Acupuncture for Cats – Murphy’s Turn

Ragdoll Cat Getting Acupuncture - ラグドール - FloppycatsIf you follow us on Facebook, then you might remember Murphy being taken to the emergency vet because he was vomiting and wouldn’t stop vomiting.

Murphy spent the night at the emergency vet and got fluids, etc.

His kidney values were off and also his potassium, so they suggested a kidney food diet for him.  Of course, because of this website, I have discovered that starting a kidney diet too early can be problematic.

Here were his values:

  • WBC (White Blood Cell Count) 5.49 k/ul (normal range is 5.50-19.50) – so his were LOW
  • BUN 41 mg/dL (normal is 16-36), so he was HIGH
  • CREA was 2.9 mg/dL (normal is 0.8-2.4), so he was HIGH
  • K (Potassium) was 2.9 mmol/L (normal is 3.5-5.8), so he was LOW

Here is a scan of his blood work (he doesn’t mind sharing his personal stuff – no HIPA for MURPH!) on 1-13-12:

Murphy Blood Work 1-13-12So I suggested to my mom that we take him to Pat Perkins of Canine Performance Medicine for an initial consultation with acupuncture and an adjustment.

You can see footage of his visit by watching the video below:


Dr. Perkins suggested he take 30 days of tea pills.

Murphy Tea Pills

Dr. Perkins suggested we recheck Murphy’s kidney values in one month.

He went in on March 29, 2012 to have them rechecked – but this time by his vet, KC Cat Clinic, rather than the Emergency Vet.  In other words, it was a different lab that did the testing.

Here’s the run down of his levels from the 3/29/12 blood draw:

  • WBC (White Blood Cell Count) 5.1 k/ul (normal range is 3.5-16) – NORMAL
  • BUN 37 mg/dL (normal is 14-36), so he was HIGH by 1 point
  • CREA (Creatinine) was 2.3 mg/dL (normal is 0.6-2.4), so he was NORMAL
  • K (Potassium) was 3.8 mmol/L (normal is 3.4-5.6), so he was NORMAL

You’ll notice that the ranges from the two different labs vary – sometimes by a few numbers, but sometimes by a substantial amount.

Murphy Blood Work 3-29-12

KC Cat Clinic also took his urine and found that his urine had no indication of further kidney damage – which is excellent.

We showed his blood work to Dr. Pat Perkins and she was very pleased – said she would love to have such blood work.  Dr. Perkins also mentioned that the ranges they have for cats sometimes can be off, especially for a breed or even for a species!  Ugh.  I have a feeling that I might have to figure out the best lab in Kansas City and request that they are only used!

As you can imagine, I am thrilled with the results and Mr. Murphy (Beau) can continue his life as a happy, healthy Ragdoll kitty.

So now, all the Ragdoll cats in the Dean family have gone to acupuncture.

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. What a good boy! Andy would be very hissed off at all the manipulations. And yet, you make a very persuasive argument. Perhaps I can find a cat acupuncturist in Brooklyn. If I do, I will bring Andy, Oscar & Felix in (in my not very spare time).They all have their own issues. I heard you mention that when their kidneys are sore, they slink under the touch. It makes perfect sense and yet I never though of it. Thanks for sharing Murph’s experience!

    1. You’re welcome. You a good listener – yes, that’s what he told the animal communicator. I would only suggest an acupuncturist that has been trained at the Chi Institute like Dr. Perkins. I had a not-so-great experience with an acupuncturist that treated Rags – she didn’t know what she was doing, but Dr. Perkins does. You can search for them here:

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