CAT HYDROTHERAPYHydrotherapy is not just for dogs, cats can benefit in exactly the same way. Contrary to popular belief they are actually very good at swimming and some cats actually enjoy water!
Hydrotherapy is water based exercise that allows the cat to return to its normal functions in a gentle and progressive way. There are several benefits of your cat exercising in the water.
The buoyancy of the water reduces the load on the cats joints, movement of the limbs is assisted and strengthening of the muscles can occur. Reduced weight bearing on the limbs allows the cat to exercise with reduced pain and therefore range of movement around the joints is increased.
The hydrotherapy pool is kept at a constant temperature of 29-31 degrees. The warmth of the water can help to reduce muscle spasm and promote blood circulation which is essential for promoting healing and reducing swelling around injuries/surgical sites.
Being able to exercise in the water can also help maintain cardiovascular strength as well as helping with weightless when used in conjunction with a good diet.
Hydrotherapy is especially beneficial for cats following orthopaedic surgery, cats with osteoarthritis and those hoping to return to normal function after injury.