Did you know it’s a good idea to massage your cat from time to time? Massaging your kitty can improve blood flow, reduce stress, alleviate pain and relax muscles. This is also a great way to build a deeper bond with your cat, which is something we should focus on if we’re spending more time at home.
Many cat parents confuse petting their cat with massaging their kitty. The two are actually very different and I recently learned that there’s a right and wrong way to do this. Our veterinarian showed us how to massage the legs of our oldest cat when he was 21 yrs old – and he loved it. We didn’t know, however, how to give him a basic full body massage. Now I wish we did.
How To Massage A Cat – The Right Way
We’re so blessed to be a part of a growing industry full of beautiful people who are focused on the health and well being of animals. I reached out to Samantha Youngblood, of Youngblood Animal Massage Therapy, to get her expert advice on the right way to massage your cat. She was gracious enough to make this video for all of us cat parents looking to help our kitties at home!
Now these are just some basic at home massage tips you can follow. If your kitty is suffering, Samantha recommends that you see a certified massage therapist. Don’t try to give your cat a deep tissue massage if you don’t know how. You can actually do more damage than good, unfortunately.
And, as always, feeding a moisture rich, species appropriate diet is the first step we should take. Food is the medicine that fuels overall health. A cat that’s feed a healthy diet will benefit from a massage session much more than one that’s fed a processed food. 🙂