Rossi’s diabetes: a case of Natrum muriaticum
By dr. Consuela Uggeri
Rossi is a fourteen year old ginger short haired male cat. He has been suffering since February 2000 of mellitus diabetes, discovered through the analysis of the urine, which contained a lot of sugar, and which was confirmed by the increase of haematic sugar: his value was 381 (01-21-00),normal values for a cat range from 75 to 160.
Considering the severity of the case, the owner was advised to try homeopathic treatment besides the administration of insulin, which for the cat was a life saver. From the anamnesis of the cat, I was able to collect some information about his family history which of course is not always possible. His father died at the age of ten and his mother at the age of six; before dying both had shown symptoms of polyuria and polydipsia with emaciation.
The father had been very aggressive and had occasionally suffered of epileptic spells. At that time the veterinarians who followed the case had diagnosed a urological syndrome. During her life the mother had had three litters, Rossi belonged to the second. One of the first litter brothers, died with the same symptoms as the parents.
The owners had always lived in La Spezia with their cats.
Rossi has always been an independent and not over affectionate cat. His owner says he is reserved and closed, because he doesn’t want to be touched much, or picked up, and patted, if he doesn’t want it. He doesn’t like strangers and when anybody calls he leaves. If he is scolded he gets upset. He has never chosen one owner in particular, and it would seem that he doesn’t really love anybody. After his father’s and his mother’s death, he modifies his behaviour and stops playing which his used to do a lot with his mother.
The family moves to Rome bringing with them Rossi, one of this brothers and an new cat, which doesn’t belong to the same genetic family line. Rossi often quarrels with the new cat and with his brother. According to the owner he seems to have substituted his father, which he also used to imitate when he was alive. The owner says that Rossi is a fair cat because when he used to see the other two cats fighting he would immediately intervene and punish the one who was wrong.
Rossi changed his way of life when he moved with the family from La Spezia to Rome: he began to loose weight, in spite of the amount of food that he had, he started to eat a lot, to drink much and at the end to vomit too. The owner says that Rossi had always had a good appetite and he expected to eat, for this reason he was always fat.
In December his appetite began to be capricious and the cat started to loose weight. At that time Rossi wanted to eat but he couldn’t because he had a problem with one of his teeth, so they decided to bring the cat to the vet and have it taken out, but the problem wasn’t solved. The symptoms of diabetes were starting to build up.
As far as his tastes are concerned he loves fish and salty things. From the point of view of his constitution he has always had thin limbs and a big tummy.
I asked about Rossi’s fears, and the owner said that her cat is not afraid of anything or if there is any fear she has never realized it.
I started thinking that Rossi’s problem had began with the loss of his parents ,which for him were a point of reference: the father as a leader and the mother a playmate. I started working on the theme of the loss of affections coupled with his irritable nature, in fact even my relationship with him has never been very good: he has never collaborated much because he has never accepted my impositions even if for his own good.
On February 7, 2000 I started to administer Natrum muriaticum 5 ch tid;in those days his glycemia was very high; using the instrument for the human being glycemia, the values were out of scale and the confrontation with the urine resulted in a value of 2000 mg./dl. Besides the remedy I added 4 I.U. of insuline(a very low dose considering that the normal dose is 2,5 I.U. per Kg., and that he should have received 12,5 I.U., considering that at the beginning of the treatment he used to weight 5 Kg.).
I checed his urine samples daily. In the beginning I noticed a slight decrease in the glycosuria , and so around March I decided to give him the 12 k of the same remedy together with the same dose of insuline. After 12 days of this treatment the cat presents an increase of the glycosuria; he vomits and his appetite is very variable . He doesn’t participate to the social life of the group and he interferes when the other two cats quarrel. I stop administering the remedy, continuing only with the 4 I.U. of insuline. Towards the end of March the owner tells me that glycosuria is between 2000 and 1000 mg., his mood is good he has started to eat again, he drinks less, and he is more vital; he has been taking the 12 k bid for one week. In April 2000 he starts being thirsty again, he is weaker and he is hungry; I start with the 15 k of his remedy bid. As a consequence of this administration, a little pimple on his right lip appears and an eczema , which had once disappeared, returns. In May 2000 his glycemia is back to normal values (89). In June 2000 in spite of his loss of strength, his glycemia is normal and there is no trace of glucose in his urine thanks to his better appetite.
His starts being nicer to his owners and to the other cats. In the meantime I gradually reduce the dose of insuline to 0,5 I.U. and I maintain the 15 k of his remedy two times a week. In December 2000 I decide to continue with the remedy and to stop the administration of insuline completely considering the repeatedly negative results of the glycosuria and the glycemia.
I saw Rossi again in January 2001 and I almost did not recognize him, he was in wonderful shape weighing 6Kg., and looking very different from the skinny, shaggy Rossi I had seen two years ago. He is still little aggressive towards me but he is happily back to his normal self; insulin had being definitively stopped four months before and he takes his remedy every four days, the glycosuria is constantly negative and so are the values of his glycemia.