Here are the most important homeopathic remedies I have on hand during birthing. They are not always used, they are there just in case. I know some breeders use them pre-birth, to prevent certain conditions, but that is not classical homeopathy. Homeopathic remedies should only be used only when there is a symptom, not to prevent a symptom – this latter is allopathic thinking. If you use or take homeopathic remedies to prevent something, chances are you could prove the remedy, i.e. induce the very symptoms you want to avoid. Sorry to go on and on, but I do worry about people who think homeopathy is harmless, when it’s actually very potent.
1. Arnica 30C – good for blunt trauma, bruising, bleeding and shock. Indispensable for post birth, to bring down swelling. It is the No. 1 remedy in any first aid kit.
2. Caulophyllum 30C – used only when prolonged contractions are not resulting in birth, or when there is uterine weakness and nervous exhaustion during the birth.
3. Cimicifuga (or Actaea Racemosa) 30C – symptoms as with caulophyllum but the queen will also be agitated and fearful.
4. Carbo Veg 30C – aka the “corpse reviver”. If you’ve had to revive a kitten that was born not breathing, you may wish to follow-up with Carbo Veg if it isn’t breathing strongly.
According to Dr. Richard Moskowitz in his book “Homeopathic Medicines for Pregnancy and Childbirth”:
“For the newborn with respiratory distress and persistent cyanosis [i.e. blue lips], Carbo Veg can actually save life and prevent irreversible brain damage.”
I used this myself in a newborn kitten I had to revive – I dissolved a pillule in a cup of water and put just one drop into the mouth of the kitten.
I also have a good 43-remedy kit from Ainsworths.
Arnica and Carbo Veg can usually be found in a good homeopathic kit. Caullophyllum and Cimicifuga may have to be bought separately. You can also get homeopathic birth kits, but I have found that the remedies are at 200C potency – I was advised by Michelle Bernard of Blakkatz that this is too strong, but some homeopaths believe that giving birth requires that level of potency. Helios do a birth kit at 200C potency. Ainsworths do a general dog kit and a cat kit (but without the birthing remedies, alas), but honestly, I think they’re overpriced for what they are: sure, the pillules are softer and therefore easier to dissolve, but what you’re paying for is the swanky wooden box in which the remedies are housed. It’s a very nice swanky box, though. You don’t need the pill to dissolve to work, all it needs is to touch the tongue of the dog or cat. And if you dissolve the pillule in water, it’s easy to administer, anyway. So save your money and spend it on the 43-remedy kit instead. If it’ll do for humans, it should do for cats!
In addition, the classic guide to homeopathy for childbirth and pregnancy is Richard Moskowitz’s “Homeopathic Medicines for Pregnancy and Childbirth” – it’s for humans, but is very applicable to cats as well.
In all instances of dosing, the rule is: one pillule. Wait. If no results in 10 mins, re-dose. A safer way is to dissolve in water, then dose. If no results, agitate the water by either stirring it, or hitting the bottle against your palm, several times. This potentises the solution and increases its strength. Then dose again.