How I Heal and Use Medicinal Herbs Edit
Any cats who have witnessed my healing and medicinal techniques will most likely not recognize my ways of healing. My ways of healing differ from any other cats because I formed my own techniques out in the wild when I was on my own, and I had other resources available to me at the time. The following is a short guide or scripture on how I heal and a list of my techniques; please, feel free to use them.
~Akili, Primicerius of The Pack of Eternal Shadows
Pastes and Poultices: Edit
To prevent infection: Edit
- Garlic and Chervil root paste, thickened with honey
- Violet Mist (powdered, dry, violet petals) thinned with water
- Juniper Berry and honey paste, thinned with water
- Chervil Root poultice
- Sweedhedge, Horsetail, and Dried Oakleaves paste thinned with water
To stall, clot, and stop bleeding: Edit
- Tormentil flower poultice
- Tormentil root poultice
- WitchHazel leaf poultice
- Yarrow petal poultice
To provoke healing: Edit
- Aloe Vera jelly
- Violet Mist
- Marigold Petal poultice
To relieve pain: Edit
- Poppy Seeds and Chamomile paste, thinned with water
- Feverfew poultice
- Turmeric paste, thinned with water
To prevent and or relieve inflammation: Edit
- Ginger paste, thickened with honey
- Turmeric root poultice
To help awaken from comas and or unconsciousness: Edit
- Maple Bark paste, thickened with honey (to be spread on tongue)
- Mint paste, thinned with water (to be spread on tongue)
For Minor Wounds: Edit
- Raspberry Leaves laced with Violet Mist
- Cobweb bandadges
- Horsetail spread
- Dock leaves
- Ferns (to be packed inside the wound to prevent bleeding while you work on another wound, only temporary)
- Moss (to be packed inside the wound to prevent bleeding while you work on another wound, only temporary)
Top 3 Techniques to Stop Blood Flow from a Major Wound Edit
- Squeeze water from a damp mossball with your jaws into the wound, which will flush out any toxins. Repeat until you are confident any debris or bacteria has been cleared, then use your paw to gingerly apply Violet Mist paste to the flesh walls of the wound. Spread Aloe Vera jelly over the paste, and place a small amount of Tumeric Root paste to the deepest section of the wound. After all the pastes/poultices are applied, begin to gently pack the wound with ferns or moss until the wound is tightly filled. A cobweb bandage should soon then be applied rather densely and tightly over the wound, keeping the pastes (and or) poultices and packing herbs in place. [Note: This is not 100% effective, but can be used if you're in a rush or not very comfortable with other techniques].
- Squeeze water from a damp mossball, with your jaws, into the wound, flushing out any toxins. Repeat until you are confident any debris or bacteria has been cleared, then use your paw to gingerly apply Violet Mist paste to the flesh walls of the wound. Then line the inner wound with a thin layer of cobwebs, and a dab of Aloe Vera Jelly can be applied as well. Another damp moss ball should be scrubbed on the the fur surrounding the the entrance of the wound for sterilization purposes. (The next step requires two cats) With the patient pinned or immobilized, have your partner use their teeth to gently bite the skin together, so the two ends of the flesh meet. Then, in your jaws, grasp a rinsed and Violet Mist laced thorn or cactus needle tightly. You should then, with care, push the thorn/needle into the two peices of skin; pinning together and closing the wound. The seam will need to be wrapped in cobwebs and have an anti infectional paste spread over it.
- Squeeze water from a damp mossball, with your jaws, into the wound, flushing out any toxins. Repeat until you are confident any debris or bacteria has been cleared, then use your paw to gingerly apply Violet Mist paste to the flesh walls of the wound. (The nest step requires two cats) Your partner must go and retrieve a hot shard of rock; either heated by the sun, a natural hot springs, or other methods, while the you keep pressure on the wound with your paws to slow the bleeding. When you acquire the shard, take it carefully in your teeth. (Note: DO NOT LET YOUR MOUTH COME IN CONTACT WITH THE SHARD) Your partner should then use their paws to open the wound, making the flesh walls clearly visible. Use cobwebs wrapped around your paw to dab away at the blood during the procedure. Gently press the blunt sides of the rock shard to the flesh walls in order to cauterize the blood capillaries. This will most likely make an unsettling "sizzling" noise, as well as casual "pops". Do not be alarmed by these sounds, they are perfectly normal and are to be expected. Be careful not to burn the flesh so that it turns brown, but a keep the shard on the skin long enough for it turn a rosy peach color. After you are satisfied with the cauterization, quickly apply an Aloe Vera Jelly to the burned areas, and keep the wound open for 3 days, then bandage with cobwebs and keep a close eye out for infection.
The Nontraditional Herbs and Their Uses Edit
The following list is a list of herbs that are fairly uncommon in the Medicine Cat Society, and their uses. Please feel free to add any uncommon herbs you know of, as well as their uses. ~Yurei
- Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera Jelly, the substance inside of the stalks of aloe vera, has many benefits. The jelly can give healing time a boost, can soothe burns and sores, and can aid certain skin ailments.
- Blueberries: Blueberries have high levels of many needed vitamins, and can be used in Strengthening Herb Packets. The plump, blue/purple berries can also be used to aid fevers and stomach issues.
- Coptis: This bitter plant can be used as an anti-inflammitory, as well as a tooth ache deterer and soother.
- Echinacea: Echinacea has healing properties such as immostimulant, and depurative; and it can be used to aid sore throats, colds, coughs, etc.
- Fennel Seeds: Fennel Seeds uses range from helping stomach aches and improving digestion to coughs and congestion.
- Maple Bark: Maple Bark, when formed into a paste, has such a strong and alerting taste that it awakens the senses, and has a 60% chance of awaking the cat from either a light coma or a case of unconciousness. (Note: The paste, if not used in the right amounts, can make the patient more sensitive to pain)
- Safron: Safron is a natrual sedative that can induce unconsciousness in a cat if you need to perform a painful procedure.
- Turmeric: The uses for tumeric have a wide range, such as helping; vision/eyesight, athritis, muscle cramps, and tooth aches.
- Tormentil: This wiry, yellow-petalled plant can be used to help stomach aches, tooth aches, and fever.
- Witch Hazel: Witch Hazel has a large variety of uses, such as helping aid: bruises, bleeding, sores/blisters, tooth aches, sore throats, sunburns, and insect bites/stings.
Untraditional Healing Techniques: Edit
To aid a compound fracture on limb:
- Feed the cat an anti-inflammatory herb, paste, poultice, or mix
- Have 1 or more cat/s hold the patient down, securing the limb in place
- Sterilize the wound and exposed bone
- Place your right paw underneath the thigh of the limb
- Place your left paw atop of the calf of the limb
- Press your left paw downward and your right paw upwards in a quick motion, snapping the bone in place
- Check for any bleeding or tearing that occurred during the procedure
- Rinse out the wound and apply an anti-inflammatory paste/poultice, and an anti-infection paste/poultice
- Secure the leg with a splint
- Make the patient comfortable for the next 2 moons, pushing fluids and feeding pain relievers
To Aid Heat Stroke/ Heat Exhaustion:
- Get the heat exhausted cat out of the sun
- Submerge the cat in cold water or place wet mossballs onto head, torso, and abdomen
- If the cat is awake, have them drink from a wet mossball every 10 minutes or so
- If the cat is unconscious, rub a Senses Stimulator paste onto their tongue and drip water into their mouth
- Continue to push fluids and keep the cat's body temperature down until they show improvement
- Cool the area of sting down with damp mossballs
- Once the area is cooled, apply Aloe Vera jelly generously
- Wait for the jelly to dry
- Spread smooth mud over the sting and let it sit until the mud hardens
- Scrub off the mud with a wet mossball and place Witch Hazel paste onto the sting
- Tightly bandage the area with cobwebs
- Keep the cat/patient comfortable and cooled down
- Recommend a high dosage of water to make sure the cat stays hydrated
- When the cat vomits, turn them onto their side so they don't choke
- Food (if necessary) should be given in small amount over long periods of time
- Feed the cat up to 3 herbal remedies for digestion/stomach pains, but DO NOT over exceed 3
- Continue until improvement is shown
Frost Bite/ Wet Pelt
- Groom the wet fur upwards to provoke drying
- Keep any Frost Bitten limbs directed below the Heart for proper bloodflow
- If there is any drastic Frost Bitten areas, attempt to warm them up with warm rocks
- If warm rocks are unavailable, drastic measures must be taken if the cat is to survive: the limb or tail should be amputated (Note: this is very risky and 8/10 cats die from this procedure, this should be a last resort only)
Untraditional Procedures Edit
Amputation (Only to be used in drastic cases on the tail or on limbs, and only 2/10 cats survive, this is very risky and advanced; it should not be performed by the squeamish, shaky-pawed, or inexperienced. Please be careful!) Edit
- Raise the limb/tail up high so that the blood drains from the soon-to-be-amputated area
- Feed the cat a medium dose of Safron to induce unconsciousness
- Break the bone in the tail/limb where you want to perform the amputation
- Use a sharp shard of rock to cut through the muscle ligaments and the facia
- Place multiple anti-infection and anti-bleeding pastes/poultices on the stump
- Wrap the stump in cobwebs
- Feed the cat excessive amounts of food and water
- Continue to treat the stump with pastes/poultices and cobweb bandadging until it closes entirely
(Note: This is a very, VERY, risky, very complicated and advanced, and is not reccomended to be used unless you are at your wits end. This procedure is easy to mess up, and when messed up; will result in death. Please, be careful during this procedure, be precise, and remember, this is super dangerous and after you cut, there's no going back!)
Greencough, Whitecough, and Blackcough Edit
- chest pain
Can result in escalating to Greencough
There are many herbal mixes that can be given to a cat infected with Whitecough. The first is a mix of Ginger Poultice, Tansy poultice, and Honey. If that fails to defeat the illness, small amounts of a Juniper/Ginger/Mint mix. During the treatments, the infected cat should be drinking large amounts of water each day, and their bedding should be changed regulary and thrown out. The cat should also avoid sharing any bedding or prey with other cats.
Whitecough is very contagious, and the cat should take precautions not to spread the infection.
- chest pain
- sore/inflammed throat
Can escalate to Blackcough Edit
[Treatment]: The most treatment used to cure Whitecough is not strong enough to help aid and or cure Greencough. The most effective way of treatment would to feed the infected with an herbal mix of Echinacea, Witch Hazel, Honey, and Blueberries. If this does not work, try feeding the cat a stronger mix of Juniper, Echinacea, and Coptis. At this point, the cat should drink excessive amounts of water throughout the day, as well as take extra precautions not to spread the infection; regulary changing bedding, not sharing food, not participating in community grooming, etc.
At this point, other cats in the clan should be fed Fennel Seeds to boost their immune system and to lower the risk of further infection among the other cats.
- Severe chest pain
- Coughing up blood and/or other liquids
- Extreme fever
- Extreme chills
- Sore/raw throat
Outcomes: Can result in death
Treatment: When Blackcough is introduced to a cat, every other cat is at risk. Continue the Greencough treatment, but in more generous and demanding ammounts. An herbal remedy of Strawberry and Garlic can also be fed to the patient. The infected cat should be put (if possible) in isolation or seperation from other cats in order to stop the infection from spreading. The cat should be kept cool with wet mossballs or being submerged in cold water. They should be comfortable at all times, and should rest almost 24/7.
Note: This is highly contagious, and the symptoms are very severe and painful.
The Birth of Kittens: An Analytical Process Edit
Pregnant She-Cat Care: Edit
[Gestation Period]: The average she-cat's gestation period will be around 66 days, or approx. 2 months/moons. The gestation period should not exceed over 3 months/moons, or be less than 1 month/moon.
[Diet]: Pregnant She-Cats should eat at least 5 times a day, eating mostly fatty prey such as: Mice, Rabbits, and other rodents (to maintain their own weight, warmth, and provide appropriate care for her soon-to-be little ones). The She-Cat should also eat around 3 borage Leaves a day for nutrients, as well as drink lots of water (for hydration is key)!
[Sleep Schedule]: Around 3 "naps" a day plus a full night's rest should keep a pregnant She-Cat feeling well rested and energized.
- Make the She-Cat as comfortable as possible, with only the cats she chooses to be allowed in the area
- Make a big and soft moss nest for the soon-to-come kits
- Regularly cool the She-Cat down, during labor, with wet moss balls
- Allow the Queen to grasp a stick in jaws, so she can bite down when in pain
- The first contractions should stretch out through 1 hour at the most
- After 1 hour of contractions, the labor begins and the first kit should be born
- Immediately remove the placenta and cleanse the kit accordingly. Shortly thereafter, place them on the moss nest, while having another cat keep an eye on them
- Prepare for the other kit(s), who should arrive in 10 minutes to 1 hour
- Once all the kits are born, immediately return them to the mother, if conscious (she may pass out from the pain)
- Make sure both the kits and Mother is healthy
- Leave the Mother and kits alone to rest (with one cat with a close relationship with the mother keeping watch)
[Post OP]: The Queen and Kits (when able) should move to the Nursery so they can both rest. Food should be brought to the Queen regularly, as well as water. In the first week (if allowed), only 2 or 3 common visitors should visit the new family. The Queen should be continued to be fed borage leaves in order to provide the necessary nutrients for her kits (via milk feeding).
Paralyzation and or Broken Spine Edit
Spinal Chord Breaks: (depending on the severity and depicted in the diagram shown your right)
Green [Cerebral Vertebrae]: The breaking of this area will result in front leg movement paralyzation for less than a moon; if damaged beyond recognition
Blue [Thoracic Spikes]: The breaking of this area will result in severe pain and immobilization for less than 8 moons
Red [Lumbar Vertebrae]: The breaking of this area will result in hind leg paralyzation for a lifetime; it cannot be repaired.
Yellow [Caudal Vertebrae]: The breaking of this area will result in no paralyzation, but it may cause a break in the tail's fluent movement, as well as leave a kink where displacement occurred.
End Note: Edit
I hope this article met up to your expectations and served any purpose it might need to serve. Please, feel free to add anything to this article (in a reasonable fashion) to improve it. I will be adding more techniques and herbs as time goes on. If you have any questions or requests on how to perform a certain technique, you can write it down below in the comments or ask on my wall. Thanks for reading!
~Akili, Primicerius of The Pack of Eternal Shadows
*Second side note: Bronzedew was here to edit and revise specific sections of this piece, although the original composition respectively belongs to Akili. I'm formerly a medicine cat myself, and I endorse this page!
(Pardon my vandalism, at least I am a nice vandal.. right?)