acupuncture for cats



Vet Vicky went to visit one of her oldest, and favourite cat patients this week. ‘Jude’ is now 18 and celebrated with a party (apparently he has always loved wearing hats!).

Jude has been living with renal insufficiency and arthritis for some years now but thanks to excellent care from both his primary care practice and acupuncture visits from Vicky he is still enjoying life.


Jude is on medication and special food to support his kidney function and attends regular health checks at his primary care vets. His renal insufficiency means conventional pain killers can’t be used to help him with his arthritis but a combination of a cat friendly joint supplement (which he eats like a treat) and acupuncture keep him mobile.


We start considering cats and dogs to be geriatric at about 8 years old (6 for giant dogs). This sounds awful but it’s a medical term so we don’t expect all our 8 year olds to be weak and doddery any more than all 50year old humans! However it is the age when we start to see wear and tear throughout the body and when organs may start to work less well.

Your primary care vet may offer special blood screening for odler pets and this is a great way to spot problems early. If problems are found your vet, perhaps in conjunction with Four Seasons Holistic Veterinary Care, can work to support him and ensure a long and happy life, just like Jude!

P.S. Why is Jude 84? Well, it’s now thought of as too simplistic to consider one dog/cat year to be 7 human years and the chart we have puts and 18year old cat at about 84 in human terms.



Cats are wonderfully secretive creatures and are experts at hiding the symptoms of chronic pain from their owners.

I’m sure most cat owners would notice an obvious limp but how about these more subtle signs?

  • Long, brittle claws; cats need to be able to stretch out to scratch their claws properly.
  • Changes to behaviour or routine; reduced mobility may mean your cat sleeps in different places and pain may mean she sleeps for more hours a day.
  • Dull, scruffy, matted coat; if a cat can’t groom herself properly the coat soon suffers.
  • Reduced activity; owners may notice their cats can’t jump on and off furniture or don’t want to hunt or play.

I think my cat is in pain! What can I do?

Visit your Primary Care Vet to get your cat checked out. Be prepared for your Vet to take blood to check her kidney function and for hyperthyroidism which can cause similar symptoms.

Your Vet may then prescribe pain relieving medication or…

Acupuncture for cats!

YES! Acupuncture works really well for cats and is well tolerated by the majority with no side-effects.

Cats seem especially sensitive to the effects of acupuncture and usually respond to a small number of needles. Most relax and enjoy a good chin tickle for the 10-15minute session.

For more information or for referral first speak to your Primary care Vet then call us on 07958 142959 or email