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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.
TIPS FOR GETTING YOUR CAT MOVING
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:
- 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.
AND REMEMBER TO...
- 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.
Tips & Tricks
- Unfortunately, our pets age much too quickly. They become less active and experience new pain. However, we can help them in different ways.
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