If you do a quick search in Google, no matter where you live in the world, you will discover a plethora of websites selling supplements that support your cat during this difficult time. What is more surprising is that some very well-known brands provide supplements that are not as effective as they seem. These will come in a range of forms such as tablets, powder and liquid all claiming how easy they are to administer to your cat.
My cat is the fussiest eater so no matter what form it comes in I always have to find ways to trick him into taking his supplements. He was diagnosed with arthritis a few years ago. It is not surprising to discover that cat arthritis is a common condition which causes pain in the joints and makes movement uncomfortable. There is no cure for cat arthritis, however, we can all take steps to make our cat feel better and more comfortable. Bones in our cat’s body slide past each other easily and are protected by a healthy joint fluid and cartilage. When a cat has arthritis, the smooth surface is worn down and the bones grind against each other like sandpaper.
A few symptoms of arthritis you can look out for in cats include:
- Reluctance or hesitance to jump up or down
- Difficulty going up or down stairs
- Difficulty using their litter box
- Reduced levels of activity
- Less time spent on their grooming
- Reduced height when jumping
- Hiding or sleeping more than normal
A cat’s likelihood of getting arthritis can increase through wear and tear. This is where the joints may weaken as the cat gets older. If there is abnormal hip development it may affect cartilage around the joints. When a cat experiences a joint fracture or joint injury it too can cause arthritis. While there is no scientific evidence that obesity causes arthritis, it may make the condition worse. Some cat breeds have an increased risk of arthritis due to abnormal development of their cartilage or hips. Arthritis can affect any part of your cat’s body - it is common in the legs and when it occurs in the back legs it can greatly limit your cat's mobility. In some cases, cat arthritis can cause lameness where the cat will begin limping or favouring one leg when they walk. Many times this causes the cat to become much less active and spend more time resting.
Always speak to your local veterinarian, they will be able to diagnose and help determine if your cat has arthritis and place them on a treatment plan. One of the treatment plans might include medication and a joint supplement. The GudFur Cat Hip and Joint supplement is made using natural ingredients including Glucosamine and Chondroitin. Glucosamine is the major building block of cartilage and is used to treat various joint, bone and inflammatory diseases. Whilst Chondroitin helps to maintain synovial fluid viscosity to aid joint support and is also an important building block for cartilage. Combined with glucosamine it helps to give extra joint protection and supporting joint structure. We have also included Green Lipped Mussel in our supplement which is a type of mussel native to New Zealand, offering an ultra-high Omega 3 yield and a rich source of Chondroitin. It is thought that these nutrients act synergistically (cooperatively) to help support pets with mobility issued. There are zero added fillers bulkers or unnecessary ingredients in our products.
If you suspect your cat may have arthritis or is in pain, schedule a visit with your veterinarian as soon as possible and discuss a treatment plan that includes supplements. Whilst we all know brands on the market might be easy for your veterinarian to recommend make sure you share other ideas with them from brands they might not be aware of, you might be surprised to discover how effective these supplements can be.