During their medical study, vets always wondered that cats are few of the animals that was a victim of osteoarthritis. This was mainly because they adapted quite well to the surroundings. Heck! Why not? They are designed to be flexible and agile. They were rare cases of cats diagnosed with arthritis.
However, turns out previous studies. In fact, one of the common causes of joint pain in cats are osteoarthritis.
What Does Statistics Say About Cat Arthritis?
Research say that today’s house cats are dealing with arthritis just as in same line as dogs. In fact, researches show that arthritis are seen in older cats (12 and older). A study conducted in 2011 says that x-rays found that 61% of cats over the age of 6 had osteoarthritis (OA) in at least one of their joints. 48% had to deal with two or more affected joints.
If the cat is more than 14 years old, the chances of having OA was 82%.
What Should I Look Out For?
Your Garfield cannot communicate and can only display symptoms so make sure you are vigilant enough to notice the change in him. Symptoms include
- hesitation to climb on trees or jump on furniture
- urinating or defecating outside the litter box (if the litter box has raised sides)
- shifts position in sleep and has trouble getting up
- frequent hiding
- avoids staircases or ladders
- less playfulness
- food and drinking changes
- reluctance in having hard food (arthritis affects the jaw as well)
- look for anything that’s unusual for your kitty to do
Since cats naturally have the tendency to prance around for no apparent reason, years of such experience can put stress in their joints. As they get older even the small injuries tend to pose a problem and become more visible. Cartilage, soft connective tissue etc. within the joints can become damaged. This will cause discomfort and stiffness in their joints making things difficult for them.
Natural Remedies For Cat Arthritis
Here are some excellent natural remedies for your cat osteoarthritis. Ayurveda is one of the oldest healing treatment method that has been going on for centuries. In recent times, Ayurveda has gained popularity among many. This is basically because Ayurveda reaches to the root cause of the health condition and rejuvenates the body completely. That too without any side effects which is exactly what we need in today’s world.
- Licorice root – a potent herb that is famous for its anti-inflammatory properties. It soothes any swelling in your cat’s joints and repairs the cells. Note that it takes around month or two to show visible results.
- Wild yam – with actions resembling cortisone, wild yam has been stated beneficial for reinstating the weakening of joints.
- St. John’s Wort – eases the pain and repairs the damaged nerves in the body. For those who are not aware, this herb is an anti-depressant i.e. cures any gloomy or sober feeling.
- Feverfew – active herb that is vital to eliminate any painful arthritis or rheumatic disorder.
- Cayenne – acts as a systematic stimulant that assists in moving the herbs and other medicinal remedies reach the painful joint. They come with rich antioxidants that fight any damage caused by the free radicals.
- Boswellia – is another herb that has the power to get rid of any inflammation, stiffness or joint pain. It increases the blood supply to the arthritic joints and restores the damaged areas.
- Turmeric – used in many curries in India, the ingredient in turmeric called curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory content that fights any swelling in your cat’s body.
- Alfalfa and Yucca root – are herbs that have been used traditionally to alleviate any pain in your feline due to arthritis.
The final word is…
Always consult your Vet before ingesting these herbs. Check for symptoms and discuss with your Vet. If your cat is obese, the Vet may put him on a special diet to balance the weight and soothen the inflamed body joints.
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