Vital Signs

According to Dr. Richard Pitcairn’s, “Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats”, the following applies to your cat:

Body Temperature
100.5 to 101.5 F / 38.05 to 38.6 C
If temperature taken at home; may be slightly higher if at a vet’s office.  This range is more restrictive than what vet’s use, it is more accurate due to experience with FEVER cases.

110-130 beats / minute, at rest
Pulse rate higher if excited or physical exertion.  Lower rate is normal for large cats; higher rate in small cats.

Respiratory Rate
20-30 breaths / minute, at rest


There is a tonne of resources mentioned on every page in the Healing Gallery. Below are some of my favourites I have used consistently throughout the years for our felines.

Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PHD and Susan Hubble Pitcairn

Four Paws, Five Directions, A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats and Dogs by Cheryl Schwarz, DVM

The Nature of Animal Healing, The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat by Dr. Martin Goldstein, DVM

The Ultimate Pet Healthcare Guide, Breakthrough Nutrition and Integrative Care for Cats and Dogs by Gary Richter, MS, DVM

Les valeurs requises de l’alimentation de l’HOMME et de ses ANIMAUX DOMESTIQUES by Eric Vanden Eynde DVM Dr. Vanden Eynde not only deals with how to look after your animals but explains how we are all connected to the planet and her rhythms and this needs to respected and understood when helping others, our animals.  To not understand is to go against the natural balance of the planet and all she offers.  Diet is addressed for young and older animals.  A lot to digest as not many people look at “the whole of everything” when it comes to supporting and healing animals.  (Available in French, Flemish and English pdf.  Please reach out if you are interested in reading this.)

Animal Self-Medication by Caroline Ingraham

The Animal Healer: A Unique Insight into the Healing, Care and Well-being of Animals by Elizabeth Whiter

You Can Heal Your Pet by Elizabeth Whiter and Rohini Sathish

Coconut Therapy for Pets by Bruce Fife, ND

The Holistic Animal Handbook, A Guide to Nutrition, Health and Communication by Kate Solisti-Mattelon and Patrice Mattelon

The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care by Celeste Yarnall, PHD and Jean Hofve, DVM
This is a comprehensive easy read about looking after your cat naturally.

The Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier with Norma Eckroate
This is MUST in every household, as amazing information may be found in this book about everything to do with feline care.

Natural Nutrition for Cats by Kymythy R. Schultze, C.N., C.N.C.

Cats Homeopathic Remedies by George McLeod

Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Cat Care by Randy Kidd, DVM, PHD

Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behaviour Modification of Dogs and Cats by Sophia Yin, DVM, MS
I love this book, as so many people handle animals in a way which is so disrespectful. People take and do, and it causes so much upset to the being. Dr. Yin demonstrates how animals should be handled in veterinary situations so they are honoured during the process of investigation.


Vital Animal Podcast by Will Falconer, DVM

Websites – Healing

Caroline Ingraham
Caroline Ingraham is the founder of Applied Zoopharmacognosey. Her on-line videos are a fabulous source of information as well as her beautifully laid out books. She also offers seminars around the world and her on—line store provides all the ingredients I use for the animals to provide this wonderful healing process. I began using her method 5-6 years ago and continue to use her beautiful work daily to heal all 2 and 4 legged beings.  Cats are very easy to work with as they are very clear about what they need and do not need to heal themselves.

Websites – Diet

The following sites provide valuable information about how to prepare and transition your cat to a raw diet and about why a raw diet is so crucial.

Cat Info by Lisa A. Pierson, DVM
A lot of fabulous information here.  I do not agree with vaccination “just to vaccinate”, so question this section here, but a lot of good information otherwise.

Feline Nutrition 
A tonne of information here about felines.

TC Feline by Natascha Wille 
TC Feline provides a mineral mix so your feline is never short on the essentials. This avenue allows for a quick transition to a raw diet versus grinding carcasses demonstrated on  Regardless, feed your cat fresh food, nothing from the pet food industry.

And please find below another video about making raw cat food: