Improve Your Cat’s Health with a Cat Massage

Improve Your Cat’s Health with a Cat Massage

You may associate cats with being a little bit…lazy. They often lay around, stretch every once in a while, but are fairly chill animals unless it’s playtime at midnight! All of this laying around though can lead to knots in your cat’s skin. These knots can then be made worse when they experience their rush of energy and start jumping all over the counters. This begs the question; would a cat massage help our furry friend feel better?

Overview

Cat massages are relatively unheard of, but just like in humans, massages make a world of difference in the overall health, energy level, and mood of our cats. There are numerous kinds of cat massages, reasons for getting specific massages, and even massages you can do at home for your cat! 

Table of Contents

    1. The Power of Touch
    2. Types of massage
    3. General benefits of giving/getting your cat a massage
    4. Health benefits of a cat massage
    5. Conclusion

 

1. The Power of Touch

Massages are known for their ability to relax muscles, reduce and remove knots, and induce a sense of calm and relaxation in its recipients. All of which apply to cats as well. Massages may be more popular in humans (and more normalized), but they are equally as beneficial in cats and come in a wide variety of types pending your cats’ specific needs.

2. Types

The type of massages that you get for your cat depends on the reason you are requesting one. The primary reasons to consider getting your cat a massage include:

  • Relaxation
  • Knot reducing therapy
  • Post-injury attention

Cats can get massages for any part of their body and in a variety of levels. In fact, the types of massages for cats are nearly identical to the types of massages available for people. They include,

  • Swedish massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Join therapy massage
  • Paw massages
  • Head/scalp massages

3. General benefits of giving/getting your cat a massage

Giving your cat a massage or taking your cat to see a professional animal massage therapist leads to a wide variety of health benefits, but the two most significant ones are as follows. 

Massages help reduce muscle tension that can lead to pain, stress, and emotional dysfunction in your kitty. Unlike people, cats have no way to tell you that they are in pain other than by meowing. If you notice your cat is being much less active, has a limp, or is meowing significantly more or less, this may mean they are experiencing muscle pain that needs to be addressed by vet consultation and then a massage therapist. 

Massages help reduce anxiety in pets known to display symptoms of being continuously stressed. For example, a popular stressor for a cat is thunderstorms as the thunder is loud and frightening. Giving your cat a gentle, at-home massage with a cat massage oil during this stressful time will help reduce anxiety and make your cat feel safe and relaxed.

4. Health benefits of a cat massage

There are numerous health benefits that your cat will experience upon getting regular massages, including:

  • Better blood circulation
  • Improved digestion
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Easing joint stiffness/tension
  • Reduced swelling
  • Better sleep
  • Improved/increased flexibility

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5. Conclusion

With at least a dozen benefits to getting massages for your cat, why not start today and see if you notice a difference in your cats’ behavior? Cats are just as likely to experience knots, aches, pains, and stress in their lives as their humans are, and treating them to massages can help ensure they are living their healthiest lives!

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