Cats are renowned for their nimble movement and soft landings on their feet. However, osteoarthritis (OA) is often under diagnosed in cats, affecting their ability and desire to move, perhaps on the couch or inside their cat tree. In fact, 61% of cats over the age of 6 have OA to some degree. That number jumps to 82% of cats over age 14.
Signs of Osteoarthritis
OA is a joint disease resulting in the degeneration of the joint cartilage and underlying bone causing pain, swelling and stiffness. The condition is common with age but is often worsened from abnormal limb development, injury or excessive body weight. Cat’s bodies are small and the symptoms can be relatively discrete. Unless the disease has progressed substantially, you’re not likely to see a large sway or limp in them. This is because cats are rather stoic and can hide their symptoms really well. Scurrying across the living room, your cat’s stride may still look supple, but look closer. Has your cat begun to show signs of behavioral avoidance to heights? Many cats escalate to the top of window sills, countertops and even the refrigerator.
What can you do?
In avoiding these spots, your cat may be revealing signs of discomfort or pain. Descending from these high spots makes for a harsh landing, especially as weight-bearing joints become less resistant to absorbing and dissipating shock. When these signs become apparent, you can add carpeted or padded surfaces below access points to their favorite furniture. You might also consider medication to treat symptoms of pain. Furthermore, it is crucially important to have a complete diet to address the cause and provide some regenerative support. In these instances, a high-quality feed can go a long way to the overall well-being of your feline companion but these instances are an important time to consider a supplement for joint health and mobility.
Supplementing for the purpose of improving the mobility and joint health in cats can be tricky since they can be finicky eaters. That’s why it’s important to select a supplement with a limited ingredients list that avoids fillers, additives and preservatives. Choosing Tri-Acta, provides just that; all-active ingredients ensuring the serving size is extremely small and easy to give to cats.