Before my cat got cancer, I thought alternative treatments were only for the desperate, a last resort when all hope is lost.
But then we got the diagnosis: “cat cancer,” and everything changed. The very words are terrifying, heart-stopping. It takes a while for the news to really sink in.
When your head clears, of course the first place to go for advice is a trusted vet. That’s exactly what I did when Moofy’s big lump turned out to be a fibrosarcoma – a fast-growing, aggressive kind of cancer.
I had a long talk with my vet about treatments.
She basically gave us two options.
First off, Moof could have surgery. The tumor could be removed – but a large margin of surrounding tissue would also need to come out. The tumor’s on Moof’s flank, so her spinal cord could easily be damaged in the process. And even if the operation was a success, a new lump would be back within months.
This seemed like a dangerous and pretty futile option to me. “What’s the alternative?” I asked hopefully.
Well, choice number 2 was potentially even worse: do nothing at all. We could wait until the tumor got too big, and then have Moofy put to sleep! That was also out of the question. Clearly, it was time to look beyond traditional medicine, and see just what else was out there.
We’ve found that the world of alternative treatments is far more than a last resort when all hope is lost. This avenue has given us some viable treatment options, and practical ways of tackling cat cancer.
Moof’s now tried many carefully-chosen natural therapies – from homeopathy to energy healing. It’s now 10 months since her diagnosis, and she has more energy than me. Her tumor’s still there, but she may be the only cancer patient in the world to scramble happily up the living room curtains every night!
Alternative treatments for cat cancer are definitely the right way to go for us. If your cat has cancer, they might be helpful for you, too.
3 questions to ask yourself when looking at natural treatment options
Here are 3 key questions to ask yourself before you dive into the often weird and wonderful world of natural therapies.
1. Do you have enough information to make a sound decision?
As with all kinds of cancer, you want to choose a treatment, and get started ASAP. But to make the best treatment decision, you need to weigh up all your options.
It helps to get a range of advice. You could talk to:
- A traditional vet – what are the success rates (and side-effects) of surgery or chemo? Will these suit your cat?
- A holistic vet – can you combine traditional and natural treatments?
- An animal naturopath – is there an effective (and gentler) approach?
Once you know what the options are, you can make a fully informed decision.
2. How will your treatment plan look?
You may combine traditional and alternative therapies. Or if traditional medicine can’t help your cat, you might choose all-natural treatments.
Either way, you’ll need to design a treatment plan – an ongoing strategic approach which consistently supports your cat to heal from cancer.
For example, there are three things I do every day that form the foundation for Moofy’s treatment plan.
- I’ve changed her diet from kibble to high quality wet food.
- She takes homeopathic drops that have been custom made for her.
- She takes Life Gold immunity support twice a day, to strengthen her ability to fight the disease.
I supplement these with other treatments such as light therapy and energy healing, but in my experience, the key is to find some core treatments you can commit to doing every day.
3. How safe are the treatments you’re considering?
When you’re deep in panic mode, you want to believe all the promises you hear about “miracle” cat cancer cures. There are a lot of products out there, and some have worrying side-effects.
“Do No Harm” is rule number one in my Cat Cancer Ground Rules. The goal is to help your cat resist this disease, rather than create more symptoms (or suffering) in the process.
So when choosing alternative treatments for cat cancer, you want to make sure you read the fine print, search for testimonials, and find out about user experiences.
Alternative treatments for cat cancer have opened up a whole new world of options for Moofy and me. We haven’t cured her (but neither could traditional medicine). In the meantime, Moof’s loving all the extra attention, wolfing down her special dinners and tearing around the garden after butterflies.
I know I’m helping her, and that makes all the difference to us both.
About Liz Hardy, PhD
Liz Hardy is the founder of the Meow Cancer Clinic, which offers accessible information on natural treatments for cat cancer. Her little cat Moofy has an aggressive tumor, and surgery is not an option. So she and Moofy are treating the cancer with all-natural therapies.
Dr. Hardy’s PhD background, while not in veterinary science, did give her the wherewithal to face and sift through mountains of material on caring for cats with cancer. Now she and Moofy are on a mission to show other cat owners how to help their own furry little cancer patients to heal. Sign up at Meow Cancer Clinic for a free copy of “Cat Cancer – Help!”…discover 5 ways to help your cat fight cancer, starting today.