in the adult box. YOUNG KITTENS are never in any room with adults. MALES eat babies. Also, you want NOBODY using the first kittie lavatory except little kitties. Not even its MA!

Unless you are really prepared to clean litter boxes regularly, best is to train cats to go outside in the yard and let them use the flower beds. But cats are practical creatures. They cannot be bothered to go outside when the weather is chilly. Kittens can't be bothered, period. It is important to train kittens early about boxes, by making them available. Every time a kitten finds a new place to go, I plop a litter box lined with newspapers there. Kittens don't get sand in their litter boxes right away, for two reasons. One is, they chew sand. The second is, SAND means 'TOILET' to older cats, and would encourage older cats to use the boxes I meant for kittens. So I only give kittens newspapers at first.

Kittens with the diarrhea or distemper lung/eye mucus disease have a high mortality rate. It takes kittens 2-5 days to either die or get well. Adults longer. The cure involves placing the affected members of litter in a separate basket with a heating pad set on low UNDER several layers of newspaper, then toweling. Kittens are 'given to the mother for feedings. Fever makes any animal prone to being cold. It exhausts them, gives them chills. Sick cats of any age should have a heating pad placed in their quarantine area, set on 'low,' with thick fabric firmly stretched over it to avoid burning them. Make certain room is draught proof. Get down on floor and see what cold swirling air hides there. Blanket your windows and cracks under doors. Most draughts come UNDER doors. TOWEL the cracks up.

DIET FOR DISTEMPER- This is something that mostly hits kittens. It definitely hits them if babies are kept in a common area. For that reason, keep all babies in a separate room with mother able to go in/out if she gets antsy. But not as much as usual.  The kittens show the disease by being without appetite. They will not nurse with their mother. You can try, however. Beside mother's feedings, the attempt to heal distempered animals will involve oral feedings at 3 hr intervals. It will involve a thick soup or broth made of celery for natural salt and carrots/onions for natural sugar. Mix it with egg yolks, pureed meat, or Gerbers chicken for substance and boiled cracked-bone broth for calcium. Add parsley, thyme, oregano, onions which are disease healers and squeeze some raw garlic in at the end. Puree or strain and give every two hours with a rubber baby spoon or eyedropper. Take care food isn't aspirated. Food can't be solid, must be mushy-wet as feverish cats 'dry up' their food and become constipated. They get 'stopped up' with solid foods, then die from constipation. So give water every hour or give Rose Hips in juice between meals. No milk is given a mucusy cat as milk produces mucus and diarrea from the high lactose content.

For cats with colds, one can experiment with raw chlorophyll juices, freshly extracted from parsley, celery, with a little carrot in it as well. But kittens with enteritis can't have juice of any kind.

DIET FOR ENTERITIS- Loose bowel kittens must have thick brown rice gruel and an electrolyte solution to replenish body's fluids, (i.e. a veggie broth made of celery for natural salt, onions and carrots for sugar. Put some ROSE HIP cocktail in, too, when it's cool. Much less acidic than vitamin c powder which GIVES diaharrea!

GRUEL-The main food for a loose bowel cat is gruel. The idea is to 'stop' the cat up. Use basmati/brown rice gruel, spoon or dropper fed. Rice gruel is the healing food par excellence for diaharrea in animal or human. To make: Toast or parch your brown rice on a thick skillet. Not too hot or it will brown. Turn it golden. Some grains will pop like popcorn. Cool. Grind in blender into fine powder. Use a strainer to sift out the larger crumbs. Take the fine flour that results, drop into boiling spring water, as if you were making mush. Boil slowly for 3-5 minutes, 'til thick. Keep extra mush covered in fridge, heat when needed, thinning with more spring water as required. Dr. Art recommended goat's milk yogurt which you can make yourself with a qt. of goat milk and some culture from a container of plain yogurt and which puts the right kind of bacteria inside the cat to fight the WRONG kind which is making him ill. Cow's milk is fine if that's all you've got.

There are other things to do for diaharrea. One source suggests hot astringent enemas. A mixture of geranium, ginger root, mint, strawberry leaves, comfrey, magnolia bark made into a tea, eyedroppered warm up the rectum of animal and orally, too, (but with a different eyedropper). Do this only if cat is conscious enough to swallow. Be careful as if he's groggy, he'll breathe in any food or liquids and die of suffocation or pneumonia. In sick cats, the swallowing reflex sometimes disappears. Make certain food is hot or cold so that he feels it in her mouth. If it's body temperature it will be inhaled into his lungs.

FOR ADULT CATS: You can FAST older pets, fatter pets, but when animal has diaharrea and is fasting already, give an electrolyte replacing solution such as veggie broth. When he's slightly better, try fresh, raw Chlorophyll juice, diluted. It gives high energy. Juice is made up of parsley, watercress, kale, comfrey, romaine, and other gentle greens that have none of the highly laxative oxalic acid found in spinach/chard.

Kitty's immune system can attack the virus if we can plug her bowels and prevent her dehydrating while she's ill. When puss starts to recover, she can have thicker soups and solids. 2 tbsp. of vegetables and Gerber's pureed meat and carrots mixed might be a meal. If you KNOW there is NO salmonella in your egg yolks, raw yolks with warm milk might be good for a cat that was half way recovered. Meat/egg by themselves are too rich for a really sick cat. For them it's better to feed vegetable/meat and bone broth. Simmer meat/veggies in pure water 1/2 hr, low temp. Cool and give by eyedropper or murine bottle. Someone must feed sick puss at night, so shifts must be arranged in the family with feedings at 3 a.m. and at dawn.

Animals could not get such loving care at a vets, and the strangers would alarm them, give them the 'blues,' so you're probably going to have your best swack at healing them, at HOME where five family members can take turns with the meals every two hours. The 3 a.m. feeding is the hard one. Give it to someone who's not an insomniac, the type that can go back to sleep after an earthquake.

If cash is tight, you can cure your cat without a vet. Spend your cash on the human members. A vet costs 50$ a visit, minimum, hundreds for boarding. An animal, for all we love her, is still an animal. If the budget for humans is tight, perhaps an animal shouldn't be ON it.

EYE PROBLEMS: Many otherwise healthy kittens get drippy eyes. Clean eyes with mild boric acid or mild lemon water solution on a cotton ball. Golden Seal, Yellow Dock, Eye-bright herb tea or cod-liver oil can also be used to clean eyes to prevent bacterial infections from starting in this 'culture.' If the drip turns into conjunctivitis, use Neosporin ointment topically, and dose ROSE HIP COCKTAIL, by mouth.

The EYE INFECTION SYMPTOMS that go with most viruses can blind baby cats. Art said that boric acid wash, eyebright tea, mild lemon juice in distilled water could be used. Iodine in mild solution also works, while cod-liver oil, NEOSPORIN ORIGINAL FORMULA ONLY or other 'over-the-counter,' triple antibiotic ointments are placed under lid, then with eyes closed, rubbed thoroughly into eye socket. Make certain the Neosporin has no lidocaine or numbing agents. Get 'original formula'. The 28 gram tube costs the same as a 2 gram tube the vet sells. Most Vets are such hypocrites aren't they?

PARASITES. Dr. Art told me that even a holistic vet likes a DRONSIT pill or shot for tape worms but I expelled a tape worm once, years ago in Mexico, after a snack of pumpkin seeds. So give this age old remedy a try. For all kinds of Worms, try Green or black walnuts hulls, garlic, pumpkin seeds ground up in water, then soaked in that water overnight, given in food or raw, strained and by eyedropper or teaspoon on an empty stomach. Pomegranate root bark is another worm killer and we all know someone with a pomegranate tree. Piparazine preparations (the active ingredient in pumpkins seeds) bought over the counter (most worming products have it) will also do the job. What ever you use, you must mark it on a calendar and repeat it l5 days later to get the hatched baby worms which you couldn't GET when they were eggs. I am always checking stools with a magnifier and flash light to see when I must repeat.

MITES IN EARS:-Use a Q-TIP with a little extra cotton on it, clean out inner ears. If you suspect mites or little bugs to live inside a cat's ears, making them red, use garlic/lemon juice on the Q-tip. This KILLS bugs. (Wonder if Paul Newman salad dressing would work?) HIndu markets have tea tree oil, neem oil, natural pesticides that you can mix with your lemon/ garlic. Do the tribe, the disease never shows up. I use hyacinth sticks from garden store, roll cotton on tips, little STRONGER than your average Q TIP!, LITTLE BIGGER.

CONSTIPATION IN KITTIES-Constipation in kitties isn't necessarily true constipation but can be from intestines doubling back into themselves closing passages and is quite mortal. Give kittens a large box they can crawl around in, so even when SMALL, they get plenty of exercise. Don't let cats lie on each other. Give the mother cat room. Do not give constipating civilized cooked meats to a nursing infant. To supplement give raw egg yolk in warm milk in a Murine bottle. When young cat leaves nest, starts running around house, initiate meals of pureed meats mixed with vegetables or Gerber's veggies and meats mixed. Give a good diet from start; If a kitten shows symptoms of a hard, distended stomach, is constipated, and you suspect intestinal 'doubling up,' massage may help return intestines to place. Surgery is the only other alternative, and it would cost a ransom, so massage your heart out.

KIDNEY DISEASE is the Achilles Heel of all OLDER CATS: PREVENTION: Low Ash diet. Cut down on FISH. Why does every generic, canned slim price catfood on the market have fish as its sole ingredient? Why isn't the ash content written on packages of cat kibble??? Because consumers don't scream at petfood producers. If you love animals, start writing angry letters. Meanwhile, load up on sale cuts of steak, sale chicken, (I can find 5 lb bags of drums for .39 a lb quite frequently); sale lamb is rare, so is pork. In the old days I did not give pink meat to my pets or family as parasites are endemic in meat but the illnesses kept coming. So finally I said, parasites are not as mortal as disease and I went with the raw meat, with no bad results. So half the time I gave their meat and fish raw, half the time cooked. With all meats, remove fat, toss away, freeze the meat in 1-day ration size packages. Go fishing; save junk fish or bait fish. Always de-bone fish. What you might do is simmer, cool, large amounts of fish, then STRAIN, add boiled pureed carrots, veggies, then package in foil or plastic, freeze in small cubes. Microwave before serving. Be certain to get all fish bones out of final product as one tiny bone can kill a pet. The DISEASES which Vet sees most often are:

DISEASE             SYMPTOM                 CAUSE                       CURE

1.SKIN               visible, holes in fur            weak kidneys           water/brushing

2. Heart                shortness of breath fat         sedentary                 exercise

3. KIDNEY              incontinence                 overload of protein      VEGIES!

4. FLEAS                 scratching                     bugs                            flea comb

FLEAS! This last is the problem that bothers pet owners most. To fix, buy a few Essential oils like citronella, pennyroyal, (never on skin, only on fur) cedarleaf, teatree, eucalyptus. Or make by boiling leaves, cooling, pouring off the fragrant oils which rise to top of water. Fingered through coat, placed on all four paws and different pulse spots on the body, they will actually repel fleas. Or use 'erigeron', Canadian fleabane on the cat's coat.  Internally, garlic makes a dif. Mash a little bit of a garlic clove (not whole thing) and maybe some Vitamin B-1 tablet into every pet meal. If you are bitten, put itchy ankle under hot water faucet 5 seconds, as it removes itch.

In warm weather, shampoo cats. Get two sinks of body temperature water ready; one for soaping, another with clean water for rinsing. Set up a towel or two and floor heater full blast, get bathroom warm, bring puss in and lock the doors.

You will be using either diluted dish detergent, diluted human shampoo, diluted pet flea shampoo or plain old bar soap. Immerse puss slowly, talking in a friendly voice, soap him all over. Caress the spots his mother usually licks so he realizes this is a grooming exercise. Use an old toothbrush to loosen flea refuse on lower spine which accounts for that red color that comes off the cat. Then rinse him in second bucket or sink, or tub. A two sink kitchen basin is great. After rinsing him, squeeze him off, towel him dry, and plop him in front of heater and rub him dry some more. Use a dry brush to fluff his fur. I do one cat after another while I've got the set up, changing the water every few cats. A kitten will usually float happily in the warm water of this bath. An older cat who has not been bathed regularly all his life is an anxious customer, and you should wear old, torn dishwashing gloves that you've saved for this, and talk calmly but be fairly quick with the two dunk-scrub-rinse-scrub movements.

Dr. Art did not like the idea of flea collars as these deadly pesticides put a terrible load on your cat's immune system. Putting poison next to the breathing orifices for 24 hrs a day is toxic on the liver too and may account for rising cat cancers.

To maintain a bug-free cat, get a flea comb with the FINEST teeth available, only found at pet stores. Comb the animal. I stand cat on the ledge of the sink so fleas fall into soapy water. I pull fleas off comb into hot water in sink, or if outside, in a pan that has l drop detergent in the hot water so fleas can't crawl out. When you de-flea a cat in the sunlight, you can see every flea. Their brown color leaps out at you. It especially helps if his fur his wet as there's no fluff to hide the bug.

To create a non-flea environment, throw salt in the carpets, never diatamacious earth (silica) which destroys the pet's lungs through silicosis or 'black lung' and kills the cat as well as the flea. Vacuum the entire house regularly and put a mothball in the bag or throw the bag OUT, afterwards. Do not use spray poisons as remnants will kill fleas as well as your cats, you and your children.

FREQUENT DISEASES: Distemper (the common cold run rampant,) and diaharrea. You must catch these early, when the cat first starts lying around listlessly. If the serious diseases get a head start, they are very hard to cure. Give different tonics that lift the immune system: rosehips in orange juice, chlorophyll juice, and a solution made by soaking onions in ripe lemon juice & water, strain, serve in eyedropper or teaspoon. Do all three each day. Keep his room warm. Force feed if cat doesn't want to swallow by giving homemade soups. Most of all, keep room warm. If you don't notice the animal is getting ill and the first thing you see is a very sick pet, flailing around on a cold floor, confine him on a heating pad in a high-walled box. Pad is set on low, several towel thickness over it so he won't 'cook.' Keep him hydrated and fed. I often play Chopin or Mozart on the radio in the cat room, 24 hours a day.

If an outdoor cat has a litter, arrange many super market carton boxes so that a multi-wind shielded home is arranged, cover with a canvas to keep boxes from moving, and to insulate as well as shelter from drafts. You will create a floor of stacked newspapers, carpets, towels or rags, with the heating pad underneath the rags if anyone in the litter looks ill. If you have foxes, wolves, coyotes, possums in your area, (possums will actually eat kittens), don't keep any cats outdoors.

DIAHARREA: make toasted rice gruel. Slip tiny mcg doseages of diluted penicillin or sulfa pills in the Electrolyte solution (a sweet and salty liquid that you give between meals which can be orange juice or apple for sugar, or lemon juice with added sugar, or vegetable broth. I add celery juice for the salt required. Add a few drops soy sauce to each ration of his gruel.

TO PREPARE GRUEL: Toast brown rice on a thick pan, until some grains pop, all is lightly toasted; grind into a flour in the blenderjar. Sweeten lightly & boil in spring water w. few drops soy sauce or salt, until thick. Store in fridge; reheat as needed. Give by teaspoon. Gruel will 'stop' up the cat. Give no proteins to a cat w. diaharrea. If all this seems too much work to you, in a pinch, Gerbers baby cereals are good. Usually the kitten's own immune system will nail the nasty intestinal bacteria within a few days. If you give antibiotics, be sure to give yogurt to him when he gets well, to restore intestinal bacteria.

Now, for that big problem, IMMUNE SYSTEM DEFICIENCY. One in 6 American cats has one of the two deadly feline leukemias, says the IDEXX Corporation of Portland who surveyed 1,500 vets in the USA. 7.4% had Feline Immune deficiency virus, or FIV and 13.3 % had Feline Leukemia, or FELV. Both cause impairment of the immune system, says Alice Wolf, a vet researcher at Texas A&M University. I've heard that cats can live fairly long lives with feline AIDS disease, especially if not exposed to another sick cat. Vets do expensive testing to see if your cat has AIDS. If it does, they recommend putting it down. Another reason not to go to a standard, allopathic vet. I've had AIDS cats live for years and some get over it.

But when my favorite cat, Peaches, became listless and weak, I took her to meet Dr Art, the holistic vet. I could only afford an hour chat. He told me she has a toxic liver, obvious with her bad breath and rotten teeth, but unusual for a year old cat. At that time, I was still feeding canned foods and eventually, I lost her.

On another occasion, a Queen had a huge LUMP under her skin, the size of a tangerine. The vet told me he would have to operate as it was a boil. It would cost $300. I ran out of there fast, applied hot compresses once a day, boil grew to a head, burst with no pain and the wound drained clear and healed and she lived for years after. Later I learned that boils in cats are as easy to treat as a splinter in a human. One uses wet-heat poultices (herb tea soaked into a washcloth and used as a steaming compress). Boils absolutely do not require surgery. That vet exaggerated in order to get 300$ which I didn't give him. So add hot poultices to your methods. It may take several days of 20-minute hot soaks but keep an eye on puss if you love your furniture for suddenly the cat will get this urge to scratch and the boil will burst and drain where you don't want it to. On the sofa. Keep her in kitchen that day or two. The gash always heals easily, and I have learned, you don't even need to bandage it. These holes seal themselves automatically. Use Calendula petals mashed into paste on it. Seals any wound at all.

Immune System Deficiency is the serious threat to my cat tribe. It's genetic, environmental and prevelant. During the late 80's, I became aware that many cats grew to adult hood but had no ability to survive disease due to canned food and kibbles. Many survived a year or two but with lifelong viruses that may have been a manifestation of ISD. But since I have given real meat and carrots, vegetables mashed, they all live..and without vaccinations! So maybe ISD is really bad catfood!

I couldn't have my animal's blood lab tested and diagnosed, so I'm not certain what all they had. I know that whatever virus it was --it exploded into action, killing many kittens, at weaning time, when they become susceptible to opportunistic infections.

In survivors, a localized infection sometimes settles in a specific body part, like the ear or eye or lung, causing life long organ infection, complete with exudes.

Vets maintain that cat diseases cannot be transmitted to humans but I disagree. Never get within sneezing distance of a sick cat. Don't kiss a cat that has teary eyes indicating a head cold, as in HUMANS a droplet of saliva gives an instant, very sore throat, l0 days of ghastly fever! Don't put your hands to your eyes or nose after handling a cat or get too close to their breath. Wash hands and dispose of all kleenexes, cotton balls used on them. Viruses LIVE for a considerable time on dishes so don't use human dishes for sick cats. And obviously, don't invite clawings or admittance of their body fluids into cuts on your hands. Your lymph glands will swell up like a football for a week.

There is a great deal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Epstein Barre appearing now in humans, mystery viruses of lengthy duration that damage the human immune system. No one knows if pets are the guilty culprits, the carriers. They may well be.

I know I have been sneezed upon by cats and had my throat glands swell up within the hour, and stay swollen, keeping me violently feverish for l0 days. On the first occasion, it segued into a very phlegmy lung infection, which was nothing like any human disease I'd ever had in my life, but which was identical to the cat syndrome with the same unusual odor. On later occasions, my immune system learned to beat it, but it always took SEVERAL days of fever, sore throats, aching bones, listlessness which to me means that when it shows up in Puss, you will have to expect a l0-day regimen of heating pads, feedings and the one that's easiest to forget, l0 small, liquid meals a day.

A side bar about this disease. Subsequent to my getting ill the first time, Naturopathic Doctors detected a mystery virus in my thyroid, which caused my thyroid to become enlarged, over-secrete, giving me insomnia. These are the exact symptoms cats get from this virus. I was scanned for only one virus, Toxoplasmosis, and there was none present so that's not what the virus is. I couldn't do scans on all the viruses possible so I worked on my own immune system with healthfood, raw juices between meals, and avoidance of my favorite dietary abuses: coffee and chocolate. The swollen thyroid abated but returns if I indulge in poor diet. What that tells me is that the virus is now resident in my thyroid.

At times I wished I'd never been given that first pregnant female cat, and I actually do not recommend that any family go LOOKING for animals. On the other hand, having cats has forced me to become a holistic healer and spend hours 'care-taking,' which I suppose, it could be argued, develops one spiritually. Bhakti Yoga, the Indians call it. If I had a third hand, I'd say that during lonely times, cats are great companions although loneliness has a lot to recommend it too. Loneliness might attract one a HUMAN companion which would be the best pet of all; Someone to share some rent, food & vet bills which no cat I EVER saw would do.

Having pets is work. In tropical California my female cats have two litters of babies a year and as I had a group of cats, and a group using the litter box,  disease would pingpong as it does in kindergartens around the nation. What's happening is, babies are getting immunity thru getting every disease out there. Some of the kittens I had would get the eye mucus virus. Another group, upon weaning, get either the diaharrea disease, or the fever and phlegm lung disease. I lost a few of them, and that makes me grieve, but as my methods became sharper, more of them survived.

I'm getting better and better at springing into action when a cat first looks funny and that's the whole trick to helping one survive. SPEEDY RECOGNITION of illness. You cannot be in denial. 'Oh, he's not feeling well, maybe he'll get better.' CAT DISEASES are all killers. You have to NAIL THEM IMMEDIATELY with heating pads, raw vegetable juices w. lemon, raw meats, soups, avocado as a meal and the magic Rose Hips juice. You give light power foods and don't try to fast a kitten. They are growing at too ferocious a rate but if you feed broth every 2 hrs, they fight the disease at the same time as they grow. I give chlorophyll juices to convalescing kittens mixed with mashed avocado------making certain this fruit is never overripe, in which case avocados can be deadly.

Mullein leaves from the healthfood store, boiled into a tea with onion in it, for expectoration .. are suited for lung expectoration in cases of those fevers and that lingering phlegmy-lung cats get.HOLISTIC REMEDIES for sick CATS, Don't call a
                  COSTLY vet. Fast the phlegmy lung in adult cats and do not resume l00% meat right away. Try broths, soups beaten with egg yolk. (EGG WHITE is never given raw as it binds Vitamin B!) Just as for humans, meat is overly acidic in reaction. Milk is worse ---dangerously mucus producing. Use meat as a flavoring for other vegie/tofu mixtures, when you resume solids.

You must feed kittens soup many times a day. AND THE HARD thing is keeping them from CHOKING on it as kittens' swallow reflex is tied to a SUCK reflex. Spooning does NOT duplicate SUCKING. That's why you want to save old MURINE EYE DROPS bottles!!! GET ALL YOUR PALS to contribute them! They are a GOD SEND! NEVER SPOON liquids into a cat. Let drinking be at HIS discrimination. A real cat freak has an I.V. and sterile needle. That's not me tho.

For wee ones, a true fast is not a good idea. They are growing rapidly, even when ill. Grind all food and serve with the tiny, rubber covered spoon sold in super markets by baby food companies. You can fast older cats all day, but give one meal a day at bedtime. When he recovers, 3 small meals of 'food-lite' is a good idea: mashed carrots w. avocados, finely pureed with meat blood /broth and marrow. Tear apart a chicken, crush bones with a hammer, simmer with vegies. Always use protein foods that are pureed & don't involve husks, fat or indigestible skins. Gerbers babyfood-meats stirred half and half with Gerbers pureed carrots or stringbeans is excellent. Or custom make it with a food processor. Chicken is 88c an lb for breasts on sale this week, August 2016. Simmer, mince, add vegies, whirr in blender. Voila food for a third of the cost of Friskies wet meat in cans.

More and more I became like an ancient witch, sitting up nights with a candle, reading ancient cobwebby tomes on the power of foods and herbs, my Lair strung with fragrant, drying buds, boluses and branches. By day I strolled the herb shelf at the healthfood store buying herb tea leaves by the ounce, storing them tightly wrapped in foil, then in an old 40's flour canister which I kept in the freezer, so they'd stay potent. Like a modern, techno-witch armed with puree/blend machines, eyedroppers and freezers, I watched my cats fatten and multiply as their person-mother wandered the ancient avenues of shamanism, brewing tisanes by the full moon.

At night we wandered in the garden, Siamese girl Peaches, Moon, Mousie, Starbuck, Annie, Siamo, Megan, Petunia, Rosebud her daughter, Carmen Cha Cha Cha and Rebecca, HER daughters,  Kiss-Kiss, Walter Pidgeon, Blanquito, Tizzy, Ethiopia, Bito and Binky,  Bandit, Good Golly Miss Molly,  Natasha Snowflake,  Tangarine, David, Precious, Carolina and Ruby (take a breath) and Bennie Birnbaum and his son Walter Birnbaum  (soon called Stumpy when the Pitbull finished with his tail) and Stumpy's daughter Vanilla Birnbaum and their daughter Pixie Birnbaum and her daughter TWINKIE down to HER daughter  PATTI BIRNBAUM.....and last NICO and SPARKEY BIRNBAUM whom I still have today along with Sparkey my gordo and Paprika the three TWINKIE sisters, Eugene 'Rufus' Debs, Jack and his sister Pumpkin, and a no tail feral who doesn't have a name yet. We lift our heads, look up at the midnight sky and realize that the immense potency of those fiery stars overhead was exploding out of the tiniest atoms of the vegetables herbs and grass that grew around us in the garden.

I'd pick armloads of them: carrots and broccoli, steam it in the kitchen, rosebuds and peach leaves, cherry and pomegranate bark and then they'd hear the blender whizzing and I'd get out the eyedropper and come after them ---and hear this explosion of paws as they'd all stampede under the bed and huddle together, their emerald eyes balefully glowing at me.

Cat aversion to human force and will is the final impasse for which the final holistic trick is ---take them firmly, as if they were helpless human babies, but be glad they have this scruff on the back of their neck for grabbing, which human babies don't. Grab their scruff as you cram this stuff down their throats, talk lovingly and peacefully about what good you're doing to them. Stuff their little fanged orifices with holistic goodies that God intended for human life and shun the canned goop that vets and multinational corporations tell you is good for them, and which continues to line somebody's pockets just as it lines and poisons your cat's gut. Any and all cui bonums must end with the owner, and the pet.

Good luck with your furry friends. They were sent here for a reason. And it's not only that they are 'eye candy', it has a lot to do with how they will develop you as a committed worker practicing creating causes to get effects.

And last, note how in one second you can turn to the little mindless angel lying there beside you, purring and be in the highest cloud of heavenly love that exists. Not a lot of earth people have that available to them. And if a few pounds of raw turkey burger give it to you, spread out over a week, thank God that in his infinite wisdom he put that stupid bird on the planet in the first place!


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