Physiotherapy for Cats

Cats very often lead active lives; they are athletic and have an inquisitive nature which can lead them into precarious situations. Jumping awkwardly, falling, traffic accidents or old age can result in tendon/ligament damage, muscle strains or fractures. In addition, cats can suffer injuries and wounds from cat fights.

Physiotherapy can provide pain relief and help maintain strength, mobility and independence. Rehabilitation consists of treatment programs including proprioceptive training, exercise and movement therapy. Electrotherapies can also be used to accelerate soft tissue healing and enhance bony repair following fractures.

The application of physiotherapy can assist in physical problems and conditions such as

  • Soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament) injury
  • Back pain
  • Spinal problems (pain, reduced mobility)
  • Joint problems (including arthritis)
  • Compensations due to lameness/injury
  • Post-surgical treatment and rehabilitation
  • Fractures and wounds, for promotion of healing
  • Neurological conditions
  • Conditions in elderly animals, such as arthritis or loss in general condition
  • Behavioural changes (may be due to underlying painful problem)
  • Conditioning for overweight animals
  • Prevent bacterial infection from bites

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General signs that your cat may need physiotherapy

  • Discomfort or pain
  • Difficulty when jumping up or down
  • Reluctant to exercise or play
  • Crying when getting up or lying down
  • Unusual posture
  • Change in behaviour
  • Lameness
  • Contractures following road traffic accidents
  • Poor muscle development
  • Pre and post operative care