Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease. The cartilage within the joint is worn down, leading to inflammation, pain and decreased quality of life. As the condition progresses, the friction can wear down to the point where it damages the bones themselves. Osteoarthritis is often not diagnosed in cats because it is difficult to recognize even for the most dedicated cat parent. The signs can be subtle, and since cats are such masters at masking pain, it often remains untreated. As many as 3 in 10 cats suffer from this debilitating condition, but only 7% of cats with arthritis receive treatment.

A number of natural approaches ranging from acupuncture and weight management to nutritional supplements and Reikican help mitigate the pain of arthritic cats, and a multi-modal approach will get the best results.

In a recent article for Animal Wellness Magazine, I took a closer look at natural arthritis remedies. Click here to read the article.

4 Comments on Natural Remedies for Arthritic Cats

  1. I adopted a 13 yr old cat and could see he had arthritis by watching him go up and down stairs. His gait on the stairs was not “normal.” And I could see that when he wanted to lie down it took a long time for him to get comfortable. He responded well to a combination of liquid supplements: glucosamine & chondroitin, omega-3s & hyaluronic acid. (My own experience with arthritis taught me this one is important, and the amount in a supplement which mixes it with glucosamine & chondroitin is not enough.) Every morning I mixed them all into half a jar of baby food ham, and he licked the bowl clean. After about a month I could see he was more comfortable.

  2. My vet recommended Bayer DMV joint gel. It’s helped my cat but it’s currently out of stock everywhere. The latest I’ve heard is July. I am seeing a lot of issues with out of stock items.

    • I hope it comes back in stock soon. I hate to think your baby is hurting. I have been seeing a lot of out of stock items lately too. The main one in my area is cat litter, for some reason.

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