Katie Tontala is a nurse and also a licensed massage therapist. So when she heard of cat massage, she decided to continue her education and a place called Integrated Touch Therapy to learn the craft.
“People thought I was crazy because at that time, no one knew anything about cat massage,” she says. “I was excited about it. But I found there wasn’t much of a call for this at the time.”
Tontala says a wellness massage is best described as “focused petting.” It’s a way of bonding with a cat and making them more socialized, something that is also extremely beneficial to shelter cats. So if you thought massage was only handy for people, you can see that it works for cats as well.