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Practical exercises for cats with osteoarthritis

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Has your cat been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis? Do you want to learn some safe exercises to improve your cat’s mobility? Good reflex!

Regular physical activity will maintain his/her joint flexibility and prevent weight gain. Excess weight puts additional pressure on the joints, which might trigger osteoarthritis in your cat.

Here are a few tips so your kitty can stay in shape.


Obviously, if your cat has joint pain, he/she will be less likely to move around.

To get him/her motivated...

  • Use balls or set up games that dispense kibble at the same time. In this way, your cat will be able to play while eating more moderately, because he/she will have to work for his/her kibble! We especially like:
    • Kong ball: an old classic for cats and dogs, this toy stimulates physical and mental activity!
    • Pipolino: a kibble dispenser that your cat has to move to get at the kibble to eat it.
    • Catit feeding maze: here, your cat paws at the kibble until it falls into the food tray. Ingenious!
  • Place his/her water bowl, food tray and litterbox in different rooms and on different floors if possible, in order to maximize the movements necessary for meeting basic needs.
  • The indispensable laser! Simply point the beam on the wall or floor: your cat will play until he/she is exhausted. But be careful of changes of direction which are too sharp.
  • Hide small toys so he/she has to “hunt” for them.


  • Make sure your pet does not jump too high, which is bad for osteoarthritis.
  • Consider Flexadin for your cat! Talk to your veterinary proefessional about this nutritional supplement.


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