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Old 28th May 2003, 04:57 AM
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Timothy is five years old and was neutered at 7.5 months. He was a stray, approximately 3.5 months old when I took him in. He was very thin and had an extended abdomen due to long, thin worms, and also tapeworms. He was treated by the vet for worms and hasn't exhibited any further indication of worms since. He received the required rabies and distemper vaccinations during his visit to the vet but hasn't had them for four years because he's never outdoors and I don't believe in vaccinations. He is not declawed because I also don't believe in that practice. Normally he has a very affectionate and gentle nature. He adores me, craves lots of attention from me (he often follows me around and stays in whatever room I'm in, stares at me, nuzzles my face for at least twenty minutes three or more times a day, wants to sit in my lap whenever possible and gazes at me like he's love-sick, and also wants me to throw the ball for him or use the laser pointer a few times a day, etc.). He hates to be alone for any extended period of time. He was traumatized when he was two years old because our cat sitter agreed to stay in our home but instead she only went to our house each day only long enough to pick up our mail and take care of the cat's basic needs, so he was left alone in our house for nearly a week with minimal contact. When we returned from our trip, poor Timothy followed me around for over a week and cried piteously anytime I was out of his site. He eventually became more secure but hasn't been the same since.

My husband and I decided to adopt a second cat, Titus (also kept indoors and not declawed) to keep Timothy company. He grew to like Titus and enjoys playing with him, and if we go away he's not traumatized at all by our absence because of Titus' company. However, Timothy is VERY JEALOUS of any attention we give Titus. Shortly after adopting Titus, Timothy began shedding lots of hair, although there are no bald spots. Also, Timothy no longer smelled clean the way young, healthy cats should, and his fur looked like it wasn't being groomed regularly.

A year later I broke my ankle and wasn't able to give Timothy his usual amount of attention due to my incapacitation. Since then he began "marking territory" by urinating in room corners on the first floor anytime he's jealous of Titus or if he feels he's not receiving enough attention from me, which is often because I can no longer devote as much time to him as he would like. I've tried several products guarranteed to stop this habit but nothing's worked. Timothy's territory habit has literally cost us hundreds of dollars and is approaching the thousands mark due to damaging the carpet and underflooring so thoroughly, tearing holes in blankets because he suckles them, and costly vet visits to find out what's wrong with him.

A week ago Timothy suddenly and for no apparent reason "flipped out" and went "feral" on Titus and then on me, too, hissing, striking out and trying to bite me. I had a terrible time getting him into a box so I could calm him down and take him to the vet to find out what was wrong. He was so upset while I was trying to get him into the box that he urinated and defecated during that incident. I was able to calm him down by feeding him treats through the box. He eventually allowed me to touch him again. There was some blood and mucus in his stool so I took it along with Timothy to the vet the next morning. The vet claims that there is nothing physically wrong with Timothy; all his tests came back negative and he's just "stressed out".

Since that incident, I've kept Timothy isolated in our Master bedroom, and he is currently acting his normal, gentle self. Since being isolated, Timothy's health seems to have improved greatly. He smells clean again, his coat looks well-groomed, and he doesn't "mark territory" in our bedroom. Unfortunately it's too much of a hardship to keep him isolated this way. My husband wants me to either give Timothy away or euthanize him. I'd rather not do either, but and we're both tired of the way he's destroying the house. Even if we were to give away Titus instead, I've been told that Timothy would continue to "mark territory" because his scent is embedded in the carpet and underflooring. Is there any homeopathic treatment I can try before giving him away? A year ago a homeopath suggested Lycopodium 1M to solve the jealousy issue and because he gives "love bites" when nuzzling me. It helped but only for a few weeks, and while it improved him it didn't completely "cure" him. What should I do? I'm running out of time because my husband is fed up and wants Timothy gone. Perhaps if he was successfully treated homeopathically, he would feel secure and stop "marking territory". Any homeopathic help or suggestions would be welcome.
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Where to start??? In my experience, cats that begin to "mark" are eventually found to be sick, therefore I would treat this as a symptom of disease, even though the labs came back NSF. The progression from poor coat quality to improper urination to agression is also important.

Another factor to consider besides obvious disease, is the way in which the human caregiver copes with the problems. ie: "babying an insecure cat will create more insecurity". When a cat goes "feral" you do not attempt to console it as this will cause more fear (his fear is compounded by your fear). Something may have triggered the episode, it could even have been a small siezure or an external threat he saw out the window. When cats are in heightened fear it is perfectly normal for them to "turn" on their friends and family. Therefore it is always best to allow them to seek a "safe space" where they can "chill" and gain back their confidence.

Because this "disease" is not being detected through normal labs, I think that homeopathy is your best bet, but make sure the homeopath is well qualified. Know too that this condition has been building for years and will probably take years to completly "right" itself. You and your husband will simply have to resign yourselves to be patient and keep your cool always.

Lyc is an excellent remedy for use in liver and kidney troubles. If improvement was noted but did not last, it may be a matter of using another potency. However I believe the case has probably progressed since the use of lyc, therefore the case should be taken again before another remedy is given. I assume you have a homeopath to work with?

For the time being, perhaps it would be easier to limit access to the areas the cat has already soiled? or perhaps you may want to replace that section of underlay. The other cat obviously has a somewhat soothing effect on the cat, so I would allow contact.

Was a urinalysis done? Although blood labs will tell us much about the way the major organs are functioning, some conditions like cystitus may not be evident without a urine test at the time of a flare up. It may be prudent to get some urine test strips, and to make it a habit to test any urine inappropriately voided. The strips will detect blood, sugar, ph levels, protiens and specific gravity. Although they will also detect leukocytes (WBC) the strips are not too reliable and any strange levels should be confirmed by in-lab urinalysis.

One of my cats, started displaying many of the same reactions your cat has. It took over a year for chronic kidney failure to show up. That was almost 5 years ago and although I am palliating the condition (slowing it down), I can not stop the progression. Therefore, he still sometimes pees where he shouldn't and I have had to come up with ways to deal with this because I'm just happy to have this very special cat still with me. He was one of those kittens that shouldn't have survived, but he did and against all odds has made to the ripe old age of 9 years, so far!
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Thanks for your input and help - also very happy to hear that you've been able to help your cat so much and that he's doing so well considering his kidney condition!

At this point I don't think Timothy has a kidney problem because his urine has been tested for kidney problems and diabetes. I think it's a behavioral problem because Timothy isn't marking territory in our bedroom since 1) he's never done it there before so there's no compelling history marking to encourage him and 2) he's the only cat there so doesn't seem to feel the need to do this. If it was some kind of illness or kidney problem, his urination pattern wouldn't have changed regardless of the surroundings (vets will often have the owner pen a cat with this problem for a period of 6-8 hours. Cats won't go to the bathroom where they have to sit or lay unless they're sick and can't help it - that determines whether it's behavior or illness). Also, his coat and smell improved immediately upon isolating him from Titus. If these symptoms were due to illness as well, then isolating him wouldn't have made a difference. The vet is probably right that these symptoms are due to Timothy feeling stressed emotionally and its taking a physical toll - psychosomatic. This is disappointing to me because if there were an actual physical condition (as long as it wasn't serious) then I'd be better able to help him stop. The good advice regarding Lyc was given to me by a pet homeopath I met in my homeopathic study group but she moved away. I can try the Lyc again, perhaps he needs to be dosed every two weeks. Would you know what other remedies I should consider if the Lyc is no longer ideal for him?

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Hello Hatwoman! Perhaps I didn't word my post properly... A couple of points you may want to consider.

1) a problem such as cystitus will NOT be detected, unless the cat is currently in an acute phase. This means that his urine will be normal in terms of levels, but when an acute occurs there will also be blood and a rise in WBC count. This is why I suggested urine strips.

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Also, his coat and smell improved immediately upon isolating him from Titus. If these symptoms were due to illness as well, then isolating him wouldn't have made a difference.
2) working in a shelter, I strongly suspect that "stress" is a major contributer to cats collapsing acutely with an underlying problem (chronic) that quickly turns into acute. Just because the "stress" factor is removed, does not mean that the "problem" has been cured.

3) the fact that there appears to be a problem between the 2 cats, needs to be explored. I firmly believe that when cats are "not right", their odor changes and is detectable to other cats. (This actually occured to my Kidney Cat, a good year before he was diagnosed; quite suddenly he was afraid of the other cats and they in time began to "pick-on" him). In the wild, it is in the interest of the pride to expell the sickly, decrepide etc. cats because they become a liability to the pride's survival. You see this in the mother who rejects sickly young, they are absolutely ruthless about it.

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(vets will often have the owner pen a cat with this problem for a period of 6-8 hours. Cats won't go to the bathroom where they have to sit or lay unless they're sick and can't help it - that determines whether it's behavior or illness).
I don't know how to say this nicely, but this statement is simply incorrect. Unless the cat has a bladder control issue or is to the point of collapse, they will always use a box in a confined space whether they are sick or not.

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The vet is probably right that these symptoms are due to Timothy feeling stressed emotionally and its taking a physical toll - psychosomatic. This is disappointing to me because if there were an actual physical condition
Nothing against your vet, but we like to be able to explain everything; the above statement is easy to "fall back on" when we are at a loss to explain symptoms that are not detectable by our standards. I used to work a lot with people that had cats with "behavior issues" and that experience has taught me that we rely far too heavily on the physci of the cat; which in my opinion, really isn't as elaborate as we would like to believe. Again, I suspect that removing the stress is really a form of palliation.

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I can try the Lyc again, perhaps he needs to be dosed every two weeks. Would you know what other remedies I should consider if the Lyc is no longer ideal for him?
If the symptoms still fit (exactly all the same, nothing has changed) you may want to try lyc again (not sure on potency, perhaps LMs might be indicated). Abitrary dosing every 2 weeks is a dangerous practice, the dose needs constant readjustment, and if you are simply palliating you could risk that the disease is actually driven deeper. Every change must be considered. If lyc is given and it gives way to a fresh symptom, likely the remedy itself will change. I'm sure if you list his current symptoms, you will likely get a few suggestions from the members of this board to follow up on.
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Krista - Thanks for explaining it all more clearly. Perhaps you're right that alleviating Timothy's stress is only palliating his health problem and that's why his smell and his coat condition have improved. I have never seen any evidence of blood in his urine but I will obtain the test strips to be sure.

Also, I was unaware that homeopathically redosing with the same strength of the same remedy can actually drive an illness deeper - never heard of that! I have tried using LM doses on myself but I found that I got more aggravation and less benefit by doing this than by just taking remedies in their dose form - any input from anyone else on this?

Franske - thanks for this info. I'll check Timothy's diet for potash and eliminate that. I can also try the Kali carb.

Just so I'm clear on Timothy's symptoms: He's
Very affectionate, cuddly, and feels the need to nuzzle my face for long periods of time several times a day. He likes to cuddle his face under my neck and often gives "love bites" while nuzzling my face or neck or will lick and bite my arm when I hold him during nuzzlings. Wants to be in my lap or touch me in some way; if he can't be in my lap he'll sleep with a paw touching my leg, etc. When nuzzling me or resting in my lap he gazes at me with an adoring, "lovesick" look. His feelings are hurt easily if I don't give him the attention he craves when he wants it. If denied my attention he tries to suckle blankets and even mounts blankets in a sexual way (he rythmically thrusts at the blanket). He's jealous of any attention given to Titus. He has an abandonment complex; if left alone too long he follows me wherever I go and cries when I'm out of his sight. He urinates by each door of the house; and in one corner each of the dining and living rooms. He started this over a year ago when I broke my ankle and was unable to give him the large amounts of attention he craves. He has continued this since. He also does this when he sees me petting or playing with Titus and when he sees or smells a strange cat in our yard. I think Timothy suffers from herpes infections around (not in) his eyes, which I believe he got from me (I contracted herpes from my husband when he didn't realize he was developing a sore and I must have given it to Timothy during a nuzzling session - I feel horrible about this). He experiences ocassional, periodic redness and weeping around his eyes, particularly the right one. This has been happening to Timothy for about a year. Also, for the past two years, he wants me to pick him up but as soon as I do he jumps down. He immediately wants me to pick him up again and will stay in my arms the second time. Hope describing all his symptoms is helpful.


I'm amazed to learn that neutering Timothy may have made him chronically ill. I had him neutered because I didn't want him to ruin the furniture by spraying and even more importantly, didn't want him to contribute to the problem of pet overpopulation in case he got out of the house by accident. It's so interesting how one cat can be so negatively impacted by this act while another doesn't respond this way; similar to how the same trauma will affect different people in different ways.

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Carole: you have been hanging out with GM too long! I always assumed his reference to potash was actually the "ash" content found in cat food. This argument has long since been irrelevent because about 10-15 years ago, researchers found their mistake in assuming that their assumed "safe" level was OK, when it was much too high (they did the same thing 20-30 years ago, in that instant they didn't realize that cat's require higher levels of taurine, the amount in cat food was insufficient and was therefore causing heart disease in cats that was easily reversible with taurine supplements). Todays kibble, although horrible, now contains a much lower ash content (feline's do require some of it).

I absolutely think that abritrary dosing of Kali carb just because an animal has been sterilized is false, totally "unhomeopathic" and dangerous. I'm not sure why anyone would think its OK to prescribe on a disease rather than symptoms!

Hatwoman: yes sterilization is an un-natural procedure for any species and it will effect natural hormonal levels etc. It would be nice if we didn't have to do it, but we choose to make felines our pets (in the true wild, with NO human intervention, there would be little reason to sterilize as food supply and genetics would keep the numbers from overpopulating). As for diet, canned foods are probably better then dry kibble because they are less likely to contain as many grains (grains are absolutely unnatural foods for carnivors) and the water content is higher (cats don't tend to drink a lot on their own accord, they were originally desert creatures). Ultimately I would suggest a more natural diet with meat (both organ & muscle), bones and a few vegetables (finely minced as cat's can not digest them whole at all).

The symptoms I see so far in his case, I will list (I'm hoping others will help along!)

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Very affectionate, cuddly, and feels the need to nuzzle my face for long periods of time several times a day. He likes to cuddle his face under my neck and often gives "love bites" while nuzzling my face or neck or will lick and bite my arm when I hold him during nuzzlings. Wants to be in my lap or touch me in some way;
Better for touch?
Better for attention?

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If denied my attention he tries to suckle blankets and even mounts blankets in a sexual way (he rythmically thrusts at the blanket).
Not sure if I would use this, as this behavior is common in certain breeds and also in kittens that have been weaned too early or abandoned too early by their mothers. Although its not the 1st time I have found this behavior in cats with urinary problems; not sure how to interprete it though...

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He has an abandonment complex; if left alone too long he follows me wherever I go and cries when I'm out of his sight.
Again this is common behavior for some breeds, particularily the oriental breeds, who do not like to be left alone and always want to be the centre of attention, however...
Better for company?

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He urinates by each door of the house; and in one corner each of the dining and living rooms.
We need to know about the urine, colour, smell, amount, sediments, frequency....

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I think Timothy suffers from herpes infections around (not in) his eyes, which I believe he got from me (I contracted herpes from my husband when he didn't realize he was developing a sore and I must have given it to Timothy during a nuzzling session - I feel horrible about this). He experiences ocassional, periodic redness and weeping around his eyes, particularly the right one.
Not sure if its proper to guess about the herpes, however the redness and weeping around the eyes periodically, is in my opinion a strong symptom. Does it look "moth eaten", when do the episodes appear, anything happen directly before or after? is there a catalyst? In my experience, I have found sulphur beneficial to this symptom but one symptom is not enough...

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Also, for the past two years, he wants me to pick him up but as soon as I do he jumps down. He immediately wants me to pick him up again and will stay in my arms the second time.
Does he like to be carried around?

Please check for more physical symptoms pertaining to his eating habits (does he nibble or gorge, any distension or flatulance afterwards?) What about his bowel movements? What do they look like, frequency? What about thirst, is there any? Is he a hot or cold cat; does he seek out warmth or cold? Any discharges (nasal, ears) besides the weeping eyes? Check his nails and coat carefully for dryness, brittle, dandruff, inconsistancies etc. Try to get a urine strip done and report ph levels, any presence of protiens, specific gravity etc.

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Krista - Really good questions! I'll do my best to give thorough answers.

Perhaps his background and breed are helpful factors. Timothy is a beautiful orange Tabby with green eyes. Occassionally, he sports one solid black wisker so I suspect one of his parents was very black. He is a very vocal cat and has always been so. I found him because I heard a "cat" commotion outside the balcony of my apartment. There were two orange Tabbies running through the complex. One looked full grown, the other was Timothy, approximately three to four months old. The adult orange cat was trying to get away from Timothy who insisted on following him and was crying after him. I have had cats all my life but never saw such a sight before! I thought Timothy was trying to keep up with his mother because they looked alike. However, the adult cat was a male who was lost, and we returned him to his owner. We adopted Timothy since he didn't seem to have an owner and had obviously been on his own without proper care for at least a few weeks. My best guess is that Timothy was following that cat because he didn't want to be alone even then!


Q. Better for touch? Better for attention?

A. Timothy enjoys people's company if he knows them - he's weary of strangers. He enjoys physical affection and attention. He's happier and healthier both emotionally and physically for it. If I'm unable to give him as much time, affection and attention as he craves, he is visibly unhappy and his feelings are hurt. He's very sensitive, and will hide under the bed for hours if he thinks I'm unhappy with him. He's also very loyal. He seems to think that giving affection to my husband is disloyal to me. If I come into a room and he's in my husband's lap, he'll jump down immediately and run to me with his "purry" talk as if saying: "Honestly, baby, he doesn't mean a thing to me. You know you're the only one I love!" Even my husband agrees that Timothy seems to feel he's being disloyal to me at these times.

Another possibly important emotional symptom: Timothy is afraid of many things, especially if they are dark colored. Even though we've had the same dark green furniture for three years, he still treads past these pieces gingerly, checking for something to "jump out" at him. Same thing for any dark totebags, shoes, etc. Timothy is a smaller version of the cowardly lion in "The Wizard of Oz".

While he's jealous of Titus when we're home, he still plays with Titus and enjoys Titus' company, especially when we're away for extended weekends. Bottom line - Timothy doesn't like to be alone for any extended period of time. If he could have his way, he would have me all to himself without Titus' interference but would want Titus around when I was out of town so he doesn't have to be alone for a few days.


Q. We need to know about the urine, colour, smell, amount, sediments, frequency....

A. Timothy's urine seems to have a strong odor, more pungent and musky than Titus' for example. He usually urinates a normal amount but at times it seems more frequent and larger amounts than normal - that's why I had him tested for diabetes. There is no indication of sediment and the color is normal.


Q. Not sure if its proper to guess about the herpes, however the redness and weeping around the eyes periodically, is in my opinion a strong symptom. Does it look "moth eaten", when do the episodes appear, anything happen directly before or after? is there a catalyst? In my experience, I have found sulphur beneficial to this symptom but one symptom is not enough...

A. Regarding the catalyst, the reason I suspect it's herpes related is because it seems we set each other off. He might exhibit these symptoms and then I'll develop a sore, or vice versa. When I feel a sore coming on I'll avoid nuzzling him so I won't infect him, even though it hurts his feelings. It doesn't seem to help so far because he still gets affected. The first sign for him is that his eyes, particularly his right one, will become slightly reddened around the perimeter. It will be more closed and weepy than the left one. He will groom it more often, not only to clean his eye area but also acts as if it itches or hurts. A few days later, the left eye will do the same but it doesn't get as affected and the duration is shorter for the left eye than for the right. He also wants more attention during this time because he's not feeling well and also sleeps more. The eyes do not look moth-eaten, just sensitive, more like how people's eyes look when having an allergy attack. He always has some weepiness going on with his eyes, especially the right one, and the color of the sediment is a dark reddish-brown. However, when this flare-up is going on the weepiness is much greater even though the same dark color.

Special note: Even though Timothy and Titus ocassionally take turns grooming each other, including during the times when Timothy is affected, Titus seems immune to this infection so far and has never exhibited any sign that he has the same problem. Titus' eyes sometime weep slightly, but his sediment is very light colored or clear.


Q. Does he like to be carried around?

A. Timothy doens't like to be carried around much. He wants me to pick him up, hold him and stand in the same place (after he first jumps down). He especially enjoys it when I hold him over my left shoulder (doesn't want to be on my right one for whatever reason) and for me to scratch his back and pet him while he curves his face to rub against mine. The longer I've been out of the house before this "love session", the higher up my shoulder and over my back he wants to be. It's as if the more he misses me the more he wants to be a part of me. He wants to rub both sides of his face onto mine and takes turns working himself back and forth so he can reach my face from this position, so this is something of a production as you can imagine! He enjoys doing this for several minutes at a time. When he wants down, he wants this suddenly and immediately, often scratching my chest in his haste to get down. His greatest preference is to cuddle in my lap for as long as possible.


Q. Please check for more physical symptoms pertaining to his eating habits (does he nibble or gorge, any distension or flatulance afterwards?) What about his bowel movements? What do they look like, frequency?

A. Timothy prefers dry food over canned and nibbles several times a day and night - he nibbles and isn't a gorger whereas Titus is (Titus and Timothy are about as opposite as two cats can get). He has no flatulence or distention ever. His bowel movements look normal and are of normal frequency with no abnormally unpleasant odor. Ocassionally there is some bloody mucus with it. This makes me nervous and twice I've brought samples in for testing but so far the vet insists that he's fine, just stressed. I find it hard to believe that stress can cause this problem in a cat.


Q. What about thirst, is there any?

A. Timothy seems to be more thirsty than a normal cat (another reason I had him tested for diabetes). His favorite thing to do is to drink out of the bathroom sink. I'll fill it with a little water for him and he will drink from it several times and for a minute at a time while I'm brushing my teeth, hair, etc. However, he doesn't drink any more out of his water bowl than Titus in comparison. I know this is accurate because they each have their own food and water supply as they are separated from each other.


Q. Is he a hot or cold cat; does he seek out warmth or cold?

A. He definitely prefers warmth and feels best in a very warm room. He seeks out areas of sunlight in our home to lay in and during the winter will stretch out in front of our fireplace.


Q. Any discharges (nasal, ears) besides the weeping eyes?

A. There are no other discharges. His ears itch a lot but he doesn't have ear mites (he had them when a kitten but was treated for that). His ears are very clean inside. He often rubs or scratches at them - never to the point of causing himself any irritation - and enjoys for me to rub his ears as well.


Q. Check his nails and coat carefully for dryness, brittle, dandruff, inconsistancies etc.

A. His nails are very healthy. His coat is full but he does suffer with dandruff on the back area near his tail. I've been told that this is due to diet and that I should buy the very high end foods but even changing his diet that way didn't help his dandruff. It is a little improved since he's been separated from Titus. In comparison, Titus never had dandruff until about six months ago and even so he doesn't have much of it. I don't know what to do for both of them on this.


Q. Try to get a urine strip done and report ph levels, any presence of protiens, specific gravity etc.

I do have PH urine tape that my own homeopath gave me to monitor my PH levels. May I use this with Timothy or do I need to buy a special type for cats?


In closing, thanks to you and everyone else trying to help me with Timothy. I really hope homeopathy can work a "miracle" for him.

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If your location in Maryland is close enough for travel, you have a few absolutely terrific alternative vets to choose from! Christina Chambreau practices only homeopathy and has a soft spot for cats, I understand. She's in Sparks but may have difficulty scheduling as she's very busy. Carvel Tiekert(grand guy!), Bel Air, practices using different modalities but is very well liked and respected. Wendy Jensen, Elliot City, practices 100% homeopathy though I don't know of her personally.
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Dear Carole: Kalium is the german word for potassium. Potassium is produced and eliminated from the body constantly. Any operation will interfere with this balance and so will diet, stress, illness, toxins etc.

With the argument of a low potash or no potash diet; what this does is actually acidify the food which effects the balance of Kalium in the body, making it too low in many cases.

Lets go directly to castration; when an animal is castrated, the testicles are removed. Removal of the testicles which primarily produce the hormone testosterone (removal does not mean all test. production is eradicated, just lessoned). Test. is responsible for:
development of sperm
developement of 2ndary male sexual characteristics
it increases virility and libido
it increases nitrogen (but again is not the sole source of)
it increases water retention
stimulates skeletal growth
By casterating we lesson these functions but we do not stop these functions. I am not arguing the perils of castration here, simply pointing out that there can be healthy life afterwards and not every animal will respond in the same way as to be able to dispence kali carb to all as the allopaths would do with antibiotics and viruses.

Now something new I've learnt that Hatwoman & GPM will find of extreme interest as well. Studies carried out have excluded neutering and also diet (although a poor diet will make the condition worse as perhaps also neutering) as primary factor in FUS (generic problems of the bladder which in turn can cause problems to kidney function; NOT THE OTHERWAY AROUND!). They are now carrying out studies that suggest a link between FUS and HERPES! Wow did I find that interesting, but as with all science, its best not to make assumptions too quickly.

Carole: please list the keynote kali carb symptoms you see in Hatwomen's post (not the most recent one, as your prescription was based on the others); I'm really interested to know.

Hatwoman: I will reply to your post later this afternoon. I was offline all weekend.
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Hello Hatwoman,
Firstly GPM's suggestion is great in recommending a homeopath to you. Obviously, many of us on the board are still learning and even the certified homeopaths on the board are leary to give recommendations. Homeopathy is serious and if the wrong remedies are given at the wrong time or in the wrong potency you can really screw-up a case. With that in mind, the ultimate decision must be yours and if you don't know what you are doing, you would be best to take the case to a professional. What we tend to do on the board is treat cases like a discussion (I do believe you are not a first timer here though! so you know...)

So the symptoms with your additional post as I see them would be:

better for touch
better for attention
suspicious of strangers
retreats to solitude when upset (disappointed? fear?)
loyal
desires company
frequent urine
large amounts of urine
strong, musky/pungent odor of urine
right to left symptoms?
doesn't like motion (worse for?)
stools normal with occassional bloody mucous (surounding BM?, mixed in?, are those stool difficult to expell?)
Has thirst
seeks warmth (but is the cat hot or cold or normal, does he emit heat, do you feel it when picking up? or is he normal? or cold?)
crawling in the ears?

ph is a start, if you can get some human urine test strips you can check dilution etc.

Green-eyed cats usually stem from blue eyes down the line which can indicate siamese or angora heritage. You cat being vocal and a climber would lead me to suspect oriental heritage which would make a lot of his symptoms more common.

The "afraid of dark things" may be related to sight; those objects may not be as clear to him and therefore he's steps past them more gingerly?

If the cat already has herpes, don't worry about reinfection; the stress of no touch from you probably contributes to a flair up more so than actual contact.

If the cat is not currently in a flair-up, we can't really use those symptoms anyways.

Bloody mucus BMs are usually NSF at the clinics, very often they are associated with difficult evacuation or mild irritation of the intestine. If the blood is bright it usually indicates tearing in the lower portion (perhaps around the anus), if the blood is dark it could indicate troubles higher up which is more serious. I'm sure your vet would alert you if there was cause for concern.

As for dandruff at the tail, this is common in fat cats, that simply can't reach to groom back there; and also can indicate poor circulation in sick cats. Brushing is a big help as you manually distribute oils around the body; good quality food is also important (the body can not utilize "junk food" properly)and of course if weight is a problem, you have to get that under control (we have actually had cats turned over because they had "dirty habits" of scooting theor bums along the floor & carpets. When as cat can't reach back there, you bet they will come up with something else.)

ANyways I have to fly (really busy day); interested to see what people think the symptoms should be and what remedies may cover them. I'll try to look into it tonight.
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