Dashing across countertops…Scaling bookcases in the blink of an eye…Leaping over tall couches in a single bound… Considering how effortless cats make the most extraordinary physical feats look, it can be easy to take their mobility and joint health for granted. Even among the youngest and spryest of cats, however, the potential for wear and tear and progressive joint degeneration (or osteoarthritis) remains a cause for serious concern. At every stage of life, it is crucial that our feline companions receive the attentive care they need, and that includes regularly monitoring their joint health and mobility at home and during veterinary examinations.
Joint Health and Weight
Beyond the strain of excessive physical exertion, there are a number of factors that can play into a cat’s joint health, and few are as impactful as weight. Feline obesity contributes to and expedites the decline in joint strength, not to mention laying the groundwork for a host of other health issues, and can severely compromise quality of life if left unchecked. By compounding the erosion of cartilage brought on by osteoarthritis, excess weight can irreparably affect a cat’s mobility and lead to further complications that make providing proper care more burdensome both physically and financially. Consequently, weight management is perhaps the most reliable method of preserving joint health in cats. It is not, however, the only method.
As with just about every aspect of pet care, there are additional steps owners can take to help forestall joint degeneration and inflammation in their cats.
DHA, the most important Omega-3 fatty acid, works to alleviate the symptoms of numerous chronic conditions and may reduce the incidence of joint inflammation in cats of all ages. Moreover, by converting glucose to healthy, DHA-laden fats (and, in turn, preventing the accumulation of unhealthy fats within the body), DHA’s natural properties facilitate weight management and help to regulate metabolism, providing cats with a proactive, naturally-replenished defense against the onset of unhealthy weight gain and, thus, inflammation and joint deterioration. These enrichments also help to discourage other health issues that can tax a cat’s joints, such as autoimmune disease and diabetes, while providing the vitality and restorative nutrition that can make cats more inclined to engage in exercise. In short, DHA addresses the root causes, symptoms, and long-term repercussions of degeneration in cats that have already begun to experience a decline in joint health and defends against degeneration in cats that have not begun to experience this decline.
Learn more about the myriad health benefits of Omega-3 DHA nutrition for cats (and dogs) of every age and condition at https://www.phytosmart.com/the-science/. You can also hear firsthand accounts from some of our fellow pet lovers as they reflect on the remarkable changes DHA has produced in their furry friends at https://www.phytosmart.com/pet-stories/.