HISTORY OF MY DIET
I rented a car, packed up Pumpkin and drove the two plus hours to Williamsburg for my
appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Levy. Although most homeopathic veterinarians will do
telephone consultations, since his office was within driving distance, I elected to drive
to the appointment.
An appointment with a homeopathic veterinarian is very different than what you might be
used to. When you visit a conventional vet the animal is
weighed, it's temperature taken and the ears, eyes and mouth are examined. The vet will
then address the reason why the appointment was made in the first place.
A visit to a homeopathic veterinarian usually begins with taking a medical history on the
animal, vaccinations given, reactions, past illnesses, medication used, etc. Then the true
homeopathic consultation begins. It's similar to a psychiatric examination. Questions such
as heat/cold preferences; food preferences; reactions to foods, if any; strange and
unusual behaviors; fears, likes, dislikes are asked.
Although I had read everything I could get my hands on about homeopathy, I was very
concerned about how this appointment was going. I thought Pumpkin had some horrible
disease (like cancer) and was slowly wasting away. Here this vet is asking me if she likes
to be near the warmth or prefers cold. My purpose for being there is for this cat to be
fixed, not to discuss her temperature preferences!
Dr. Levy was much more concerned about Pumpkin's mental symptoms, which were very complex,
than he was about her not eating. A healthy cat will eat just about anything, he told me.
He went down the line looking at her food preferences, temperature preferences, etc. After
an hour and a half consultation, he picked the remedy Ignatia. Pumpkin received the remedy
in his office and we went home.
NOTE 10/31/00: If you have a cat that is not eating, please do not start giving the cat Ignatia in hopes it will make him or her eat. It probably will not. Ignatia was prescribed for Pumpkin's particular symptoms. Since Pumpkin I have not used Ignatia on another cat for anything. Ignatia is a big grief remedy. If you have a cat that is grieving for a lost companion or a queen from a lost litter (or if you are grieving for a lost cat), then Ignatia would probably be a good remedy to consider. END NOTE
One of the most difficult things about homeopathy is waiting. Unless it is in an acute
case (which Pumpkin's was not), the cure is usually not immediate. I must have drove Dr.
Levy crazy calling every other day to tell him there was no change. He kept telling me it
wasn't long enough to say that the remedy wasn't working. Give it time, be patient, he
kept telling me. I continued to feed Rooney his raw diet, leaving a plate available for
Pumpkin, who continued to ignore it. Imagine my elation when, approximately three weeks
after her remedy, Pumpkin tentatively dragged a piece of raw chicken off the plate and ate
it. She never turned back.
The change in Pumpkin was extraordinary. If it is possible, there was a whole new aura
about her. She ate, was more outgoing and less skittish. She truly was a different cat.
My tribe started to grow as I began to show. After seeing the change in Pumpkin, I decided
that all my cats needed to be treated homeopathically. One by one I did work-ups on them.
This eventually put me in the poor house. It really wasn't necessary to treat all of the
cats I brought to Dr. Levy throughout the following months, but I had discovered this
miraculous healing method and wanted all of my cats to be under constitutional treatment.
I've since learned a lot about homeopathy and am enrolled in the Devon School of
Homeopathy North Atlantic Correspondence Course. I follow the daily homeopathy list at
lyghtforce.com, constantly read and learn about new remedies. Although I still consult
with a homeopathic veterinarian from time to time, I do a lot of the treatment on my own.
Sometimes I find the right remedy right away, sometimes I don't. Homeopathy takes many,
many years to learn. I may never master it in my lifetime. Given the option of going to a
conventional veterinarian for a problem such as an upper respiratory infection, or looking
for the right remedy, I'll go the homeopathy route every time. It's very rare that I go to
a conventional veterinarian these days.
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