As our cats get older, it's common for them to experience joint stiffness just as we do. While some conditions can't be avoided, a regular maintenance program can help.
Signs that your cat may be suffering from poor joint health include:
Degeneration of joints is caused by the breakdown of cartilage that protects and cushions the bones in joints. Decreased mobility is commonly seen in older cats as the cartilage naturally erodes with age. But acute injury, genetic predisposition, and obesity can also be contributing factors.
Decreased mobility and lameness prevents your cat from doing basic activities. This can lead to depression, irritability, and weight gain.
There are things you can do to make your cat more comfortable and help maintain normal joint function. Cartilage supplements can increase joint function and flexibility. In addition, if your cat is overweight, dietary measures should be taken to help ease pressure on aching joints. See your veterinarian to receive medication and dietary regimens for your cat’s health.