Acupuncture for Cats: Charlie’s Acupuncture Experience with Dr. Pat Perkins of Canine Performance Medicine

Post Published on October 7, 2011 | Last Updated on July 15, 2021 by Jenny

Charlie getting Acupuncture
Charlie getting Acupuncture

Fortunately, going through the process of Rags’ passing allowed me to understand the importance of preventative care.

So when I started going with my mom for Tucker’s acupuncture treatments, I started to inquire about acupuncture for cats.  First up, as you might recall was Caymus – you can read about his acupuncture visit here.  Caymus (my parents’ Ragdoll cat) had gone in for his routine check up at the vet and they were concerned about his muscle loss on either side of his spine – as we discovered through Acupuncture, there was no muscle loss, but rather tightening of muscles around the spine making the spine protrude upwards.

Although my household budget is tight, I thought it would be a good idea to have Dr. Pat Perkins of Canine Performance Medicine look over Charlie and Trigg.  While I had taken Rags and Tucker to an acupuncturist years before, the results weren’t as dramatic as I had seen with Caymus and Tucker.  I don’t think the acupuncturist was properly trained.

For Dr. Perkins, the first visit/consultation is $150 and each subsequent visit is $75, so we decided Charlie, who is older than Trigg, would go first.  Charlie went to see Dr. Perkins on September 20th.  If you are a part of Floppycats Facebook group, then you probably already saw photos on there.

Charlie getting Acupuncture
Charlie getting Acupuncture

Charlie was deemed a “fire” element.  Dr. Perkins found no abnormalities on the physical exam and administered acupuncture to calm Shen and tonify Earth/Water elements.  Overall, she said he was a very balanced cat.  YAY!

Dr. Perkins does a back adjustment after acupuncture is complete to help the flow of energy and release blockages.  I will continue to take Charlie and Trigg to her every year to keep them up on preventative care with acupuncture therapy for cats.

Dr. Perkins says that cats respond very quickly to acupuncture because they are very in tune with their bodies.

Charlie with Dr. Pat Perkins getting his back adjusted
Charlie with Dr. Pat Perkins getting his back adjusted

You can find an acupuncturist trained like Dr. Perkins near you by visiting the Chi Institute’s website.  Be sure to choose an acupuncturist who is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA), all the better if s/he is also a Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist (CVCH), as Dr. Perkins is.

Here’s a video I shot while he had the needles in and also a video I shot of Dr. Perkins adjust his back after his acupuncture treatment.

Trigg is going in for the first time on October 11.  I look forward to see what element Trigg is and also to see how he reacts to the needles.

What do you think about acupuncture for cats?  Will you take your cat in for acupuncture?

Ingrid over at The Conscious Cat recently featured an article about Acupuncture for Cats that is a good read, if you’re wanting to learn more.

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8 thoughts on “Acupuncture for Cats: Charlie’s Acupuncture Experience with Dr. Pat Perkins of Canine Performance Medicine

  1. Patricia McDermott says:

    i never thought of it. i had acupuncture once when my allergies were so bad that i stayed awake for 5 days straight. it worked great. i would love to be able to get it for chakra alignment and meridian clearing. how was charlie after? i’ll have to look into it.

  2. Lori H. says:

    Hi Jenny, I have a “dirt baby” who actually looks like a Ragdoll but I’m pretty sure she is a mix. I’ve enjoyed several of your articles. I have a question specific to acupuncture and wonder if you have come across such info. My kitty, Blanca, is 17 and 1/2 yrs. old. She just lost her litter mate and sister 1 mo. ago, her name was India. Blanca was not especially close to India but they spent their entire lives together. Since India has gone, Blanca has become very whinny and aggitated. Can’t really stay still. She goes in and out of my sheets all night and walks across me while I am sleeping several times a night. India used to sleep on one of my pillows while Blanca slept on the other. Blanca is just not the same kitty anymore. I know that Blanca’s health is pretty good for her age as she just had a check up. I’ve switched to a new DVM who is much more holistic and is actually certified in acupuncture. Do you know if acupuncture would help with “kitty grief” or to help put Blanca back in her normal, old self… maybe state of mind? I’m not sure how to put that but hopefully you will know what I mean. Any feedback would be appreciated! Thanks, Lori >^..^<

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Lori, it’s certainly worth a shot to see if it will balance her out. She might also just need time to grieve. I have had bad experiences with acupuncture in the sense that they didn’t help at all, so it would depend on the quality of the acupuncturist. Good luck and let me know how it goes. Thanks, Jenny

  3. GlamKitty says:

    This is so interesting! I love the idea of using alternative methods for our furbabies, when applicable. Thanks for the article, and the link to finding a local practitioner!

  4. Alissa says:

    I think acupuncture is wonderful. Did you notice that Charlie was relaxed after? Did he jump when the needles were applied?

    • Jenny says:

      Charlie is a fire sign…so reacts differently than Caymus did. He didn’t like two of the needles – didn’t jump, just let out a little sound like, “I don’t appreciate that”. He was relaxed afterwards – in fact, he laid on the floor the entire time Tucker was getting his acupuncture.

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