Caveats and Cautions

Things to be careful about e.g. alcohol in tinctures, and details on which herbs are unsafe. Also information on which herbs are okay to use.

In some cases it's best to avoid certain things altogether e.g. preservatives, additives, essential oils, and vaccinations. Hope these 3 articles help you navigate this minefield.

Aromatherapy? No, we're not talking about lighting candles and simmering potpourri for your kitty! Classically, aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils. Essential oils are extracted from the flowers, leaves, stems, roots, seeds and bark of many different plants, and while their most obvious property is that they are aromatic, it is these "oils" which act as the plant's immune system- fighting off bacteria, viruses, yeasts, molds, and other insects.

Contrary to the belief that cats are tough, they are in fact quite delicate partly because their livers simply do not process food and supplements they way ours do. With cats, when it doubt, leave it out. Hope the following caveats and cautions regarding herbs, essential oils, alcohol, and preservatives help fellow cat lovers.

Vaccination is not as widely and unquestionably accepted today as it was in the past. Many pet guardians and veterinarians believe we have taken the concept much farther than its usefulness warrants. In twenty years of veterinary practice, I have made the transition from believing strongly in the protective power of vaccines to becoming continually more certain that they create at least as much illness as they have ever prevented. In truth, I now consider vaccination to be tantamount to animal abuse in most cases.