The vast majority of cat owners feed their feline friends with commercial cat food as this is the easiest and accepted thing to do. According to veterinary experts however, these commercial feeds are probably contributing to the development of cat arthritis in pets at home. Cat arthritis can be as debilitating and uncomfortable as the human equivalent.
It is a condition in cats which primarily affects the joints and bones of the body. It has the same uncomfortable and painful signs and symptoms which can hamper movement and physical activities in cats. Here are 7 top tips to think about regarding cat arthritis:
Diet can play a major role in the development of arthritis in cats. Thus, diet modification is one of the best treatment methods to help control and alleviate the signs and symptoms of cat arthritis.
Weight control can help prevent the development of this degenerative disease. Overweight and older cats are more likely to develop arthritis due to the extra pressure and weight being placed on the joints as well as the cartilage and bones. This extra weight causes the wearing off of the protective layers on the bones in the body.
Always check the nutrient levels in your cats diet. Try to include foods which are low in purine or protein as well as uric acid. Legumes and organ meats are not healthy for arthritic cats.
If you notice any awkward changes in your cats movements take them to the vet for a check up. Cats cannot complain verbally about their pain and what causes it. Observe the cat's physical activities and try to assess areas such as feet, hips and paws for tenderness when touched. It could be a sign that your cat is arthritic.
Arthritis treatment for cats may include medications to help your feline pet in coping with the pain. Drugs can be given by your vet which increases the regeneration of the bones and cartilage or build up the synovial fluid (fluid which protects the joints from rubbing together) within the joints to provide a cushions effect. Chondrotin and glucosamine also works with cats to protect and restore healthy bones and joints.
Recovery for arthritic cats is essential. Cat owners must encourage their cats to move to prevent contractures or stiffening joints. A warmer environment is helpful for cats in treating this disease. Maximum comfort must be provided for cats who are suffering from arthritis since the pain can be excruciating. Thus, soft beddings can cradle the joints and bones in order to lessen the impact of the pressure.
Massaging your cat gently and carefully can help with stiff joints and sore muscles. Heating pads and beds are useful too. Also improved circulation can add more warmth and comfort to your cat during an arthritic attack.