Cocoa, the vomiting cat


“Cocoa”, a spayed female Domestic Short Hair cat, was almost five years old when she first came to see me (January 5, 2004).  She began vomiting (partially digested food) in May 2003 and would vomit every two to three days in the evening, after dinner.  This was accompanied by excessive hunger.   And though she was eating canned food, she was drinking a lot of water (normal cats eating wet food don’t drink).  Her guardian described her as a skittish cat, fearful of noise and strangers.  She would startle when people (even family members) entered the room.  

I chose to begin therapy with remedy P* (LM1 potency), though I could see that she would eventually need another remedy, one that fit her underlying constitution. She received the remedy every other day.  A follow-up consult on Jan. 26 revealed improvement in the vomiting (less frequent), hunger, water consumption and skittishness. As of Feb. 20, her appetite was normal and she stopped drinking. We gradually increased the potency over the next 4 months until it was clear that we were not making progress; remedy P was only partially curative.  On further questioning, I learned that Cocoa was still afraid of strangers, still 

intimidated by the other cat and still skittish when people entered the room.  She was now ready for the remedy that was evident at the beginning: remedy L (LM1 potency).   She received remedy L every 3 days (starting in December 2004).  At a follow-up exam in Feb 2005, the guardians reported that she was more confident and less anxious.   The vomiting had increased at first but there had only been 2 episodes since Dec 26.  We continued the remedy and increased the potency in March 2005.

The next consult was in Aug. 2005.  There had been no vomiting since May.  The anxiety level was within normal limits.  We stopped the remedy at this point, since she was asymptomatic.   She came to see me in February 2006 because there was hair loss on her thighs and abdomen (due to itching).  There had been no vomiting, but Cocoa was skittish again.  We resumed remedy L every 3 days to complete the cure.   By March 28 the hair had re-grown and there was no recurrence of vomiting.   She had become more comfortable around visitors and was even less skittish.  The remedy was discontinued in May 2006.   She has been symptom-free for two years (as of August 2009). This is a cured case. 

Comment: The significance of the itch in February is that the vital force pushed the disease out to the skin:  this follows Herring’s Law of Cure and it confirms the curative effect of the remedy. 

* These case reports serve to demonstrate the homeopathic process and principles; thus, the remedy names have been omitted.​​

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