There is a big cat story going around the internet which positively tells us that acupuncture does work for cats but…there is always a but, its efficacy must depend on the nature of the injury or illness and the competence of the veterinarian.
The story concerns a young cat, Tallyrand. She was found in a storm drain. She was paralysed. She had a broken back (L3 veterbra fracture). She could not walk and was not responding.
Humane Rescue Alliance started acupuncture on her. It is interesting that it seems that their first choice was acupuncture. This alternative therapy appears to be more acceptable for certain injuries amongst vets than amongst doctors.
Tallyrand started to show progress after a month of treatments.
Niki, vet nurse at the Humane Rescue Alliance said:
“She could not walk at all, she just wasn’t responding….We started acupuncture on her….We were holding her and we just decided to let her go, it was the most exciting thing…”
Now she is fully recovered. From broken back to full recovery seems remarkable and extremely satisfying for the team who treated her.
I am sure she has been adopted by now. She was at the Oglethorpe Humane Rescue Alliance shelter. The video tells her story:
There are other examples of successful acupuncture treatment for nerve injuries – see Stewie’s story below.
This treatment is also indicated for arthritis, pain and inflammations of the neck and back, lack of coordination and gastrointestinal problems. There are probably others.
It would appear that acupuncture has acquired a reputation for success in treating spinal injuries and paralyses considered incurable using standard veterinary means. This is where its reputation as a treatment has been established I would suggest.
Stewie had radial nerve damage due to a surgical complication. You can see in the video that he was unable to place his left foreleg on the ground. It looked dead. His treatment with acupuncture and splinting was successful in fully restoring nerve function.
Another plus is that the reports tell me that cats accept acupuncture readily. They have no problem with it. Clearly it is not painful or distressing for the domestic cat.
It should go without saying that the treatment must be carried out by a trained and experienced veterinarian.
My research brings me to the conclusion that acupuncture does work for cats under the right circumstances and when administered by appropriately qualified specialists.
Do you have first hand experience of treating your cat with acupuncture?