Are you looking for simple ways to help care for your cat's arthritis? Today, our Burlington and Bellingham vets will explain how a change in diet can help treat arthritis in cats.
Arthritis in Cats
It's been found that about 20% of cats, regardless of age, will experience osteoarthritis in one or more of their joints. The likelihood of osteoarthritis also increases as cats age.
As feline lifespans are extending, all cat owners will probably have to deal with this issue at some point.
Thankfully, nutritional science shows that pet owners can greatly enhance the quality of life for cats with osteoarthritis by selecting suitable nutrient profiles for their cat's needs.
How Your Cat's Diet Can Help Treat Arthritis
Arthritis refers to the inflammation of the joints. One way to alleviate the condition in cats is by putting them on a weight-reducing diet, which can reduce the strain on their joints. Studies have shown that obesity in cats, particularly the accumulation of white fat, can trigger the release of hormones that cause inflammation. Therefore, it is important to avoid anything that can cause inflammation since that is the root cause of arthritis.
The goal is to keep your cat on the lean side to avoid the above-mentioned issues.
Recommended Diet for Cats
Before implementing a weight loss plan for your cat, it is recommended to consult with your veterinarian, especially if your cat is obese. The goal should be to keep your cat lean while ensuring they receive adequate protein to maintain muscle mass and support their joints. It is important to focus on reducing fat rather than muscle.
Something that is recommended for joint issues is fish oil supplements. The omega-3 fatty acid has been shown to have a beneficial effect on joint health. The downside is it does add calories which can undo the desired weight loss in the diet. We recommend consulting with your vet to find the right nutritional balance to try and manage their condition.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. Please make an appointment with your vet for an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition or boarding needs.