Updated: Jul 22
Animal detox can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you can’t find a lot of information online about it. That’s where we come in! If you are wondering about detoxing your cat, you can read this article, or if you have a dog, this is the article for you.
We know that it can feel scary to take your beloved animal off the path of allopathic methodology, especially when you are seemingly alone in doing it. So, we wanted to provide you with testimonials of two different people who have experienced successful animal detox.
Our cat Howard started having trouble urinating when he was 3 years old. He was diagnosed with Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) and even after experimenting with multiple canned foods and prescription diets, Howard was becoming a regular at the ER. We received more bad news when Howard’s urine became too acidic from the prescription canned food the vet gave us. He had developed oxalate crystals in his urinary tract and would need surgery.
Perineal Urethrostomy (PU Surgery) was recommended, which meant they would amputate Howard’s penis and this would allow for a larger opening for him to urinate the oxalate crystals out. The clinic assured us that they’ve had great success with this procedure and that it was far less invasive than if they were to remove the crystals by opening up his abdomen.
We said yes to the PU Surgery. Howard made it through the procedure, but when we brought him home from the hospital, he was still having trouble urinating even while on painkillers and was also showing signs of an atonic bladder, meaning he wasn’t able to fully empty his bladder on his own. We were warned that he may need to have his bladder manually stimulated for the rest of his life. We realized that Howard needed constant supervision to prevent his bladder from becoming too full, and because my husband and I both work full-time, we made the decision to have Howard hospitalized so he could have the 24/7 care he needed. Howard was catheterized and given an IV. He was on multiple antibiotics, painkillers, medications to relax his urethra, and medications to help him empty his bladder. He was hospitalized for about a month. We visited Howard daily during his hospitalization. The care team would only allow us 45-60 mins with him. He was not doing well such a drastic change of environment, but we knew of no other option at the time. He had stopped eating and drinking, was becoming very thin and quit purring. Our normally cheerful and affectionate young cat was now growling at vet techs and looked as though he wanted to throw in the towel. Eventually, Howard started eating in our presence. We continued to visit him daily and he continued to eat and gain strength.
Howard eventually came home, wore all sorts of e-collars, recovered from multiple UTIs and I remember doing a happy dance when he was finally off all his medications. He was peeing normally. Our total vet bill came to well over $10,000. Urethrostomy is a surgical procedure that creates a permanent opening in the urethra, commonly to remove obstructions to urine flow. The procedure is most often performed in male cats, where the opening is made in the perineum.
New problems emerged
I never wanted to have this happen again. I started researching cat food and found canned food with very few additives. Howard ate this for about a year. He had no urinary issues… but then he started throwing up his food and struggling with constipation. It wasn’t until I started working with another detoxification specialist (for my horse) that I realized that Howard too needed to switch to a raw food diet and get on an herbal protocol ASAP.
Detox journey begins
We started feeding Howard raw chicken breast with his old cooked canned food and got him eating 100% raw within a couple of weeks. Now it was time to add the herbs. We found we could easily disguise the herbs by mixing them with a spoonful of pre-ground, raw cat food. Howard did show minor detox symptoms upon switching to the raw diet, including itchy skin and lack of energy. These symptoms lasted 3 weeks. Afterwards, he was back to his normal active self, was sporting a very silky coat, the vomiting had ceased and his bowel movements became regular. Everything was looking really good! We knew we were finally onto something!
After being on a raw diet and herbs for about 5 months, Howard started to have trouble urinating again. I freaked out. How could this be happening? He’s been doing so well up to this point… I was going over and over in my head trying to think about what I could of possibly have done wrong… what had I missed?
I had forgotten that he was detoxing and that old symptom may appear as the body heals. Howard’s body was telling us that he was ready to heal on a deeper level… and I totally didn’t see this as the wonderful opportunity it was. All I could think about was how I didn’t want to have him hospitalized or on medications again!
We went to the ER and had him manually expressed and I told the staff that I did not want any lab work done nor did I want any medications. They looked at me like I was crazy. I didn’t care.I contacted Tamra and got her up to speed on what we had been doing and she was so helpful and patient with me and all my urgent late-night texts and questions. (Thank you again, Tamra Rose! You are such a blessing!) Tamra suggested we could try fasting Howard for 24 hours by soaking raw liver in water and then offering him the liquid to drink if he so desired. I had never heard of doing something like that before but I trusted Tamra Rose of Rawlife Wellness aka Animalgevity.
The first 24-hour fast was a success! Howard drank a tiny bit of liver water, but for the most part, he just rested. The entire experience of fasting our cat was far easier than we had thought it would be and best of all, Howard was peeing normally afterward! We continued to feed Howard the raw diet and in addition to his other herbs, we also give Howard Dr. Morse’s Parasite M formula, just in case of a possible UTI. Another week and a half went by and Howard started to have trouble urinating again. This time we knew exactly what to do. Howard completed his second 24-hour fast and this time he passed two small bloody globs in his urine! It was incredible! He celebrated by running around the house and playing. It couldn’t have been more clear that this discomfort had left his body!
Howard has had zero urinary complications since.
I am so grateful to Tamra Rose (Animalgevity) for empowering us with this incredible knowledge and being so supportive. Also thankful for Dr. Morse’s amazing herbal formulas. Everyone should have these in their medicine cabinet!
To anyone considering detoxing their pet, please do not be afraid. It’s a natural process and there are so many wise people out there like Tamra who can hold your hand through the process and help you understand what to expect. I have no regrets about detoxing our cat and I’m thrilled to see him purring, playing, climbing trees, and going on all sorts of adventures with such confidence and curiosity. There is no doubt in my mind that he is happy to be alive! Trusting in nature and her infinite wisdom was the best gift I could possibly have given sweet Howard. And I’m positive he would agree.
~Eva Lovisa Nelson – Minnesota, USA