Arthritis in dogs is extremely common, and while it is less common in cats, the problem still exists. The most common type of arthritis in cats is known as degenerative arthritis. Basically what happens to your cat is that joint protecting cartilage becomes diminished, meaning the bone is no longer cushioned by this protective cartilage.
Arthritis is a common problem in older felines because their cartilage has been worn down over the span of their life from jumping and moving around. Another common cause of arthritis is joint injuries that do not properly heal. These injuries usually happen from jumping from too high of an altitude. Do not let your cat jump down from beds or couches. Get pet stairs, like the Ultralite Pet Stairs by Solvit, so that your cat can climb down from his favorite windowsill, beds, or couches.
There is no way to cure arthritis in cats, but there are steps you can take to make sure your cat is not living with pain. First things first, make sure your cat is at a healthy weight. Extra pounds can put unnecessary pressure on your cat’s joints. Your vet can let you know if your cat needs to lose a few pounds. Next, giving your cat a warm place to lay down or sleep will ease joint related pain. A heated cat bed or a heated cat pad is perfect to relax your kitty’s aching joints. For a colorful and comfortable kitty pad, check out the Thermo-Kitty Fashion Splash, pictured to the right. The Thermo-Kitty Fashion Splash comes in fun colors like blue, mocha, red, and purple.
There are also some great supplements that can help relieve the pain caused by arthritis. The best supplement for arthritis is glucosamine. Cosequin for Cats with Glucosamine 55 ct is a great joint relief product because it comes in yummy chicken and tuna flavors. Cosequin for Cats with Glucosamine 55 ct can be sprinkled on your cat’s food daily, so you have an easy and sneaky way to make sure your cat gets the glucosamine she needs. If over the counter supplements are not helping your cat’s arthritis symptoms, you may want to talk to your vet about medication he or she can prescribe. I always suggest that you start with supplements before turning toward prescription medicine.