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Kitty Acupuncture: FAIL!

LLevenson

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The animal acupuncturist just left our house. Arias went bizerk when she put the needles in! Our vet had recommended us trying acupuncture for his heart and his "overly abundant alpha male-ness". She thought a home visit would be best b/c Arias is such a stinker at the vet's office. Well, he wasn't much better at home!

As soon as she walked in the door, he was on her like dirt on a sphynx! Checking her out, and a little weary...he totally knew something was up. So she had me wrap him in a blanket and distract him with treats while she put in the needles. He was growling so loudly, even while eating the treats, like "I am so pissed at you but I will eat this tasty liver treat WHILE still letting you know how pissed I am". She got in all 7 needles and then he lost it! got out of my arms, ran for the chairs in the dining area, lost 3 needles in the process. I grabbed him wrapped him back up (I didn't pay $150 for 3 minutes of acupuncture!) At that point, he was contorting his body in every direction, growling, hissing...but never biting and I only got 1 minor scratch, which is pretty good! I got him wrapped up for another few minutes but then he got free and all the needles came out at that point.

She told me that he is not a good candidate for acupuncture....really, what gave you THAT idea??:LOL: So we are going to try herbs next.

That little rascal! I tried telling him beforehand that this was to help him. She said that some animals are just too sensitive and don't like it (and Arias doesn't like anything that he is forced to do, so the holding down part didn't help matters, but if I had let him run around like he wanted to, it makes the needles hurt more and they fall out.) Alas....within minutes of all the needles coming out, he was fine. still pissed, but fine.

oh, and literally 1 minute before she got to our house, he went and pooped...a stinky one!! (he was fed a can yesterday b/c I was gone all day long so I couldn't leave him his normal raw). The litter box is in the front of the house b/c we haven't finished the box in the garage that his litter robot will go into. I mean really? So like a boy to not care that the house is going to stink when a guest is coming over!! I quickly ran the litter robot, but still, it stunk!

Anyone else have luck or disaster with animal acupuncture?
 

LLevenson

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and now Arias is curled in lap, purring away...I guess all is forgiven!!
 

tessblack

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I was at the vet yesterday and a lady was bring her cat in for it, every two weeks. The cat has asthma and I guess it helps. I could not imagine either of mine standing for that.

Poor baby, glad he is happy again.
 

Candys

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Oh the drama of it all!:LOL:I commend you for trying the acupuncture. Was she a dog or cat specialist? Just wondered. Don't know what else to say about this one. It was truly an entertaining and funny post - I know you were put out by it.:LOL:
 

ktate88

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Heeheehee! I guess he told her, huh?

We do acupuncture, spinal manipulation, and rehabilitation at the clinic I work at. Acupuncture and sometimes a combo of the others really help older animals. I can't tell you the number of dogs that I have seen that were paralyzed when they arrive to us, and after following thru with treatment are able to walk. Maybe not RUN but walk :)

Kitties on the other hand...not such a fan of it usually!
 

LLevenson

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yeah, at least I tried! :ThumbsUp: thanks for that, I needed to hear that since I kinda felt like I failed in getting him a treatment that really could have helped him

Apparently cat's are way more sensitive to the acupuncture than dogs, so they tend to not tolerate it as well. That being said, I have a friend who gets acupuncture on both her cats and THEY FALL ASLEEP DURING treatment! I wish! My parent's dog gets it and she usually shakes during the entire treatment but tolerates it. It has helped her arthritis immensely.

It would have been a funny video!! I had every intention of taking pictures to show you all but when she saw that he was going to be uncooperative, she had me join in the attempts to hold him down, so no free hands to document the whole thing! As I told my hubby the story, he said it sounds like she wasn't so experienced with cats, and that Arias clearly didn't like her from the start (he *may* have attacked her leg 30 seconds upon entering! and even though he likes to pull all sort of hi-jinks when we have people over, it's usually jumping on the back or playing chase, not attacking a leg & biting her arm :Impish:

Who knows... it was funny, exasperating, and quite the experience!!
 

MissMySphynxBoys

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I applaud you for giving it a try. Acupuncture does require a bit more coooperation than some other non conventional therapies. Have you considered trying Reiki? I'm not sure how easy it is to find a practitioner who treats animals, but I know of woman in my area who specializes in treating horses and cows with some degree of success.
 
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