Feline Kidney Support

CATS AGE, TOO: Acupressure for Kidney Care 

By Amy Snow & Nancy Zidonis

Don’t we all wish that our cats could stay young and bouncy forever? The reality is, cat’s age just like the rest of us. Cats are considered elderly by the age of 11years and in the geriatric phase of life from 15 years on. Because of medical care, better quality food being available, and more attention to complementary therapies, a domesticated cat’s lifespan has been extended amazingly in the last 10 to 20 years. 

The life expectancy of a cat depends on a number of factors including general health, nutrition, and genetics, plus mental and physical activity levels. However, you know your cat is aging when the following is happening:

  • Difficulty grooming (lack of flexibility)
  • Avoidance of physical activity
  • Nails overgrowing
  • Tooth decay
  • Loss of hearing
  • Inability to curl into a tight ball to sleep
  • Difficulty walking and/or jumping
  • Obesity regardless of amount of food eaten, and
  • Appearing and feeling more skeletal (loss of muscle mass).

Kidney disease is cited as the number-one cause of feline death. Other common age-related illnesses include heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, dental disease, thyroid issues, cancer, and feline dementia. Our domesticated cats fall prey to similar health issues as we do, perhaps because we have incorporated them into our lifestyle. That said, what can we do to support their health and well-being? 

Feline kidney support with acupressure

Acupressure Session for Kidney Disease 
Even though kidney disease is the leading cause of feline death, it’s no longer considered a “sudden death sentence.” You can offer your cat short acupressure session to help support Kidney organ function. By combining integrative veterinary care with acupressure, your cat can have a good quality of life for a long time. 

Begin your acupressure session by taking three deep breaths to center yourself. Have your cat comfortably on your lap or next to you. Rest one hand on the cat while your other hand will be doing the point work using the acupoints shown in the Kidney chart. 

Place your middle finger on top of your index finger to create a little tent. Then lightly put the soft tip of your index finger on the acupoint and count to 10 slowly or remain on the point for as long as your cat seems to be comfortable. Move to the next point on the same side when you and your cat are ready. Once you have completed the acupoints on one side, repeat them on the opposite side.

feline acupressure

More on feline aging: 
Watch for our feature article about feline aging issues will be in the August–September issue of Animal Wellness Magazine