Supporting Your Kitten’s Health With Acupressure

Kittens are amazing creatures. When they play, they play with every ounce of their little beings. Their needle-like little claws propel them up the curtains in the bedroom and down the back of a couch. Kittens can scratch your antique chair that your great aunt gave you and shred your favorite plant to pieces – but we love them anyway. We look at our beloved kitten’s antics and say to ourselves, “He’s just a kitten,” and that explains it all.

Young animals are supposed to be full of life, tearing through the house and dashing around the back yard. Their bones, muscles, and neurological connections are growing by the minute. They also need lots of sleep as well as nourishing, real food. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the high energy and impetus behind the exponential growth of a kitten are considered Yang. The rest, nutrients and essence used to make that growth possible is considered Yin.

The essential concept underlying TCM is that health is based on a dynamic balance between Yin and Yang. You might ask how a kitten could be healthy if he’s bounding from one extreme to the other. The reason is that kittens are supposed to be out of balance at different times because they are in such a high growth period. There are times they just have to be very Yang, and then they balance it by being very Yin. Their small growing bodies have their own form of balance and that’s the way it needs to be.

You can do an acupressure session called “Gentle Pinches” that will support and enhance whatever is going on in your kitten’s body at the time. Give it a try when your little cat when your little cat has given his all and is ready to be calm. Acupressure has a way of creating a very special bond between you and your kitten.

Gentle Pinches for Kittens

Pick a time when your kitten is relatively calm and find a location with few distractions. Take three long breaths in and out, then focus for a minute or two on your adoration of this young animal and how you want to contribute to his healthy growth.

Sit with your kitten on your lap or between your legs facing his back. Starting just behind or below his shoulder blades on each side of the spine, use your thumb and index fingers on both hands to very gently pinch his skin. Then move your hand approximately half an inch in the direction of his tail and repeat the gentle pinching. Continue to move your hands down a half inch at a time, softly pinching the skin as you go, until you reach the base of his tail. Start again, just below the kitten’s scapula, and repeat the gentle pinches on each side of his spine and down to his tail two more times.

When you have completed three cycles of gentle pinches, go back to below his scapula, with your fingers together and flat, and sweep down the kitten’s back with one hand on each side of his spine, similar to how you would brush out the wrinkles on your bed cover to make it tidy and smooth. Repeat this sweeping motion three times.

Now snuggle with your kitten and tell him how much you love him.

Amy Snow is the author of Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual, The Well-Connected Dog: A Guide To Canine Acupressure and Acu-Cat: A Guide to Feline Acupressure. She co-owns Tallgrass Publishers, which offers Meridian Charts for horses, dogs and cats, plus DVDs on animal acupressure. She co-founded Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute which provides hands-on and online training courses worldwide, including a Practitioner Certification Program.
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