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The Bach Flower Remedies are gentle liquid helpers made from the life energy or essence of wild flowers, shrubs, and trees. They balance and harmonize the emotions and states of mind for both humans and animals.

The individual remedy Cerato helps us trust our own judgment without needing the input of others. This is a great remedy for us indecisive humans – many of us know what we want to do, but don’t trust ourselves to do it without confirmation or support from someone else!

Cerato will help you trust your intuition – and believe those messages you receive from your animal friends! Cerato also helps animals trust themselves so they don’t have to look to their owners for approval all the time before they move or play. It won’t interfere with your “Down-Stay” or “Sit” commands!

To help with occasional decision-making, take two drops on your tongue or in any beverage. For support on an ongoing basis, take two drops four times a day or use this dilution until you feel secure making your own decisions: put two drops in a 1 oz. bottle (25 or 30 ml) of pure water – not distilled or tap water – and take four drops, four times a day.

Use the dilution with animals, too – it can be put on food or a treat, or used topically. The stock bottle lasts longer when you use the dilution, and potency is not reduced.

Note: Bach Flower Remedies contain a small amount of alcohol. Rescue Pet (Rescue Remedy for pets) is now available, and is glycerine-based.

Help for a Stressed-out Cat

At a recent pet show in Toronto, my booth was right next to a Savannah breeder. Savannahs are hybrid cats from matings between domestic cats and Servals. They are big kitties, and Buddy, whose cage was closest to me, was 20 pounds of big boy. He did extremely well in his cage – his exotic looks attracted constant crowds daily and he was so patient with multiple camera flashes in his face – but on day three he had just about had enough and started to spray. He had sprayed in the hotel room that morning and now at the show – drenching another cat and two kittens in an adjoining cage!

So I told the owner about the homeopathic called Bach Rescue Remedy, the #1 selling natural stress reliever in the world. Rescue is always in my purse, so I pulled it out and dribbled four drops on a tissue, which we tucked under one corner of his cage. Within minutes, Buddy was lying down, and relaxed. And he didn’t spray again the entire day!

Bisphenol A and Feline Hyperthyroidism

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a hormone-disrupting chemical that has caused serious health problems over the past few years due to its use in plastic food and beverage containers, plastic wraps, and canned food linings. It seems to be everywhere. In humans it can cause “increased risk for cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, and liver abnormalities” as well as potential genetic impacts. “Many laboratory animal studies suggest that bisphenol A exposure at low doses is linked to a staggering number of health problems, including prostate and breast cancer, obesity, hyperactivity, diabetes, altered immune system, lowered sperm count and sperm defects, increase in aggression, elimination of sex differences in behaviour, impaired learning and memory, and early puberty.” And this is in humans!

There is danger for pets, too. According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (March 2004): “There is a strong correlation between eating canned food and developing hyperthyroidism later in life; in fact, cats that eat only canned foods from “pop-top” type cans have five times the risk of developing hyperthyroidism relative to cats who eat only dry food. Cats whose diet is 50% canned food have 3.5 times the risk of developing hyperthyroidism relative to cats that eat only dry food.

It has been speculated that pop-top type aluminum cans are lined with a substance called Bisphenol-A-diglycidyl ether, which is transferred into food containing oils or fats. In areas of the world where this type of can is not used for cat food, hyperthyroidism is not a common disease.” Feline hyperthyroidism is a leading serious problem today for cats. (Even more reason to home-cook for your animals or raw-feed!)

Sue Becker is an animal communicator and consultant for animal wellness in Kitchener, Ontario. She is also a Tellington TTouch Practitioner and Bach Flower Practitioner for animals and for humans. Call 519-896-2600 or email to contact Sue for consultation or workshop schedule. Visit:

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