It displeases me that you think I should answer what Gemini’s remedy was. It was a single homeopathic remedy that our naturopathic vet, who does classical homeopathy chose for us, based both on the Gemini’s digestive upset and her overall personality. This is based both on our major complaint (she has constipation/diarrhea and poops outside the litter box because of this), her overall health condition (good), her unique health history (which they have as they are her vets) as well as her personality. She hides, but she will hide even when she is not afraid. Our vet recommended Thuja. Based on the personality changes, this was clearly the right choice for Gemini. There are many remedies that deal with hiding and fearfulness, so please be aware that this is not something that you try because your cat might be similar to ours. This is good veterinary medicine prescribed to us by a doctor of veterinary medicine who is also a member in good standing of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.
My human adds this caveat as something that drives her nuts about acupuncture patients:
Herbs and homeopathics are real medicine. They can have serious side effects. To achieve a working dosage you often have to dose much higher than you will find in “herbal books” or online. Please, please consult a naturopathic physician, acupuncturist who knows herbs or an AHVMA member veterinarian if you pursue complementary healthcare. There is a reason naturopaths are licensed. They go to a lot of schooling to learn those things people seem to think they can read about online and dose themselves. Herbs work. They don’t work if you don’t take enough. If you take to much, some may kill you. If you take the wrong herbs, they may interact negatively with your medication, either overdosing you or negating your medication doses. If you want to use natural medicine, don’t think that it’s not dangerous. Consider that many poisonous plants, like datura, henbane and belladonna are used in natural medicine remedies. Pharmaceuticals are derived from them. And they are all deadly.
I think that’s the end of the public service announcement from the woman… Now, how about a little nip? You know, as a natural remedy?