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It's simple, safe and effective. Acupressure can help your senior cat get more easily through her golden years.

Is he getting older?

Cats are often considered senior citizens by the age of ten, but many live into their 20s with ease. How soon a cat begins to show his age is highly individual and depends on many factors such as general health, nutrition, activity level, and genetics. Some of the telltale signs include:

  • difficulty grooming because of lack of flexibility
  • avoidance of physical activity
  • nails overgrowing
  • tooth decay
  • unable to curl into a tight ball to sleep
  • difficulty walking due to hindquarter weakness
  • obesity even when eating little, or the opposite...
  • appearing more bony with his spine being easy to see and feel

As cats age, they can also fall prey to a number of illnesses. It's wise to visit a veterinarian when anything sudden or suspicious arises beyond their annual check-up.

Acupressure and aging

Acupressure is an excellent way to contend with the common ills of senior life. Like acupuncture, it's based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has been used as a healing tool for thousands of years. Acupuncturists use needles to stimulate certain points on the body, while acupressurists use the tips of their fingers to apply light pressure on the same points, thereby enhancing the flow of life-promoting energy called Chi (pronounced as "chee").

From a TCM perspective, the key to longevity and healthy organ function is based on the Original Chi of the body. The cat is born with all the Original Chi (also called Source Chi or Yuan Chi) he will ever have. This means we want his Source Chi to last as long as possible. If it was expended quickly, the cat would have a short life. We need to support the cat's Source Chi by the following:

  1. A good quality diet of proteins; felines are protein obligates and need next to no carbohydrates.
  2. Consistent and mentally engaging exercise.
  3. A loving and healthy environment.
  4. Bodywork, such as acupressure.

When Chi is flowing smoothly and harmoniously through the body, the animal is healthy and happy. When there is any kind of blockage or slowdown of Chi flow, the animal can become ill or uncomfortable. The natural process of aging presents a decline in organ function that can lead to chronic discomfort and ultimately specific illness. The goal in offering acupressure to a senior cat is to support his organ systems by maintaining a healthy metabolic rate and enhancing the flow of Chi.

Acupressure is safe, noninvasive, and always available. With little knowledge of TCM, you can work on your own cat with good results (see sidebar).

Time can't be defied, and the body will eventually wind down. But acupressure can postpone the effects of aging and extend your cat's life for as long as possible. We all want to age gracefully - bet your cat does, too!

Try this on your senior feline

Every senior cat can benefit from an acupressure session that specifically enhances organ system function. The acupoints selected for this session direct Source Chi to four vital organs, thus providing a sort of "tune-up" for these systems.

To do the session, place your middle finger on top of your pointer finger. Apply light pressure using the soft tip of your pointer finger on each of the acupoints indicated below. See the accompanying chart for their location.

Kidney 3 (Ki 3), Greater Stream - The Kidney organ system houses Source Chi. This means we have to take great care in supporting the Kidney since it is responsible for all the Original Chi the cat will ever have. Ki 3 also increases the flow of Source Chi and strengthens the Kidney organ system itself.

Liver 3 (Liv 3), Greater Thoroughfare - The Liver is thought to be responsible for harmonious flow of Chi through the cat's body. Liv 3 benefits Liver function, helps relieve pain, and improves tendon and ligament flexibility.

Spleen 3 (Sp 3), Great Brightness - The Spleen is involved with the digestion of nutrients, the creation of blood, and the body's ability to metabolize nutrients. Sp 3 enhances Spleen's ability to perform its essential role in the body.

Lung 9 (Lu 9), Great Abyss - Lung function affects the cat's respiration, the health of his skin and coat, and circulation of Chi as well as all other vital body functions -- without breath, there is no life. Lu 9 provides Source Chi to the Lung organ system, thus supporting its function.

NOTE: The acupressure session chart that accompanies this article can be found on the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute website: www.animalacupressure.com, click on Recent Articles



By Amy Snow & Nancy Zidonis Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners & Animal Acupressure
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Amy Snow & Nancy Zidonis Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners & Animal Acupressure

Author: Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners & Animal Acupressure

Biography: Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis are the authors of The Well-Connected Dog: A Guide to Canine Acupressure, Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual, and Acu-Cat: A Guide to Feline Acupressure, and Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual as well as DVDs and Meridian Charts for Horses, Dogs and Cats. They founded Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute which offers training courses and a comprehensive Practitioner Certification Program worldwide.

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