Not all cats are going to be patient and sit still long enough for their owners or other people who come into contact with them to perform Tellington Touch (TTouch) on them. According to the research, though, this method of massage is worth a try for felines. More research has been conducted on horses and dogs regarding TTouch, however, it has been said that this method is “universal for all species”.
More About TTouch
The TTouch technique was created and perfected by Linda Tellington-Jones. It requires performing various, yet specific, methods of circular “touches”, or massage techniques, to the animal. TTouch has been proven to help with dogs, horses, and even humans to improve the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of the person or pet receiving it, as well as increase communication between the human who is massaging the pet.
Shelter Animals – Creating More Adoptable Cats
According to this study, cats in shelters can benefit from TTouch in many ways. One of the most important benefits of TTouch is the increase in communication between humans and cats. The study reinforced why Linda Tellington-Jones promoted her method; it concluded that TTouch helped to build and deepen the bond between the shelter worker and the cat that they were massaging. More importantly, though, this massage method worked with the nervous system to help to release any fear or tension that the cats may have been experiencing in the shelter. This alone could be the key to making shelter cats more adoptable.
TTouch for Arthritis, Self-Confidence, and Altering Behavior
This case study used TTouch on several different cats with varying issues; however it uses TTouch by a different name. TTEAM (The Tellington Touch Every Animal Method) is the acronym that was developed because Linda Tellington-Touch originally called her technique the Tellington Jones Equine Awareness Method, and it was eventually found to work for all other animals. In the TTEAM for Cats – Communication Through Touch publication, Barbara Janelle outlined in detail how this method worked on cats in these case studies.
Wimsey, a cat with arthritis, was treated with the TTEAM technique and went from being unable to jump to climbing stairs and jumping on counters to running around the living room and becoming more active. After a few sessions, Wimsey was back to jumping on counters again. This elderly cat remained active throughout her life as she continued to receive TTEAM until she passed away.
Fudge, a rescued male wild cat, was reluctant of letting people touch him and would hide if anyone other than his rescuer and her son would try to pat him. He seemed to enjoy TTEAM, lying quietly and calmly while it was performed by his owner. The day after the TTEAM was performed; the owner took Fudge to a show-and-tell at her son’s third grade class, and was shocked to see him socializing with the children.
Magic Bailey did not have a lot of human contact as a kitten and was rescued at about 2 months old, as a very aggressive cat toward other cats, as well as humans. He would attack people’s ankles and chase the other household cat around. Additionally, his body was rigid and he was unable to jump on furniture, which added more fuel to his frustration and aggressive behavior. It took several sessions of TTEAM before Magic Bailey was jumping on a four foot tall bureau, the sink, the bed and the kitchen table.
Magic Bailey’s behavior started to change toward humans as his rescuer continued TTEAM work on him. His body started to become less rigid. He even sat quietly, right next to the other cat he had been chasing immediately after a joint TTEAM session where the rescuer and a friend performed TTEAM on both cats in the same room, close to each other.
Case after case, each study shows phenomenal changes in cats who are treated with TTouch or TTEAM. Cat owners who have been searching for a holistic treatment for their cats to improve their cat’s behavior, health, overall well-being and their relationship with their cat should check into TTEAM, the TTouch method for cats. The techniques for cats, including Clouded Leopard Circles, Raccoon Circles, and Tarantulas Pulling the Plow” are outlined here.