We really love the Homeopet natural line of remedies and have been fans for many years. The founder of Homeopet is a doctor and researcher and he’s put decades of knowledge gathering and keen attention to detail into these products. Everything is of the highest quality, no scrimping because the products are for animals like we may find in the products of other companies. And you know how we are at Cat Faeries – total fuss budgets when it comes to quality!
The chart below will allow you to match up your cat’s symptoms to the correct remedy.
In some cases you might want to use two remedies. Why? Well, because one of them might unlock the cause but not cure. The other will work with the first remedy to cure. Here are some examples:
Cleans the system of all the toxins the body has accumulated over the years. These toxins come from a variety of areas: spot on treatments, yard sprays, house sprays, air fresheners, wormers, shampoos and preservatives in foods are just some of the areas. The toxins build up in the system and decrease liver and kidney functions which results in the pet looking and acting less healthy. Also purges radiation.
When I tell people how long our cats tend to live the response is usually “Seriously? How do you do it?”
I wish it was a magic faerie wand I could swoop over every cat, everywhere. When I think about it it’s a lot of things that I do. Part of it is good food, regular health care and keeping them inside. And of course, lots of love.
Some of the other things I do are…
We run Comfort Zone with Feliway diffusers in nearly every room. We don’t have a peeing problem we just think of it as something that makes our cats happy and helps them feel relaxed – much like when I bring in fresh cut roses and put them in vases or mason jars. The rose scent is so appealing and calming to people, just as the Comfort Zone with Feliway pheromone is appealing and calming to cats. When we are calm and happy we are healthier and live longer.
I also put Kidney Kitty flower essence formula in the water bowl every time I change the water, which can sometimes be twice a day. No matter how young a cat is, it’s never too early to start supporting their kidneys. I don’t know the statistics, but since cats are living longer its often renal failure that is their demise. Customers tell us that Kidney Kitty offers support and boosts comfort and longevity.
We also keep as calm of a house as possible. Every morning we play the CD “A Ball of Yarn” as it sets the tone of the day with its soft lullabye like melodies. As for television I’m not entertained by violence – give me season one of Downton Abbey 24/7! Fashion Police is as raucous as it gets at our house!
Before putting the cats in their carriers spray the padding with Feliway. One or two squirts are enough. Let the pad sit in the air for 10 or 15 minutes before you place it and the cat in the carrier.
Our water proof pads (see Furniture Protection) are great because they are washable. Cats often “hold it” while traveling by car, but other cats panic a bit and pee or poop.
If you are able to spray one or two squirts of Feliway on the car seats where the carriers are.
If you can thread the seat belt though the handle of the carrier so that in the event of a fast stop the carriers won’t go flying.
Are hard plastic carriers better than soft ones? Debatable. We have the hard plastic ones as we feel they protect the cat better and if the cat pees or poops it’s easier to clean.
If you are traveling by car and there is more than one of you, someone must stay in the car when you make food or gas stops. We have heard of cars – with cats inside – being stolen at rest stops!
Keep the Do Not Disturb sign on the door of the hotel AT ALL TIMES. If one of you needs to hunt for food someone needs to stay in the room. Housekeeping could ignore the sign and enter and a cat could escape.
Lodging is tough but not impossible. Take a bottle of Anti Icky Poo with you for any accidents. You don’t want to leave a mess like that behind because hotel management might tighten up their allowing of animals.
As for where to stay we asked our Facebook friends for suggestions of animal-friendly hotels or resources and this is what they said (you should always call the local number of a hotel location first to make sure with any chain, each location has a different actual owner/operator):
Shawn once stayed at a Holiday Inn Express with 7 kitties!
Debi agreed about the Holiday Inn, and added Comfort Inn, but call first to make sure.
Sleigh says the La Quinta chain is very animal friendly (we’d heard that too)
Kristy suggests Candlewood Suites
Susan tells us that Days Inn did allow animals at one time – call and ask
Spray Feliway around the hotel room or install a diffuser. This will help keep the cats calm. Our flower essence formula Calm and Serene will help too.
When you reach your new home “prep” the house with Feliway before you let the cats out to explore (or hide) Before you let them out of their carriers at the new house zip through it and spray Feliway “here and there” especially in the room you think most of them will want to hide in. Install diffusers around the house as well.
Your best bet is to give the cats one room with a closet and things to hide under (like a bed). Some cats are more curious than others. When we bought our house Betty spent 4 days exploring and marking with her cheeks, then she collapsed and slept for 2 days! The others hid in a closet and slowly came out to explore.
To make sure the house is as unthreatening as possible Check the doors on the outside for any cat urine marks from neighborhood cats which may have come by and marked. Look at cat-butt-height for water marks and clean with Anti Icky Poo.
Congratulations on the move! I hope it’s a beautiful house with wonderful neighbors. Start looking for a good vet clinic now. Yelp is a good place to start, and call the local pet shops. You might also start looking for a great cat sitter.
Often when we cry we feel embarrassed and try to suppress the tears. Or when we are in the presence of someone who’s crying we are inclined to say “Oh, don’t cry, it’s going to be ok.”
Recently we learned something fascinating: human emotional tears contain Serotonin which is a natural anti-depressant. So, when something very sad happens to you, like the passing of your cat or another loved one, don’t hold back the tears, let them flow. Your grief or sorrow will ease; peace and understanding will come.
Here we excerpt a paragraph about human tears and Serotonin from the book “The Blessing of Tears,” by Julie Sheldon.
“In 1994 the findings of a study of the chemical composition of different types of tears was published ( X.D. Martin and M.C. Brennan “Serotonin in human tears” European Journal of Ophthalmology 4(3), 159-69. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter. Recently developed antidepressant drugs such as Prozac aim to increase the amount of Serotonin in the brain. The study compared the amount of reflex tears and emotional tears, and relatively huge amounts of Serotonin was found in emotional tears. This happens because when emotion is experienced, the hypothalamus in the brain releases several neurotransmitters, including serotonin. In emotional tears, Serotonin is the messenger to boost the volume of production of tears from the lachrymal sac.”
If you want to learn more you can read the book online at Google Books, or buy it through links on that page. You can also find out more via a Google search for serotonin in human tears.