Cats and alternative medicine
Yes, it’s quite real! Especially one of the most popular kinds – Acupuncture. The Chinese aren’t just applying it to people but to animals also. For example, it is used as an anesthetic for surgical procedures in veterinary medicine. Animals cannot be hypnotized, “psyched out” or “conned”. Pet owners in China turn to acupuncture to help soothe and reduce pain in their favorite cats and dogs. Folk healers believe that acupuncture, which involves inserting long, thin needles into specific areas of the body known as meridians, stimulates blood circulation to accelerate healing and relieve pain. So, acupuncture can be a valuable healing tool for cats.
One acupuncture session for a cat costs 260 yuan (39 dollars) and lasts about 12 minutes for cats. In cats and dogs, it is most commonly used in musculoskeletal and chronic pain ailments such as arthritis or gastrointestinal issues. This technique usually serves as an additional form of treatment. There are already veterinarians who have been specially trained and have the appropriate permits required for acupuncture.
Acupuncture is the placement of very thin needles at certain points in the body. This technique is absolutely painless. Acupuncture needles are much thinner than hypodermic needles and have a diameter of 0.02 mm. More than 95% of cats can tolerate acupuncture well. Needles are placed at more than one hundred specific points in contact with nerve endings or fibers. Interesting fact, cats have 110 bioactive points on their body, dogs – 106, and humans about 664.
American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture approves that acupuncture may be effective in hip dysplasia, degenerative joint diseases, degenerative myelopathy, epilepsy, asthma, urinary tract infections, or inflammation. Cats have more supple skin than dogs, so it’s harder to put needles on them, the ‘tool’ bends or even breaks. Purr’s patients react aggressively to any kind of exposure: they burst out, scratch, and scream.
Usually, alternative treatment is decided by those owners who no longer hope to save their pet by traditional medicine. Acupuncture has the next advantages: an inexpensive, eco-friendly procedure, restores immunity, and hormonal metabolism in the cat’s body. It isn’t a panacea for all serious illnesses but it can be used for a therapeutic cure. The best what can you do for your pet is to notice the first symptoms of the sickness. Be aware and take care of your friend!