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I've read some info about Bach's rescue remedy and was wondering if it really helps. We are taking the babies in two weeks for their annual check up and shots. My Twinky girl gets extremely scared/upset about vet visits. About a month ago we bought another carrier for our big guy and planned on leaving the to carriers out so they wouldn't be so apprehensive on the vet visit day. Unfortunately, as soon as I set the carriers up with towels inside, Twinky barreled down the hall and hid the entire day. She wouldn't come out at all. So we had no choice but to put the carriers away. When making the vet appointment, we mentioned it and they recommended that we might want to give her a sedative. I'm reluctant to do this and was hoping that perhaps the rescue remedy might help more naturally. I'm just looking for some insight. I believe you're only supposed to give a couple of drops to help relax your kitty. How long will it last? When would I give it to her....1/2 hour before? longer? what will she be like after the drops....calm, relaxed? Any side affects? And most importantly...DOES IT REALLY WORK????

Thanks for any help.
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They really do seem to work! I've always given them to my cats before vet time; I use a few drops in the water for a couple of days. I've recommended the Aspen (for terror) Bach's drops to a friend whose cat wa really freaked out and mostly lived in a cupboard. After a couple of days, he started emerging. I recommended them to another friend whose cat was so disturbed by a house move he left home for awhile. Whether or not it was the drops, these cats certainly turned around. However, the only failure I've heard of was my best friend's cat (at age 23 she had dementia) who didn't improve at all with the drops. I think if your cats are fairly easygoing just use the Rescue Remedy; if they're high stress types try the Aspen. It's all natural so it can't hurt! Good luck!
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Yes, Bach Rescue Remedy works well on dogs and cats. I give it to the dogs around the times of the year when various people insist on firework displays and they immediately settled down, stop panting and just relax. It's great for cats prior to any car trip and my cats all travel quite happily in the car now without any drops, because they have never felt that it is a traumatic experience - thanks to Rescue Remedy.
post #4 of 7
I would say any of the Bach's products are worth trying. I have heard nothing but glowing praise from all who have tried them.
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Hi I have a friend who is moving to Florida,she's driving,she is taking her cat,in a carrier,she was wondering if there was something she could give her to keep her calm. Would Rescue Remedy work for this? And what is in it? And where can she get it? Thanks Sherral
post #6 of 7
You can get it online or at Health Food stores. What I would suggest is that your friend contact a vet in your area. Most likely they will know of a local supplier.
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This has all been shown already I think but it's another way at looking at it (I hope)

Abuse, neglect, or abandonment: Often a combination of these conditions may be experienced by animals you get from a shelter or rescue organization; thus we recommend the following combination of remedies: Aspen (unknown fears), Larch (self-confidence, self-esteem), Pine (if an animal feels it has done something wrong), Star of Bethlehem (shock).

Aggressiveness: If this is biting behavior, Snapdragon (FES) can help; for overdominating animals we recommend Vine. Cherry Plum can help when terror leads to aggression.

Aloofness: Though this is most commonly experienced by cats, any animal who displays this behavior can be helped by Water Violet.

Apathy, Indifference: Wild Rose is a helpful remedy for this condition (but I want to emphasize that apathy can be also a sign of illness).

Breaking Bad Habits: Chestnut Bud can be helpful.

Change: Cats are especially place-conscious and extremely aware of new smells and sensations, but Beech can be helpful to any animal who is reacting negatively to a new environment or household member.
Walnut, which is for transitions, is recommended for any kind of change.

Chronic or Critical Illnesses Gorse can help if it seems that an animal has decided to die (although sometimes the animal is wiser than we are.) Olive can help in cases of physical exhaustion.

Detoxification: Crab Apple can be helpful, and can also accelerate healing.

Fear: Mimulus is helpful for all identifiable fears (of loud noises, visiting the vet, people, etc.). If the fear escalates to terror Rock Rose can be valuable. Aspen is helpful for unknown fears. What this means in terms of animals is often fears which they are picking up from others. If you are having a fearful time your animal will pick absorb and express this. Animals in hospitals can also pick up on the fears of other animals (and may be painfully aware of animals' deaths). Grief (loss of a human or companion animal): Sweet Chestnut is helpful for despair; Honeysuckle may help heal the longing for the past or for a departed companion animal or human.

Grooming, Excessive: Crab Apple (for a feeling of uncleanliness). If this is nervous behavior see the hyperactivity category above.

Housebreaking problems: A combination of Cherry Plum (for the inability to control unwanted behavior) and Chestnut Bud (for failing to learn from mistakes) has been successful for a number of our clients.

Hyperactivity: Impatiens is helpful for the animal which is clearly nervous. Vervain is for over-enthusiasm (the dog which must chase every car, or bark at every stranger).

Jealousy: Holly is the ideal remedy.

Possessiveness: Chicory is recommended. This can also help with separation anxiety.

Pre- and post-surgical treatment: Rescue Remedy is good for trauma, whether emotional or physical; Crab Apple can be helpful for preventing infection; Self-Heal (FES) encourages the will to recover.

Rigidity: Though I am referring to inflexibility in terms of habits, Rock Water has been used with good results for arthritic animals.

Submissiveness: We recommend Centaury for the animal that lets other animals push it around. Larch can also help by adding self-esteem. (Note: The pusher may need Vine. See Dominance.)

Worrying: No, I don't think that animals worry the way we do, but constant pacing or crying can indicate mental distress, which can be helped by White Chestnut. First, though, make sure that all is well in environment; this behaviour can also be a warning of danger.
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