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How Acupuncture Can Help Relieve Your Cat's Pain

by Arttu Kari

If your cat is experiencing a chronic pain problem like arthritis, you may be seeking ways to help your kitty find some relief. While there are medications that can be prescribed that will help to ease your cat's pain, many pet parents don't feel comfortable having their cat take them. If you're among them, you're right: painkillers aren't a cure-all for cats. Read on to learn why painkillers can be a problem for cats and what solution works better.

Pain Medications are Hard to Give

Cats can be extremely difficult when it comes to giving them medication. While dogs have a stronger sense of smell than cats, the ravenous nature of dogs eating means that most dog owners can medicate their pups without problems. Cats, on the other hand, are careful and picky eaters, which means hiding medication in food is nearly impossible.

Fighting a cat to give them medication, especially if they need treatment daily, is also a nuisance for pet owners. Cats who are medicated regularly may hide in inaccessible areas, making it nearly impossible to medicate your kitty reliably. However, without regular medicating, your cat's pain will come back.

Pain Medications are Hard on the Liver

Unlike dogs and humans, the vast majority of painkillers are toxic or at least dangerous to cats. A cat's body - its kidneys, specifically - don't do a very good job of removing the medication from the blood supply. As a result, if medication is given regularly, it can quickly rise to toxic levels, making a cat sick or even causing organ failure.

While your veterinarian will never prescribe a medication that's known to harm your cat, you may have to make a choice between medicating your cat with something that could become hazardous over time, or not treating your cat's pain at all.

Pet Acupuncture Works

Thankfully, another option that's becoming available worldwide is pet acupuncture. Pet acupuncture is safe, doesn't introduce any toxic substances to your cat, and can be performed as often as needed.

Pet acupuncture works by stimulating the body to release its own painkillers, easing pain immediately. The body's own endorphins and dopamine will ease pain and give your cat a sense of well-being without causing any harm or endangering their health.

In addition, pet acupuncture is always administered by a licensed acupuncturist who is either a veterinarian themselves or under the supervision of another vet. You can be assured that your kitty won't be harmed during their treatment.

If your veterinarian offers pet acupuncture, consider signing up your cat for some treatments to see if they experience notable relief. Even if your vet doesn't, talk to your vet to see if they can recommend someone who does. For more information, visit websites like