Cat Hydro Therapy

Cat Hydro Therapy

Watch Morph the cat getting hydrotherapy treatment for his arthritis at this centre in Dorset. He swims round ‘doggy paddle’ style to gain the strength in his limbs without putting undue pressure on his joints.

If you have an older cat, check for signs of disorders that happen naturally with ageing, such as arthritis. Cats are so good at hiding pain that most times we aren’t even aware that there is a problem. And if our cats do show any signs such as resting more, being less active, we make the assumption that it’s all due to old age.

If you have an older cat, check for signs of disorders that happen naturally with aging, such as arthritis. Cats are so adept at hiding pain that most times we aren’t even aware that there is a problem. And if our cats do show any signs such as resting more, being less active, we make the assumption that it’s all due to old age.

A cat with arthritis will often show these signs:

Unwillingness to jump up on your lap and on to tables etc.
Difficulty getting into/out of the litter box.
Trouble drinking/eating.
Unusual slowness of movement or apparent laziness

There are things you can do to help ease your cat’s pain.

First, your cat should have a thorough examination by the veterinarian to rule out any other illnesses. Then you can start your cat on a regimen of glucosamine/chondroitin and omega 3s. These supplements can help with inflammation and pain. Ask your vet about dosage.

Watch your cat’s diet and calorie intake. Those extra pounds mean more pressure on painful arthritic joints.

If your cat usually is fed on a counter top, place the dish on the floor for ease of access.

There are special beds available for cats with arthritis that help with pain and make sleeping or resting more comfortable.
Don’t give up with exercise. Just limit the amount of time and learn to recognize when your cat has had enough.
Although there is no cure for feline arthritis, your cat can have relief from aches and pains, giving a better quality of life.

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