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Why Are More Cats Getting Acupuncture Now?

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Why More and More Cats are Benefiting From Acupuncture Treatments

A few days ago, we published a story about a cute little puppy who was found to be paralyzed, but benefited from acupuncture treatments and began to walk again. It is a touching story.

We are finding that more and more cats are benefiting from acupuncture. There are numerous conditions that cats can experience, especially as they age, that are not readily treatable by drugs available to the veterinary community. Especially in these cases, acupuncture treatments can be marvelously effective in providing relief and healing for these animals.

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Emeraude and Lakota were 2 elderly cats who found safe haven with artist-writer Bernadette Kazmarski. They had, as you might expect, some serious health issues.

So Kazmarski, a seasoned cat rescuer and a blogger at The Creative Cat, gave them a lot of thoughtful, loving care. Part of this included acupuncture, courtesy of Dr. Michelle Elgersma.

Never having brought any of my own cats in for an acupuncture treatment, I had a hard time envisioning any cat, elderly or not-so-elderly, putting up with those needles. When in doubt, research.

An Unconventional Blend

Acupuncture for cats and dogs is steadily increasing, according to Dr. Allen Schoen, author of Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live.

Perhaps people are realizing, as he puts it, that “no one form of medicine has all the answers. We must look at the individual needs of each animal. Sometimes the best answer is medication; sometimes it’s surgery; sometimes it’s acupuncture; sometimes it’s a blend.”

Why Acupuncture?

“Because animals can’t be given many of the medications and treatments used in humans to make them more comfortable,” explains Kazmarski, “acupuncture can often be used for pain control or relief, noninfectious inflammation and even paralysis, and this helps to provide relief from, control or heal such conditions as arthritis, disk disease, nerve injuries, asthma, allergies, skin conditions and gastrointestinal problems as well as diabetes, renal issues, heart conditions and hyperthyroid disease.”

With acupuncture, there are no dangerous side effects. Lakota was nearing the end when he had his session. Both his caregiver and the vet knew that the acupuncture wasn’t going to change that.

Actually, there was “no visible effect” at all, Kazmarski says, “though it may have made him more comfortable.”

Emeraude, on the other hand, responded immediately to acupuncture. “She began talking to me at that point and continued to the end [of the session], giving me face rubs and even licking my hand,” Kazmarski says. Not only did her diarrhea begin to let up, but her appetite and her kidneys showed marked improvement.

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