What is the Best Treatment for Arthritis in Cats?
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What is the Best Treatment for Arthritis in Cats?

Classic Drugs Used for Cats

Consult with your veterinarian to find pain relief treatments for your cat. Depending on the cat’s condition, the vet may prescribe medication for pain relief. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs are sometimes prescribed for feline arthritis. NSAIDs can be very effective at controlling pain and inflammation in joints. These medications can be combined to provide more effective pain relief for an arthritic cat but you need to consult your vet before giving your cat anything.

Common Side-effects With Classic Drugs

  • Never give a cat medication intended for a human.
  • A standard dose of an NSAID for a human could cause major kidney damage in a cat.
  • Pet owners need to be cautious when administering medications, they should always be given as prescribed by a veterinarian, or under the supervision of a vet to avoid the risk of side effects.
  • Common side effects of NSAIDs include vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
  • If you notice any of these side effects, call your veterinarian right away.

Other Dietary Supplements

GLME the New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel (GLM), a shellfish found off the coast of New Zealand seems to contain the therapeutic agents needed to treat one of the most debilitating diseases of our time. GLME contains anti-inflammatory agents, immune modulators and many essential building blocks – proteins, minerals, glycosaminoglycans and marine long chain fatty acids – all naturally occurring substantial therapeutic agents known to maintain joint mobility & well-being and needed to rebuild collagen, proteoglycans and synovial fluid found in the joints, ligaments and tendons.

Other options for an arthritic cat include dietary supplements, such as glucosamine, chondroitin and omega-3 fatty acids. These supplements help support the joints but do not give permanent relief from arthritis. These supplements are for life long and should be used with a vet’s approval.

Points to Remember

  • Allowing an arthritic cat to become overweight puts additional strain on already painful joints.
  • Regulating your cat’s diet and encouraging regular exercise are the best ways to maintain your cat’s body weight.
  • Ration your pet’s food and experiment with different types of toys to figure out which ones your cat prefers and which ones keep it most active.

Always Remember

These alternative methods are risk-free for your cat. For older cats, a heated bed, blanket or even a hot water bottle may provide relief from the pain and stiffness of arthritis. It may take some coaxing, but once your cat gets used to the heated bed, it should be a source of comfort. Never try to be self-proclaimed doctors, it could to detrimental to your cat’s health and your conscience!

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