This is first hand proof that cat massage can have very real health benefits. Below is a great photograph of Kim Breckon’s rescue cat, Carrie, showing the tender loving care that Kim has given to her.
Kim rescued Carrie and her brother when there were 3-weeks-of-age, hidden within brambles behind a cash-and-carry store in or near Brighouse, West Yorkshire. The kittens’ mother had been injured in a car accident. She had a serious leg injury but was still looking after her kittens who were in a bad way.
When on the road to full recovery, Carrie fell from a fridge and was lying on the floor limp and paralysed when Kim walked into the kitchen.
“Her front paw was completely dead and when I put her down she just flopped.”
The first veterinarian that she took Carrie to thought that her spine had been damaged and that she may not survive. She thought that she may never walk again.
Kim observantly and wisely noticed that her cat was able to use the litter tray which confirmed to her that her internal organs were working all right and therefore the central nervous system was also apparently functioning or at least able to function satisfactorily.
Kim took her cat to another vet. We don’t know what the second veterinarian said but perhaps he/she may have advised her to massage her cat’s muscles and spine.
Kim took two weeks off work to try and restore her beloved cat back to health by massaging her muscles and spine. Lo and behold, 6 weeks later, Carrie was able to put some weight on her paws again. It looks as though Carrie is on the way to a full recovery.
As for the mother, she had the injured leg amputated and is now being looked after at a foster home. She is doing just fine. We’re told that all the cats including the brother are now doing well.
Is there a moral in this story? Perhaps there is. The first is that we should not always take as the gospel truth what our veterinarian tells us. We should trust our own instincts. Secondly, the rarely used remedy of cat massage has some real benefits sometimes. It is something that a cat caretaker can do for themselves.