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Hi Jana,
I have the most awesome 10 year old Tabby who is limping after his long naps (or overnight sleep). He seems to favor his hips, limping in the back as opposed to his arms and shoulders.
He has no sores or scabs. He does not get in physical fights with his neighbors (friends).
So my question is --- is there anything I can give Sam, my tabby, to help with his stiff joints? I know that I take an 'osteo bi-flex" for my joints, is there something like that for cats? or is there some other supplement I can start giving him.
We live in a suburb of Portland Oregon. The weather does not seem to make a difference although we did have a really mild winter.
Thank you in advance for your time.

I just read a study that stated that over 64% of cats over the age of 10 have arthritis in their hips and sometimes their elbows. My own cat started grumping when I picked her up and I found out that was why.

I use Dasuquin for cats in her food when she seems very grumpy but there are other supplements out there as well. Unfortunately, the best ones you have to get from a vet.
Although Dr. Fosters site sells it:

If your cat hasn't been in for a senior check-up then I suggest you take him in for one and have his hips looked at as well. Your vet can recommend a food with a supplement or some capsules to add to wet food for him.

You want to make sure that nothing else is amiss so a vet check is the best place to start before giving him any supplements.  

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Jana Connell RVT, CVT


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I have over 42 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. I specialized in small animals and did wildlife rehab for over 25 years, mostly raptors, squirrels and opossums. I am a Small Animal Nutritional Consultant with 6 certificates from Hills Pet Foods, CNM and Purina. I also specialized in Small Animal Dentistry which is a field I truly love. I also Teach Veterinary Technology to working technicians who are studying to take their California Tests to become Licensed Technicians. They have to take both the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) and the California boards.

Audubon,World Wildlife Federation, American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians.


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