#23 Your cats — Actually canaries?

I interviewed Dr. Andrea Tasi to learn more about how cats have been “talking” to all of us over the years.

We explored how this amazing semi-wild species is perhaps the most sensitive one we see regularly, whether you are a veterinarian or not. Dr. Tasi has made a similar metaphor as I:

Cats are humanity’s “canary in the coal mine.”

I’ve written about them in this context over many years. The more they take part in conventional medicine, often in the name of prevention, the sicker they become. And that’s true both with individuals and the feline species itself.

What Andrea added to my earlier concerns was evidence that this trend of cats losing their health to “over prevention” had continued way further than I previously knew. Her revelations were like jet fuel tossed on my slow smoldering leaf fire of concern.

She being a 100% feline vet and a 100% homeopathic one at that, has insights for us all, regardless of species.

My original red flag came as hyperthyroidism became a thing sometime after my first decade of practice.

Where did that come from?? I’d never heard of it in four years of vet school nor in my next many years in private practice! Since then, it’s become quite common in cats. Surely it didn’t fall from the sky. No chronic disease does that, by the way. They are 100% man made.

Join us as we discuss choices you can make to maximize your cat’s health and get insights that will apply to all other species, including humans.

Links for this episode

Dr. Tasi’s prior episode, #8

Best dog food? Best cat food? Raw. Balanced.

The Animals Are Talking. Are you listening?

Dog vaccinations mindlessly defended

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  1. Sharon Moreno on February 14, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    YES! I am always searching the emails I receive from you for information for healthy cats. So grateful for this podcast. It’s a start and I Thank you.

  2. Carly Stevens on February 3, 2021 at 9:37 am

    I like your podcasts and thanks for all you do.

    • Carly Stevens on February 3, 2021 at 4:11 pm

      I’ve finished listening to this now. I have a 10 year old cat whose mother was a feral cat. My Pixie has had no vaccines ever and is raw fed. I might have seen her vomit once but it’s so unusual I can’t really remember it. She is often outdoors and proved impossible to keep in, even as a kitten: she discovered how to open the cat flap backwards (inwards, towards herself), as she was so determined to get outside. The only ‘health problem’ with her is that she will overeat, given the chance, and I wonder if that’s because her mother went hungry as I’ve heard that can be the case in humans. When she catches a bird she’ll eat the lot, except for half a dozen feathers. Now she older she hunts less but does still hunt. I’ve never wormed her. I use a homeopathic based flea product called Parasites (from a UK company) so she’s rarely been subjected to flea spot ons either.

      I’m lucky enough to have an organic butcher nearby, so it’s easy for me to get good quality meats, bones and offals.

      • Will Falconer, DVM on February 3, 2021 at 9:51 pm

        She sounds quite healthy, Carly, though 10 is really about middle aged, so I’d consider “older and hunting less” to be a bit concerning. Time to get a homeopathic consult? UK has some good ones… You can search the IAVH list on this page and follow the guidelines I’ve offered on the video about searching the AVH list to help narrow your choices.

  3. Darlene on February 2, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    Another great podcast, thank you.
    I feel like I am missing the “outside” quotient for my 3 cats, but until I have a fenced yard that keeps them in, they will have to stay inside as cats get killed or disappeared regularly here by a neighborhood that is tired of feral cats and not a nice attitude about that.
    I think, from experience, that organic meats even if they are canned are better than non-organic cafo raised animals. Not to mention that glyphosate is a really big anti-life agent, and is so prevalent.
    Fortunately my cats are really bonded and play a lot without aggression and groom and curl up together all the time. I have had multi cat environments before, since the 1990’s and never had such compatible cat companions. It is a miracle!
    Keep up the good information, I am enjoying all the podcasts so much.

    • Will Falconer, DVM on February 2, 2021 at 9:45 pm

      Hey Darlene,
      A good point on the CAFO vs non_CAFO raised meats. Canned food can be “enlivened” with a good probiotic+enzyme powder. I’ve liked AddLife by Wysong for this purpose.
      Congrats on your pride getting along so well! Sweet.

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