The art of pet massage
Techniques and tips on massaging your cat.
Massage is a hands-on way to pamper your pet and improve his or her health. Massage can boost mood, promote appetite, improve sleep quality and increase flexibility and circulation.
Techniques and frequency
Pet massage techniques mirror some of those used in human massage: Swedish massage, sports massage and hydrotherapy. Swedish massage works deep into the tissue, while sports massage helps increase muscle and joint flexibility. Hydrotherapy is done while the pet floats, supported, in water. Most pets benefit from monthly treatments of any technique.
Try asking your vet or other pet owners to recommend a pet massage therapist. And before you make an appointment, ask about the massage therapist's certification, training and years of experience. Ideally, the therapist will have at least 150 hours of training, carry liability insurance and be able to provide references. Make sure you’re comfortable with their qualifications before placing your pet in his or her hands.
You can learn how to massage your pet at home. And even if you only master the basics, it's a great way to spend time with your pet.