It is very important to take the time to massage your cat regularly. Massages are beneficial for the animal. However, it is best to get him used to it very young so that he appreciates all the benefits. So let’s see how and why to massage your cat.
Get your cat used to massages
This is not the type of activity that we start to practice when the cat is old because there is a good chance that he will not accept to be massaged. On the other hand, it is advisable to start as early as possible. To do this, the kitten or young cat must gradually get used to being manipulated. No abruptness is tolerated so that he later willingly accepts these well-being sessions.
All areas of the cat’s body can be massaged. But before you start, you better make sure that accept contacts because he can very well rebel. Likewise, it is essential to ensure that the kitty is in good condition to lend itself heartily to a massage session. If he’s pissed off or angry, this is definitely not the time. Better to leave him alone and put it off until later.
Benefits of massages for cats
Massaging her cat presents many advantages for animals, namely:
- Strengthen the bond between the owner and the animal,
- Share a quiet moment,
- Release the stress,
- Relieve pain or bloating,
- Better digested,
- Evacuate more easily.
We note that the purring have the effect of relaxing the master. The benefits are therefore shared.
The cat may even benefit from therapeutic massages very precise carried out by his master on exclusive advice from the veterinarian. This is the case, for example, if the little feline has suffered a trauma and needs rehabilitation or has just undergone surgery. These are special cases, and it may be preferable to entrust the cat’s massages to a specialist. In this case, the sessions are scheduled by appointment and take place in an office or in a specialized center.
Massaging your cat without scaring it away
The kitty must absolutely feel confident to enjoy massages, and you must always start a session slowly, without forcing it, so that it does not take flight. If he is used to it from an early age, he can even spontaneously come to his master when he is installed on the sofa for example.
We start any session with the body area that it easily offers to caresses in ordinary times. It could be the underside of the neck for example. When he purrs, it means that he is well and that he is not on his guard. The caresses, which we accompany comforting words pronounced in a gentle way, can therefore gradually transform into palpations that one moves little by little to another area of the body on the condition, however, of avoiding places where he does not like to be touched. It varies from cat to cat. Must therefore know the animal well so as not to make mistakes.
If he is in perfect confidence and the massages are performed very well, the cat has every chance oflove these kneads generators of serenity.
Massage technique in cats
Each area of the body should be massaged differently. Some only support moderate contact while others massage more intensely. Preferred parts are usually the neck, the back of the ears and the skull as well as the cheeks, the space between the eyes and the forehead. We then pass on the back by circular gestures, then on the sides and shoulders. Be careful, however, not to touch the tail without being sure that the animal is relaxed, but it must also have real confidence in its “masseur” to let it go.
The belly massage is more delicate and it is not liked by all cats. If the kitty lies on his back, it is a sign that he consents. The hands should make circular movements that are not too strong, rather in the order of touches because the belly is a sensitive area. Kneading a little too hard can very quickly cause discomfort and even pain.
It is essential that it is done well to be appreciated by the animal. He must find it pleasant and his master must not at any time tickle or hurt him so as not to trigger suspicion. If all goes well, this will then allow you to massage your cat’s belly again in the event of a problem. It is indeed an excellent solution to help the kitty to evacuate the hairballs that he has swallowed, to promote his digestion or to relieve it in case of disturbance at the level of transit.
Thanks to the massage, the cat feels absolute well-being, and if he closes his eyes this is irrefutable proof that he is perfectly relaxed. He can benefit from a daily session as long as he loves to be massaged. This animal is easily subject to stress, so it is perfect for it to be appeased and happier.