Acupuncture For Cats – A Gentle, Natural Feline Pain Relief Therapy

Last Updated on July 15, 2021 by Jenny

Acupuncture for cats as part of a pain management program is nowadays widely accepted. Initially, most cat parents cannot imagine that their feline pet ever would lie down in a relaxed and calm way, when several fine acupuncture needles are inserted into its skin during a treatment session.

Cats suffering from certain health conditions can benefit a lot from this ancient form of therapy and it is worth to give it a try.

It is easily integrated and combined with conventional school medicine and can help to avoid side effects that may occur sometimes through the use of allopathic drugs.

The dosage of chemical pain relievers can be kept at a minimum or their usage can be stopped altogether, which is even more beneficial for the sensitive feline metabolism and the detoxifying inner organs.

Acupuncture as a complementary treatment may be helpful in managing many health problems and conditions. It helps to control pain and to stimulate the body’s self-healing processes.

It will also enhance function of the immune system, which explains why this treatment modality can help to keep certain feline allergies and skin problems controlled.

Skin conditions, such as cat “hot spots”, superficial pyodermas, pruritus, otitis externa and psychogenic alopecia in cats, feline acne or immune-mediated skin diseases may be treated with this alternative form of therapy to control itchiness and painful symptoms.

However, many of the above mentioned conditions and diseases have got underlying causes, which still will require conventional treatment.

Cats are usually very good responders to acupuncture therapy. Due to their nature of being a hunter and predator, they possess a very alert and responsive nervous system.

Improvement of a condition that can be treated with acupuncture may be truly amazing sometimes, depending on a cat patient’s individual situation and response.

Feline patients are usually tolerating acupuncture treatment well and the initial doubts of cat parents, whether their pet will be able to relax during a session, will quickly disappear.

Veterinary acupuncture should be carried out only by veterinary professionals who are specially trained. This ensures proper assessment and safe adjustments of treatment to the individual case during each session.

As a complementary modality can acupuncture for cats help to relief pain and initiate healing processes in a gentle, but powerful way without causing known drug-induced side effects.
This form of therapy is becoming more and more recognised amongst veterinarians and pet owners, as it is usually very effective and can be integrated well into conventional treatment plans.

Dr. Ellen Schmidt is a veterinarian and webmaster with a special interest in alternative and holistic pet health care and veterinary acupuncture.
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4 thoughts on “Acupuncture For Cats – A Gentle, Natural Feline Pain Relief Therapy

  1. KATHY GRACE says:

    I am interested in clinical studies regarding this efficacy of acupuncture for treatment for cats

    Are there any citations that you can ‘point me to’?.

    Thank so much in advance

    Kathy Grace

    • admin says:


      I don’t know of any. You might want to contact vets who do it and see if they do!

      Please let me know what you find!

    • Anita Edwards Weiss says:

      I worked at the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine which teaches acupuncture to Veterinarians. It is a world renowned school. I proofread many publications and books and there are numerous studies on acupuncture and herbal medicine.

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