More and more people are turning to traditional Chinese medicine as an alternative to Western medicine. Cat acupuncture, also known as feline acupuncture, offers many of the same benefits as traditional acupuncture but with the added bonus of healing the human patient through their relationship with their feline friend.
Here’s what you need to know about this alternative treatment method and its incredible effects on both humans and cats alike.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. The theory behind acupuncture is that our bodies have energy pathways, or meridians, that flow through them.
When these pathways are blocked, it can lead to disease or pain. Inserting needles into specific points along these meridians can help to unblock the flow of energy and restore balance to the body.
Acupuncture may be helpful in treating a number of conditions including headaches, migraines, depression, anxiety, insomnia, arthritis, and chronic pain. It may also provide relief from the symptoms of menopause and fibromyalgia.
Studies show that using acupuncture as an alternative treatment can reduce the need for narcotic medications like Vicodin or oxycodone by up to 50%. With cat acupuncture, you don’t even need a doctor’s prescription!
Cats are often very affectionate creatures which makes them perfect for this type of therapy. A trained acupuncturist will rub your back with their hands while stroking your pet cat with the other hand.
They’ll insert one needle at a time and leave it there for about 10 minutes before removing it. There should be no discomfort during the procedure. If you’re interested in trying out cat acupuncture, schedule an appointment today!
Can my cat get stressed, depressed, or anxious?
Like humans, cats can experience a whole range of emotions, from happiness and contentment to sadness and anxiety. While some may show their emotions outwardly, others may internalize them, which can lead to health problems down the road.
Thankfully, there’s a relatively new and non-invasive treatment that can help our feline friends feel better: acupuncture. The ancient Chinese practice involves placing thin needles in your cat’s skin at specific points on the body.
The needles are very thin and painless, so it doesn’t hurt at all for your cat to get scratched. Once they’re inserted, they’ll stay in place for around 15 minutes while you pet your kitty or hold him close until he falls asleep.
Can my cat get allergies?
Yes, cats can get allergies just like humans. The most common signs of allergies in cats are itching, scratching, and excessive licking. If your cat is exhibiting these symptoms, it’s important to take them to the vet to rule out other possible causes and to discuss treatment options.
Allergies may be caused by fleas, a food allergy or intolerance, or a skin condition such as dermatitis or eczema. Cats may also be allergic to their environment including house dust mites and carpeting. A diet change could help alleviate this type of allergy.
A holistic veterinarian may recommend that you try adding more Omega-3 fatty acids to your cat’s diet. Omega-3s contain anti-inflammatory properties which can help decrease inflammation from an overactive immune system that contributes to allergies and many other diseases in both cats and humans.
Will My Cat Need to Take Medicine?
No, your cat will not need to take medicine. The benefits of acupuncture are achieved through the stimulation of specific points in the body. This stimulation can help to release endorphins, which can provide pain relief.
In addition, acupuncture can help to improve circulation and increase the production of white blood cells, which can boost the immune system. If you would like to learn more about the healing power of cat acupuncture or if you would like to schedule an appointment for your pet, please contact our office today.
We are available to answer any questions that you may have about acupuncture in general as well as how it might be able to benefit your animal companion.
How Does Acupuncture Work for Cats with Back Pain?
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used to treat a variety of ailments for centuries. The therapy involves the insertion of thin needles into the skin at specific points on the body.
It is believed that these needle insertions release endorphins and other neurotransmitters in the central nervous system, which can lead to pain relief. Studies have shown that when applied to cats with chronic back pain, acupuncture may be an effective treatment option.
In one study published in PLOS One, thirty-six cats were randomly assigned to receive either real or sham acupuncture treatments for three weeks. The real acupuncture group showed significantly more improvement than the sham group.
A 2009 study from the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery also found that 55% of feline patients receiving acupuncture reported significant improvements in their symptoms after six months.
How Does Acupuncture Work for Cats with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)?
Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. It is based on the belief that there are energy pathways, or meridians, running through the body.
By placing needles along these meridians, acupuncture can help to restore balance and promote healing. Acupuncture may also stimulate the production of endorphins, which can increase feelings of well-being.
When treating FIV cats with acupuncture, it is important to avoid any points that might cause pain or trauma in order to prevent further damage and make treatment more effective.
The goal is to work with the cat’s own immune system so as not to suppress its natural defenses. Since some people consider immunosuppressive drugs such as prednisone or azathioprine necessary for cats living with FIV, combining these medications with acupuncture may be beneficial.
In addition, the vet should monitor signs of depression or anxiety during treatment as this may indicate that it’s time to switch methods.
How Does Acupuncture Work for Cats with Allergies or Asthma?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing practice that involves inserting thin needles into the skin at specific points on the body. This is said to encourage the flow of qi, or life energy, and restore balance within the body.
While this technique can be performed on people and animals alike, there are a few differences in how it’s done for cats. For example, while most people might sit upright with their legs stretched out in front of them, cats are usually reclined onto their backs with their heads pointing up towards the ceiling.
And rather than using pre-sterilized, disposable needles as humans do, acupuncturists use sterilized acupuncture needles which they then sterilize again after use.
What Are the Benefits of Cat Acupuncture?
In addition to helping with chronic pain and anxiety, cat acupuncture has been found to reduce allergic reactions in felines suffering from asthma or allergies by reducing stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.
Plus, one study showed that after undergoing three months of treatment, participants were able to decrease their medications by half.
How Does Acupuncture Work for Cats with Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)?
Acupuncture works by stimulating the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. It also helps to increase blood flow to the area, which can speed up healing. In addition, acupuncture can help to break up scar tissue and improve muscle function.
It also releases tension in muscles that have been tense for a long time, so it can work well for cats with arthritis or other joint issues.
Acupuncture is not intended to replace traditional medicine but instead compliments it with its focus on relieving pain and improving overall health. Traditional treatments like antibiotics or surgery may be needed depending on the severity of your cat’s symptoms.
You should talk to your veterinarian about whether this treatment would be appropriate for your cat if you’re considering using acupuncture for its urinary tract infection.
How Does Acupuncture Work For Cats with Arthritis, Hip Dysplasia, or Other Conditions That Affect Mobility and Mobility Limitations
Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. It is based on the belief that there are energy pathways, or meridians, throughout the body that can become blocked, causing illness.
By inserting thin needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture can unblock the flow of energy and restore balance to the body. In recent years, it has also been found to be effective in treating chronic pain related to arthritis and hip dysplasia as well as mobility limitations.
Is There Anesthesia Involved in These Treatments or Is My Pet Simply Napping During Treatment?
No, there is no anesthesia involved in acupuncture treatments. Your pet may simply appear to be napping during the treatment, but he or she is actually responding to the stimulation of the needles.
The needles are never inserted into muscles; they are just used to stimulate points on the skin and pressure points on your pet’s body. Some pets will show their enjoyment by purring or rolling over for more pressure on certain points.
You should feel a pinching sensation when a needle is inserted, which indicates that it has reached its intended point. If you feel a lot of pain at any time, tell your veterinarian immediately so that it can be adjusted appropriately.
Do I Have To Put My Pet Down If He/She Has Cancer and Is Treated With Traditional Medicine Instead Of Only Veterinary Acupuncture?
No, you will not have to put your pet down if he/she has cancer and is treated with traditional medicine instead of only veterinary acupuncture. Cancer is a serious disease, but it is treatable with the help of a qualified veterinarian.
While acupuncture may not be a cure-all, it can provide significant relief from symptoms and help improve the quality of life for your pet.
If you are interested in using this alternative treatment, schedule an appointment today!