Cats are a lot like women, they are smart! They can pick up on energy just by touch and most importantly they know the value of healing energy. Try it yourself, pick up your cat and give her a stroke, you will notice how she will arch her back and move into your hands, notice how she purrs and enjoys the moment.
This feline energy has not gone unnoticed throughout history, with the Egyptians being the first to notice the healing powers felines pose, as well as their natural intuitive senses. Cats have a deep inner understanding of energy flow within their own body, this inner knowledge makes a cat naturally very open towards acupressure. Now it may seem a little crazy, but those people are obviously not familiar with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) or having cats in their life.
Acupressure is an ancient concept based on Chi, also known as KI or QI and is often viewed as the vital life force energy, this energy flows through the body of all humans and animals. Within Chinese medicine, your health is easily indicated via the balance of your Chi flowing through the body, through the internal organs, soft tissue and bones! If you have any sort of blockage or disruption within the natural flow of Chi you will suffer from illness, breakdown of the immune system, and other imbalances both energetically and physically. This as we touched on before also applies to animals, including your feline friend. By using acupressure you can stimulate these specific pressure points along the bodies spine, these are called channels or meridians. By stimulating and activating these points via acupressure you naturally eliminate blockages and allow energy to move freely.
As mentioned, cats are extremely aware of this Chi energy flowing throughout their bodies, more so than other animals. When a cat experiences acupressure for the first time it is extremely common for them to demand more sessions. Felines are very responsive towards energy work, leading a lot of cats to meow and meow until they get their session.
Now let's look at some simple acupressure techniques you can use on your own feline friend, please note that we suggest you offer this to your cat one to two times a week. Use the tips of your thumb and lightly apply pressure to these points across the body, each point has a different positive effect on the cat. Remember to apply pressure to both sides of the feline.
Large Intestine 11 (LI 11), Crooked Pond – This pressure point is focused around the immune system and can be found located on the forelimb on the outside crease of the cat's elbow. Lightly press on this point for several minutes, this will help your feline friend with enhancing their immune system, reduces skin rashes, disorders and can help with respiratory issues.
Heart 7 (Ht 7) and Pericardium 7 (Pe 7) - This pressure point is found on the front legs, located just above the wrist of the back paws. By activating this pressure point you are helping your cat feel calm, perfect for when you are travelling or going to unfamiliar places with your cat. To stimulate these points just place your thumbs on the inside and your index fingers towards the outside the front leg. Gently hold these points with light pressure, count down from 30 or whenever your cat tells you that it had enough. Repeat the process on the other front leg.
Stomach 36 (St 36), Leg Three Mile – You can find this pressure point outside the hind legs of a feline, it's just below the knowledge towards the front of the leg. This pressure point is also called the point of 1000 meetings or heavens gate! Simply apply pressure to this point to help with intestine and stomach pain for your cat.
Can Acupressure work for older cats?
Older more senior cats are the ideal candidates for consistent acupressure treatment. For both humans and cats alike we have seen positive, beneficial effects on muscle & joint pain, metabolic issues, arthritis, internal testing issues, blood pressure and many other issues that older felines will experience. We always recommend consistent vet care combined with acupressure to improve an older cat's life span and overall quality of life.