Feline Hydrotherapy

I’ve been a fan of debunking commonly-held feline myths, but today I’ve got a story that actually adheres to two well-known cat proverbs: curiosity killed the cat, and cats have nine lives. The two often go hand-in-hand, as it’s a cat’s never-ending curiosity that usually gets it into situations it narrowly escapes. Now the New York Post has an article about a cat in the Big Apple who worked at saving one of its lives by fighting another cat myth: that cats hate water. Nazzaning, a six-year-old Turkish Van, found herself partially paralyzed by a spinal cord injury. Her owner … Continue reading

Aimee’s Health Resolutions for 2009

Looking back at 2008, I did manage to keep a few of my resolutions (and failed on some others). I haven’t been using the free gym at my complex, but I did discover that the hot tub is open all year. I have been walking more (with and without the dogs), and even got out on my bike a few times. I have lost twelve pounds over the last year, thanks to my work at the cats-only boarding facility. All that bending, lifting, and general running around has whittled me down a little without it seeming like “exercise” or “hard … Continue reading

Hot Tub Safety

Much to my delight, the hot tub at my apartment complex is open all year. I’ve been walking over about once a week for a warm, steamy soak… and I love it! But a hot tub can be dangerous if you aren’t careful. The main hazard with hot tubs and spas is drowning — just like any body of water. Make sure you know the depth of your hot tub before you head in. Don’t jump into a hot tub — they aren’t made for jumping and diving. It’s safest to tub with a buddy, rather than alone. When you … Continue reading

Health Benefits of Hot Tubs and Hydrotherapy

I love the water. When I was a kid, I would spend entire summer days in the pool, only coming out of the water for lunch and bathroom breaks. I love long, steamy baths and relaxing showers. And I’m very excited that my apartment complex has a pool (open seasonally) and a hot tub (open year-round)! Believe it or not, a hot tub can be good for your health — it isn’t just a luxury. Hydrotherapy has a long history in healing. The Ancient Greeks and Romans knew the value of a good soak! A hot tub combines the healing … Continue reading