The holistic cancer treatment is an alternative approach that may be combined with traditional treatments or used as self standing therapies that have no side effects. A holistic vet can be consulted to find the best means to expand the cat’s life.
Disadvantages of Traditional Treatments
To date, there are 3 main types of cancer treatments available:
- Surgery, often cannot be applied, as the cancer may be spread to various areas of the body. If possible, the surgery is also associated with a number of risks
- Chemotherapy, will hinder the growth of malignant cell, but may have various side effects
- Radiation therapy, cannot stop the development of cancer, but may reduce pain
Consequently, all of these traditional treatments come with warnings and as a pet owner, you may want to look into some holistic cancer treatments.
Holistic Cancer Treatments for Cats
The holistic cancer treatments will target the underlying cause of cancer (which is often a weakened immune system) and will address other possible problems in the cat’s body, to provide a complete healing. There are various holistic approaches including:
- Herbal remedies
- Improvement of the diet and adding supplements
These treatments may boost the pet’s immunity and improve its life quality, making the system more prepared for chemotherapy. These treatments may not have immediate effects and therefore they are not recommended when the cancer is in metastasis and the cat has only a few weeks to live.
Homeopathy is an unconventional therapy, which uses dilutions that contain various ingredients from nature. For cats with cancer, a homeopath may prescribe dilutions that contain:
- Mistletoe, which can prevent the growth of cancerous cells
- Cat’s claw, beneficial for the immune system
- Arsenicum album
- Silica and other minerals
Herbal remedies may increase the cat’s energy and boost the immune system. Holistic vets may prescribe the following herbs to cats with cancer:
- Reishi mushrooms
- Milk thistle
- Burdock root
- Withania somnifera
Acupuncture may effectively reduce pain in cats with cancer and may also eliminate swelling or other symptoms that are associated with the growth of malignant cells in felines with cancer. Acupuncture is typically combined with other holistic treatments for best results.
Commercial food is often filled with artificial substances and may lack a set of essential nutrients for the cat. Changing the cat’s diet or switching to raw or home cooked meal may make a great difference in the cat’s condition. The diet of a cat with cancer has to be:
- Rich in proteins (preferably from lean meats)
- Low in carbohydrates
- Have a normal fat content
Supplements may also be needed for the improvement of the immune system and they can also help in the recovery of the body after chemotherapy. Chemo may destroy blood cells and create an imbalance. The cat may get the following supplements:
- Vitamin E
- Omega 3 fatty acids.