The Natural Way

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Jim Fain

Bobcat Fever is a topic I've written on before. To a large extent this column is just a rework of a column I wrote for The Lovely County Citizen back in November of 2006. I think it is very important to bring it up again as I have gotten several more e-mail stories similar to the one in this column, already this year. I think we all know their will be a bumper crop of ticks this year so take your feline pal (I have three) to your vet right away if you suspect Bobcat Fever but also know some people have helped their kitties survive even when the vet diagnose Bobcat Fever and says there is no chance.

  Our animal friends are our workers, friends, hunters, protectors, companions and trusted deeply. For elders and the lonely, they can be life saving, often making the days easier. When our horses, dogs and cats become ill the veterinarian is the first line of defense when the sickness demands more than what we can do for them at home. So it is heartbreaking when the vet diagnoses Bobcat Fever and little can be done to head off a swift death.

  Cytauxzoonosis, or Bobcat Fever, is tick borne. This is a nasty bug (a protozoan) living inside the tick that transfers during the tick bite. It doesn't matter that you have Frontlined your pal, the tick transfers the bug and then dies, so it is difficult if not impossible to prevent. Can natural products do what antibiotics or antiprotozoal medicines can't?

  I have no direct science to back up what I'm about to suggest. However, indirectly this nasty bug should be vulnerable to a supplement called monolaurin. I do have a story from a local woman who lost a beloved cat to this disease and recognized the symptoms early on in a second, much-loved kitty. Her diligent, loving and quick action says mountains of good things about her.

  In her e-mail to me, she states, "I prepared eight, 300 mg monolaurin capsules opened into 2 ounces of cool water. I dosed him with 4 to 6 cc (via eyedropper into the mouth) and gave him another 4 cc in one hour's time. For the rest of the day I opened a capsule into 5 cc of water every 1 to 2 hours until one in the morning. At 8 a.m. the next morning his fever was gone, his ears cool and his eyes clear and light. I dosed him with 4 cc/300 mg anyway. His appetite had come back and he drank rainwater. I repeated the 4 cc/150 mg dosage at noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Eventually, he was fighting me so hard that I decided he was well."

  I've edited her e-mail just a little to publish but thought this needed to be shared.

  Because Bobcat Fever causes a great deal of internal damage to the cat, I also suggest adding Pawier, which is a top-notch nutritional liquid, to the monolaurin regimen.

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