Cat Arthritis Remedies

Reader Question Cat Arthritis Remedies

What is the best way to give a cat joint relief, ie: glucosomine, msm, etc. My cat won't eat wet food anymore so we need a clever way.

Vet Suggestion Cat Arthritis Remedies

Hello there,

Many arthritic cats respond well to an injectable product called Adequan. It is labeled for use in dogs and horses but can be prescribed in an “off label” manner by veterinarians for cats.

Adequan is a polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG) that works by helping to keep the cartilage within joints as healthy as possible in a similar manner to the oral nutraceuticals that you mentioned but without having to work around a cat’s finicky tastes.

Most cats tolerate the injections very well. They are generally given twice a week for a month or so, and then the patient’s response is evaluated. If everyone is pleased with the results, a maintenance schedule is established, with injections usually given every two to six weeks or so depending on the cat’s needs.

If you are interested in giving Adequan injections at home rather than bringing your cat to the clinic frequently, your veterinarian can teach you how perform this simple procedure.

Best of luck,
Jennifer Coates, DVM

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