When we are ill, we do not eat. This is the same with all beings in nature. Eating is stopped so the body’s resources may be allocated to detoxing, cleaning, dealing with an overload of viruses or bacteria, or perhaps parasites. Nature knows.
Often, humans equate love and safety with food. And for their animal to not eat presents a lot of fear within their humans, a lot of anxiety.
This can be very detrimental to an animal’s health as usually they are not fed the right food, or perhaps they are made to keep eating for fear that that may die if they do not. Usually this fear is fed by misinformation and a lack of understanding.
The process allows the body to heal. It is a vital component of the healing process. Whenever I feel an animal’s body needs a “break” from dealing with external sources, we fast. As usually too much has been going in and on the body. It is amazing the results which are achieved.
The body recalibrates, the body heals, the behavior becomes less erratic and more settled, temperature of the body regulates, there is a whole shift in the being as energy resources in the body are allocated to bring the body back into homeostasis.
Usually this means going on vegetable broth so the body is being supported with the essential minerals and vitamins. This means the body does not have to work so hard to process the heavy composition of food. It can then focus on healing, the organs can finally do the job they have been trying to do, clearing the unwanted.
Logging the Journey
A detailed log is kept about how the animal is doing on all levels, mind, body, and spirit. All of the above provide a wealth of information about how the body is healing. Your lovely being should sleep a lot during this time, as sleep equals repair time.
During this time, please make the sure the house is soft, quiet and a healing space has been created. This is very important. All lights out and technology shut down no later than 22.00 / 10.00 PM so the body may repair. This is when major healing begins with the rhythms of the planet.
To be considerate, minimal cooking in the kitchen if at all possible, so the animal’s digestive tract is not working. As we all process via smell. Smell activates our digestive system and the whole purpose of fasting is to give this part of the body a rest so it may redirect resources to healing.
When is the Fast Over?
Usually when the animal says “Okay, enough fasting now. I feel better and I need to eat!” And food is gently then reoffered back into the system in mushy form so the body can begin the digestive process safely. The body is now stronger to handle the digestive processes now. The animal has more energy. This is very clear and present. Life is good.
About the Diet
Diet is looked at very intensely here as usually this is not supporting a strong, healthy body. So usually the food reintroduced is all new and muscle tested for that specific being for that specific time.
This composition, this list changes month to month, season to season. It is not this is the menu for life. It is an ongoing “what do you need to support your body right now” process. As NO being eats or is designed to eat the same thing every day for their life span.
Different Kinds of Fasts
There are different kinds of fasting, water, vegetable broth, and bone broth fasts are used to help heal animals. There are no hard and fast rules. It is about the situation, and the individual being, as every being and situation is different.
It is important to note, bone broth is always made from cooked bones, never from raw bones especially when referring to poultry. This is essential when you have a really sick animal. I have provided some great resources below.
The Miracle of Fasting: Proven Throughout History for Physical, Mental, & Spiritual Rejuvenation by Paul C. Bragg and Patricia Bragg
Really interesting read about fasting and how the body detoxes.
The Science and Fine Arts of Fasting by Herbert M. Shelton
This is written in 1934, very in depth and covers the fasting of animals.
Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PHD and Susan Hubble Pitcairn
The Nature of Animal Healing, The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat by Dr. Martin Goldstein, DVM
The Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier with Norma Eckroate