Should Your Cat Go to the Chiropractor?

Will Your be Helped by a Visit to the Chiropractor?

A trip to the Chiropractor can bring welcome relief for soreness and general body pain. Many people rely on regular adjustments and treatments from their chiropractor in order to simply get through the day. Should your cat go to the chiropractor?

Actually, a better question would be "Should you take your cat to the chiropractor?" Since most kitties can't access public transportation and while it is true that chiropractor offices and chiropractic websites are seemingly on every street corner, it will be up to you as the cat owner to transport your pet to the chiropractor's office. Your pregnant cats might benefit greatly from a day of pampering at the doctor's office.

Chiropractor schools and chiropractor colleges may be ramping up degree programs to meet the demand for trained cat chiropractors. Almost no self-respecting cat enthusiast would take his cat to an untrained cat chiropractor.

Should you take this cat to the chiropractor? No, because it's not your cat.
Should you take this cat to the chiropractor? No, because it's not your cat.
A place like this can make some cats extremely tense.
A place like this can make some cats extremely tense.
Flowers relax most cats. No need for the cat chiropractor.
Flowers relax most cats. No need for the cat chiropractor.
This fellow could use a trip to the chiropractor, but not the cat chiropractor.
This fellow could use a trip to the chiropractor, but not the cat chiropractor.
These fellows could use a trip to the chiropractor, but not the cat chiropractor.
These fellows could use a trip to the chiropractor, but not the cat chiropractor.
Silly pigeon, there are no bird chiropractors.
Silly pigeon, there are no bird chiropractors.

Signs that Your Cat Should Go to the Chiropractor

Every cat is different, but if your cat is cranky and lethargic in the morning, perhaps it's time to make her an appointment with a cat chiropractor. Is she slow-moving? Take special care to observe her behavior when you first see her at the start of the day. Look for possible disorientation, delayed response time, and stiff movement in the joints. Unfortunately you can't simply ask her how she's feeling, but you should be aware how she behaves. When you see something out of the ordinary, you may want to think "OK, this could be time for the cat chiropractor."

When Fluffy wakes up, does she stretch excessively? Carefully watch her as she awakens from her afternoon nap; one or two stretches are probably normal but 10-15 minutes of stretching just might indicate a need for adjustment at the cat chiropractor, or a cat massage, which is decidedly not the topic of this article.

When you pick her up, does she writhe in pain and violently try to escape? You might be holding her upside down, but you might also be exacerbating the effects of her sore joints and muscles. A cat chiropractor could perhaps maybe possibly provide much needed therapy to address the problems.

Services Offered by the Cat Chiropractor

If you can find one, a neighborhood cat chiropractor probably offers numerous services designed to make your cat feel years younger, assuming it's already at least two years old.

Most cats love to visit the warm pillows at the cat chiropractor. Trained cat chiropractor technicians gently heat pillows filled with sand or rice, then expertly apply them to sore joints and muscles. This procedure truly relaxes most cats, although they seem to tense up again when they have to share the treatment room with dogs who are visiting the dog chiropractor. In most cases this works out to be counter-productive for the cat; you may wish to consider a cat-specific chiropractor when choosing your provider.

Manipulation of the skeletal system is performed by highly skilled cat chiropractors, if you can find one. Look for a chiropractor who has has extensive training in the cat skeletal system, as it's really different from humans. Almost all cats who experience manipulation are happy when it's over.

Nutrition services may also be offered at some cat chiropractor offices. A detailed analysis of your cats eating habits can offer clues into why you had to bring her to the cat chiropractor in the first place. Your cat chiropractor can offer valuable insight into why Fluffy insists on eating breakfast, then throwing up on the furniture shortly thereafter. Your cat may have psychological issues stemming from not being able to watch daytime TV talk shows, but usually it's simply a fungus or bacterial infection.

What If Your Cat Doesn't Want to Go?

Cats rarely want to go anywhere fun. You could take them to a playland of catnip and Little Friskies and they'd still fight you all the way. Experts in cat transportation technology suggest a sturdy cat carrier, a pair of leather gloves, adequate eye protection, and mild sedation. Sedate the cat, not yourself. Hopefully when the little kitty regains consciousness at the cat chiropractor's office she won't recall the titanic struggle leading up to the trip. Oddly enough, the trip home is rarely any more soothing.

Experts in cat transportation psychiatry agree that no useful purpose might be served by arguing with your cat. As surprising as it seems, there are experts in cat transportation psychiatry. You can follow Fluffy around the house with the cat carrier until your back starts to hurt, but this is one debate you absolutely cannot control.

How Many Times Should Your Cat Go to the Chiropractor?

Assuming you have found a cat chiropractor with whom you are comfortable, and your insurance somehow covers the office visits, don't be shocked to learn that you will be asked to bring Fluffy back to the office for numerous follow-up visits. You'll be asked by the chiropractor, not by your cat. Actually, your cat may be in total agreement, but getting her to admit it can be problematic.

Insurance may or may not finance multiple visits to the cat chiropractor. Try to keep a straight face when you inquire.

Be prepared to commit to at least a month of weekly visits. Typical cats don't exhibit typical improvements until you've spent at least $400 on treatments.

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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina

Do they really have cat chiropractors? Or is this humour that went over my head? Either way, well written.


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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@emohealer : who knows? We have a dog park nearby that includes a stadium-size video screen playing videos of cavorting dogs.


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kartika damon 7 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

Hi Nicomp, we may have different politics but we have some common ground here - I love cats and chiropractors have helped me greatly! Also, I didn't know that cats can go to the chiropractor! This hub is excellent - how does one find a cat chiropractor in their area, I wonder?


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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@kartika damon: Thanks for writing. We can put aside our petty political differences to come together over the well-bring of our cats. Regarding the location of a cat chiropractor: I would try the Yellow Pages or the local animal rescue league. :)


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kartika damon 7 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

Thanks Nicomp! Hey, at the end of the day, we would probably have fun talking about cats! I have an adorable Birman cat I found at a shelter and I wrote a hub on her - I really love those critters - what kind of cats do you have? :) thanks, Kartika


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

We in the States are generally opposed to manipulation of pets. Voters, on the other hand...


Chiropractor Gresham Oregon 6 years ago

it is very interesting to know that Chiropractic procedure can be applied in animals as well.. :)


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Wow, Kuns Chiropractic in Gresham, Oregon earned a free backlink. How did I miss that?


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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

chatsw00d chiropractors wrote:

"Interesting to read hub, nice information about Chiropractic procedure on animals."

Thanks!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

This is a great laugh! I love the clever humor! Very creative and a fun read! now tell me, are there REALLY cat chiropractors? I guess I should google it!! Love this one!!!

I DID Google 'feline chiropractors' and, guess what? They DO exist! How crazy/cool is this?


Joanna 4 years ago

Actually my chiropractor also helps my cat too! She had an accident when she was about 10 months and has pain and problems for over two years. I knew people whose dogs went to the chiropractor and they suggested I try taking my cat. I was scepticalb - but it really works for her. She was only 3 and could barely jump onto the sofa or climb the stairs. She goes every six weeks.

She's like a new cat! :-) loved the humour in this article! The cat doesn't actually want to go but mostly relaxes when she's there! Remarkable really!!


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

HAHAHAAHAHA!! Ha!

Yes, they do exist. The chiropractor I go to does animal adjustments. And he tells me with a straight face that the animals appreciate it. I don't appreciate laying my face where a dog may have sat though. Sharing this on hubs and facebook.


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Seven people looked at this yesterday.


DR. Cat 3 years ago

Interesting, funny, awesome but not useful. I voted as such.

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