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Understanding mobility foods for Cats

Joint and mobility problems can occur in cats when cartilage wears away faster than it is being replaced.  As caritlage wears away, joints become swollen and painful thus creating difficulties with mobility.

Although young cats can suffer with joint problems, it is much more common in older cats, because there are changes in the cartilage that occur with age. Some breeds of cats may be more likely to develop joint problems.  For example Persian, Siamese and Himalayan cats are more likely to develop hip dysplasia than the average domestic shorthair (or “moggy”). Overweight and obese cats may have more severe mobility problems because of the increased stress on affected joints. Cats are very agile pets that enjoy climbing and jumping.  Over time, the stress that is put on their joints may contribute to deterioration in cartilage.  Additional stress can be caused by the trauma from accidents.

Cat mobility foods contain a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids which help to reduce inflammation and relieve pain in the joints. High quantities of DHA and ALA help to preserve healthy cartilage by blocking the genes that initiate production of cartilage-destroying enzymes. Increased L-carnitine and Manganese help by converting fat to energy which limits weight gain and therefore helps to maintain healthy joint cartilage (respectively). Controlled protein, calcium, phosphorous and sodium provide the correct balance to ensure good joint health.

Mobility diets include:
  • Hills Prescription Diet Feline J/D
    • Helps your cat walk, run and play better by soothing aching joints and preserving healthy cartilage.
    • Helps maintain joint cartilage thanks to EPA, a special omega-3 fatty acid from fish oil and glucosamine and chondrotin sulphate from natural sources.
Remember to always seek veterinary advice before switching your cat to a different diet. Your vet will help ensure that the choices you make regarding your cat’s diet are safe and beneficial ones.