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Do Cats Get Arthritis?

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Do Cats Get Arthritis?

 As people get older, their joints are often affected by osteoarthritis which can make daily activities painful and difficult. You may also be aware that dogs and horses can suffer from arthritic joints as well. But you may be surprised to learn that 61% of cats over the age of 6 suffer from arthritis, while a whopping 90% of cats over the age of 12 are thought to have arthritis! Over their lifetimes, cats do a lot of jumping and climbing, which means their joints are repeatedly absorbing a great deal of impact, and this can lead to joint damage – especially in the shoulders, hips, elbows, knees, and ankles.

 What Might Increase The Risk Of Feline Arthritis?

  • Being Overweight: Even though being overweight may not cause arthritis in cats, it will definitely exacerbate any existing joint issues.
  • Certain Breeds: There are some breeds that are genetically predisposed to joint issues, and this can cause an increased risk of osteoarthritis.   Persians, Siamese, and Main Coons have a higher incidence of hip dysplasia.  Devon Rex and Abyssinian are more likely to have dislocation of the kneecap (patella luxation). Scottish Folds tend to have abnormal cartilage, which can lead to severe arthritis in multiple joints.
  • Injuries: Cats who have had fractures or dislocations are more likely to develop arthritis.

How Do You Know If Your Cat Has Arthritis?

Cats are by nature very mysterious and stoic creatures, and it’s often hard to know what they are feeling. If they are in pain, they tend to suffer in silence. So, how do you know if your cat might be living with joint pain?

Some signs of feline arthritis include:

  • A reluctance to jump down
  • Trouble going up or down stairs
  • Sleeping in places that are easier to access than their normal spots
  • Difficulty using the litter box
  • Over-grooming of certain joints
  • Acting irritable when petted or touched.

Although it is often challenging to diagnose arthritis in cats, if you notice any of these changes, and especially if your cat is over the age of 6, you should first see your vet. He or she may be able to detect pain or swelling in certain joints, or may even recommend taking x-rays to confirm the diagnosis.

How Do You Treat Arthritis In Cats?

If your cat does have arthritis, what can you do? There are a few non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID’s) like Meloxicam that are sometimes prescribed, but there are also potential harmful side effects like gastrointestinal ulcers, or kidney problems, especially in cats who already have other health issues. Thankfully, there are also pain-relieving options that are safe, effective, and completely natural.  

One of those is a nutritional supplement called Technyflex® Feline. Technyflex® Feline is made from 100% Green Lipped Mussel (Perna canaliculus) which is a shellfish that only grows in the pure ocean waters of New Zealand. Using only the best green lipped mussels and the highest standards of quality and purity in manufacturing, the mussel meat is dried into a powder, and then put into capsules. The unique nutritional content of the mussel makes it incredibly effective as a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. It has a combination of omega-3 and 6 essential fatty acids (EFA’s) not found anywhere else, and these EFA’s are powerful inflammation fighters. The green lipped mussel also contains a variety of healthy vitamins and minerals, along with glucosamine and chondroitin which are building blocks of joint cartilage. These components work together to relieve the pain and inflammation caused by joint disease and arthritis safely, effectively, and naturally.

So if you are looking for a way to help your cat feel better and move better, give Technyflex® Feline a try. Visit http://newzealandsbest.com/collections/feline to learn more. 


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