Arthritis occurs when the joint suffers from constant wear-and-tear and becomes weak. The cartilage on the surface wears away, leaving it unable to protect the bones from rubbing against each other, thus causing a great deal of pain. When this happens, your cat arthritis is likely to need some interventions to ease the pain.
How Do You Treat a Cat With Arthritis?
Your veterinarian will know how to treat a cat with arthritis and will most likely prescribe medicines for pain relief from arthritis. These are the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, more popularly referred to as NSAIDs. Examples of these drugs are buprenorphine and tramadol. They help calm the swelling, easing the pain.
Research indicates, however, that long-term use of NSAIDs to alleviate the pain and discomfort of arthritis may not be good for your cat’s stomach, liver, or kidney. Some cats may become dehydrated. Others may develop diarrhea. These drugs should be given under a veterinarian’s supervision in order to avoid complications.
Other Treatment Options:
Your veterinarian may suggest using certain supplements to strengthen your cat’s joints. Supplements with glucosamine and chondroitin help in the nourishment and protection of joint cartilage. Although they are not actual pain killers, these supplements help in lubricating joint cartilages and stimulating their repair, thus hastening recovery. The joints tend to become less stiff and less painful.
These supplements are also safe for the stomach, kidneys and liver – not likely to induce harmful side effects. You may have to wait a while for the joints to heal, though. Strengthening the joints may take about a month or more before significant changes can be seen. In fact, veterinarians often recommend these supplements for their preventive effects. Taken on a regular basis, they strengthen and protect the joints –before arthritis can set in.
Becoming more popular these days as an arthritic treatment is the use of homeopathic oral drops. These are particularly effective for arthritic pain, as well as for severe injury in the joints caused by trauma. Homeopathics have been shown to help muscles, ligaments, joints and bones recover fast from injury.
Homeopathic oral drops are given not only for cats but also for horses, birds, and dogs. NSAIDs are usually contraindicated if your pet has a sensitive stomach. Frequent use may have some unfavorable side effects on the stomach, kidneys, or liver. Veterinarians recommend homeopathic drops because they are effective and do not cause problems for your pet’s organs.