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The cat is a prime predator with a lifestyle that naturally means he sleeps for around 16hrs a day! Lucky cat!
His most active time is at night, with the occasional foray for something interesting by day. He has quite a poor spatial memory, so has to check everything out regularly. His sense of taste is average, but his sense of smell is rather better than ours, his hearing is acute – with an excellent range of audible frequencies, and his vision is almost binocular, sensing movement with great acuity. Plus, he has the ability to see at very low light levels due to the presence of a special layer in his retina. Although reasonably sociable, he is not usually a cooperative hunter, and plays a lone hand.
The spine of the cat is very flexible to allow for fast acceleration over short distances, pouncing, and grooming. His limbs although light are very strong for their weight, and he has the capacity to right himself during a fall, and mostly land on his feet! His shoulder girdle is without a collar bone, which allows a lot of ‘give’ when he lands, preventing many injuries, and he is able to turn his wrists to help him grasp and manipulate prey. Physically his hunting skills and strength show promising development by 3yrs old, and he lives long into his teens if well cared for.
OWNER EXPECTATIONS for cats.
Usually cats stay in the same home for life, and unless their owners become unable to keep them, they are rarely ‘sold’ on. Most cats have a comfortable life as adored companions, with the occasional job as an environmentally friendly ‘rodent operative’!
WHAT CAN GO WRONG for cats.
Cats do make mistakes in landing, and can strain the muscles of the chest wall and shoulder girdle, and also the limbs. Rough and tumble with children and dogs, and being pursued by foxes and badgers, can cause twisting strains to the spine and limb girdles, and bumps to the head and neck. As can near misses with cars and other vehicles. This can cause general or specific pain and stiffness in the spine and hips, difficulty grooming and turning the head, head-shaking / rubbing, runny eyes and general lack of vitality. Behaviourally, he may become withdrawn, aggressive, want to avoid being handled, and extra sensitive to movement and noises.
Owners have said that they have found Cranial sacral treatment approaches to be very helpful in restoring their cat to his normal self. Naturally the longer the interval between the incident and treatment, [complicated by the fact that often things happen with animals when we are not there, so we don’t necessarily know what might have occurred and when!] the more established the debilitative tissue changes are likely to be, and so response to treatment may take a little longer. Resolution may not be total, especially in the case of older animals.
Older animals may also suffer from wear and tear to joints which makes them feel stiff and they find it difficult to feed and groom themselves. This may often occur as a result of an injury some time ago. Whilst we cannot give your cat new joints, owner have said that with Sutherland’s cranial sacral approach to treatment they have observed that much can be done to increase mobility and ease the pain and stiffness by gently de-stressing the ligaments and muscles, and restoring the circulation around the joint.