MY wifes black cat is a favourite, is about ten years old, and as found as a starving kitten in the snow. He has always been in somewhat delicate health, probably on account of exposure and starvation when young. He had been falling off for many weeks without any obvious indication of illness, losing weight. Then he refused food altogether, looked dull and listless, was constantly dribbling at the mouth, and then foaming, producing large bubbles.
My wife thought that the animal was suffering, she wished to have him destroyed, but sent for the vet. He came and diagnosed kidney disease and retention of urine in the bladder, and left with her some medicines, which were forced down the animals mouth without producing any change for the better.
When allopathy has failed, homoeopathy is called in. I was asked to prescribe. Because of the salivation I gave the animal a few doses of Mercurius solubilis 3x, but I did not see any special progress. I looked through Kents Repertory, which under the heading “salivation” enumerates about 150 medicines, among them Nux vomica. The vet. had told me that Nux vomica was very dangerous for cats. As the cat would not eat and would not drink milk, of which he is otherwise fond, I gave him a few doses of Nux vomica 6, again with no particular benefit. The animal continued frothing at the mouth, refusing food and losing weight.
Naturally the cat had a dull and staring coat. Disregarding the mouth symptoms, I gave him Arsenic 3x, and to increase its appetite I gave him Thyroid 2x. Immediately the most remarkable improvement took place. The cat abandoned immobility, began to take an interest in food, appetite increased markedly, he became his old self again, and in a week or two his weight increased by twenty-five per cent, and he acts once more like a young kitten. His coat is glossier than it has been for years. the animal has been saved, thanks to homoeopathy.