Nutrition For Joint Health

Cats get sore joints, along with arthritis. Joint pain is caused by inflammation around the joint causing the cartilage to wear down. Many ingredients can help ease this process and reduce the pain. Signs that your cat may be suffering from joint pain include:

  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Trouble jumping up on things, or using several smaller jumps to get to a higher level
  • Toileting outside the litter box or having difficulty climbing in
  • Becoming more irritable and not wanting to be picked up
  • Walking stiffly or limping

After a vet check up, you can start to ease the day to day living of your pet. Start with nutrition, and look for a food that contains:

  • Fatty acids such as those found in fish oils. With anti-inflammatory properties, omegas 3 and 6 can reduce the pain and swelling.
  • Glucosamine – found in the shells of shellfish as well as animal bones, glucosamine has been found to help to repair the damaged cartilage.
  • Chondroitin – found in shark and fish cartilage, chondroitin can slow the degradation of the joint, as well as providing the building blocks to help repair the damage.