As humans age, the wear and tear on our joints often means the painful signs of arthritis are coming. This is not any different in our cats and dogs. However with our pets, they age faster than we do. The best we can do is protect our beloved pets from the arthritis before it attacks their health joints. Here are a few ways to protect your feline from arthritis:
Maintain a healthy weight
Indoor cats can gain weight due to lack of exercise and eating too much. Avoid leaving a full dish of food out at all times for your cat. This might encourage over-eating. Instead, measure out what they need and provide it at specific times such as in the morning and evening. A treat or snack here is fine, just do not overdo it.
There are many things you can do to keep your indoor cat moving. Try some of these ideas to keep your cat active, or come up with some of your own.
Joint Supplements to Improve Mobility
Joint supplements can work for cats just as it does for us and our dogs. If you aren't sure what to look for in a joint supplement, here are some things to keep in mind.
Glyde Mobility Chews
Glyde Mobility Chews is one of the top veterinarian-recommended supplements to help combat arthritis in pets. Unfortunately, Glyde Mobility Chews for Cats has been discontinued. While it was a difficult decision for Parnell Living Science to make, one reason made it easier: the dog product can also be used in cats.
There were some subtle differences with the cat product, mostly the heart-shaped size of the cat product was slightly smaller than the size of the heart-shaped chews for cats. This is easily fixed when you break up the chews to be smaller for your feline's mouth.
For pet parents wanting to protect your feline against the signs of arthritis, please consider switching to Glyde for Dogs as it is made with the same proven active ingredients of green lipped mussel (GLM), glucosamine and chondroitin at the same percentage concentration as Glyde for Cats.
Since the dog chews are larger in size, any cat pet parent choosing to use the Glyde for Dogs product would need to follow the dosing guidelines below to make sure their feline friend receives the right dosage based upon their body weight. Here is a weight conversion chart to help in dosing:
As we always want to protect our fur-babies from any pain, hopefully these tips will help you with your senior or aging cat. As always, it is good idea to talk to your veterinarian for additional ideas on how to help your bring back the bounce in your cat's pounce.