Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines

It’s encouraging to see how widely spread Tellington TTouch is becoming. Eugenie Chopin, who heads our TTouch Programs in South Africa, sent me the following article. Ear TTouches and for your kitty and Heart Hugs for yourself can make the visit to your vet a happy experience. Here’s an excerpt. You can read the whole article here.
Aloha from Hawaii,

A recent veterinary usage study sponsored by Bayer revealed 58 percent of people owned by cats say their pets hate going to the vet. Of course, this will come as no surprise to those of you who share your life with one or more feline companions.

Many of the kitty parents included in the study admitted they avoid veterinary visits for their cats because every aspect of the ordeal is stress-inducing — from preparing to leave home, to the ride to the clinic, to the visit itself….

Understanding how to compassionately and respectfully handle a cat on a vet visit can go a long way toward reducing stress and delivering good health care. Unfortunately, feline stress can escalate to fear and/or fear-related aggressive behavior. When this happens, it can alter the results of a physical exam and lab tests and lead to a wrong diagnosis…

The new suggested procedures, Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines, point out certain innate cat behaviors and how you can work with them to potentially make vet visits less stressful…

No matter how well socialized to handling a cat is, she can become fearful or aggressive in an instant if she senses human tension, if she’s handled roughly, or if there are sudden movements or loud noises happening around her. In short, your cat lacks the innate ability to tolerate unfamiliar surroundings, animals and humans.

She also very likely prefers to be touched on the head and neck rather than other parts of her body, so if you want to try calming her with petting, gently caress around her neck and head only. Using Ttouch techniques on her ears can be especially beneficial (www.ttouch.com).

Dr. Becker is the resident proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian of HealthyPets.Mercola.com. You can learn holistic ways of preventing illness in your pets by subscribing to MercolaHealthyPets.com, an online resource for animal lovers. For more pet care tips, subscribe for FREE to Mercola Healthy Pet Newsletter.

© 2011, Linda Tellington-Jones. All rights reserved.

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