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Supportive nutrition for aging cat's hips
rohvannyn posted:
I have a cat, the one in my profile pic in fact, who is around six years old. When she was a kitten she had an injured (possibly broken) leg that healed without medical intervention just before we got her. She can walk on it just fine but as she gets older the joint has gotten a little stiff and arthritic seeming.

I was thinking about researching if glucosamine and chondroitin were helpful to cats, and in what amounts, so I figured I'd ask here too. Also, has anything else helped your older and creaky cats?

It's not bad now but I want to support her nutritionally so she has good mobility for as long as possible.
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
They do make a chondroitin/glucosamine supplement for arthritis in cats, called Cosequin, which may be helpful. There are conflicting small studies that evaluate whether it works or not, but it's safe to use. There are stronger treatments for arthritis in cats, but they must be used with caution as they can have side effects. Ultimately, your veterinarian is the best person to ask for your cat's treatment. If her hip was fractured or otherwise damaged (an x-ray will tell,) surgery can sometimes be the most effective option.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice