December 10, 2012 by rabiddeputy1464
This article is not to be used in place of a proper veterinary visit for your pet. This is meant to be informative and help to direct pet owners to talk more fully with their veterinarians to assist them in choosing the best course of treatment for their pets.
Older cats are more prone to osteoarthritis than previously thought. Some studies have shown that up to 90% of cats over 12 show signs of osteoarthritis.* Many cats has suffered unknown by their owners with no relief for their pain and symptoms. Thankfully, several natural osteoarthritis treatments for cats are available. Surgery and pain killers are not the only recourse for suffering animals. Natural osteoarthritis treatments for cats have shown immense improvement in feline animals and help owners manage and relieve pain and symptoms.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is also referred to as degenerative joint disease. It is the deterioration of joints over time due to age, weight, genetic predisposition, injury, and other external/ internal factors. Typically results in stiffness, pain, swelling, and loss of mobility in joints. Symptoms typically worsen over time and with extended use. It is common in humans as well as animals.
What are the signs and symptoms in cats?
In cats, pet owners with notice their aging cats will have difficulty with normal, daily activities such as jumping, walking, getting up from a laying down position. Cats suffering from osteoarthritis typically need more help grooming than non-arthritic cats. They will seem stiff and often walk in a stilted fashion. Other signs include sleeping in different locations than typical to avoid jumping or climbing. Reluctance to engage in activities formerly enjoyed, grooming joints excessively, and temperament changes can also alert owners to a problem. If you believe your cat may be suffering from osteoarthritis, talk to your veterinarian.
Natural treatment options for cats with osteoarthritis:
There are several natural osteoarthritis treatments for cats suffering with arthritis pain. Providing options for cats to avoid jumping to do daily life activities such as sleeping, eating, using litter boxes, etc. helps cats to avoid causing themselves pain. This could mean placing bedding, food, etc. on the floor and on a single level of the house as opposed to window sills or higher options and keeps them from having to travel up and down stairs unnecessarily. Providing cats with a well – balanced diet and plenty of water can also assist in managing both their weight and pain. Feline acupuncture has been effective for some cats. Glucosamine chondroitin supplements have also shown to be a successful, natural osteoarthritis treatment for cats.
Your cat does not have to live with constant unmanaged pain. Talk to your veterinarian to find the best options for you and your cat.
It is always advised that pet owners talk to their veterinarian before beginning a treatment plan for their animal. Typically a combination of methods is necessary to give animals the best and most complete relief and pain management program.