How Hemp Oil Can Help Against Cat Scratching
Your cat’s claws are an important part of their daily lives. Cats scratch to express excitement, to mark territory, to exercise and to groom themselves. Their claws serve to stretch their muscles, as traction for walking, climbing, and balance, as well as for self-defense and hunting. So why declaw cats?
One main reason some cat owners declaw their cats is to prevent them from scratching furniture or people. But while the payoff sounds good for the owner, the results for the cat are not. If you have a cat scratching problem and are looking for alternatives, read on.
Some side effects of declawing a cat include: urinating and defecating outside the litter box, personality changes showing an increase in stress, aggression and fearfulness, less physical activity, and other behavioral problems. These changes may be gradual and appear to be common symptoms of an aging cat, but they’re really a result of being declawed.
The surgery is expensive: An average of $100 to $500 per cat. It promises a worthy investment: A one-time high cost for the peace of mind that comes from knowing the cat will no longer be able to scratch. However, the cat will still flex their paws or make scratching motions, indicating the continued instinct to scratch.
Declawing is traumatic for the cat: It is a painful surgery that is similar to amputating a human’s finger at the first joint. It is more than just the equivalent of a human fingernail; it’s part of the last bone in their toes. So “declawing” is a misnomer which leads people to believe only the claw is being removed. And cats might have phantom pain that lingers well after surgery. It’s even possible for claws to invisibly grow back inside the paw, causing deformity and chronic pain.
Declawed cats tend to “do their business” outside the litter box more often in order to mark their territory. They can get more aggressive, and may resort to biting. It is a myth that they can instead use the claws of their back feet (assuming they were left intact) since they would have to be on their backs, leaving them vulnerable to attack and abuse. This puts them at a disadvantage if they live with other cats or go outside. Finally, cats have to relearn how to walk after declawing surgery. This is because they are forced to stand at an unnatural angle, causing back pain.
It is for these reasons that several countries have banned the procedure and many veterinarians refuse to perform it. However, there are many other ways of dealing with a cat’s scratching problem. Anxiety in cats can result in scratching, and using hemp oil is helpful. This all-natural supplement enables the cat’s body to calm down and may reduce scratching in anxious, stressed or territorial cats.
Some other alternatives, which can be used in conjunction with hemp oil, are:
- using tall scratching posts sprinkled with catnip;
- using vinyl nail caps;
- applying double-sided tape on furniture where the cat scratches;
- using pheromone products to reassure territorial cats;
- regularly clipping the cat’s claws; and
- alternating between indoors and outdoors, which is ideal for cats and allows them to scratch outside
For more details on Hemp oil for cats and providing for your cat’s needs, contact us.
Healing Outside the Box with Cannabinoids
It’s been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Tell this to my friend Margaret whose cat scratched her on the ankle months ago. What started out as an innocent abrasion soon became more and more inflamed. Today that scratch has developed into a dangerous and rare skin condition called Pyoderma Gangrenosum.
In the past several months, normal routes of treatment have been explored and exhausted. Oral antibiotics and oral steroids. Then topical antibiotics and topical steroids. So many side effects and so much pain! Cat scratch fever has nothin’ on this bacterium!
Every single day, health care workers come to Margaret’s condo to clean and bandage this ever-growing painful skin ulcer. They’re doing the same thing over and over again and expecting it to suddenly heal, the bacteria to suddenly die, the skin to suddenly start growing again. Margaret’s future days will undoubtedly be filled with this same repetition of attempted sterilization, antibacterial topical treatment and rebandaging. To Margaret, it truly feels like insanity.
Ingeniously pervasive and adaptable microorganisms, like the one plaguing Margaret, frequently elude traditional healing protocols. Even the most efficient sterilization methods can’t kill some of these conditions. Just look at MRSA—an infection that’s become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections. Every single day these miniscule organisms disprove the correlation between size and survival.
Alas, our current healthcare industry relies on strict guidelines for treatment. But fighting adaptive microorganisms takes some out-of-the-box thinking. Thankfully, many scientists and researchers are starting to explore oft-shunned treatments, including medicinal cannabis.
An alternative therapy for someone like Margaret could include topical cannabis oil for wound care, which would normally never be considered.
HOW CANNABIS CAN HELP WITH PAIN AND HEALING
On the surface of our skin cells, there are cannabinoid (CB2) receptors. Cannabis oil binds to these CB2 receptors, which activates our endocannabinoid system. A 2016 study showed that activating CB2 receptors immediately resulted in lowered inflammation, lessened pus output, accelerated production of tissue and accelerated skin healing and closure.
In other words, better healing through cannabis oil. Although Margaret’s condition is rare, it’s been studied extensively. In three separate cases, one study found cannabinoid therapy effectively reduced patients’ pain by activating CB2 receptors.
For thousands of years, extracts from flower have been used to soothe wounds. So why is Western medicine so hesitant to use topical medicinal cannabis to promote healing and manage pain?
It’s high time Western medicine recognizes and harnesses the power of cannabinoids.
Many herbal programs continue to be restrictive. Qualifying medical conditions are limited. And few delivery methods exist, including oils, caplets and flower. Of course, patients can smoke or vape flower or make edibles from it. But if you’re looking to convert flower into something else, say a medicated lozenge, that’s not an easy task. It’s important to work with an experienced cannabis clinician to advise on usage and dosage. Treatment can vary greatly among patients—even when treating the same condition.
But back to Margaret. Her condition is so dire that she’s been referred to a leading dermatologist in Canada. He’s a big-wig who has seen it all and treats the worst of the worst skin conditions. I urged both Margaret and her son to print the legitimate research I referred to in this post, including the study that used cannabis oil to successfully treat Pyoderma Gangrenosum.
This kicker is—Margaret is a legal cannabis patient, using the oil throughout the day to treat both anxiety and chronic pain.
Although she didn’t arm herself with the studies, she did mention that she had legal cannabis oil at home. Canada’s leading dermatological specialist laughed at Margaret and her son. Talk about shutting down a collaborative conversation about medicinal cannabis. So Margaret’s torturous daily bandage changings continue, still.
When neither Margaret nor her son shared the studies with that specialist, I was disappointed. But I totally understood. Not everyone is eager to school medical professionals about herbal medicine. But I welcome the opportunity! Why?
I believe that most physicians are healers at heart. Healers who
myopically look through one traditional pharmaceutical lens.
I’ve found sharing even a small amount of information can spur a conversation that can lead to education. Many a physician has been tickled pink and raring to learn more about this incredibly healing plant. After all, that’s what healthcare professionals should strive for–healing.
As that African proverb states: “It takes a community!” So if you’re a cannabis patient, please spread the good word about cannabis everywhere you go.
HOW TO START A CANNABIS CONVERSATION WITH YOUR DOCTOR
Doctors are busy and often overbooked. Their knowledge of herbal medicine is often lagging. When it comes to educating your healthcare provider about cannabis, know your audience.
- Break the ice using science to get an MD’s attention. Doctors are all about research studies involving humans.
- Type in your condition and cannabis into your search engine (for example, MS and cannabis). See if anyone has used cannabinoids to successfully treat your ailment.
- Find a few clinical studies or case reports about patients who used cannabis to treat your particular health concern.
- Print out any research you find and bring it with you to your appointment. Had Margaret shown this specialist those studies, he may have taken her more seriously.
- Emphasize the term “companion medicine” with medical professionals–sounds less risky. Talk about adding this plant’s compounds as a companion medication to your current routine.
Condition not a qualifying condition for medicinal cannabis use?
Here’s what you can do.
Pain, nausea, insomnia, etc. Many patients’ symptoms and side effects have been successfully treated with cannabinoids. If a patient wants to willingly stop taking harmful pain medications to try cannabis, doctors tend to listen. (Especially since they’re finally recognizing the dangers of over prescribing opioids)
Not all doctors, however, are willing to give cannabinoids a try. So find a doctor who will think outside the box. Luckily, more and more healers are learning about our body’s endocannabinoid system. As each new medical condition is treated successfully with cannabis, the qualify conditions list will grow.
CANNABIS TOPICALS–WHY START WITH FRESH FLOWER
Most important ingredient in cannabis lotions, oils, balms and salves? Extracts taken from juicy, mold-free buds. When flower dries out, its trichomes break off. And trichomes contain the THC, CBD and other active medicinal cannabinoids. Storing buds with Boveda preserves trichomes.
Creating your own cannabis topicals or buying oils from a dispensary? Whether you’re a home grower or patient, derive cannabis oil from fresh flower to optimize therapeutic benefits. And well-hydrated flower produces better extract yields. So even those licensed producers can benefit from starting with well-hydrated flower.
Dianna Donnelly is a cannabis educator, blogger, and freelance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.
Dianna Donnelly’s posts are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Boveda of any of the products, services or opinions of Dianna Donnelly. Boveda bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of this post or links to the posts. Contact Dianna Donnelly for answers to questions regarding her content.
Natural Remedies for Cat Scratch Fever
Recently my oldest child was scratched by a cat. My husband jokingly stated to her “I hope you don’t get cat scratch fever.” She didn’t believe that cat scratch fever was a real thing, so I did an internet search to prove to her that it is indeed a real thing.
This led me to wonder… could she really get cat scratch fever? And, if she did, what would I do? Would I take her to the doctor and go the medical route? Being a natural minded Mom, I decided to find out more about the subject, and learn what natural remedies are available for cat scratch fever?
What is Cat Scratch Fever?
According to the CDC website cat-scratch disease (CSD) (AKA cat scratch fever) is a bacterial infection spread by cats. The disease spreads when an infected cat licks a person’s open wound, or bites or scratches a person hard enough to break the surface of the skin.
CSD is caused by a bacterium called Bartonella henselae. About 40% of cats carry B. henselae at some time in their lives, although most cats with this infection show NO signs of illness. Kittens younger than 1 year are more likely to have B. henselae infection and to spread the germ to people. Cats can get infected with B. henselae from flea bites and flea dirt (droppings) getting into their wounds.
What Are The Symptoms?
- Enlarged, tender lymph nodes that develop 1–3 weeks after exposure – usually appearing close to the wound area.
- Decreased appetite
To test for cat scratch fever, you can ask your doctor for a blood draw to test for the infection.
Image By Angela Montgomery
Is it serious?
Persons with a compromised immune system may have a harder time fighting off the infection. A person who is healthy should have no complications and the infection should clear up on its own within a few weeks.
How To Avoid Cat Scratch Fever?
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after petting and playing with cats/kittens.
If you do get scratched or bitten by a cat, wash the scratch or bite with soap and water. You can also apply peroxide to help kill germs. Another way you can help kill germs and keep new germs from entering the wounded area is to apply a thin layer of honey on the wound. Honey is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
What Natural Remedies Can I Use To Help Fight Cat Scratch Fever?
A doctor may prescribe antibiotics to fight the infection, but there are several natural foods, herbs and oils to strengthen your immune system and fight infection.
As mentioned above, honey can be used to fight off infection at the site. Other options might include-
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Immune-enhancing herbs such as Olive Leaf Extract
- Colloidal Silver
Have You Experienced Cat Scratch Fever? What Natural Remedies Did You Use to Fight the Infection?
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My daughter who is 9 has cat scratch fever! Her lymph node in her neck is very hard and swollen, we thought she had the Mumps! She is acting normal and I’m trying to boost her immune system! Thanks for your artical!
I take vitamins with my bf to keep our immune system up but our roommate (who drinks way to much to have a properly functioning immune system) he got cat scratch fever from our cat. What should I do for my kitten, vet test is over $200 & clam he may need expencive antibiotics. What can I do to wholisticly help my kitten.
Hello. Great article thank you, I have cat scratch fever at the moment. Due to having a strong regularly tended immune system, I believe I’m fairing well, the only symptoms thus far is having a few swollen lymph nodes under my jaw. I’ve had these about a week after I got dozens of scratches from a terrified house cat. Once I connected the dots as to the disease or cause. I started taking (ironically) a Cat’s Claw spagyric (extract in vinegar) that I made a few weeks before. About 48 hours after taking 3 tablespoons every 6 hours from a 1:4 extract ratio my lymph nodes have grown tremendously smaller.
Awesome! Thanks Angela.
Today I saved my cat from near death, as she got her collar caught with her face turning purple! Of course, she was extremely stressed and thrashing around not allowing me to get to the collar to pull it off. Once I finally did, I was covered in scratches and some deep wounds from her claws. One of the areas has become swollen and sore, but I don’t want to go to the doctor and get antibiotics. I feel my body can heal on its own, I have a strong immune system. So I’ll put some tea tree oil on the wound and see if it helps.
(I kept checking up on her afterwards and later when she was feeling better (and I was not), she came to where I was sitting and thanked me with a sweet “meow” and happy body language. I’m just so glad I was in earshot at the time of the incident!)
Exactly what proportions did you mix? Did you add water? My friend has cat scratch fever now and I shared this.
I developed a rash of unknown origin, and started trying to resolve it immediately – thinking it was a Herxheimer reaction from the cannabis paste I’d recently incorporated into my wellness program and was unexpectedly resolving my decades long latent candida battle…seemed like the little buggers were making a hasty exit as the mild thrush symptom stopped presenting.
However, after a couple of weeks went by….that seemed to be unlikely – herxheimer’s doesn’t last that long.
Could it be yet another new variety of allergic reaction to cats as I was now suddenly around one again – having once gone as far as bronchitis in the past, maybe this was psoriasis?
The affected areas are both lower leg/ankle areas – and arms, on the curve where the skin hits the sheets
Was it …bed bugs. Uhg! I couldn’t find any…
And I have a preventative for that in place.
Either way, I had to start taking care of myself so I started with coconut oil, and all of these
Colloidal Silver Nano Gel
Betonite Clay Pack
I also started back up with my reserved for ’emergencies’ nano silver sublingual, and beefed up the milk thistle for liver support.
All with varying degree’s of ‘success’ but nothing to write home about.
I started playing around with Tea Tree Oil too – I hadn’t tried as it seemed it might have been painful…but I noticed a response I liked.
I added some to a portion of the cannabis paste which already had coconut oil as its base, and started applying.
Then as I was getting ready to take my Epsom Salt bath, it occurred to me to add some baking soda – so I did. And, stayed in the ultra-hot water for over 90minutes – coming out 50% improved.
It was after that, and only a couple of days ago when I remembered Scamper and I playing around right after the holiday’s and he got a little rough with his teeth and broke skin – it just came to me in a flash.
So, I looked that up…and it took me to ‘Cat Scratch Fever’
I swear in my best WKRP Arthur Carlson imitation..
………I thought cat scratch fever was just a song!
Well, here we are now. I’ve just last night taken another very extended long hot bath and yet again applied another round of cannabis pasted with a little extra tea tree oil – and this looks like its just about gone now.
Enjoyed your blog here, and thought I’d share
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Hi, I’m Kate . I love medical freedom, sharing natural remedies, developing real food recipes, and gentle parenting. My goal is to teach you how to live your life free from Big Pharma, Big Food, and Big Government by learning about herbs, cooking, and sustainable practices.
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