This post is sponsored by Assisi Animal Health

When your cat is extremely ill or in pain, there’s probably nothing you wouldn’t try to get him or her to stop hurting. Unfortunately, treating pain in cats is often challenging. For starters, cats are masters at masking pain. Then, once pain is diagnosed, there are very few medications that are approved for long-term use in cats that don’t also carry some serious risks.

As an alternative to pharmaceuticals, many cat owners have turned to non-drug modalities like Reiki and acupuncture.  Another therapy that is garnering more widespread use is targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (tPEMF™). This therapy can benefits cats with pain associated with arthritis, pancreatitis, wounds, or post-surgical swelling as well as many inflammatory conditions.

What is targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy?

tPEMF, which was first studied in the 1970s and is FDA-cleared for use in humans, uses low-level pulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms to help relieve pain and swelling.

Assisi Animal Health created the Assisi Loop, a non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive device that is well tolerated by most cats. In fact, many cats really enjoy receiving Loop treatments. Because the Loop stimulates the body’s own healing process, rather than introducing a new substance (like a medication), even a sensitive cat body can handle it easily.


The Loop’s most famous feline patient

The Loop’s most famous patient is Lil BUB. BUB was born with several genetic mutations, including a shorter lower jaw and no teeth. She also has dwarfism, which means she will stay kitten-sized for her entire life, and she is the only cat in recorded history born with a rare bone condition called “osteopetrosis”. When BUB began to lose mobility and soon was hardly able to walk, her “dude,” Mike Bridavsky, was worried that she might have to be euthanized. Mike heard about the Loop from a fan, and was shocked by the improvement in BUB after he began using it. Now, BUB has gone from being practically immobile to playing, running, jumping, and climbing the stairs.

How the Loop is helping Sox with intestinal lymphoma and pancreatis

Sox is a 15-year-old grey and white kitty who was diagnosed with small cell GI lymphoma in May of 2013. Colleen Gately rescued Sox from the shelter when she was 12 weeks old. Colleen uses the Loop to treat some of Sox’s lymphoma symptoms, such as headaches, nausea (from her oral chemotherapy drugs) and pancreatitis flare ups.


“Sox loved it immediately,” says Colleen. “The first treatment was done at UC Davis during an acupuncture session. The needles were placed, and then we put the loop on her — and she just fell asleep so contently. She was super annoyed when it was done!” Colleen purchased a Loop for home use. “Sox actually goes to it when she needs it,” she says, “and it helps me, too, because if she positions herself so it is around her head, I know she probably has a headache.” One time, Sox kept positioning the Loop around her rear end area. Colleen thought it was odd. When she took Sox to the vet, it turned out that she had a urinary tract infection. “So, it not only helps Sox by feeling better but it also informs me as to where she maybe hurting,” says Collen. “Oftentimes, I put the Loop on her belly for low-grade nausea or pancreatitis flare ups. She will start rolling around with the Loop on her, which I know means she is happy!”

During pancreatitis flare ups, Sox often sits in front of her food but won’t really eat. “After about an hour of Loop treatment, she will get up and eat,” said Colleen, “I can tell it really helps her.”

The Loop comes in two models. The Assisi Loop 2.0 offers a minimum of 150 15-minute treatments, the Assisi Loop 2.0 Auto-Cycle offers a minimum of 100 15-minute treatments. One Assisi Loop can last anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months, depending on the condition being treated and the number of treatments required per day.


Colleen and Sox have gone through 15 to 16 Loops over the past two or so years. Colleen leaves the Loop on a bed, floor, couch, or cat tree and lets Sox tell her when she wants it turned on. “And she does!” says Colleen. “I have plenty of photos where she sits next to the loop and puts her paw in the center waiting for me to turn it on, at which point, she positions herself on the loop.”

For more information about how the Loop could help your cat, visit Assisi Animal Health’s website, contact them via email at, or call 866-830-7342.

Coming next month: How the Loop helped a cat heal from multiple injuries after being run over by a car

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Assisi Animal Health, which means I was compensated to feature this content. Regardless of payment received, you will only see topics on this site that I believe are of interest to my readers.

12 Comments on How The Assisi Loop Helps a Cat With Lymphoma

  1. I would love to get this for my nearly 19-year-old cat, Sophie, who has arthritis in her hind legs, but the website says it’s $300! And this Colleen lady has gone through 15-16 in two years–that’s $2250-2400 per year. I’m just amazed that people are able to afford to do that. Of course, we have seven indoor cats and we do everything we can to make their lives better, but wow. I thought the year I spent $3500 on two of our sick kitties (we ended up losing both of them, one to old age and the other to cancer) was a lot, but if I spent in excess of $2,000 per year just on the Assisi Loops, what would I do about the other six kitties if one got sick? I guess I’m just really frustrated because I had hoped this would be the miracle Sophie needs. She already gets monthly Adequan shots for her arthritis, as well as sub-cutaneous fluids for her kidneys. I would just like to find something that really works well for her. It makes me so sad to see her walking all stiff in the back legs, and I know they hurt because of the way she reacts if I touch her lower back and legs.

  2. We have been using this for severe arthritis in the hips for a 18 y/o kitty. We had used our first one with success (less stiffness, better mobility, better pain management). Our battery ran out and we had to wait a week for a new one. Within that week our kitty declined. By the time we had given her 2 treatments with the new loop, she was back to her base line and feeling much better. We use it 2 times a day. Very easy and cost effective.

  3. I had heard of the Assisi Loop when Lil Bub’s dude got it for her. Lil Bub is amazing enough on her own, but as she used the loop… WOW! It’s wonderful to hear of other cats getting relief from it too (Sox, you are amazing, too)!

  4. The Assisi Loop is amazingly effective and easy to use. Nicholas had a knee issue that had him limping in pain. Dr. Colleran suggested the Assisi loop and Nicholas is now walking – pain free – without a limp.

  5. This is so wonderful for cats.Would it help a very nervous cat who I adopted three years ago She had been abused and even now runs away when she hears a male voice.

  6. That Assisi Loop seems like a good treatment. I wrote the information on it in case I need to use on one of my cats. I have to get info on the cost.

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