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What is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic Care for cats is a holistic way to improve the health of a feline’s joints and spine without the need for surgery or drugs. A chiropractic adjustment works to restore proper alignment of the joint and spine to allow the entire body to function normally. A veterinary chiropractic specialist performs feline chiropractic care, pinpointing the cause of the illness, effectively removing the symptoms associated with the illness and encouraging the body to promote self-healing. 

Chiropractic Care Procedure in Cats

Chiropractic care for cats has over 100 different chiropractic methods, as it depends on the location of the problem and the specific technique the veterinary chiropractor is using. The veterinary chiropractor may use a mechanical adjustment device such as an activator in his or her procedure, or the specialist may simply use their hands to further identify the problem. In general, the veterinary chiropractor will first identify the specific sign of subluxation. Identifying the specific location of the problem may require an x-ray of the feline’s skeletal system, but a physical examination may be the only diagnostic tool used. The affected portion of the cat’s anatomy is located and the underlying bone is stabilized using the adjuster, allowing the actual adjustment to begin. 

The adjustment focuses on moving the joint in the specific direction needed to return to its normal functions. The chiropractor’s movements will be a controlled thrust motion, paired with high-velocity and a short elevation. In the spin, one chiropractic adjustment creates an open space lower down in the spinal column that will require a similar method of adjustment. One subluxation causing other areas of the body to become unaligned is referred to as associated subluxations, which will further align the total spinal structure. 

After treatment, the veterinary chiropractor will reevaluate the cat’s range of motion and ensure there is no associated pain to be found. The cat will then be allowed to move around the room to further evaluate of the adjustment has made a change in the cat’s gait. 

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Efficacy of Chiropractic Care in Cats

The efficacy of chiropractic care for cats depends on the condition the feline is affected with and the specific cat. Some felines benefit greatly from chiropractic care, while others have a very minimal response.

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Chiropractic Care Recovery in Cats

Chiropractic care for cats often requires several adjustments before the feline makes a complete recovery. Joints, especially in the hips, tend to slide back out of place and will require several adjustments before the joint will stay placed in that area. The veterinary chiropractor may suggest exercises to perform with the feline at home, physical therapy, and medications to aid in the feline’s recovery. 

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Cost of Chiropractic Care in Cats

The cost of chiropractic care for cats depends on the chiropractic provider, your cat’s age, and current condition. In general, the initial visit will run about $125 and all follow-up appointments are often half of the initial appointment cost, running about $50-$75. Ask your veterinarian for an estimate for your feline chiropractic needs. 

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Cat Chiropractic Care Considerations

Chiropractic care for cats is not intended to cure a feline from any disease and it is not meant to replace surgical care. However, chiropractic care is an excellent form of treatment for patients with chronic illness, such as arthritis. Chiropractic methods will also improve a feline’s mobility and give him or her an overall better quality of life.

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Chiropractic Care Prevention in Cats

Chiropractic care for cats is difficult to prevent, as so many condition can benefit from chiropractic practices. However, injuries to the skeletal system, such as hit-by-car or falls, can be prevented with simple safety precautions. 

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Chiropractic Care Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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Mumford

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My cat is almost 2 years old- and we were told both his femoral heads are fractured due to genetics and possibly too early of a neutering. We were only given the option of a $2500 surgery where they would remove the femoral head and create a false joint... both th surgery and recovery afterwards seems crazy for such a young cat. Can chiropractic care help reverse this? And maybe help him heal on his own without surgery?

Nov. 19, 2017

Mumford's Owner

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This type of problem wouldn’t be able to be corrected with a chiropractic adjustment given the nature of the problem; removal of the femoral head is the best course of action especially in a lightweight animal like a cat. I understand you concerns regarding cost, but I would suggest looking for a charity clinic in your area or a nonprofit that may be able to help with the cost if this is an issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Nov. 20, 2017

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Missy

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I've taken my cat to the vet twice lately. She goes through periods of time where her back legs don't function properly, to the point of drunk-like walking or just falling to the side a lot, she basically has not backend control and it gets less obvious as the week progresses. After, it goes away and about two weeks later she's back to weak legs. We've done a X-ray and blood work and nothing is out of the ordinary. She is 15 years old it just started happening. I also noticed she twitches harder and more often now. Is this something getting adjusted could help?

Oct. 11, 2017

Missy's Owner

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If x-rays haven’t shown any anomalies, Chiropractic adjustment would most likely be unrewarding but worth a consultation if you are curious; other options like laser therapy may be more appropriate. Without performing an examination it is difficult to say what the best course of action may be. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Oct. 11, 2017

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