Do Cats Get Osteoarthritis (OA)?

Do Cats Get Osteoarthritis (OA)?

June 23, 2017


You probably already know osteoarthritis (OA) as a joint disease affecting people and dogs. Did you know it is also prevalent in cats as well? OA is a painful joint disease making it difficult for people and pets to do the things they love to do. But what is OA? How do you combat it? How have cats gone under the radar as being susceptible to OA?

First, you may not have realized that cats get OA because your veterinarian may use the term degenerative joint disease (DJD) instead of osteoarthritis (OA) when referring to cats. No matter the terminology the illness is the same. In healthy joints, a slippery tissue called cartilage cushions the ends of the bones in the joints. With OA, the cartilage breaks down, causing pain and swelling. As OA gets worse, bone spurs can form and cause pain and joint damage.

Why Cats Aren’t Diagnosed with OA

The assumption OA doesn’t affect cats most likely stems from the basic fact cats simply do not visit the vet nearly as often as dogs do. Other reasons that cats may not get that diagnosis are:

  • Cats are also good at hiding pain.
  • They have a reputation for sleeping a lot
  • Indoor cats simply do not get the same amount of exercise as dogs.

So how do you know if your cat has OA?

Watching how your cat behaves around the house can help identify potential issues. Check out this illustration for examples of healthy versus arthritic behavior for you to uncover their secrets.

Cat activity arthritis illustration

Notice the cat is doing the same thing, such as jumping on the kitchen table. The difference is how they get there. Did it jump up directly before but now it jumps on the chair, then the table? This is a sign of OA.

Glyde™ Mobility Chews Bring the Bounce Back in Your Cat’s Pounce

Cats are still kittens at heart. They do not want to be a lazy cat. Just think, if you take a vitamin daily, why wouldn’t your cat take one as well? Glyde contains proven levels of three key components that work to relieve the painful signs of arthritis:

  • New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel (GLM), which provides clinically proven anti-inflammatory efficacy, reducing joint pain and swelling, protecting against osteoarthritis
  • Glucosamine, which reduces pain, improves joint function and mobility
  • Chondroitin Sulfate, which stimulates synthesis of cartilage, reduces joint inflammation

With Glyde Mobility Chews, your cat will start receiving much-needed benefits such as:

  • Glyde not only controls the clinical signs of osteoarthritis, but also aids in the improvement of joint health and function
  • Glyde active ingredients offer pet parents a way to provide relief without worrying about the side effects associated with traditional drug treatments.
  • Glyde is made with natural, environmentally sustainable, gluten-free ingredients

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