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Reflexology for Cats
« on: November 20, 2015, 10:49:40 AM »
I just took a Reflexology class and, of course, wondered if it could be done on pets.  I asked the instructor but she didn't seem to think it was possible, since the paws are so much smaller than a human hand, and therefore it would be difficult to work the specific points (if the pet would even allow their paws to be touched).

Just for fits and giggles, I did a very quick Google search.  There seemed to be plenty of information on Reflexology for dogs, and to my happy surprise, I also found this for cats:  http://animalwellnessmagazine.com/reflexology-for-cats/

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For stress and anxiety, I highly recommend stroking the ears. Stroking the tips of the ears is particularly good for shock. The ears help release endorphins, those feel-good chemicals similar to morphine, so this is particularly useful for stressful events such as moving house, Fourth of July fireworks and visits to the vet.

When I have more time, I may look into this more, but I wanted to do a quick post about this while I had the information up.  There are points on the face, and I'm thinking that's probably the easiest way to do it on pets, esp. if they really don't like having their paws touched.
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Re: Reflexology for Cats
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2015, 03:33:12 PM »
That IS very interesting!!! 
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Re: Reflexology for Cats
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2015, 03:34:40 PM »
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As a cat lover and certified reflexologist, I have long had an interest in how this modality can be applied to our feline friends.

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Re: Reflexology for Cats
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2015, 03:48:16 PM »
Thanks again.  I shared the info elsewhere with a person that tends to dump "problem" cats.  She often asks for help, but NEVER tries or considers ANY suggestions.  Maybe...just maybe... she will consider the info in the link.  One can hope.
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Re: Reflexology for Cats
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2015, 07:02:14 PM »
You're welcome!

This is so cool!  http://revitalizeme.com/reflexology_for_cats.htm
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Re: Reflexology for Cats
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2015, 08:03:39 PM »
I haven't been able to find a map of "points" for a dog or cat's face, so here's one for humans.  I would think the points would be similar, but that's just a guess.

http://www.eruptingmind.com/chinese-face-map/

In Reflexology, you press or rub the points on the foot, ears or face.  For a dog or cat, I would imagine they wouldn't like someone pressing on the spots (for the head), but maybe a gentle stroke or rub (like giving a "head rub" with your hand along the cat's cheek) might work.

Again, I'm speculating here.  If you do a Google search for "reflexology dog chart" you'll find a bunch on pinterest for the paws or the entire body.
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Re: Reflexology for Cats
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2015, 08:13:42 PM »
This article gives a very basic overview of the points on a cat's legs and paws and what part of the body they correspond to:

https://petmemorialworld.wordpress.com/2008/07/19/cat-reflexology-massage-your-cat-to-health/

The points are likely similar for dogs as well.
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Re: Reflexology for Cats
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2015, 10:47:54 AM »
The cat owner I was hoping would read the info was totally closed minded... as she has been with all suggestions from others.  She just wants to snap her fingers and have the problem SHE created to go away.
It is probably just a matter of time before the cat "accidentally" escapes or she has her put down due to a sudden "illness."

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Re: Reflexology for Cats
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2015, 12:54:13 PM »
The cat owner I was hoping would read the info was totally closed minded... as she has been with all suggestions from others.  She just wants to snap her fingers and have the problem SHE created to go away.
It is probably just a matter of time before the cat "accidentally" escapes or she has her put down due to a sudden "illness."

Well you tried.  That poor kitty.   :'(
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