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We all want our cats to live a happy and active life. We may not be able to prevent certain diseases like arthritis, but we can ease some of their symptoms.
Identifying the cause of your cat's mobility issues will allow you to determine how to help them. By providing them with supplements, alternative treatment modalities, or medications, you can relieve their discomfort and improve their quality of life. You can ask your cat's veterinarian what are the most appropriate options for helping them feel their best.
You should work with your veterinarian to determine which factors are contributing to your cat's behavioural and mobility changes. Arthritis is one of the most common causes of pain, but it is not always the culprit. Alternatively, their nerves may degenerate or become weak (like with diabetes in cats), their muscles may weaken or lose muscle mass, or their cruciate ligaments may be torn.
Arthritis, literally "inflammation of the joint/s", is a slow and progressive condition affecting the entire joint, including the muscles, joint capsule, tendons, ligaments, etc. Inflammation is a leading cause of arthritis, no matter where it occurs, and obesity is one of the leading causes of inflammation in cats.
Preventing and controlling inflammation in your cat is key to reducing their risk of developing arthritis (and other conditions). One way to do this is to prevent your cat from becoming overweight. Keep your cat's food amounts within the recommended range and don't give him treats too often. You can encourage your cat to exercise by providing him with fun toys.
Regular veterinary visits are also crucial for detecting early weight gain and providing advice on how to keep your cat in a healthy weight range. Inflammatory conditions such as kidney disease, diabetes, and hyperthyroidism can also be detected early with regular blood and urine tests.
Glucosamine helps reduce inflammation and slows collagen breakdown.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a natural supplement used to treat cancer, arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases.
Chondroitin sulfate is found in cartilage and helps maintain water retention, elasticity, and nourishment of the tissues that line joints. Like glucosamine, chondroitin inhibits the production of joint damage-causing inflammatory mediators.
Green-lipped mussel extract is a natural anti-inflammatory because it contains omega-3s and glucosamine and chondroitin.
There is a variety of high quality joint and muscle products for cats available at Dr Carl, including PAW, Vetalogica, Seaflex, and Natural Animal Solutions. You can shop with confidence at Dr Carl since our veterinarians and animal health professionals only approve products they would use on their own pets.
If you have any questions about products or other related inquiries, our highly trained customer service staff and vet nurses are available during business hours. Contact them via email at [email protected] or by calling 1800 DR CARL (1800 372 275).
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