As an animal lover, healthfood fan, and a partisan of 'natural, free, homemade and not necessarily store-bought,' I question the assumption that vets know everything worth knowing.

Why do I doubt that we need expensive animal shots/pills, toxic vaccines and manufactured diet products that vets recommend? Why do I feel that we don't always need vet visits for our furry friends? I think itís a lack of trust in MOTHER NATURE.

For over two decades, now, I have cared for a large flock of as many as 20 cats and often PRAYED for a vet's help because in such large groups, cats are ill occasionally. Wild Tom cats wander into the garden seeking friendship and they fight and get fat, infected cheeks. Queens have litters. As a single mother with four children to feed, I could not neuter these wild Toms or even their brides, my own kitty cats. So I was forced to observe Cat Nature and read up on cat holism!

It's an ill wind that blows no good; never being able to afford a vet taught me how to live without one, follow a cat-health diet so they would beat the childhood diseases, aquire immunity and pass it on to their children through nursing and never need vets. I also learned where you have to be wary. Predators are a biggie. Supervised Childbirth is another biggie. Organic food a third 'biggie'. As close to what cats eat in nature as possible. Never saw a cat eat cornmeal.

You will want to learn how to use that diet to crank up a catís immune system so that you can breed disease-resistant kittens if you choose to breed. I don't. I seek to neuter when I can get hold of a COUPON or two!

Ascending to 'amateur vet' status, like cat ownership itself, was inadvertent. In 1973, a Sikh girl, Seva Kaur, (no longer in the dharma as I'd half like to slap her around) gave me a pregnant queen she couldn't keep. A wiser pal warned me not to take it, but I shrugged helplessly and into my lap came Fluffy Tiger who soon delivered 6 babies.

I had four babies of my own and as a single mother, never had an extra dime for spaying, vaccinations or vets. Busy with children, I fed this whiskered bunch 'convenience' or generic canned food thinking this was OK or it wouldn't be in stores, right? (HO HO HO.)

Rents in West L.A. were costly and back in the 70's, I never had the extra pennies for 'fixing cats.' I would have WISHED to neuter, but 40$ each (then, now it's 150$) would have been $400 the first week so I postponed. Naturally, the queens multiplied into a flock --two then three dozen. We gave away kittens by the basket load. And activists taught me how to go see people's homes, and get their phone number and make sure they were real cat fanciers, not tye types who sold to experimentation labs.

At that time, I fed my tribe of cats --the 'itty bitty kitty committee' ---the most inexpensive kibble and canned foods available, often generic brands containing soya. When my tribe sickened on this diet, I did a google search and learned that you couldn't trust CAT FOOD MANUFACTURERS.

I began to rue that so ignorantly, I'd fed canned fish and beef by products and even force-fed it to sick kittens. Kittens had to get mother's milk while they went through the childhood diseases. It didn't 'stop' them up, or cause allergies. Just feed the mother.

 Not having a vet to advise me, I didn't know which childhood disease I was dealing with. I didn't know the names of the yellow mucus disease *(mycoplasma pneumonia,) or the smelly diaharrea disease. I just know that no matter how well I fed my tribe or how well Moms nursed them at weaning time the kittens got childhood diseases. My kids would shout 'Mom, get a vet'. My children had heard of cat shots and complained that I was heartless not to give them but with four children to raise and these huge L.A. rents, I could not afford vaccinations at $30 a pop, either.

Finally, so as not to get a total bad rep with my kids, I took one sick cat to a vet. The vet wanted hundreds of dollars so I said no, brought the kitten home and let the mother nurse it and I eyedroppered the kitten chicken broth with herbs simmered into it, (thyme, celery leaves, olive leaf, a good viricidal and old fashioned parsley). The kitten was on a pile of towels in a draught free box, with his mother having entry, and there it healed. The little guy survived and later had immunity to that disease, better immunity than the other, adult cats.

I made a command decision. To spend money on my rent, heat, gas to get to the market, and clothing for the human children and to try to get the kittens through these diseases with holistic remedies.

I should have figured the thing out sooner. My children were on a vegetarian diet, with plenty of raw foods with every meal. They never visited a doctor, Iíd told schools I was a 7th Day Adventist and my babies couldnít and shouldn't get vaccinations. They all had their tonsils and lively immune systems and there was no fever they couldn't beat. When disease hit my kids, I would feed them rose hips in orange juice for breakfast, chicken soup with a dozen herbs for lunch and dinner, fasting them really...and their T-cells would kick in, attack and kill the virus like a leaping panther. Later, they did not get re-occurrences of that particular virus because through that disease experience, they had achieved immunity. The same for me.

My children and I never have seen a doctor or used an anti-biotic. I never vaccinated a child. (In holistic circles, it is known that vaccinations are a shock to the body and children given vaccinations have danger of bigtime bad diseases, even death and with antibiotics, they continually get re-occurrences of the disease anyway.)

At the start of my cat owning days, I tried to do part of the holistic thing with cats, but for some unknown reason, I never correlated what I knew about human diets to the cats in our house.  I always longed for vets and vaccinations and blamed the high mortality rate on the lack of vets and shots.

There is a certain power in the seeker's mind to know it NEEDS truth and to attract or pull in the right teaching force..i.e. the 'miracle.' By chance one night, I tuned into my favorite public radio show, SOMETHING'S HAPPENING, at midnight on KPFK-FM and lo and behold, a HOLISTIC VET! (Public radio is long on gurus, mystics, holistics, medical leftists, radical politics, philosophers like Alan Watts and Baba Ram Das so why not a GURU VET?)

I took notes including his phone number and a few days later, took PEACHES, a sick teenaged girl cat to him (His name was Dr. Art.) and as he told me about cats, I made a lot of notes. This was the beginning of the cat healing knowledge I have today. In the wake of talking to him, I found a holistic cat book at the healthfood store. I couldn't afford to buy it, but I scanned its pages and took notes. I found that it is possible to create immunity to disease through a more natural diet and, when illness strikes, turn to holistic healing methods. Now, all the kittens survived childhood disease. What I learned was:

PREVENTION-The primary feeling of the holistic pet community is that prevention is best, especially nowadays when pet surgery approaches human in cost. Prevention of disease is based on vital foods and no toxic vaccinations.

The animal on a POWER diet may become ill with the 'childhood diseases of the cat world ---the so-called 'killer diseases' but most of your first generation will survive such diseases, the way healthy children survive the measles and chicken pox. That pet will then be immune to this disease, and so will his offspring.

To shun vets and vaccines takes an attitude somewhere between Buddhist forbearance, Taoist acceptance and American sang froid. You may lose some weak kittens, so be prepared. But in the end, this isn't ice cold Darwinian laissez faire. It's a compassionate "We will create the fittest and the fittest will survive."

POWER FOODS: So-called 'health food' products for animals have already started showing up in the marketplace but they're expensive. Don't bother with them. NO FOOD IN A CAN is good enough for your cat. The truth is that the best food use is probably fresh RAW meat. Some people say that today raw meat can be full of parasites and bacteria and viruses. In spite of this, the benefits of raw flesh on all-over health outweigh the dangers. When capons are on sale, 1.08$ an lb, I'll get a stack and freeze them. Pork goes on sale at 99c, I buy a lot. Chicken is often on sale for 69c an lb for quarters, 79c an lb for whole chickens.

Buy the meat in whole pieces, rinse well and freeze immediately. Then thaw, cook it up, slice it fine, serve quickly. Don't keep it around long. If serving frozen, thawed meat which is unstable, use it immediately when thawed. If you must cook meat, simmer, (don't boil or fry). Keep it slushy like chili.

ADD solar vegetables to the meat. Carrots, all greens except Spinach. Every autumn I boil pumpkin cool, insert in plastic bags, and freeze all the pumpkins I can grow. If I run out, they're l0c a lb the day after halloween and mixed with the meat are delicious and consumed to the last morsel. I bake the seeds and eat them myself.  DELICIOUS! And I take a few handfuls of seed, soak for a few hours, then grind with water, strain and every cat gets a tbspon before breakfast as that's when parasites are hungry. They inhale piparizine from pumpkin seed and die!

When I run out of pumpkin, I cook a lb of carrots in a pot, starting them earlier than the meat. When they are getting soft, I ad the meat. Remove from file. Each serving plate gets part meat, part vegies.  I dice with two knives until I get a lot of tiny vegies with plenty of meat juice and fat on them.

In a hurry? Keep cooked vegies in the fridge. Cook your meat for a second, mash in pre-cooked carrots, (herbs like parsley are optional) and top with freshly mashed, uncooked garlic, add a few drops of olive oil, cod-liver oil, bone-meal and pediatric or pet vitamins. When all cooked, throw in some raw juices, carrot, celery, parsley and such. If you have money, give raw juices with cream, in a dish, between meals. The cream adds Vitamin A and fatty acids which make the vitamins in vegetables assimilable.

The first rule of maintaining optimum health is: AVOID canned meat made of toxic 'meat-by-products,' Avoid GRAINS which all kibble type foods are made of. Cats aren't meant to eat grain. They don't have ptyalin in their saliva. They digest food with stomach acid, generated for flesh food. Dry kibble dehydrates the animal, ruins its kidneys and is usually filled with unhealthful palm or cottonseed oil.

Dr. Art taught me that canned foods, even the most expensive name brands, will cause a slow toxic liver reaction and food-allergies in the cat which throw its immune system off balance. The only sign is occasional slight mucus in the eye but that means the cat has waste products and acids storing in the body and hasn't digested the food well. Give that cat a very simple diet of real meat and vegetables, no canned food or grains. Enough toxic dump sites in his body and he will not survive the usual 'childhood' diseases.

I have found that the best is cheapest. Buy real, raw turkey burger or chicken burger in a frozen, plastic bullet-shaped package found in the store's freezer. All super markets have it. There is a full pound of turkey or chicken burger in the plastic tube. The .89C a pound I pay for turkey burger is much cheaper than any canned cat food partly because I cut it with vegetables.

Simmer vegies: roccoli, kale, collards, greens, but not oxalic acid greens like spinach. I have been warmed about the oxalics in chard giving KIDNEY disease to humans and definitely to cats, just as SALT will. I feed swiss chart alot as it grows like a weed chez moi. Benign vegies, pumpkins,  carrots ---simmer with the meat, then use a Braun hand grinder or hand mash. Or, if you're really holistic, STEAM the vegies, and add to the warmed, partially cooked meat. Thatís basically it.

I do not believe in giving cats grain or potato very often. Starches go undigested and leaves mucus behind and the basic philosophic concept behind holistic healing is one that's basically ecological in tilt. Don't allow toxic dumps of mucus to form because that's where disease grabs a hold. Same for humans. Milk and flour foods produce mucus. Quit those two, flus and colds never come your way, ever.

20th Century medicine is ignorant of the fact that toxicity causes disease. Allopathic medicine (what's mostly out there) is better at merchandising: i.e. " dirty disease can at any time get a hold on your nice clean body but our costly medicines come to the rescue every time." These are all post facto remedies. Give me PRE-facto every time.

The beliefs of homeopaths would be terrible merchandising: "Disease only grows where there's toxicity. Stop eating bad combinations of the wrong food, thusly removing toxins and you remove the source of disease." HOLISM would be a terrible tack for a capitalistic, linear society to take because LESS SHELF products would get SOLD that way, hence it absolutely stinks. It's heinous, anti-American heresy to admit that the downside of the body's universe is waste matter, poisons, toxins created by freely merchandised and toxic comestible products IN STORES but that's the horrible holistic truth.

Somewhere within us, a garbage barge loaded to the gills, trawls endlessly, looking for that ultimate dump site, and obviously, this barge is not turned away. A sequence of organs accept it, and in turn are dirtied, then invaded, infected and destroyed. Avoid the garbage pile by feeding the cat what he is meant to eat. RAW or semi raw meat with a little vegetable matter. Low starch vegetables are appealing to cats. They nibble grass in the wild and if you've ever seen a cat demolish a rat, you'll know that raw meat is appealing to them.

It is unfortunate, but most factory farm-grown flesh is infected with salmonella, which rats are not, but if you RINSE meat carefully in water, so meat surfaces are clean, and simmer until fully cooked, you get all of it out of the meat. I've been feeding under-cooked farm-grown turkey and chicken for years with no salmonella problems in my cats. Once I partially fried up a chicken piece for myself and GOT a horrid salmonella. Worse pain than childbirth and lasts two weeks! Aches everywhere, really lays you out!

So cook all poultry fully. I mix 2 parts of the semi cooked turkey burger meat with 1/3 part steamed, mashed carrots and add raw garlic as I serve. I use a masher or a Braun hand mixer which can turn a pot of lumps into puree in seconds. This is the simple diet secret that brought the flock back to health, back to immunity, and gave their bodies the ability to beat any disease.

THE SICK CAT: Into every whiskered darling's life a little malaise may fall. When your cat starts to feel unwell, and he gets the usual cat community flus, distempers, viruses or bacterial disease, do what your holistic doctor tells you to do, or your children. FAST. That's what I did. I used a variation for kittens who cannot fast as they're growing. I use the blood from slightly cooked fresh beefsteak and some chicken broth, mixed, maybe a little vegetable broth too, given with an eyedropper. I also immediately place the sick kitten in a large box if it's an older animal, or a smaller box if it's a kitten that might wander off the heating pad. I put several layers of toweling OVER the heating pad, which is set on LOW. Don't want to COOK him. It may feel good to the hand but still be overheating him, so err on the side of caution. His mother will come visit him or you can put her in his mother's litter box occasionally.

Whiskers will be restored to health by you, its loving mother, not a vet at some noisy, howling hospital that will freak out our darling, bleary pet. Remember how emotional you get when you're feverish? Imagine being abandoned in some Hellish Hospital of Howls. Puss has no chance of recovering when he's as freaked out and lonely as that place will make him.

Your cat's infection will be healed by love and warmth, by confining him in a box on a heating pad with several layers of toweling on top. Always test to see if you have sufficient layers because those pads are really too hot for mammals. You don't want to 'cook' the cat. But never leave a cat outside or free roaming in a room. He will flop on the floor where there are drafts you can't feel and become freezing cold. Purr-ball must be confined in a box with tall, sheltering sides and a box large enough to offer him bathroom facilities in one corner if he can drag himself to that corner. It must contain rags that you can change and wash frequently if he soils floor of box or himself.

Give feverish puss LIGHT MEALS, never fasting him entirely unless he's an adult and a fat adult. Dropper in raw vegetable juices for some meals, gruel, soup or other liquids a total of l0 liquid meals a day. You give also give pureed food 3 times a day minimum. You will also find or make some herbal healing additives. This is a lot of work, so plan on some family member staying home all day with him for a week or two. He will need bed rest, warmth, a perfect feeding regimen, all the things that work on us humans when they become ill, so this is great practice for someone who wants to eventually heal humans.

In healing humans, if there is a lot of mucus, you fast them to get rid of it. If a cat is fasted, he immediately flows with mucus, too, has difficulty breathing. If puss sounds mucusy, wrap him in a towel with a cowl hood, hold him over a steaming pot or basin and let him inhale the steam for 5 minutes. Put menthol paste, Vicks, Eucalyptus leaves or onions in the water for added power. Do this many times a day. He may wiggle but it won't scar his psyche. Our most affectionate cat Miranda Mumzoor, went through this hassle as a kitten, several times daily and survived this mucusy ashtma, living to be a mother. But for life, when she ate canned food or kibble, she got instant mucus. I had to keep her on real meats and vegies for life.

For the sick cat or kitten, there can be other meals beside chicken soup and blood. Give a sick cat rose hips from real roses. Take the red fruit, cut, throw seeds into garden to grow. Leave fruit soaking in fridge in 3 tbsp orange juice overnight. Next day, give to cat.

Take all canned foods from a sick cat. If the cat will eat, only give genuine meat, lightly steamed with greens then ground up into burger. If there is constipation, you do not give more food, you banish solids, and put sick cat (or human for that matter) on a juice fast. But when the cat has no appetite, gets violent at the sight of food, when his bowels are not moving and when he's exuding mucus, you cannot feed him. Fast him. Juices and soups only.

Don't do water fasts. Puss would quickly starve to death. You need to give him 'light' broth meals. When his appetite comes back, give real food, raw clean animals meat, no meat-by-products.

You can make a constipated cat's bowels move with a little 'green raw juice' between meals. Use bland juices like collards, romaine, and even parsley in small amounts. Stay away from mustardy greens like certain spicy kales, or oxalic acid- containing leaves like spinach, chard. Feed 3 or 4 light meals of genuine meat as opposed to canned cat foods. I like Gerbers chicken, turkey or beef. (I don't let any veal or lamb in my house as these are babies and there is much suffering involved in their being penned for slaughter.)

I dilute the Gerbers meat with a little raw, green juice to make a digestible soup or with their carrot, stringbean or broccoli product.

There really is no occasion to water-fast an animal, especially a kitten who is growing and needs nutrients. Fasting works on humans but not animals. They are growing too fast as kittens and are hence too fragile. Broth with egg yolk whipped into it when it's hot to kill salmonella, and other thinned out herbs & nutrients work best.

Light meals means no toxic cat food or gland meats, no fatty food like chicken  skin. I get all the bones and skin and give it to the possums when I see them arrive, at the same time every night.

LIght meals do not mean 'no nutrition.' If there is diahharea, you would feed brown rice gruel (or mush) mixed with Gerbers meats, vegies and acidophilis  just until the cat's bowels tighten up and no liquid stools persist. Ground up rice will 'bind' the bowels. To vary, give a yogurt meal but it has to be real yogurt, that bleeds when cut. Give clean-source raw meat in pureed vegetables, or Gerbers meats mixed with low-starch vegies like Gerber's carrots or string beans and some rice mush. Usually l jar meat needs 1/2 jar of vegetables added to it.

Raw egg yolks from FREE RUNNING farm chickens marked on the box CAGE FREE are great foods, mixed with Gerbers stringbeans or carrots as eggs by themselves are too acid reaction, rich and constipating for a sick puss. Pasteurize yolk for kitten formula this way: Drop into simmering water for ten seconds. Lift out with spoon.

Steam and mash fresh vegies or mince raw chicken or turkey, washing carefully to remove salmonella. I thank God that In L.A. we get a l-lb plastic 'bullet' shaped frozen turkey burger for .70c at the biggest super market chain. The same tube is $1.29 at all other chains. I give raw meat to animals that are ill. For an animal with some mucus emanation from eyes, mucus free avocado is a good protein. Haas Avocado which is high protein, (the black, bumpy avocados) is the richest of all. Along with pale green part, use the greenest part, just under the skin. NEVER give a hard avocado. Never give overripe avocados. They can hurt Mr. Whiskers and even kill a dog. To make GUACA-MEOW, press a dash of garlic into it, a few drops of our BIOFLAVONOID COCKTAIL (recipe below) instead of lemon and some TOFU mashed in well. Forget the tomatoes, cilantro and hotsauce that makes YOU love avocado.

A sick cat doesn't want to chew or swallow and will sometimes fight you, so this has to be done very 'tactfully,' to prevent a fight. Stroke the furball, soothing, talking to him, showing him family members, walk him around, showing him his favorite sites. Sit where he most likes to be with you, holding him in the crock of your arm, watching t.v. maybe. Talk to him. Tell him how much you love him and want him to get well. Very light massage to relax it, heal it, increase circulation.

Then, casually, help him assume the 'position.' On top of a rag, lying in Sphinx position, head up. Have that food all ready and pre-prepared right by your elbow. If it's a kitten, use a Gerber's baby spoon (available in super markets) with small, rubber bowl. The left hand goes over his head so that your left thumb and first finger can open top jaw. Use the SPOON TIP to open bottom jaw. Spoon- force-feed but gently. It's pasty, smooth food so it will slide down easily without his chewing.

Praise Puss after each bite. Continue until an entire meal is given. If his resistance becomes 'freaked out,' let him win. Walk him around again, try again later. If he eats his meal, put spoon down, resume your socializing on a very slow, relaxed manner as a reward. Spoon-feed thick soups (recipe below) or tofu-mole, or raw egg yolk (never raw egg white) mixtures. Do not cook yolks for sick animals. Their nutritive power is immense when uncooked. Between meals, give "Magic Rose Hip in Juice". (One of the most powerful foods on the planet is the red bolus of the rose, which becomes truly ripe months after the rose drops its petals. I have had great success in healing the so called fatal diseases by putting a cat on juices boosted by home-made SUPER high Vit C Rose Hips (which I find in the neighborhood on rose bushes).

These boluses are bright orange red and are washed well, to remove poison spray, then sliced very thinly into citrus juice. It must be ripe citrus juice. Most commercial lemons, limes and oranges are picked green and are a disaster, much too acidic. Soak for a few hours, so the energy of the red rose hip goes into juice. Then Add a squeeze of fresh raw garlic equal to what would fit on tip of your pinkie. VERY LITTLE or your cat will do a backflip. (The bolus' central seeds are thrown in a pot in the greenhouse to root rose trees for your garden. ) 5 rose boluses are enough for 2-tbsp. juice. I leave this Rose Hip mix in a covered teacup in the fridge to saturate. It's good after a few hours, even better after 24 hours. Throw away after several days and have a new one ready.) When you serve, it's alright for the juice to be chilled as that way kittie feels the liquid when it hits his tongue and the swallowing reflex is activated. An eye dropper is a good way to give it, or a teaspoon, taking care not to slosh so much down his throat that he inhales into lungs which will cause him to get pneumonia and die of something other than the illness he has. Getting food or liquids into lungs is very, very dangerous, so always feed slowly, paying great attention to the cat's swallowing reflex, by noting WHEN he is inhaling and shoving food in AFTER the inhale is over.

I give a sick cat several teaspoons a day of ROSE HIP fruit drink which is just what I would do for a sick child, too. Mammals with fevers dehydrate. It is very important for feverish animals to be given spring water or vegie broth every few hours, day and night. Be watchful for the sunken eye that means only an I.V. could rehydrate).

COUGH REFLEX-If you hear that wet breathing, realize a cat has mucus in the lungs, and cats cannot cough. You must rub his trachea, adam's apple and chest. Get him into a comfy socializing position on a towel in your lap. Rub from just under the neck to that place an inch down, where there's an indentation, over his collar bone, provoking coughing.

HERBS FOR COUGHS, TO SUPPRESS COUGH- wild cherry bark, thyme leaf, licorice root, skunk cabbage, petasites, elecampane, yerba santa, grindelia, bloodroot, sundew, radish juice.

TO DEAL WITH THE FLU-Lomatium, St. John's wort, Hyssop, Lemon balm, Thuja leaf, Echinacea. ELDERBERRY and Zinc,

TO CLEAR LUNGS-chickweed, lobelia/muellin, radish juice, white onion juice, cayenne, garlic, lemon. Shoulder stands work for humans, so if cat will allow you to do it, get him upside down.

FOR MUCUS-chamomile, peppermint, hyssop, ginger, cinnamon, golden seal, eyebright, ederflower, plantain, marshmallow, comfrey. Give strongly brewed chickweed tea with lemon, cayenne, garlic and onions squeezed in, as this breaks mucus up. Between meals, eyedropper a sick cat with herbal 'specifics' i.e. for lung mucus, chickweed and mullein tea. Don't give a mucusy cat any rice gruel. That's starch, it binds bowel and is for diaharrea.

TO KILL VIRUS- Garlic, Lomatium, St John's Wort, Hyssop, Lemon Balm, Thuja Echinacea. Licorice Root. Garlic. ELDERBERRY fruit. Teatree oil.

Cats cannot cough on their own like dogs. (One reason you canít feed liquids easily without drowning them.) When you want that cat to cough,you must create an itch so strong that the cough response is stimulated. I rub their throw, their adamís apple area, when you find the point that makes them cough. That will help empty lungs of mucus. Humans know how to spit mucus out when they cough; cats unfortunately don't, they swallow it. Swallowing it is still better than having it in the lungs where it can suffocate. Do the hooded towel herb steam inhaling 3 times a day with eucalptus, onions. Rub onion juice on cat's nose beforehand or squeeze slices with a hand held over steaming eucalpytus leaves in boiling water. As cats leap about unexpectedly, TOWEL-contain the entire cat, so he wonít flip the hot pot. Another person may have to hold the HEAD COVERING towel. Asthmatic cats respond to steam/herbs very well.

In addition, give sick cats three, substantial, vegetable meat garlic SOUP meals at her normal meal time. Sick cats must continue to eat while they fight off the virus or bacteria and there are certain foods that enhance the immune system (like rose hips.) Practice on yourself when you're ill, to find out what these are.

SOUP RECIPE: BUY: Chicken with bones, parsley, carrots, celery, onion. Simmer meat, cracked bones for 1 hour. Add vegies only for the last l0 minutes. Remove bones, blend or puree. Add lemon, garlic, bioflavenoids at the last minute. These you don't heat. Skim off fat. They don't need that, now.

When I first discovered 'healthfood' and New age healing techniques, PREVENTION OF DISEASE THROUGH DIET and FASTING were what I did for myself. At first sign of a sore throat, I quit all foods: meat, dairy, grains. I drank raw juices made on a juicer, ate vegetables only if I was starving. If the hunger persisted, I added butter to the vegetables. That always worked and banished hunger. I took various herb capsules that were tonic and specific for what ailed me, horseradish for my liver, for instance.

At first recognition of a virus, I would take nature-lax pills to empty bowel of all food from the day before, I'd keep very warm, wrapped up and rest l00% of the time and lo and behold, my immune system would kick in and that sore throat would go away. I had created the antibodies required.

Over the years, as I no longer created toxic waste dumps in my body, and had re-educated my tastes to enjoy savory VEGETARIAN proteins like nuts, avocados, vegie burgers, hummous, all disease ceased. The annual flu didn't come to my door. I feel it's the same for cats.

To avoid making our body a garbage dump, and attracting disease, learn to select POWER foods, use them mostly raw, and properly COMBINE, i.e. to eat proteins with salads, to eat proteins "dry"--- (no cokes, no milk) so food digests better. Don't mix acid digestion proteins with starches which require alkaline digestion. Eat grains with salad. No sour with flour. No sugar with meat. And no pasteurized dairy at all.

As animals don't eat a great variety of foods combining is not an issue for them. I did find that grains are not suitable for cats. Having no ptyalin enzyme in their saliva to digest starches, they simply turn grain into undigested mucus. I do not give kibbles at all. I give only market-purchased fresh or frozen raw meat, warmed, partially cooked, but mostly raw.

THE KIBBLE QUESTION:Many people feel grain is not natural to cats. I am one of them. Some cat experts recommend kibble be given but mixed with meat, and made mushy and wet, to avoid stressing kidneys and causing FUS. But I notice that grain causes mucus in immune compromised cats, immediately. Eyes start to water, mucus appears at the nose and asthmatics get snuffly. So I don't use it. I keep it around for feeding wild cats when they visit. Half of what I consider my tribe are not house cats, though one big tomcat, BlackJack sleeps in guest room, broke screen so he'd have in/out at will.

If you want to feed kibble and note that commercial kibbles are costly and often contain heart-damaging lard, cottonseed oils, make your own with any organic whole grain flour (just let soak in dough stage for 2 hours on back of stove to dissipate the phytic acid.) Best way is to sprout your wheat kernels or other grains in water for a day or two, then food process until it's a fine flour. Then proceed the way you make your OWN crackers. Add olive or other natural oil, a natural mineral rich vegie broth then roll into a large cracker. Bake at low temperature; always under 325 so nasty acids donít develop in the food, then crumble. Store air tight and dry, and slightly cool so it won't get rancid. Add to expensive meat/vegetable mixtures, but keep the whole thing mushy when served. If mucus develops in the cat's nose or eyes, discontinue starches and kibbles.

Not that meat is the perfect food. It can be a killer. The holistic vet, Dr. Art, told me that many cat health problems come from acid saliva which comes from an overloaded liver and a too rich diet. Change the diet he says. Banish skin and organs from chicken meals. And obviously, no tinned meats from Kal-Kan and Friskies. They're made of meat-by-products. This isn't real meat. Commercial pet food is really nothing but ground up 'offal' an accurate sound for what it is: bovine lips and hooves, chicken beaks and nails, cock combs and claws mixed with the rendered, dead fat from bodies of animals killed at the pound. This creepy graveyard brew will cause an immediate, invisible allergic reaction in your pet, an immediate drop of immune system integrity. That in turn invites viruses which are really opportunistic and secondary to the basic insulted allergic condition.

There's a reason FIV and FeLV are so frequent in animals today. They are CAUSED by that costly American diet of tinned meat by products. This diet will eventually damage the animals that consume it. If you love your furball, you'll give her real meat, cooked lightly in pure water, at low temperature, until part of it is no longer red, but much of it is pink and fairly raw. (Some sources say you shouldn't give RAW flesh unless you somehow KNOW there are no parasites in it but YOU CANNOT KNOW THAT.) So cook the meat at very low temperature, which leaves enzymes in the meat but kills parasite life, add some grated cooked vegetables (beet/carrot, greens/broccoli) mixed in with garlic at the end. If you drink celery or carrot juice, and frequently make it, add a shot to the plate of cat food for live enzyme activity is magic.

Always give bottled spring water, never faucet water, and always leave plenty of water on the floor in the cat's dish and change it daily as it gets dirty fast.

Dr Art told me that the most frequent disease of American dogs and cats is skin tumors. Kidney problems next. Both are due to skin no longer functioning as eliminatory organ. Remember, skin is a 3rd kidney. Poor skin means horrid smelling urine, all from a diet of l00% meat which puts a strain on entire animal's health. Add vegies to the meat, and 'loofa ' your pets' skin, also massage the skin, get circulation into the whole thick layer of it. Skin is almost 1/3rd of an inch thick. And get rid of that top layer of dried, old skin with a regular, good brushing. So get an OLD, strong bristle hair brush and reserve it for Fluffy or Butch.

Use camphor, peppermint, eucalyptus, fennel, spearmint on the cat's skin. Make strong teas of these leaves if you can find them, put brush in it, brush backwards into her fur. Use witchhazel and Lipton's tea on hot spots especially those near her ears. If you have lavendar or nasturtium in the garden, rub these upon his fur.

If you see spots where the hair is falling out, puss has MANGE, a form of liver disease, that weakens the body so parasites can get into skin. We must treat liver at same time as we try to kill the invisible bugs on the skin. FOR CLEANSING ANIMAL's LIVER: Add 5 mg zinc and 1/2 tsp real crushed garlic to food. Add l0,000 units of Vitamin A to daily food. GET RID OF FOODS that are toxic like commercial cat foods.' FEED ONLY A PURE real meat DIET: Give no milk or milk product to cat. Best food: real raw meat, like little capons, turkey burger or chicken cooked with carrot/collards, blended or crushed into meat. Cook vegies separately, mash, add to slightly cooked turkey burger. NO Table food, no salt. Use Plantain, or calendula, a common garden weed and flower, massaged into the skin once a day, also golden seal and lavender. Make tea out of these herbs, bathe it on skin. Open capsule of goldenseal, pour 1/2 cup boiling water over it, let it sit covered until it brews. Keep all teas in fridge between use. STICK cotton ball in tea, but cotton ball can't go back into tea. You need to pour tea on cotton ball, use a clean cotton or the disease gets in the tea. Get some NATURAL FLEA shampoo with citronella. Wash cat daily. After shampoo sponge on the lemon rinse.

LEMON RINSE. Slice l lemon thin, including skin, pour into heat proof glass jar, pour l pint boiling water over it, cover, let stand over night, then keep in fridge. Sponge onto cat several times a day. COMMERCIAL MANGE medicine is highly toxic, insults the liver which gives you a problem. But,if you take a few drops of mange medicine, mix it in the goldenseal tea or lemon rinse and sponge it on, you might made the parasite decide to give up, die, move or all three. Give your pet exercise and massage so there's optimum circulation in the skin, otherwise the kidneys are overloaded and the kidneys slowly die.

BOILS: I don't neuter my males so they often come home with big, sore LUMPS. Those big lumps look serious but they're not. They can grow very suddenly on a cat (often from a scratch or wound) and they aren't tumors; they're a boil or lump of white blood cells left over from an infection. Cats are so good at evacuating poisons that even lungs or lymph glands can dump their load through the skin, create huge boils which break open and heal perfectly. Couldn't happen with humans, but on cats, expect it. Easy to cure. Just apply hot compresses, or mullein poultice until lump grows bigger. The skin will become hairless and shiny, a sign that it is about to burst. Get cat over newspapers. Press, it will rupture, pus will depart the cat. Take cotton balls and squeeze the remaining lump clean, let it drain clear. Calendula petals boiled into a gauze, applied locally will heal it shut. Antibiotic ointment, the "over the counter" kind, NEOSPORIN, is fine too. Calendula flower is amazing in its ability to heal any hole on an animal's skin. You may think you need stitches but try this stuff. It's a common flower but products made of it are available at any healthfood store. My favorite is the atomizer spray.

KIDNEY DISFUNCTIONhappens to all animals on high protein dried feed, twice the protein level of tinned, cooked meats, and fish or tuna is especially detrimental to cats except in occasional meals. I NEVER use kibble, but if you're gone all day, occasionally, it's ok, just be sure to wet the kibble when you serve it. Use vegie broth, spring water or 'vegetable boil' water.

BALANCE the richness of meat and cut down on it's high uric acids by adding grated carrots (raw or cooked) to meat. Avocado and Tofu can be used. (NOTE: But make certain avocados are not overly ripe; they can kill an animal when they begin to smell sour.)

Homemade vegetable garden additives will be much more laden with vitamins than the artificial lab vitamins put in commercial kibbles and cat foods.


'T.V. DINNERS': When you travel, your roomie may not want to cook so leave her a stack of TV dinners. These frozen meals have to be fully cooked. When your local supermarket has a sale, load up. Boil l0 lbs of chicken, lamb, gland meat, sweetbreads, turkey or beef, mixing them as you wish. Discard the broth. It's all uric acid and not much use. Cool the meat, puree or hand blend, mix in a third mashed vegies, wrap in l lb. patties, freeze.

Cook 4 chickens at a time, cool, pull fatty skin, dangerous bones out, leaving in the calcium bone-KNOBS and as much marrow as you can, mash with vegies, or blend vegies into puree, stir in meat. Freeze.

Thaw l in the morning, nuke and pour this meat/vegie mixture over kibble, if your cats handle grains well, (mine don't) stir and serve. Le Petit Pet Gourmet will love his TV dinner.

COOKING FRESH DAILY- I find it just as easy to thaw out two bullets of frozen turkey burger, cook it up with carrots, mash it with an electrical hand masher but then, I never owned a Micro-wave, so what do I know? I cook from scratch for cats, twice a day and never think it's too much work.

HERBS AS MEDICINE-Dr Art spoke of healing specific diseases with herbal extracts. If animal is incontinent or has pain over kidney area when massaged, one brews a tea of plantain, parsley, fennel, carrot (any part), celery, comfrey, ginseng, mint, oregano, thyme, PLUS, and most important, all kinds of diuretics like cornsilk, uva ursi, and give by teaspoon. Puss probably won't drink it in her water dish but put it there anyway and prevent her getting garden or toilet water.

For animals with kidney problems, who have pain when massaged there, cut down on protein by extending meat with vegetarian proteins: tofu, greens, carrots, cauliflower, beets or other non oxalic-acid vegies and avoid dry kibble and high ash tuna or fish. How to make these foods appetizing to pet? MIX with some meat, give aroma with onions, olive oil, and garlic.

Dr. Art went on to talk about other fatal CAT VIRUSES: BABY CATS grown in a group GET a most often fatal, foul-smelling DIAHARREA called viral ENTERITIS. Or, they get DISTEMPER, (the fatal headcold). They get these two around the time the mother starts to wean them when they lose their mother's milk-carried antibodies. These are the two serious diseases in the cat world, the real killers. They are not hard to tell apart. It's distemper if fever, raspy breathing, lung congestion is present along with foul-mucus, suppurating eyes, swollen lymph glands, a bad odor from mouth and in room. If distemper is suspected, it is highly contagious by saliva, breath, hands, other pets, even the owner's hands, also through the area itself, so quarantine the sick cat.

Because they mess carpets, I always keep cats in the part of house with linoleum. I am lucky enough to have a separate breakfast room with a lot of furniture for perching on top of. The cats don't have to get under foot in the kitchen. They can use a window to get into a large, fenced garden. In summer the windows are open; in Winter they are sealed but the cat can go out the back porch door which has a 'cat door' in it.

Year round I have blankets, towels on the floor, a carpet, and a lot of cartons and baskets lined with towels. Their laundry gets done regularly. TO CLEAN AREA: Cats are sent into the garden. Floors must be swabbed in hot water, soap with a few tablespoons bleach added to remove germs or other, later litters can be affected. Always remove all pets while bleaching a room and for several hours afterwards. The fumes will give them compromised immune systems and lung infections. Just what they'll do to you if you clean a shower, for instance.

THE CAT BOX QUESTION: Cat litter boxes contain microbes and spread disease onto kitty's paws, and paws go in mouths. Boxes must be bleach-cleaned weekly and waste-cleaned daily, by picking up waste with a plastic bag over your hand. Throw waste into a larger plastic bag. Try to use 'cat doors', allowing cats access to yard and avoid cat boxes entirely. Cat boxes really are primitive and spread disease. But in rainy weather, you gotta have 'em. In Winter time, we all must use cat boxes as cats will not go out on a cold night. As I have never found the extra money in my wallet for expensive plastic cat boxes and liners, I like disposable cat boxes made from juice carton-bottoms from supermarket displays. I line them with plastic so there's no soaking the linoleum, then a newspaper, then fill with 1" cat sand. We use them for 2 days then dispose of the whole thing.

Kittens have their own, smaller boxes because I don't want them in contact with diseases from the adult box. Unless you are really prepared to sterile-clean litter boxes regularly, best is to train cats to go outside in the yard and let them use the flower beds. But cats are practical creatures. They cannot be bothered to go outside when the weather is chilly. Kittens can't be bothered, period. It is important to train kittens early about boxes, by making them available. Every time a kitten finds a new place to go, I plop a litter box lined with newspapers there. Kittens don't get sand in their litter boxes first week of toilet training. For two reasons. One is, they chew sand. The second is, SAND means 'TOILET' to older cats, and would encourage older cats to use the boxes I meant for kittens. So I only give kittens newspapers at first.

Kittens with the diahhrea or distemper lung/eye mucus disease have a high mortality rate. It takes kittens 2-5 days to die so you have to realize you have diaharrea (the smell is best indicator for me, it doesn't smell like usual evacuation. ) Juveniles and Adults can live longer. The cure involves rice mush with acidophilis powder in it.

If a sick cat is getting trampled you can place the ill member of litter in a separate basket with a heating pad set on low UNDER several layers of newspaper, then toweling. Kittens are 'given to the mother for feedings. Fever makes any animal prone to being cold. It exhausts them, gives them chills. Sick cats of any age should have a heating pad placed in their quarantine area, set on 'low,' with thick fabric firmly stretched over it to avoid overheating them. Make certain room is draught proof. Get down on floor and see what cold swirling air hides there. Blanket your windows and cracks under doors. Most draughts come UNDER doors. TOWEL the cracks up.

DIET FOR DISTEMPER- This is something that mostly hits kittens. They are very quickly without appetite and will not nurse with their mother. You can try, however. Beside mother's feedings, the attempt to heal distempered animals will involve oral feedings at 3 hr intervals. It will involve a thick soup or broth made of celery for natural salt, carrots/sml amt onions for natural sugar. Mix  with pasteurized egg yolks, (ten seconds in simmering water, lifted out.) pureed meat, or Gerbers chicken for substance and boiled cracked-bone broth for calcium. Add parsley, thyme, oregano, onions which are disease healers and squeeze some raw garlic in at the end. Puree or strain and give every two hours with a rubber baby spoon or eyedropper. Take care food isn't aspirated. Food can't be solid, must be mushy-wet as feverish cats 'dry up' their food and become constipated. They get 'stopped up' with solid foods, then die from constipation. So give water every hour or give Rose Hips in juice between meals. No milk is given a mucusy cat as milk produces mucus.

For cats with colds, one can experiment with raw chlorophyll juices, freshly extracted from parsley, celery, with a little carrot in it as well. But kittens with enteritis can't have juice of any kind.

DIET FOR ENTERITIS-Loose bowel kittens must have thick brown rice gruel and an electrolyte solution to replenish body's fluids, (i.e. a vegie broth made of celery for natural salt, onions and carrots for sugar. Put some ROSE HIP cocktail in, too.

GRUEL-The main food for a loose bowel cat is gruel. The idea is to 'stop' the cat up. Use basmati/brown rice gruel spoon or dropper fed. Rice gruel is the healing food par excellence for diaharrea in animal or human. RECIPE: Toast or parch your brown rice on a thick skillet. Not too hot or it will get brown. Turn it golden. Some grains will pop like popcorn. Cool. Grind in blender into fine powder. Use a strainer to sift out the larger crumbs. Take the fine flour that results, drop into boiling spring water, as if you were making mush. Add pinch salt and little honey to replace what body has lost. Boil slowly for 3-5 minutes, til thick. Keep extra mush covered in fridge, heat when needed, thinning with more spring water as required. Dr. Art recommended goat's milk yogurt which you can make yourself with a qt. of goat milk and some culture from a container of plain yogurt and which puts the right kind of bacteria inside the cat to fight the WRONG kind which is making him ill. Cow's milk is fine if that's all you've got. But I use acidophilis powder, now available in capsules at the healthfood store, breaking one open on each serving of mush.

There are other things to do for diaharrea. One source suggests hot astringent enemas. A mixture of geranium, ginger root, mint, strawberry leaves, comfrey, magnolia bark made into a tea, eyedroppered warm up the rectum of animal and orally, too, (but with a different eyedropper) Do this only if cat is conscious enough to swallow. Be careful as if he's groggy, he'll breathe in any food or liquids and die of suffocation or pneumonia. In sick cats, the swallowing reflex sometimes disappears. Make certain food is hot or cold so that he feels it in her mouth. If it's body temperature it will be inhaled into his lungs. A friend uses a needle on a tube and a bag of hanging sterile water to hydrate her sick cats. She has acccess to vets and cat activist orgs. I don't. Never got one. Tried the one she lent me though. Hydrating a cat is real easy!

FOR ADULT CATS: You can FAST older pets, fatter pets, but when animal has diaharrea and is fasting already, in a sense, because there's no food absorption from diaharrrea, his body is being STRIPPED of minerals, sugars, salts. Give an electrolyte replacing solution such as vegie broth. That's what we do for any mammal with diaharrea. When he's COMPLETELY RECOVERED, give fresh, raw Chlorophyll juice, diluted for minerals, high energy. Juice is made up of parsley, watercress, kale, comfrey, romaine, and other gentle greens that have none of the highly laxative oxalic acid found in spinach/chard.

Kittie's immune system can attack the enteritis virus if we can plug her bowels and prevent her dehydrating while she's ill. When puss starts to recover, she can have thicker soups and solids. 2 tbsp of vegetables and Gerbers pureed meat and carrots mixed might be a meal. If you KNOW there is NO salmonella in your egg yolks, raw yolks with warm milk might be good for a cat that was half way recovered. Meat/egg by themselves are too rich for a really sick cat. For them it's better to feed vegetable/meat and bone broth. Simmer meat/vegies in pure water 1/2 hr, low temp. Cool and give by eyedropper or murine bottle. Someone must feed sick puss at night, so shifts must be arranged in the family with feedings at 3 a.m. and at dawn.

Animals could not get such loving care at a vets, and the strangers would alarm them, give them the 'blues,' so you're probably going to have your best swack at healing them, at HOME where five family members can take turns with the meals every two hours. The 3 a.m. feeding is the hard one. Give it to someone who's not an insomniac, the type that can go back to sleep after an earthquake.

If cash is tight, you can cure your cat without a vet. Spend your cash on the human members. A vet costs 50$ a visit, minimum, hundreds for days boarded. An animal, for all we love her, is still an animal. If the budget for humans is tight, perhaps an animal shouldn't be ON it in the first place. If you're collecting cats, that's a well known psychological infection!

EYE PROBLEMS:Many otherwise healthy kittens get drippy eyes. Clean eyes with mild boric acid or mild lemon water solution on a cotton ball. (Put 1/2 tsp boric acid powder in l cup boilng water. Keep in jar. Pour onto cotton ball so jar doesn't get infected.) Golden Seal, Yellow Dock, Eye-bright herb tea, VERY diluted lemon juice (.005%) or codliver oil can also be used to clean eyes to prevent bacterial infections from starting in this 'culture.' If the drip turns into conjunctivitis, use Neosporin ointment topically, and dose ROSE HIP COCKTAIL, by mouth. (slice red rosehips into OJ, leave covered, overnight) When one kitten didn't respond to Neosporin which usually works, an ointment of bactimycin, other mycins...(GET ORIGINAL FORMULA not NUMBING one,) I used CALENDULA spray, available at the Healthfood store. It worked miracles for me when nothing else would. I sprayed it into the eye, then rubbed the Neosporin over it. This flower has amazing healing properties. I could tell you about the time the pitbull nipped off my cat's tail how it healed that wound and skin grew over entire stump.

The EYE INFECTION SYMPTOMS that go with most virus can blind baby cats. Art said that boric acid wash, eyebright tea, mild lemon juice in distilled water could be used. Iodine in mild solution also works, while codliver oil, NEOSPORIN or other 'over-the-counter,' triple antibiotic ointments are placed under lid, then with eyes closed, rubbed thoroughly into eye socket. Make certain the Neosporin has no lidocaine or numbing agents. Get 'original formula'. The 28 gram tube costs the same as a 2 gram tube the vet sells.

PARASITES. Dr. Art told me that even a holistic vet likes a DRONSIT pill or shot for tape worms but I expelled a tape worm once, years ago in Mexico, after a snack of pumpkin seeds. So give this age old remedy a try. For all kinds of Worms, try Green or black walnuts hulls, garlic, pumpkin seeds ground up in water, then soaked in that water overnight, given in food or raw, strained and by eyedropper or teaspoon on an empty stomach. Pomegranate root bark is another worm killer and we all know someone with a pomegranate tree. Piperazine preparations (the active ingredient in pumpkins seeds) bought over the counter (most worming products have it) will also do the job. What ever you use, you must mark it on a calendar and repeat it l5 days later to get the hatched baby worms which you couldn't GET when they were eggs. I am always checking stools with a magnifier and flash light to see when I must repeat.

MITES IN EARS:-Use a Q-TIP or I use sticks, wrap them with cotton to get a slightly fatter q-tip. Or take ordinary QTIP and wrap a little extra cotton on it. NOw, clean out all of the tribe's inner ears. If you suspect mites or little bugs to live inside a cat's ears, as you saw a BLACK tarry EXUDE on the qtip,  use garlic/lemon juice on a fresh Q-tip. I mix a lethal combo of ingredients, or even just one of these items: Tea tree oil, (healthfood store,_ black walnut extract, (made with cut up husks of walnuts picked while green, lemon, garlic. Or NEEM oil. (Hindu market) It gets rubbed in by cotton on stick. Also I hear powdered boric acid works but not as fast as my blend. Soon you'll notice the cat no longer has any black exude in ear, (bug dung) You have KILLED the bugs.I grow black walnut trees. The husk (when green,) is paracidal. Alcohol captures its essence. A little rum, brandy and garlic, tea tree, black walnut, lemon, you're mite free.

CONSTIPATION IN KITTIES-Constipation in kitties isn't necessarily true constipation but can be from intestines doubling back into themselves closing passages and if that is the case, it is quite mortal. Give kittens an entire CLOSET FLOOR in a back bedroom where there's scant traffic. Or a large box both nicely hooded and cozy but also with space they can crawl around in, and always throw in a towel or thick blanket fabric for foot traction so they don't slip around on cardboard and even when SMALL, they get plenty of exercise. Don't let cats lie on each other. Give the mother cat room. Do not give constipating civilized foods to a baby cat. When young cat leaves nest, starts running around house, initiate meals of pureed meats mixed with vegetables or Gerbers vegies and meats mixed. Give a good diet from start; If a kitten shows symptoms of a hard, distended stomach, is constipated, and you suspect intestinal 'doubling up,' massage may help return intestines to place. Surgery is the only other alternative, and it would cost a ransom, so massage your heart out.

KIDNEY DISEASE is the Achilles Heel of all OLDER CATS: PREVENTION: NO SALTED HUMAN food or canned human fish! Also a Low Ash diet. Give no dry kibbles to male cats. Give cheap meat. Your butcher has many meats under 99c an lb which used to be about what canned catfood costs. Now it costs $1.40 an lb if you use canned cat meat. And even if you use real catfood in a can, cut way down on FISH varieties with males. Why does every generic, canned slim price catfood on the market have fish as its sole ingredient? Why isn't the ash content written on packages of cat kibble??? Because consumers don't scream at petfood producers. If you love animals, start writing angry letters. Meanwhile, load up on sale cuts of steak, sale chicken, (I can find 5 lb bags of drums for .39 a lb quite frequently); sale lamb is rare, so is pork. In the old days I did not give pink meat to my pets or family as parasites are endemic in meat but the illnesses kept coming. So finally I said, parasites are not as mortal as disease and I went with the raw meat, with no bad results. Of course, I always lard food with raw garlic after it's cooked, which kills parasites. Half the time I gave their meat and fish raw, half the time cooked. With all meats, remove fat, toss away, freeze the meat in 1-day ration size packages. Go fishing; save junk fish or bait fish. Always de-bone fish. Fish bones are more lethal than modern chicken bones. What you might do is simmer, cool, large amounts of fish, then STRAIN, add boiled pureed carrots, vegies, then package in foil or plastic, freeze in small cubes. Microwave before serving. Be certain to get all fish bones out of final product as one tiny bone can kill a pet.

The DISEASES which Vet sees most often are:

DISEASE       SYMPTOM           CAUSE                         CURE

1.SKIN            visible                           weak kidneys            water/brushing

2. Heart          shortness of breath fat/sedentary                        exercise

3. KIDNEY       incontinence          overload protein            VEGIES! diuretic herbal teas

4. FLEAS,             scratching            bugs                               bath, flea comb

FLEAS! This last is the problem that bothers pet owners most. To fix, buy a few Essential oils like citronella, pennyroyal, (NEVER directly on skin, just on fur) cedarleaf, teatree, eucalyptus. Or make by boiling leaves, cooling, pouring off the fragrant oils which rise to top of water. Fingered through coat, placed on all four paws, and different pulse spots on the body, they will actually repel fleas. Or use 'erigeron', Canadian fleabane on the cat's coat or get 'Wooly and Wild' spray (available at 800-368-5057.)

THINGS FOR CAT TO TAKE INTERNALLY FOR FLEAS: mash a garlic clove and Vitamin B-1 tablet into every pet meal. I use dried garlic powder added after food is cooked as it's so easy to use. FLEA REMEDIES FOR YOU: If you are bitten, put itchy ankle under hot water faucet 5 seconds, as it removes itch.

I find that my kittens attract l0 times the fleas as adults so I use them as vacuum cleaners for my house. Once a day I bathe the kitten. (I only do this in hot weather, i.e. flea season). A kitten bath is different from an adult bath. You pre-fill sink with body temp water with one drop of detergent in it. You slide him in up to the ears but not allowing water in ears. Hold him there if he's ok with that, until fleas come to the tummy, throat. They will, as they move immediately to the highest point of kitten's body. Then, wrap in teatowel, carry him out into the sun where your reading glasses and another bowl of soap water await. Pick off the fleas. They can't move because they're wet, fur is wet. It's like shooting ducks in a barrel.

ADULT CATS: In warm weather, shampoo cats. Get two sinks of body temperature water ready; one for soaping, another with clean water for rinsing. In Winter, set up a towel or two and floor heater full blast, get bathroom warm, bring puss in and lock the doors.

You will be using diluted human shampoo, diluted pet flea shampoo or plain old bar soap. Immerse puss slowly, talking in a friendly voice, soap him all over. Caress the spots his mother usually licks so he realizes this is a grooming exercise not an attempted assasination by drowning. Use an old toothbrush to loosen flea refuse on lower spine tail top which accounts for that red color that comes off the cat. Then rinse him in second bucket or sink, or tub. A two sink kitchen basin is great. After rinsing him, squeeze him off, wrap him in a towel, sit down to pick individual fleas off. I peel back towel a little from his face, start on top of head. Then peel back from neck, work that area, then shoulders. Fleas are suffocating under towel and trying to crawl up to the head, so this method peels him slowly, like a banana.

Towel him dry if it's cold. If day is warm, go outside in sun, pick off fleas that are suddenly immobilized and quite visible. They're the color of copper pennies, very shiny. Squash on table surface or newspaper with fingernail or drop into a pot of hot water with l drop soap in it.

On cold days, (rare that fleas are a problem then) plop him in front of heater and rub him dry and search for stragglers. If you want, you can use a dry brush to fluff his fur but they'll fluff automatically unless there's soap left unrinsed. I do one cat after another ----while I've got the set up, changing the water for every cat.

A kitten will usually float happily in the warm water of this bath. An older cat who has not been bathed regularly all his life is an anxious customer, and you should wear thick rubber, old, torn dishwashing gloves that you've saved for this, and talk calmly but be fairly quick with the two dunk-scrub-rinse- scrub movements.

CHILD BIRTH- 1.) Location Location. Create corners in closets, in boxes. Line with towels. She'll take her pick.  NEVER let a pregnant cat outdoors until babies are too big for possums to eat. That's two maybe three months. Other cats also eat kittens and so do barnyard critters of all sorts. And unsupervised births give HERNIATED UMBILICALS, meaning INTESTINES, hanging out in a big bulge like an egg yolk sized tumor. Only thousand dollar surgery can fix a hernia! So you must catch the baby in mid air and make sure the umbilicus reaches to the ground before you let the little guy go or he'll HANG by his umbilicus and it'll herniate or infect! Neither is good! SO QUEENS must be locked in the house, shown their CLOSET FLOOR, lined with nice towels, far from the clamor of the household. Fail to do this you're gonna end up with VETS BILLS thru the roof to patch the muscles of the kittens' stomach or cure infections of the TEARS at umbilicus by cords being yanked.

DUE DATE: She'll lick her butt, that means they're coming. Take her to her prearranged closet, rub her lower back muscles, have sterile scissors ready to cut umbilicus, as far from kitten's body as possible! Leave it there to DRY! No matter if it's four inches long, leave the big long umbilicus.

Next kitty is coming? Rub the muscles over kidneys, in her lower back, during spasms. Rub her lower brain of she's worried. Lift, don't pull the baby or cord as it emerges so it doesn't HANG by its umbilicus and RIP its own tummy. If you can lift baby far enough from Mom and she's not intruding (her instinct is to bite off the cord,) you can scissor the cord. Leave a few inches there to dry up. DO NOT cut near the belly. Scissors can slip, you're nervous, she's moving fast, so in and out deftly! eh?

Now if you're at work, unaware, or just busy it is entirely possible that she'll disappear on you, not show up for a meal. You'll never know she went thru labor. You'll just hear the kittens' little mealtime squeals. You'd better pray none of them were hanging too long in the mid air! Ripping their guts out.

If she has gotten outside and had a litter outdoors, in the bushes, retrieve the entire gang, create that sheet/towel lined closet floor and leave the door to that room ajar so she doesn't feel trapped.

YOUNG KITTENS: From the 1st day of life on, I take kittens into the light. put on my glasses and pick off fleas. If you have a sensible Queen who's in the house all the time, there possibly will be no fleas.  I do the search with a cup of water beside me. l drop of detergent in it to immobilize the fleas who can float on a water surface and crawl right out of that cup.

On-Kit-fleas are much faster than on-adult cat fleas because they're drinking all that young blood and fur is dry and thin so they can really scoot. So, here's the trick. I wet my fingers, rub a dollop of water on the tummy, which immobilizes flea, then pick it off. Fleas scurry away from light so quickly turn over kitten, rub at those scurrying fleas. Abundant water on your finger stops them in their tracks. Now, pick them off, into cup of liquid that paralyzes them. (1 drop soap does it.) When you put kit on his back, exposing tummy, fleas run to the other side. When you put kit on its stomach, fleas zip back to original side. Flip him on his back and fast, wet the bug-club down before they can scurry. Do this daily. This will keep your adults clean automatically but make the kitten dizzy as hell. Note from DAY ONE: I make friends with kittens only when mother is present, and purring. Otherwise the babe might think you're an enemy. It takes some quality time with mother present, sanctioning to have kittens trust you. I DO NOT BATHE til a few weeks old.

FLEA COMB METHOD: These combs are expensive but they work. Get the finest tines available. Fill sink with hot water. Stand him in a shoebox near sink edge, left hand on him so he doesn't ever jump out then fall. Comb with right, One long stroke over side, Then drop him in the box for safety while you quickly, with left hand, pick the fleas off comb into hot water. Go back to the box before heís clambered out. Stroke down under his tail to ankles. Clean comb. Then do cheeks, top of head, under neck, then tummy. Fleas travel so keep turning him, combing.

If you have enclosed yard and front patio, feel free to make your cats live outdoors in warm weather. If you have other cats around, your own or wild, that cannot happen. Everyone will seek to eat the kittens. Worse is wild dogs, foxes, wolves, coyotes and especially possums who will actually eat kittens. Don't keep any cat litters outdoors, day or night. I even make certain all my adult cats have a fulltime open door to get inside in a hurry. Dog doors work fine. Leave no kittens outdoors, ever. If an outdoor cat has a litter, keep her inside until they're 8 weeks old, then, in the patio, arrange super market carton boxes so that a multi-wind shielded home is arranged, cover with a canvas to keep boxes from moving, and to insulate as well as shelter from drafts. You will create a floor of stacked newspapers, carpets, towels or rags, with the heating pad underneath the rags if anyone in the litter looks ill. But if there are possoms about, cats must be 4 mos old, minimum to escape being eaten. Possoms can climb into that fort.

CITY PATIOS: The problem is neighbors who let their dogs walk without leashes. Those dogs can smell the kittens and will bound into your yard or patio and snap and shake and kill them in one second, so you must have gated patios. Usually dogs will not leap over fences, but don't count on it. They have leapt into my garden and fences were nose high to a human!

As once upon a time, I had pitbulls in house next door, it was necessary to show each cat what's there. Hold him on your fence top and call the dog. Growl at the dog. Make the dog insane. Throw rocks at him. Make him growl so the cat recognizes an angry beast is on the other side of the wall or fence. Dogs will kill even adult cats. NEVER fail to feed your cat or he'll try to sneak past the dog next door to get HIS plate. Doesn't work. Dogs sniff, even in the dark.

THE INDOOR CAT FLEA QUESTION: Don't banish babies to outdoors because of flea-fears. Let small babies live inside. So many people are afraid of cats being inside due to fleas, and don't realize how easy it is to get rid of this bug if you know a few tricks. And how hard it is to bring back to life a chomped on kitty. Possums eat all the kitten except the head. They prowl at night.

Do your flea cleaning daily. Use baby kittens as vacuum cleaners. Yes! It's a well known fact that fleas prefer young, sweet, tasty kittens. They will stay off adults. If you comb babies every few hours, you will, be colecting every bug in the house.

Adult fleas lay eggs, so vacuum twice weekly. Put a chip off a moth block inside the vacuum bag. Shake eggs off tablecloths where cats sit, into bath tub, then clean all table cloths in the washer, on hot' setting.'

Flea collars are a very bad idea as these deadly pesticides put a terrible load on your cat's immune system meaning all the really funky diseases can get in the door. Putting poison next to the breathing orifices for 24 hrs a day is toxic on the liver too and may account for rising cat cancers.

To maintain a bug-free cat, between baths, get a flea comb with the FINEST teeth available, only found at pet stores. Comb the animal. I stand cat on the ledge of the sink so fleas fall into soapy water. With two fingers, I slide along tines, pull fleas off comb into hot water so they fall in sink. If outside, they fall in a pan that has l drop detergent in a huge pan of hot water so fleas can't crawl out. When you de-flea a cat in the sunlight, you can see every flea. Their penny brown color leaps out at you. It especially helps if his fur his wet as there's no fluff to hide the bug and he can't move in the wet fur.

To create a non-flea environment, throw salt in the carpets, never diatamacious earth (silica) which destroys the pet's lungs through silicosis or 'black lung' and kills the cat as well as the flea. Vacuum the entire house regularly and put a mothball in the bag or throw the bag OUT, afterwards. Do not use spray poisons or gases as remnants will kill cats, you and your children as well as the fleas and it's serious overkill when you think of how easy it is to work a cat over for fleas and how much fun it is for a loving owner to groom his baby cat. See, fleas are not a real problem. PET OWNERS are and DISEASE is.

Let's look at the serious offenders, the CAT'S MOST FREQUENT DISEASES: Distemper (the common cold run rampant,) and diaharrea. You must catch these early, when the cat first starts having supperation from eyes, before he is lying around listlessly. If the serious diseases get a head start, they are very hard to cure. Immediately start regular tonics that lift the immune system: rosehips in orange juice, chlorophyll juice. Or make a solution by soaking onions in ripe lemon juice & water, strain, serve in eyedropper or teaspoon. Do all three each day. Keep his room warm and get on knees to feel for drafts. Force feed if cat doesn't want to swallow by giving homemade soups. Most of all, keep room warm. If you have your head in the clouds and don't notice the animal is getting ill and the first thing you see is a very sick pet, flailing around on a cold floor, confine him on a heating pad in a high-walled box. Pad is set on low, several towel thickness over it so he won't 'cook.' Keep him hydrated and fed. I often play Chopin or Mozart on the radio, 24 hours a day.

DIAHARREA: make toasted rice gruel. Slip thousand percent diluted human antibiotics like penicillin or sulfa pills in the Electrolyte solution ---a sweet and salty liquid that you give between meals which can be orange juice or apple for sugar, or lemon juice with added sugar, or vegetable broth. I add celery juice for the salt required. I also add a few drops soy sauce to each ration of his gruel as it creates body salts.

TO PREPARE GRUEL: Toast brown rice on a thick pan, until some grains pop, all is lightly toasted; grind into a flour in the blenderjar. Sweeten lightly & boil in spring water w. few drops soy sauce or salt, until thick. Store in fridge; reheat as needed. Give by teaspoon. Gruel will 'stop' up the cat. Give no proteins to a cat w. diaharrea. If all this seems too much work to you, in a pinch, Gerbers baby cereals are good. Usually the kitten's own immune system will nail the nasty intestinal bacteria within a few days. If you give antibiotics, be sure to give yogurt to him when he gets well, to restore intestinal bacteria.

Now, for that big problem, IMMUNE SYSTEM DEFICIENCY. One in 6 American cats has one of the two deadly feline leukemias, says the IDEXX Corporation of Portland who surveyed 1,500 vets in the USA. 7.4% had Feline Immune deficiency virus, or FIV and 13.3 % had Feline Leukemia, or FELV. Both cause impairment of the immune system, says Alice Wolf, a vet researcher at Texas A&M University. I've heard that cats can live fairly long lives with feline AIDS disease, especially if not exposed to another sick cat. Vets do expensive testing to see if your cat has AIDS. If it does, they recommend putting it down. Another reason not to go to a standard, allopathic vet. I've had immune system compromised animals live to ten, not the usual twenty, and they did not infect other cats.

I raised one cat from birth, when she was abandoned by her mother. I fed her cow's milk, which ruined her liver. I found out as when this, my most favorite cat of my entire life, Peaches, became listless and weak, I took her to meet Dr Art, the holistic vet. He told me she has a toxic liver, obvious with her bad breath and rotten teeth, but unusual for a year old cat. At that time, I was still feeding canned foods. I did not discontinue them. Within six months, I lost her.

On another occasion, a Queen had a huge ball under her skin, the size of a tangerine. I didn't know what it was, so I took her to a vet. The vet told me he would have to operate as it was a boil. The operation would cost $300. As soon as I knew what it was, a BOIL,  I took her home. Began hot poultices. The thing got really big, the skin got thin as paper. I had my son holds her back legs my landlord her front legs and successfully performed that surgery myself, lancing the boil with a sterile razorblade. The first stroke of the razor caused pus to shoot out, hitting us and the walls of the room. I pressed her skin, expelling it all, then put some sulfa powder on the skin's edges. A spray of calendula petals closed the wound. The wound drained clear and healed and she lived for years after.

But I'd made it hard on myself. No need to slice, I later discovered. Those fruit sized 'boil tumors' are easy to fix with steam heat. Holes and gashes in Cats are as easy to treat as a splinter in a human. One uses wet-heat poultices (herbal tea soaked into a washcloth and used as a hot, steaming compress). After a few hours or maybe a day or two of that, this boil will explode so keep cat confined away from furniture and rugs. Best is to anticipate the proper degree of thinness of the boil's skin and punch it with the point of a sterile seam ripper, facing boil down onto newspaper. It'll drain instantly, fully. Needle is too thin to make a difference. Or, after her hot poultice, put her outdoors for a fw hours.

Boils absolutely do not require surgery. That vet exaggerated in order to get 300$ which I obviously didn't give him. So add hot poultices to your methods. It may take several days of 20-minute hot soaks but suddenly the cat will get this urge to scratch and the boil will be ready to burst. Let it drain and medicate with neosporin or calendula petals, which seal any wound. The gash always heals easily in cats, even without calendulas, and I have learned, you don't even need to take a stitch with a needle or use a bandaid to pull skin together! These holes seal themselves automatically especally if you use calendula tea or calendula spray available at Healthfood store, but easy to make as a tisane from flowers in your yard. Calendula SHUTS the wound by magic. Ask me for seeds, send a stamp, I will forward a lot of seeds to you. As I write this, I am typing pain free when I just cut my finger & closed a sizeable hole with calendula --raw petals, pulled from a flower in the yard, smushed into a wad, laid against wound.

When Walter, one of my cats went in the neighbor's yard, he was confronted with a pitbull. Walter tried to flee over the fence but his tail was shredded. I didn't realize until a few days later. The smell of rot was horrific. IT WAS GANGRENE. My son and I  amputated, with pruning shears but forgot to pull SKIN back and leave that extra skin to fold over the stump. Three inches from his butt, he had a cross section of tail an inch wide, a bare coin of meat and bone, size of a silver dollar, all bare raw, with visible red meat and bone. We should have pulled back a lot of skin before we amputated to have something to work with. But lo, there is one magic herb that will GROW skin. We used calendula spray daily, with a little Neosporin on top, as calendula makes any wound close, and in a week, the skin had grown over the stump. Of course, we bandaged after spraying and changed bandage daily but there never was a hint of infection. And now his name is Stumpy and he's a happy little guy and 8 yrs later is still the tail-less king of my tribe!

Immune System Deficiency is the serious threat to my cat tribe. It's genetic, environmental and prevalent. During the late 80's, I became aware that many cats grew to adult hood but had no ability to survive disease. Many survived a year or two but in my huge tribe of 30 cats, there were a lot of illnesses ping-ponging around so they couldn't have long lives. Later, when I began to feed frozen turkey burger with collards, all diseases stopped in my other cats and I realized an immune system cat could live ten years. Some of them lost the AIDS and became healthy again.

Twenty five years ago when I started keeping cats, I had KIDS! My ex was in Mexico and their dictionary didn't have the word 'alimony' in it.  I couldn't afford to have any animal vaccinated, or to have any animal's blood lab tested and diagnosed, so I'm not certain what all they had. I know that whatever virus it was --it exploded into action, killing many kittens, at weaning time, when a cat will become most susceptible to opportunistic infections. In survivors, a localized infection sometimes settles in a specific body part, like the ear or eye or lung, causing life long organ infection, complete with pus exudes.

Vets maintain that cat diseases cannot be transmitted to humans but I disagree. Never get within sneezing distance of a sick cat. Don't kiss a cat that has teary eyes, indicating a head cold, as in HUMANS a droplet of cat saliva gives an instant, very sore throat, l0 days of ghastly fever if they are carrying MYCOPLASMA PNEUMONIA! Don't put your hands to your eyes or nose after handling a cat or get too close to their breath. Wash hands and dispose of all kleenexes, cotton balls used on them. Viruses LIVE for a considerable time on dishes so don't use human dishes for sick cats. And obviously, don't invite clawings or admittance of their body fluids into cuts on your hands. Your lymph glands will swell up like a football for a week. I had it happen, and it's scary. I hear humans even die of catscratch fever sometimes.

There is a great deal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Epstein Barre appearing now in humans, mystery viruses of lengthy duration that damage the human immune system. No one knows if pets are the Typhoid Marys, the guilty culprits, the carriers. They may well be.

I know I have been sneezed upon by cats, felt droplets hit my EYES and had my throat glands swell up within the hour, and stay swollen, keeping me violently feverish for l0 days. On the first occasion, it segued into a very phlegmy lung infection, which was nothing like any human disease I'd ever had in my life, but which was identical to the cat syndrome with the same unusual odor. On later occasions, my immune system learned to beat it, but it always took SEVERAL days of fever, sore throats, aching bones, listlessness which to me means that when it shows up in Puss, you will have to expect a l0-day regimen of heating pads, feedings and the one that's easiest to forget, l0 small, liquid meals a day.

A side bar about this disease. Subsequent to my getting ill the first time, Naturopathic Doctors detected a mystery virus in my thyroid, which caused my thyroid to become enlarged, over-secrete, giving me fast heartbeat and insomnia. These are the exact symptoms cats get from this virus. I was scanned for only one virus, Toxoplasmosis, and there was none present so that's not what the virus was. I couldn't do scans on all the viruses possible so I worked on my own immune system with healthfood, raw juices between meals, and avoidance of my favorite dietary abuses: coffee and chocolate. The swollen thyroid abated but returns if I indulge in poor diet. What that tells me is that the virus is now resident in my thyroid. A friend who downloads alternative healing information from the internet found mention of Mycoplasma rampant in the animal kingdom as the cause of those phelgmy lung infections. In humans it is called walking phenumonia. Mycoplasma might be what I got from my cats. Mycoplasma bacteria is also the suspected agent in Gulf War Syndrome so it's no little gentle Hong Kong Flu. It will put you off your feet for ten days, enough time for the Americans or the Iraquis (whomever dosed the stuff,) to win the war, they thought. Today in 2008, the war is still going on, but if you google VETS with MYCOPLASMA you get a lot of material!

At times I wish I'd never been given that first pregnant female cat, and I actually do not recommend that any family go LOOKING for animals. On the other hand, having cats has forced me to become a holistic healer and spend hours 'care-taking,' which I suppose, it could be argued, develops one spiritually. Bhakti Yoga, the Indians call that, yoking with God through devotion.

And, if I had a third hand, I'd say that during lonely times, cats are great companions although loneliness has a lot to recommend it too. Loneliness might attract one a HUMAN companion which would be the best pet of all; Someone to share some rent, food & vet bills which no cat I EVER saw would do. Having pets is work and sorrow. In tropical California my female cats have babies year round and half the kittens will wither through the mycoplasma lung disease or the eye mucus virus.

During the first years I had cats, I was too poor to neuter them. Finally, it became absolutely necessary. I borrowed the money and fixed only my females. That worked. My boys are hot toms but I keep them so filled with trytophan rich turkey burger that hot dreams are all they have.

During the years that I had huge cat tribes, certain kittens, upon weaning, got either the diaharrea disease, or the fever and phlegm lung disease. I lost a lot of them, and that made me grieve, but as my methods became sharper, more of them survived and finally, as disease survivors began to breed with one another, both parents having aquired antibodies, all of the kittens survived.

I'm getting better and better at springing into action when a cat first looks funny and that's the whole trick to helping one survive. SPEEDY RECOGNITION of illness is important. You cannot be in denial. 'Oh, he's not feeling well, maybe he'll get better.' CAT DISEASES are all killers. You have to NAIL THEM IMMEDIATELY with heating pads, raw vegetable juices w. lemon, raw meats, soups, avocado as a meal and the magic Rose Hips juice. You give light power foods and don't try to fast a kitten. They are growing at too ferocious a rate but if you feed broth every 2 hrs, they fight the disease at the same time as they grow. I give chlorophyll juices to convalescing kittens mixed with mashed avocado------making certain this fruit is never overripe, in which case avocados can be deadly.

Mullein leaves from the healthfood store, boiled into tea with onions are suited for lung expectoration in cases of those fevers and that lingering phlegmy-lung cats get. Fast the phlegmy lung in adult cats and do not resume l00% meat right away. Just as for humans, meat is overly acidic in reaction. Milk is worse ---dangerously mucus producing. Use meat as a flavoring for other vegie/tofu mixtures, when you resume solids.

You must feed kittens soup many times a day. For wee ones, a true fast is not a good idea. They are growing rapidly, even when ill. Grind all food and serve with the tiny, rubber covered spoon sold in super markets by baby food companies. You can fast older cats all day, but give one meal a day at bedtime. When he recovers, 3 small meals of 'food-lite' is a good idea: mashed carrots w. avocados, finely pureed with meat blood /broth and marrow. Tear apart a chicken, crush bones with a hammer, simmer with vegies. Always use protein foods that are pureed & don't involve husks, fat or indigestible skins. Gerbers babyfood-meats stirred half and half with Gerbers pureed carrots or stringbeans is excellent.

More and more I became like an ancient witch, sitting up nights with a candle, reading ancient cobwebby tomes on the power of foods and herbs, my lair strung with fragrant, drying buds, boluses and branches. By day I strolled the herb shelf at the healthfood store buying herb tea leaves by the ounce, storing them tightly wrapped in foil, then in an old 40's flour canister which I kept in the freezer, so they'd stay potent. Like a modern, techno-witch armed with puree/blend machines, eyedroppers and freezers, I watched my cats fatten and multiply as their person-mother wandered the ancient avenues of shamanism, brewing tisanes by the full moon.

At night we wandered in the garden, Peaches, Moon, Mousie, Starbuck, Annie, Good Golly Miss Molly, Siamo, Megan, Petunia, Kiss-Kiss, Walter Pidgeon, Blanquito, Tizzy, Ethiopia, Bito and Binky, Rufus, Bandit, Natasha Snowflake, Jack, Tangarine, David, Precious and Ruby and we'd lift our heads, look up at the midnight sky and realize that the immense potency of those fiery stars overhead was exploding out of the tiniest atoms of the vegetables that grew beneath our feet.

I'd pick armloads of them: carrots and broccoli, steam it in the kitchen, rosebuds and peach leaves, pomegranate bark and then they'd hear the blender whizzing and I'd get out the eyedropper and come after them ---and hear this explosion of paws as they'd all stampede under the bed and huddle together, their emerald eyes balefully glowing at me.

Cat aversion to human force and will is the final impasse for which the final holistic trick is ---take them firmly, as if they were helpless human babies, but be glad they have this scruff on the back of their neck for grabbing, which human babies don't. Grab their scruff as you cram this stuff down their throats, talk lovingly and peacefully about what good you're doing to them. Stuff their little fanged orifices with holistic goodies that God intended for human life and shun the canned "easy serve" goop that vets and multinational corporations tell you is good for them, and which continues to line somebody's pockets just as it lines and poisons your cat's gut. Any and all cui bonums must end with the owner, and the pet. Good luck with your furry friends. They were sent here for a reason. And it's not only that they are 'eye candy', it has a lot to do with how they will develop you as a resourceful, hard-working, caring human being. And when it comes time to heal a HUMAN of ANY DISEASE, man, that is SO EASY IN COMPARISON!!! HOLISTIC HUMAN HEALINGS I HAVE KNOWN!

PRODUCTS AND LITERATURE ON HOLISTIC ANIMALS: The Natural Pet Magazine --PO Box 22899 Milbourne FL 32902,

The Holistic CAT magazine, "Tiger Tribe" 1407 E College St. Iowa City (319 351-6698 but no longer in business, says ONE WEBSITE. You can EBAY up old copies.

For a great website on poisons in commercial catfood, go to and for a holistic book, read "Reigning Cats and Dogs," by Pat McKay 800-368-5057


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