How to massage a cat and why massage a cat?
Massage for pets, including cats, is becoming increasingly popular. Why is a cat needed massage and how to do it, and in what cases is it better to abstain?
Why does a cat need a massage?
Massage is very beneficial for cats, as well as other animals.
- Massage allows you to improve contact between man and cat, to establish a warmer relationship.
- Massage helps the cat recover from illness or injury.
- Massage improves the flexibility of older cats.
Massage stimulates the blood circulation of the cat, enhances the flow of oxygen to the tissues. It helps to relax the musculoskeletal muscles, as a result of which it relieves muscle cramps and reduces pain.
How to massage a cat?
You can learn a simple massage of a cat by taking a few lessons from a specialist, after which you can help your pet at home. However, a number of rules must be observed:
- Accustom your cat to massage gradually, starting with a few minutes of light stroking.
- Remember that some cats are very sensitive to touching certain parts of the body. Do not do what is unpleasant to the cat.
- Follow the mood of the purrs. If the cat is unpleasant massage, do not insist.
- Keep calm: the calmer the person, the more peaceful the cat will be during the massage.
Cat massage technique:
- Start by stroking lightly.
- Use your fingertips to make circular motions, start from the head and then massage your neck.Gradually move your hand a little lower.
- Then massage your back towards the tail (which is also part of the spine) and towards the paws.
When not to massage a cat?
There are situations in which you can not massage the cat. When is it better to refrain from massage?
- The limbs of a cat are dislocated, broken, swollen, or there is a sprain.
- The cat recently suffered a heart attack or shock.
- The cat has an oncological disease.
- The cat has damaged or displaced spinal discs.