Homeopathic remedies all have a specific personality type. This helps a homeopath to decide which remedy is suitable for each patient. Of course, homeopathy works just as well on animals as it does on humans. Here I use my love of cats, and of homeopathy, to take a light-hearted look at how cat personalities match some of the most common remedies.
Arsenicum cats are always washing and grooming themselves. They hate the cold and will always be in the sunniest spot, or next to the fire. These animals love things to be neat and tidy; they need order. Arsenicum cats will move very carefully to avoid knocking anything over. They can be upset if you make changes in the home, such as rearranging the furniture, removing walls, etc. Arsenicum cats are very restless creatures that don’t settle down easily to sleep. They may cat nap for a few minutes in one spot, then move on to try another, and yet another. The Arsenicum cats keep changing position; one moment they are curled up in a ball, then lying on their right side, and then on their left.
Cunning and intelligent, Lachesis cats know exactly how to tease people who dislike or are nervous about cats. They will actively seek these people out and jump on them., Lachesis cats are very jealous. They will chase away all other cats, or swipe at them when their owners are not looking. Lachesis cats are often very talkative and will make their wishes clear with loud meows. Don’t try to put a collar on a Lachesis cat or you will probably end up with a scratch. They hate having anything around their neck.
Natrum mur cats expect complete attention from their owners but they love their freedom. They wander in for food and a fuss and then go straight out again. When they decide to sit on your lap they will complain loudly if you try to get up. Natrum mur cats will sulk if they feel ignored or dissatisfied. Don’t expect these cats to be ready to welcome you back after you go on holiday. They will turn their backs on you and refuse to accept any apologies or attempts to make up with them. But after they have made it clear how much you have hurt their feelings they will forgive you and cling to you like glue.
Nux vomica cats are the neighbourhood bruisers. They are generally sturdy and most commonly (but not always) male. Nux vomica cats are very territorial. They love to pick a fight with any cats from outside the household. The Nux vomica cats often come home with scratches or bites from fighting. At home they try to dominate any cats within the same household. These cats treat the home like a hotel. They will come in for meals and sleep but want to be out “on the town” most of the time. Impatient and bad-tempered, the Nux vomica cats will hiss or swipe at you if you don’t respond quickly enough to their demands.
PlatinaLittle princes or princesses, Platina cats stroll around with heads held high. They walk with extreme grace, almost as if they are on “tip-toes”. Platina cats see everybody as their servants. They expect the best of everything – the warmest spot to sleep in winter, a cool and shady place in summer. They expect to be fed before you have your own food. And don’t try to give them cheap cat food as they will look with total disdain at their dish and walk off.
Phosphorous cats are into everything. They are full of curiosity. Phosphorous cats love to smell and taste all the plants and to chase leaves and rubbish in the wind. They can be in tune with to the spirit world; they see things that we can’t see. Because they are so sensitive, these cats can be nervous and jumpy. They react strongly to sudden noises or movements and are terrified of thunderstorms. Phosphorous cats can be very caring and seem to know when you are ill or need a special friend.
Extra cute, very affectionate and rather clingy, Pulsatilla cats will follow you around from room to room. They look at you with adoration, try to climb up your trouser legs and jump on your lap as soon as you sit down. If you try to shut them out of your room they will meiow pleadingly. Pulsatilla cats need constant fuss and attention to prove that you still love them. These sweet and friendly cats tend to suffer from the heat. They love to be out in the garden with you, but will seek a shady place; no sun-bathing for these animals.
Although this post is just for fun, you can use homeopathy to help your cat (or any other pet you have). Of course, if your pet is in pain or seems to be seriously unwell you should take it to a vet. Tell the vet that you want to treat the cat with a natural remedy and that you would like him/her to monitor your pet’s progress. If you are very lucky, you might even find a homeopathic vet close to your home.
Note. I would like to say thanks to all who have provided pictures for this post: Isa Karakus, Deedee86, Javier Rodriguez, Dimitri Houtteman, Gundula Vogel and Maria Kalcheva from Pixabay, and Donald Duck from the Illinois National Guard.