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Your cat has osteoarthritis? Causes and prevention


Statistically speaking, nine out of ten cats over the age of 12 have osteoarthritis. The joint problems are painful and restrict your room tiger in its movement. But what is the cause of the disease and how can you prevent it? To prevent osteoarthritis from occurring, you should prevent it - Shutterstock / DavidTB

Cats are usually very flexible and agile. But with age, the joints wear out and arthrosis can develop. This causes pain and makes it harder for your cat to move as flexibly as it did in younger years.

Cause of osteoarthritis in cats

As with humans, the joints can wear out during a cat's life. In young cats, the layer between the joints and bones absorbs all stresses during movement. In older cats, this elastic smear layer (synovia) is often no longer as thick and the bones can no longer slide past each other smoothly.

The result: cartilage wears out, wild bone tissue (osteophytes) forms and the joint capsules can become inflamed. This inflammation (arthritis) can ultimately be the cause of osteoarthritis. The affected joint swells and hurts. This protects the cat's leg, which aggravates the osteoarthritis, since even little joint lubrication is produced by little movement.

Can arthritis be treated in cats?

Osteoarthritis in cats is a painful joint disease, which your pet in its movement ...

This is how you can prevent osteoarthritis in cats

As osteoarthritis is a chronic disease that cannot be easily reversed, it is best to prevent it. Sufficient movement is especially important so that your cat's joints are well "lubricated". For example, play with her often and offer her access or many climbing opportunities inside the apartment.

Also important: Being overweight promotes the risk of osteoarthritis in cats. More strain damages the joints. If your pet is already too fat, a diet would be advisable in consultation with the veterinarian.

Dietary supplements for prevention?

Tip: You can also prevent with the right nutrition in middle-aged cats. Add joint-supporting nutritional supplements to the feed, which is particularly recommended for heavy cat breeds such as the BKH cat or the Maine Coon.

Be sure to ask your veterinarian beforehand. Ginkgo, devil's claw, New Zealand green-lipped mussel or grape seed extract may be helpful.