You may be aware of the practice of acupuncture, but did you know it’s not just for humans? This form of Eastern medicine can be used on cats, too. As veterinarians, we want to find the best treatment options for each individual patient, and this can include Western medicine, Eastern medicine, or some combination of both (integrative medicine).
If you have questions about how cat acupuncture can be beneficial, it is important to reach out to your local veterinarian for personalized care.
What is acupuncture and how can it help my cat?
Acupuncture is the ancient science of using needles to move energy along the lines of 12 paired meridians that go through the body. The Eastern medicine understanding of acupuncture is that it helps to balance the body by allowing energy to flow more freely if there's a blockage, an excess, or a deficiency. Acupuncture's role is to bring the body back to homeostasis, or a more balanced place, and to ensure the health of whatever organ or tissues are being affected.
Just as in humans, acupuncture for cats helps to balance the meridians, bring about a healthier state, provide pain relief, and/or slow down the progression of disease (such as diabetes or kidney disease). Because Western medicine does not address everything and some medications may not be recommended for certain pets, acupuncture may very well help your cat’s condition.