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 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.
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.