Homeopathic remedies can support cats with kidney disease.
Feline renal disease includes a group of congenital and acquired cat kidney diseases that all can lead to chronic kidney failure, according to Feline CRF. In some cases, medication can help control renal deterioration and delay the onset of kidney failure. Some owners also administer homeopathic remedies to support cat kidney function. These remedies are highly diluted substances that contain trace amounts of an original element.
Apis mellifica is a remedy prepared from whole honeybees. Working on the long-held homeopathic theory that bee venom possesses healing powers, Apis mellifica has been used for kidney inflammation and cases where urine is suppressed. This remedy can be used as part of a homeopathic formula specifically designed for cat kidney disease.
Belladonna, also called deadly nightshade and devil’s cherries, can be used to treat pain in the kidneys and the ureters, the tubes that lead from kidneys to bladder. Belladonna also can be used for excessive thirst, which often comes with feline kidney disease. Belladonna remedy should be used only under homeopathic supervision, as the plant itself is poisonous.
Berberis vulgaris, which also goes by the names European barberry and jaundice berry, has a variety of effects on the kidneys. The remedy reduces sharp, sudden and shooting pains from the kidneys and ureters, treats numbness in the kidney region and works on the excessive urge to urinate that comes with feline kidney disease. Berberis vulgaris also helps pain that radiates from the kidneys to other areas of the body. Like Apis mellifica, this remedy can be purchased as part of a homeopathic complex for cat kidney disease.
At least one homeopathic complex for feline kidney disease combines these three remedies as well as Calcarea carbonica, Equisetum arvense, Helleborus niger, Hydrastis canadensis, Juniperus communis, Natrum muriaticum, Populus tremuloides and other elements. This formula can be purchased online. None of these remedies should be used alone without homeopathic guidance.
Homeopathic remedies are not the same as herbal medications, and only a skilled homeopath should treat a cat with kidney disease. The remedies are highly diluted to remove most or all of the original substance, so that any dangerous levels of a compound have been removed, and the whole plant or substance should never be given to a cat or other animal.