The number of cats over 10 that experience joint pain is astonishing. They estimate that nearly 90% of older cats will suffer from arthritis and/or join pain. Since cats mask their pain so well, we need to be proactive when it comes to their joint health. Offering joint supplementation at this age will greatly reduce the risk of joint problems in kitties.
As our cats get older, free radicals build up in their bodies and cause damage to their joints and organs. Free radicals are the culprit for the majority of joint deterioration and come as a result of poor quality foods, toxicity in the air and just the aging process in general. Antioxidants are the heroes that kill free radicals and rebuild much of the damage they create. This is why it’s important to give your cat plenty of antioxidant supplementation in his diet on a regular basis.
We start adding antioxidant joint supplementation to our cats’ food at a young age – to be proactive instead of reactive. But many times, we cat parents don’t begin to think about the health of our kitties until they see signs of degeneration. The good news is that, even if your cat’s already slowing down and showing signs of joint pain, natural supplementation can help.
Cats over 10 who are showing joint deterioration can often ‘bounce back’ quickly with the right diet and supplementation. Our oldest cat started slowing down at age 16 and then slowed even more at 18. We immediately started feeding him a fresh food species appropriate diet and adding in antioxidant supplementation. Within a short period of time he started climbing the fridge, jumping from counter to counter and running up stairs. He’s now 21 years old and has a vibrancy about him like a kitten.
If you have cats over 10, get them started on healthy joint supplementation today!