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Here’s What Happens When You Give a Cat Acupuncture

Acupuncture is becoming a popular medical treatment for cats. The ancient procedure has been proven to help with a number of human ailments. But now acupuncturists are expanding into new territory — pet care.

Why is Cat Acupuncture A Real Thing?

Cats were one of the first animals to receive acupuncture treatments. Since then, acupuncture treatments for cats have become popular enough to be covered by most pet insurance plans. How does acupuncture affect cats? The non-invasive treatment has been shown to improve cat health problems ranging from arthritis to anxiety.

The treatment is also used to help a number of other chronic health problems in cats. Veterinarians often prescribe acupuncture treatments to help with arthritis and long-term pain. The treatments can also be used to help with chronic kidney and liver problems. And several cat insurance plans even offer acupuncture in their standard plan or as an extra add-on. Procedures have even been developed to help cats with asthma and allergies.

Acupuncture is also used in some serious illnesses, such as cancer. Much like humans, cats can undergo a number of different treatments when battling a disease like cancer. Chemotherapy treatments, for example, can cause a great deal of pain and stress on the animal. Acupuncture is a way to help relieve some of these issues and make treatment more bearable.

The process is very similar to what a human might experience. Acupuncturists use small needles to stimulate healing. These needles help increase nerve functions and circulation. This helps send messages to the brain, allowing it to respond appropriately to the ailment.

Despite sounding like it would be painful, the procedure is actually very gentle and painless. Most patients and pets feel very relaxed and calm after they have had their treatment.

After the acupuncture treatment, cats tend to feel more energetic and social. While they may want some sleep immediately after the visit, the effects of the session can be seen rather quickly. Many veterinarians will prescribe only a few sessions at a time, allowing the cat to get the maximum benefits from each one.

While these new treatments are seen as positive, some people still worry about the price of treatment. Many pet insurance companies are assuring owners that treatments can be covered if they are deemed medically necessary. This makes acupuncture treatments a more accessible solution for owners who are concerned about their pet’s well-being.

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    Andrea Robinson 11/17/2015 at 4:34 am

    I like this. I think that anything we can do to ease our animals when they are suffering is great. I have a lot of confidence in the procedure because so many millions of people have been through it, and if it were painful, we would know. Unlike cats, who tend to remain stoic throughout all their suffering, humans complain and we’d find out if acupuncture didn’t work.

    I know a vet who practices it on large animals, mainly horses, and it’s a very rewarding profession because she gets to relieve pain and promote healing. But she can do it on dogs also, and probably cats (I don’t know).

    It probably requires a lot of extra schooling to do it on animals, as they are so different physiologically.

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    Jane 11/19/2015 at 12:57 am

    This is very interesting, especially in the American context with regards to insurance. How do you prove that acupuncture is medically necessary? I like the idea of cat acupuncture especially if it promotes calmness in the animal. Animals become easily stressed in medical situations so this is helpful. However, surely the cat starts off being frightened of the needles? In any case, this is a very exciting new development in pet health care.

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