Cat Nutrition Guide | Cat Food for Hip and Joint Health
Stiffness, achiness and limited motion can all begin to develop as your cat enters their senior years and can be a sign of osteoarthritis. Yet don’t panic, establishing the correct food and feeding all the right nutrition can really help slow the onset of these symptoms and ease any pain or discomfort for your elderly puss.
What is osteoarthritis?
Unfortunately, over 90% of female cats over 12 years old are affected by osteoarthritis. Over time the cartilage in your kitty’s joints wears down and as it does so, the joints become swollen and inflamed – particularly around the shoulders and elbows. To relieve any discomfort as soon as it occurs, look out for symptoms such as stiffness or limited motion, especially when it’s cold, damp, or your cat has been lying down for a long period of time. It could also be the case that your cat suffers from traumatic arthritis as opposed to osteoarthritis, even more so if they have suffered an awkward fall or accident. If they’ve been inured in any way, look out for the mentioned symptoms.
Foods to help your cat’s arthritis…
Foods packed full of specific nutrients can make a huge difference to your cat’s joints and their level of comfort. Look out specifically for fatty acids (EOA & DHA found in fish oils), glucosamine and chondroitin, when it comes to choosing your cat’s food. Omega 3 and the 6 fatty acids that occur in high quality nutritious foods, act as an anti-inflammatory to reduce any painful swelling that might occur. Meanwhile, glucosamine and chondroitin help to repair the damaged and worn cartilage. You can find these in foods specifically formulated to offer joint support, or else they occur naturally in high-quality proteins such as chicken, fish and lamb meal.
Weight and your cat’s joints…
If your cat is overweight this can put a huge strain on their joints, especially if arthritis has already developed. Senior cats are especially prone to obesity so it’s worth monitoring their weight closely to check that they aren’t getting too heavy. Chat with your vet about the best weight management foods to opt for if your kitty is a little on the large side.