How To Help Cats With Arthritis

Age, it gets us all! Your feline friend is no different. Arthritis is a common condition that affect cats of all ages but mostly older cats.  There are ways to slow the progression of arthritis and treat the pain but first you need to be aware of what the signs of Arthritis are in your cat.  Also, when and why your cat has begun to show the signs of this condition. This article will assist in helping your cat to live with this condition comfortably with your help and assistance.

Signs, when and why…

The signs of Arthritis are noticeable by a stiff gait, perhaps a reluctance to jump, or go up and down the stairs. Lameness is another sign of Arthritis, as are swollen and sore joints.

Arthritis is a more common complaint in the older cat. Cats of seven years and older are more likely to contract this condition, but younger cats may get Arthritis due to trauma or infection, and overweight cats may develop this earlier due to the extra strain on their joints.

Their behaviours may alter with this complaint, due to pain and discomfort. But, as the committed cat owner, you will find ways to learn these changes and manage them accordingly.

Knowing your feline friend

This may seem a silly thing to think, but we know cats can be sneaky as well as many other things! They have the ability to hide their pain from us until it is very painful. So, knowing your cat well is especially important as they get older and they get Arthritis.

Managing feline Arthritis

Diet

Your feline friends’ diet should include natural fatty oils, Omega three and six are great natural resources for your cat’s overall health and should be introduced when in the kitten stage. However, introducing these oils in their diet is beneficial at any age. Protein in many processed foods is of a lesser quality, raw meat is easily processed by your cat, and is good for joint health. So, investigate best foods to feed your purrfect pal, their continued good health will benefit from it.

A heightened nutritional diet will have amazing effects on your kitty’s overall wellbeing, natural nutrients are easily available, online information on good natural foods for cats with Arthritis and some natural treatments can be found at two crazy cat ladies.

Bedding and other items

Your cat loves its nap time, and their bed is important to them. You may want to purchase a comfier cat bed as they get older. This can benefit your kitty as it lessens the stress on their joints, and we do all like our comforts. If they use a blanket as their sleeping place, ensure it’s as comfy as can be for them. We also know that cats have the ability to find that extra bit of heat, anywhere! So, perhaps a heated bed would also alleviate those aching joints and pains.

If your cat enjoys lying on your couch, you may want to get a cat stair or ramp to allow your cat easier access to their favourite spots.

Playtime and Exercise

Any type of exercise is good for us all as we get older, our cats benefit just as much. Keeping up a good range of motion through play and exercise will maintain flexibility and also minimises the possibility of becoming overweight. Obesity should be avoided as this puts additional strain on those painful joints, which in turn will cause more problems for your feline friend. A daily routine of exercise and play should be encouraged, inside or outside in the garden. If your cat is used to walking on a lease, keep those important walks going regularly.

Toilet/Litter Boxes

If your cat uses a litter box, they may have issues with using it due to stiff joints and pain. You may need to invest in one that has a low entry cut out, for ease of use for them, or you could tweak the one you have with a bit of work! If you live in a multi-story home, and your cat can still manage the stairs, have a litter box on each level. If your kitty uses the great outdoors to do their business, be mindful of their ability to leave and enter the house under their own steam. A cat’s independence is especially important to them! Leaving the back door open for them to gain easier access is an idea, but most cats will let us know if they need to go out.

Medication

While medication has its place, there are many great natural options that you can easily obtain to minimize Arthritis and offer your cat the comfort they deserve. Always investigate long term detrimental effects that any medication can have on your feline friend, by doing this throughout their life you will be ensuring the best of health. Knowledge is key to maximizing their quality of life, more so when they have Arthritis.

Alternative therapies are becoming more popular. Laser treatment works by opening the blood vessels and activating and draining the lymphatic system. This therapy reduces bruising and inflammation, therefore alleviating pain. Acupuncture therapy is also gaining in popularity, the benefits of this therapy are, improved blood flow, improved mobility, reduced inflammation which in turn reduces pain, and it promotes healing. If this modern therapy is something you wish to adopt, contact your veterinary practice, they may offer this holistic treatment.

Helping our four-legged friend into old age with Arthritis

Sadly, there is no cure for Arthritis, ensure your cat has regular veterinary check-ups, and keep the vet up to date with how you are managing your cat’s wellbeing at home with natural products. There are many ways you can manage the symptoms of this condition. The quality of your cat’s life will have been greatly improved by knowing your cat well, by following a positive exercise routine and changing their diet. Ensuring their environment is comfortable and accessible for them. The majority of cats continue to enjoy a good quality of life for many years and for a lot of our furry friends, well controlled arthritis won’t shorten their lifespan.

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