Feline Arthritis and Degenerative Joint Diseases in Cats
Did you know that much like humans, our animals can also develop arthritis in their old age? That’s right. The development of arthritis and other degenerative joint diseases is prevalent in humans, and animals – cats, dogs, and horses are able to develop these diseases as they age. While this is no cause for immediate concern, it’s imperative to take as many precautions as possible to ensure your cat enjoys its most comfortable life. Luckily, painful arthritis symptoms in cats can be managed by reducing physical stressors, providing an optimal diet, and adding glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and other supplements for bone and joint health.
What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis is caused by the degeneration of bones and joints, which tends to occur with age, but can also be prevalent in cases of obesity in animals. The everyday motion begins to cause wear and tear to the cartilage, which eventually deteriorates entirely. The muscles around the joints then have to work harder, which causes muscle strain, grinding on the joints, and pain for our cats. Arthritis tends to affect cats of a certain age but can occur at a seemingly young age.
Symptoms Of Arthritis in Cats
While cats are notoriously independent creatures who prefer to downplay their pain symptoms, there are a few telltale signs that your feline is experiencing joint and bone pain. Look out for the following symptoms, and if your cat is displaying any sign below, they may be developing arthritis or joint pains:
1. Difficulty With Jumping
Whether it’s jumping up or jumping down, a cat in pain will avoid these activities when their bones, joints, and muscles are sore. Take note if your cat avoids unnecessary movement and muscle stretches.
2. Stiff Gait and Rigid Movements
Cats are lithe creatures and rather elegant in their movements. A cat in pain will no longer sidle up next to you sleekly, but their movements will become stiff and forced. It’s as though you’ll notice your cat ageing nearly overnight.
3. Unprecedented Aggression
When your cat is in pain, they tend to be irritable, moody and may snap out at those around them if touched. Having a once-cuddly cat begin to display any negative or angry behaviour is a sign that something is wrong with them and they need a vet visit.
4. Limping Leg(s)
If your cat is limping, it’s because they don’t want to put pressure on one of their legs due to soreness. Firstly it’s important to rule out any other injury such as a cut, or something stuck in the paw, and if your cat has no outward injury there’s a high chance it’s the bones or joints causing pains – especially in ageing cats.
Managing Arthritis in Cats Through Supplements
The easiest way to take preventative measures against arthritis and other degenerative joint disorders in cats is to introduce supplements into their diet from a young age. While painful arthritis symptoms can be managed through supplements at an older age, feeding your cats a nutrient-rich diet in combination with TRI-ACTA supplements can delay the symptoms and pains associated with the ageing of bones and joints.
Our TRI-ACTA formula includes:
- Glucosamine – slows bone deterioration and provides pain relief.
- Chondroitin – works in tandem with glucosamine to prevent deterioration, provide pain relief, and protect chondrocyte cells.
- MSM – supports tendons and muscles, and eases pain in the bones and joints.
Integricare TRI-ACTA also includes a highly therapeutic form of hyaluronic to promote the growth of new cells and tissues, as well as to increase the supply of the joint fluid.
Our supplements contain nothing but 100% active ingredients, and there are no ‘filler’ additives put into any of our formulas. Our formulas are third-party batch tested, and all of our contents are verified by Health Canada.
Can Arthritis in Cats Be Cured?
In conclusion, arthritis is not a preventable disease in either humans or animals, but it is manageable enough to reduce your cat’s joint pains so they can live their best possible life. While the condition cannot be cured, it is possible to delay the onset of osteoarthritis and slow the progression.
Are you ready to discover the difference TRI-ACTA H.A. can make in your pets’ life? We offer pet supplements for cats, dogs, and horses, accompanying them in each step of their lives. Contact us today if you have any questions or simply want to learn more about TRI-ACTA.