What I’d like to talk to you today about is empowering yourself, but with knowledge. I want to start by telling you a story about my cat, Pepper. He died at seven years old. And he died of diabetes. It tore me up inside for years. I didn’t do my research into the connection between nutrition and diabetes, and what cats need to eat.
I would have known that back then, Pepper might have lived twice as long as he did. Now at the time, the doc knew no better. And then this is, of course, I’m not saying anything bad about my vet back then or any vet at all. But he immediately put him on insulin and put him on a prescription diabetes diet food. And in very quick succession, H2:Pepper went downhill.
That should not have happened. But it did. And one of the reasons it did was because I just said well, the doctor says this. So it must be. Back then, I was lacking one big tool that we all have now. And that’s called the internet. If you were told of a diagnosis and it was your body, if someone said, Jimmy, you have diabetes. What’s the first thing I’m going to do? I’m probably going to find out everything that I can about diabetes in order to make myself better.
I mean, maybe there’s something out there that my doctor didn’t know about. Maybe by scouring the internet, going on to support groups, I can find out if someone else has figured out something that will help right the ship in my time of need.
The same approach needs to go for your cat. Due diligence is power, people. Another example. I’ll never forget one of my earliest experiences with due diligence. This is a story of me and my friend, Tommy the cat. And I go on the internet. And again, this was a younger time in the internet age. But I still found a video clip of somebody’s cat doing the same thing that Tommy was doing. It’s asthma. My cat has asthma. Now I have a track to follow. Now I have a word to put to this awful thing I’m seeing happen to my cat.
And that is what led down the line to me employing things like acupuncture for my cat. It’s because somebody like you left a note on a forum. I just tried acupuncture for my cat’s asthma. And it worked. You gotta try it. I tried it. And it worked. Now did that mean that I abandoned ship on his medication? Of course not. That would have been insane. But at the same time, I gave them some relief based on what his own body could do for him.
That led me into all types of therapies. This is called a holistic approach. We have this huge tree with fruit on it. And we can pick fruit from this tree. It doesn’t matter whether it’s conventional fruit, or organic fruit, or whether it’s flower essences, or whether it’s physical therapy. What I’m saying is, use the whole tree. And the only way I believe that you can use that whole tree is by you investing your time into your cat’s physical and emotional wellbeing.
So let’s be clear what I’m talking about here. I’m not saying to ignore the advice of your veterinarian. Remember, it’s a diagnosis. It’s advice. It is not, and they will be the first to tell you this, the final word. The final word comes from you. You have to take responsibility for the well being of the animals in your life, just as you would take responsibility for your well being, or your children’s well being. I want you to arm yourself with the knowledge that is available to you. And all we have to do is be willing and available to digest this information.
Whatever’s going on with your cat, dive on in there. Just go wading in the waters of the internet to find solutions, to find support, and to help others out. That’s really important, folks. Second thing is don’t cross anything out. If you’re dealing with a cat that has any disease, don’t do anything that’s detrimental to your cat, like take them off medications in order to give them flower essences, for instance. But use these things together. It’s the nature of holism. We have so much available to us. All you have to do is dive in. That’s what I got this time, man. Of course, this is my opinion. I am not a vet. Gotta put that out there. I’m just a guy who has spent a lot of years reading about cats, watching cats, hanging out with cats, loving on cats.