Arthritis in cats is an inflammation of the joints, just as it is in humans. Arthritis is generally broken down into two groups – the traumatic (injury based) and the osteoarthritis which has other causes. The traumatic type can be easily and successfully treated with a system of natural cat health care. The osteoarthritis can also be treated as well as prevented, using the same approach.
While injury can affect a cat at any age, the long term effects, such as arthritis, may not appear for many years. The osteoarthritis type generally affects the older cat, although the age of onset is steadily reducing.
The most common symptom you will see in a cat with arthritis is a change in gait. She will be much less fluid, much less supple than a cat naturally is. She may not move about as much or may take time to get going after rising. The affected joints may be swollen and sensitive to touch, indicating pain. The pain can change her natural disposition to depression or aggression, just as it can in people.
Veterinary diagnosis of arthritis in cats may include an X-ray, a blood test, a fluid sample from the affected joint and an ultrasound.
Veterinary treatment consists of anti-inflammatory medication, analgaesics and sometimes support for the joint.
However, these measures only treat the effects of the arthritis, rather than the cause. They are also liver toxic and suppress the immune system. Your cat may have to stay on these medications for a long time, perhaps life.
The alternative approach is to address the cause. Osteoarthritis is common in cats who are overweight. Excess weight is common in cats fed commercial cat food. There are many reasons for this, some of which include the high fat content, the high chemical content, eating too much if the food is always available and nutrient deficiency.
When food does not contain the wide spectrum of complete nutrition, your cat will always be hungry, in a desperate, and hopeless, measure to get the nutrient for optimum health.
By feeding your cat a quality, natural diet, you are not only providing all the essential nutrition for a long and disease-free life, your cat will not tend to obesity.
Traumatic arthritis is caused by injury. The best way of effectively treating this so that it does not develop into arthritis later on in life, is to treat it with a natural therapy such a homeopathy.
A complete system of natural cat health care is effective, economical and easy to use.