Cats on the Open Prairie
One Cat's Story of Healing
by Dianna Medea
When I moved into my house three years ago I couldn’t
help but feel sorry for the stray cats that happened to come
into my yard, so I began to leave out dry food and water.
When I saw a stray coming on the deck I would put out canned
food or raw meat. Last fall when the cold weather was fast
approaching I set up both a heat lamp and an insulated box
complete with a fleece blanket in the garage; the strays
gained access through a hole my brother cut in the garage
A Deep Neck Wound
One male cat, quite thin, with white, grey, and brown spots
and a tabby stripe, had visited my deck a few times the previous
spring. At the end of June he showed up with a large deep
wound on the right side of his neck, about two inches in
diameter, obviously a bite of some kind. What to do? As a
nurse I recognized the seriousness of the wound and doubted
the cat’s survival. On the other hand, if I called
the Humane Society, it would be a sure death for the cat,
being feral and all. So I grabbed my trusted homeopathic
Arnica 200C remedy and put a dose in his food. I know that
isn’t the proper way to administer homeopathic remedies
but I had no other option. A remedy should be dissolved under
the tongue with nothing to eat or drink for one half-hour
before and after taking it, but this cat ran when he saw
me, so putting it in the food was my only choice.
The Cat Came Back
Yes, the very next day, the cat came back and got more Arnica;
in fact, he got one to two doses over the next five days.
Arnica is the first-aid remedy we turn to for any soft tissue
injury where there is pain, swelling, and bleeding with subsequent
bruising, along with the admonishment of, “stay away,
don’t touch it!” Because the cat began to visit
more regularly, I took advantage of those opportunities and
moved on to giving him Hypericum 200C, once a day for three
days, when I saw him ever so gingerly trying to scratch his
neck, imagining how painful that deep wound must have been.
Also known as St. John’s Wort, Hypericum is the homeopathic
specific for excruciating nerve pain, such as when your finger
gets crushed in a door or hammered. A few days later I considered
the six inch trail of debris—skin, hair, leaves, who
knows what—attached to the edge of the wound, so I
gave him one dose of Silica 200C, which is used to help expel
foreign bodies. Then I waited. The next time I saw him some
of it had fallen off.
The last week in July, this cat showed up minus all of
the debris and, while he ate, I got a good look at what I
was working with. The wound was red, raw, and angry, which
I felt was inevitable for such a large wound amidst unsanitary
living conditions, however it looked fairly healthy, moist,
and without infection. I gave him Calendula 200C once a day
for five days. One day he ate the remedy and left the food!
On the third day I thought the wound looked smaller. Calendula,
or marigold, brings wound edges together. On August 2nd the
wound was almost closed except for three small areas which
were darker in colour and his fur was even growing back.
I was astonished, first of all, that the cat survived, secondly,
that the wound did not get infected, and thirdly, that the
wound even healed.
The Power of Homeopathic Remedies
The cats that come to my deck amaze me. When they are ailing
they get the indicated remedy and then they start showing
up quite regularly. Yes, they come for the waiting food and
safety of my yard, but I believe they also come because they
realize that they feel better when they hang out here. And
they also become a little less wild and tolerate me being
a bit closer.
I love homeopathy. As a classical homeopathic practitioner,
awaiting certification, I welcome these occasional little
nudges, such as the above story, that demonstrate the miracle
of homeopathy and reinforce, for me, that I have found my
Simply translated, homeopathy means, “similar suffering,” in
that a substance that causes symptoms in a healthy person
will cure those very same symptoms in someone who is ill
with them. For instance, when we peel an onion, our eyes
water and our nose runs; in homeopathy, “Allium Cepa,” or
onion, is a remedy often given for the watery eyes and nasal
discharge accompanying the common cold.
Homeopathic remedies are incredibly valuable in the first-aid
treatment of burns, bruises, strains, insect bites, etc.,
and are an effective adjunct to conventional medical treatment,
as with a broken limb, by hastening the healing process and
with less pain. Most importantly, homeopathy has the greatest
potential to cure deep-seated chronic ailments for which
conventional medicine has little to offer, other than controlling
symptoms through drugs. Homeopathy has been practiced for
over 200 years and, in its current renaissance, is emerging
as a legitimate, effective, non-toxic, and (w)holistic healing
approach to health and disease. Often referred to as, “the
medicine of the 21st century,” its power to help people
is as close to miraculous as you can get in medical therapeutics.
Some of my stray cats did not survive the past cruel winter,
including the star of this story, while others did and with
most of their ears still intact. I continue to have a few
old faces and several new ones who show up, so I urge everyone
to spay and neuter their cats and show compassion to the
homeless among us. May cat hair ever adorn your clothing
and may the vital force be with you.
Dianna Medea practices classical
homeopathy in Weyburn, as well as in Regina at the Cathedral
Centre for Health, 3500 - 13th Avenue. She graduated from
the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy in Minneapolis, Minnesota,
USA, and is certified with the Council for Homeopathic Certification.
She also worked for many years as a registered nurse. Call
(306) 842-1065 for information or appointments, Monday through