As Sherman has aged, he is starting to slow down a little bit. More importantly, you are starting to notice the first signs of arthritis setting into his joints. He has a hard time getting up after a long nap, yelps a bit when you pick him up, and might shy away at first. But once he gets used to the warm feeling of your hands gently massaging his stiff joints and muscles, he is likely to just lay there and let you work your miracles.
Sherman is about ten years old and his best days may be behind him, but that doesn’t mean he wants to live with the pain of arthritis. He is right, there is no reason why he should when all you have to do is learn how to give him a daily massage. Take your time and be gentle but firm. In time, he will come to appreciate your hard work.
Just because Sherman is getting older and starting to have problems with arthritis, there is nothing like spending a few minutes giving him a thorough, all over body massage. It will help reduce his pain levels, improve his overall circulation, and make it much easier for him to move around again. Sherman will be able to do much more with enough attention to the right spots.