Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine practice, has indeed been recognized as a potential treatment option for cats, offering a range of health benefits when administered appropriately. While the concept of using acupuncture on animals might seem unconventional, many cat owners and veterinarians have reported positive outcomes and improved well-being in feline patients.
This gentle and non-invasive therapy has gained popularity due to its ability to complement conventional veterinary care, promoting overall wellness and relief from various conditions in our feline companions.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese treatment that uses very fine needles inserted at strategic points to release endorphins and improve blood flow. It can help with several conditions.
Acupuncture as Pain Relief
While acupuncture doesn’t hurt, when done correctly, it still releases the endorphins that can relieve pain. So, the treatment can minimize the need for your cat to use pain relief medication following injury or illness.
Immune System Boost
Acupuncture can help to stimulate the immune system, triggering a reaction that can help fight off diseases.
If your kitty has been injured, acupuncture can help stimulate the body’s healing processes to recover quickly.
Treat Skin Conditions
Certain skin conditions can be helped through acupuncture, which can help reduce the pain and any itchiness your cat is suffering.
A Complementary Treatment
While acupuncture can help many conditions, it is not a miracle cure. It should be considered a complementary treatment, not something to be relied on solely.
How Cats Respond
Cats tend to respond very well to acupuncture. Because it doesn’t cause pain, many kitties will relax once treatment has started and can be pretty docile throughout – but of course, every cat is different.
Acupuncture should only be carried out on cats by veterinary acupuncturists – professional veterinarians trained in the procedure. It’s not something that any amateur can do!
Length of Session
Sessions vary and can be as short as a minute and as long as a half hour. Your kitty’s acupuncturist would be able to explain the treatment plan.
How Many Treatments?
Most acupuncture treatments will involve multiple sessions so your cat can enjoy the full benefit. Still, it will vary on a case-by-case basis.
A more modern version of the treatment is laser acupuncture or acupressure. This uses tiny lasers instead of needles but is not widely available.
If you’re considering acupuncture for your cat, check your pet insurance policy; some cover alternative treatments, including acupuncture.
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