Feline Rescue Remedy

When to Use

Felines under any type of stress are candidates for the use of Rescue Remedy. Some cats are afraid of thunder or stressed out going to the vet. If you have recently adopted an animal from a shelter, she may have past traumas that are unknown. According to The Bach Centre in Oxfordshire, England, flower essences can not do harm and are perfectly safe and gentle to use. The same preparation of Rescue Remedy can be used by both people and cats, but there is now an alcohol-free formula specifically for animals. The Bach Centre says that by diluting the Rescue Remedy in water, the alcohol content is negligible even in the original formula.

How to Use

According to Christopher Day, veterinary surgeon at the Alternative Veterinary Medicine Center in England, Rescue Remedy may be given to cats by adding 1 to 3 drops of the preparation to the cat's water bowl in fresh water daily. It may also be placed directly on the cat's tongue. Dr. Day recommends that Rescue Remedy not be giving within 15 minutes of feeding the cat. Rescue Remedy should be stored in its original bottle, away from light and at room temperature. Use care in giving the drops to your cat. Do not touch the dropper directly to the cat's tongue or your hands. Germs from either could contaminate the delicate flower essences. Dr. Day also advises that cats not be given strong-smelling treats or food while on Rescue Remedy.

Cautions

Cats Protection, a feline rescue in the UK,advises that while Bach Flower Remedies are "truly amazing complementary products," no product should act as a substitute for veterinary care. When choosing to use Rescue Remedy, be sure to use the liquid form. The lozenges, intended specifically for humans, contain xylitol, which the American Veterinary Medical Association cautions is poisonous to pets. It may cause liver damage or death and symptoms do not always appear right away.