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Degenerative disease in the cat. How to help your pet?

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Did you know that cats are masters of camouflage? They camouflage pain so well that even in the advanced form of the disease they can give the impression that nothing is wrong with them. As a result, inflammatory changes often go undiagnosed for a long time. However, arthritis can be indicated by certain cat behaviours. So find out what you need to know!

Painful ailment popular with cats

It is estimated that degenerative disease affects up to 90% of cats over 12 years of age. The degeneration is often progressive in nature. Damaged articular cartilage regenerates slowly, hence the emphasis in treatment is on quieting inflammation. What changes in your cat’s behaviour should trigger your vigilance? What can you do to make him feel better? Here are some suggestions!

How do you recognise that a cat has arthritis?

This will not always be an easy task. While dogs generally make it clear that there is something wrong with them, it is different with cats. Most often, these animals simply sleep more. Longer naps or constant lying down may be accompanied by a reluctance to jump, climb stairs or play. Especially in older cats, this can be confusing. The fact that a cat spends a lot of time lying down is not necessarily a matter of age. It could just as well be due to osteoarthritis. So watch your furry one closely. As soon as you notice something worrying in his behaviour, advise your vet.

Comfortable everyday life for your purr

In osteoarthritis, it is worth ensuring that the cat moves despite the pain. Although the animal will naturally try to avoid movement, it is gentle movement that keeps the joints flexible. So how can you motivate your purrfect friend to be active? Cat toys and accessories can help. Encourage him to play together and reward him with treats. It is also imperative that play is safe – no high jumps or sudden movements.

A comfortable resting area is another important consideration. Cat tastes can vary, which is always worth taking into account when choosing a bedding area. Where your cat sleeps matters to them. What he sleeps on is equally important. A medicated bed will relieve pressure on the joints and speed up tissue recovery. Also, don’t forget about visits to the veterinary clinic.

Medical bed for a cat with osteoarthritis

Sleep stimulates the body’s natural recovery processes. When your cat is ill, it needs a safe, comfortable place where it can rest in peace. In the case of animals with arthritis, it is worth thinking about a professional medical bed. Choose one from a trusted manufacturer. Pay particular attention to the type of filling before purchasing. The inside of the mattress should be memory foam which:

  • adapts perfectly to the shape of your body, providing the right support,
  • reduces muscle tension, relieves pressure on the spine and joints and thus alleviates pain,
  • comfortable: no pressure points, prevents pressure sores.

Also take a look at the type of bed cover. Choose from approved and durable materials. The cover should be scratch-, water- and dirt-resistant and easy to clean. Ideally, it should be removable and washable or replaceable when necessary. Such a cat bed is not only comfortable for your pet, but also for you. Of course, the bed should be lightweight, so that it can be easily moved from place to place, and non-slip underneath. Medical beds with a side edge rim are also a good alternative to classic models. The soft edge gives extra stability and optimum support when resting – your cat will appreciate this convenience.


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You can order comfortable medical beds as well as eco-friendly PetHOME kennels, softPET bedding and many more accessories for dogs and cats at Rexproduct. We create our collections with an eco spirit: from recycled raw materials and Oeko-Tex® certified materials, free from pesticides, chlorophenols, formaldehyde, allergenic dyes, heavy metals, among others. All products are made from start to finish in the EU. Check out the range and give your four-legged friend a comfortable rest!

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