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The Big Black Cat and A Lesson on Holistic Health

Holistic health is for cats too

BBC

Holistic Health…What Is It?

I have a dear friend and mentor who has a cat named BBC (Big Black Cat). He’s a beautiful solid black kitty with big yellow eyes and thick, medium length fur.  BBC actually adopted Martin and his wife.  He was a stray who sauntered into their backyard one day and never left.  Martin had not experienced any exposure to holistic health until he met me.  He asked me the other day what holistic health really means.  Being from my dad’s generation, holistic and natural health may as well be a foreign language.  Like my parents’ generation, people grew up with traditional, allopathic medicine and a deep respect and trust in the established health care industry.  To go outside the norm…well, it’s just unheard of!

How my journey began

I think most people never venture off the path of traditional health care…that is until something happens to them or to someone close to them that drives them to search for alternatives outside the “norm.”  That’s basically what happened to me.  I had a foot injury that wouldn’t heal. After much frustration and months in a walking boot,I had an epiphany while on vacation in Vancouver, BC.  We were driving through Chinatown, and I noticed all the signs hanging over produce, herbs, and other items with Chinese writing on them.  Like a bolt of lightning it hit me: when I returned home I intuitively knew I needed to find a Chinese doctor and explore Eastern medicine.  And that’s exactly what I did.  Eight weeks later my foot had healed completely, and I had a new appreciation for acupuncture and Chinese herbs, and my new Chinese doctor, Dr. Peng.  I am actually terrified of needles, and I had to face this fear head on.  While I still hate needles in general, I can now tolerate an acupuncture session.  I have to admit I still get nervous and have to keep my eyes closed. And so began a journey into a world that I had never heard anything about.

Holistic means “whole”

Holistic health is actually an approach to life.  Rather than focusing on treating symptoms of illness or specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to health considers the whole person and how he or she interacts with his or her environment.  It emphasizes the connection of mind, body, and spirit; they are one, not separate parts.

Holistic health for cats

Holistic health for our cats approaches their health from many different angles.  It goes beyond diet, supplements, and fresh water. It considers their environment.  A­re they living with owners who adore and love them?  Are their living conditions safe and comfortable?  Are they emotionally happy?  Do they get enough stimulation, exercise and playtime? Are they thriving and living vital lives?  Are they being exposed to toxic pesticides and pest prevention?  Let’s go back to diet for a minute.  What kind of food are they eating? Is their diet comprised of real, whole foods?  Is their food pesticide, hormone, GMO and preservative free?  If not, they are being set up for health problems in the future.  No amount of good genes can offset bad nutrition.  When health challenges arise and our cats get sick, are they given medicine that is toxic, full of chemicals that come with a list of side effects?  Wouldn’t it make more sense to give their bodies tools that allow them to heal themselves?  Cat health problems can be addressed holistically

Don’t misunderstand me…there is truly a time and place for emergency and allopathic medicine.  But everyday ailments, common illnesses, and even diseases can be treated and/or supported successfully with medicine derived from natural plants, herbs, homeopathy, essential oils, acupuncture, and other energy­-based modalities. I’ve witnessed first hand some pretty “out there” stuff, things that people would consider “woo­-woo” because it’s not only hard to understand how it works but hard to describe to other people.  In the end, we all want the same result:  a healthy, happy pet. And if I can do it without adding to the coffers of the pharmaceutical industry that makes me even happier!  Think about this: Eastern medicine has been around for thousands of years; if it didn’t work people wouldn’t keep using it.

Life is a journey, and having a holistic approach to living just makes the journey a bit sweeter.  It allows us to learn and understand who we are and how our body, mind, and spirit are truly connected.  And you don’t have to be a human to develop that connection. Just ask your cat!

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