As you probably already know, cats sleep a lot, especially between their meals. Sleep constitutes up to 16 hours of their day, and up to 20 hours for older cats! But when your cat seems lethargic and has difficulty getting up from his basket, jumping on furniture – for food or play – or no longer accepts petting, he may be unwell. You should act on this as soon as possible in order to help him regain good health. Cats are very good at hiding their pain, so you have to remain vigilant, especially when behavioral changes are noticed. Cats becoming less playful, grooming less, or showing signs of aggression during physical contact are tell-tale signs of distress.
Identify the causes to understand and help my cat
Spaying cats can lead to weight gain or even obesity. It is likely that, as in dogs, being overweight promotes a deterioration of the joints, called osteoarthritis. It is accompanied by joint inflammation, often associated with loss of muscle mass. This results in joint pain leading to problems with flexibility, stiffness, and a gradual decrease in your cat’s mobility.
Specific needs for a healthy cat
Once the causes of your cat’s pain have been identified, several solutions are available to you. If your cat is overweight, there are foods specially designed to help your cat get back to his ideal healthy weight. These foods are nutritionally complete helping to regain balance without risking deficiencies. Certain food supplements can aid the management of mobility disorders, and support any medical treatment prescribed by your veterinarian. These supplements, whether chondroprotectors, essential fatty acids or plant extracts, should be specifically formulated for cats. With great care, consistency and patience, you should soon find a cat in better health.