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CATS AND ACUPUNCTURE – A PURRFECT COMBINATION

It comes as a surprise to a lot of people that cats can have acupuncture. In fact, not only do most cats accept acupuncture needles, many health conditions in cats respond well to acupuncture treatment.

When acupuncture needles are placed the body produces endorphins, the ‘feel-good’ hormones. So when your cat gets that flow of endorphins they really relax and settle in. 

 

As any cat-parent knows,

cats dedicate their lives to feeling good. 

After the first session you’ll notice your puss is more settled each time they visit because they anticipate that good endorphin feeling is on the way.  Some experienced acupuncture cats actually fall asleep while the needles are still being placed.

A serene environment is also important to cats.  As a dedicated acupuncture space, Beaches Pet Therapies is quiet and calm, with none of the hustle and bustle of a regular vet clinic that can put a cat on edge.

Acupuncture can help your cat with a range of health issues. It’s always important to speak to your vet to get a diagnosis and appropriate treatment.   

Some common areas where acupuncture can support your veterinary treatment are –

Arthritis

It can be difficult to spot joint pain in cats until the pain becomes severe.  In the early stages you may just notice subtle changes in behaviour, for example if your cat has stopped jumping up onto high surfaces. This could be because of back or hindleg pain. Or is she avoiding a high perch? Cats can do this when they know that jumping down could jar sore elbows or neck.  Or maybe they’ve just become a bit cranky and don’t want to be patted in the same way.  Acupuncture is well-established for pain management in people and in pets.

Cats with arthritis avoid heights
Cats love looking down at us from high places

Urinary Issues

If you’re noticing a difference in where or when your cat is peeing, or a difference in the urine itself, it’s important to have a consultation with your vet, as some urinary conditions are life-threatening.  Once you’ve worked out the cause of the problem, acupuncture can be a useful add-on to the treatments given. This can be especially helpful for for cats with long-term or recurring problems.

IBD

Inflammatory bowel disease is very common in cats, it can cause frequent vomiting or diarrhoea and even weight loss.  Cats with IBD usually need a special diet, and often need medications as well.  Acupuncture can work with these treatments to help reduce the symptoms of IBD.

Neurological conditions

Damage to the spine or nerves most commonly happens after an accident or injury.  There are medical reasons that nerve and spinal issues can occur also. Acupuncture helps stimulate the nerves and supports repair to help manage neurological conditions.

If you think your cat could benefit from acupuncture, please give us a call or send a message, we’re always happy to answer any questions about acupuncture for your cat.

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