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Kitty Cat Arthritis

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Miss Kitty is a healthy, fairly active (for her age) 14 year old sphynx. We have had our share of health situations through the years, but all have been managed over time and she is doing very well.

She recently had radioiodine treatment (I-131) for hyperthyroid and is now cured. However, during her pre-treatment scans, the doctor confirmed that Miss Kitty has joint degeneration- fairly bad arthritis in her elbows and hips. All of the signs have been there for a while- she is not a jumper, is slowing down, prefers to eat on the soft bed rather than the mat on the kitchen floor, and soaks up all of the heat she can find.

So, now that the thyroid is taken care of, I am looking to move on to the arthritis pain. I looked into Cosequin, but hesitate to add anything to her diet due to well-controlled (finally!) IBS. The other option I have looked at is Adequan, given by injection.

Has anyone had experience with either Cosequin or Adequan? I, of course, have to speak with my vet for his professional opinion, but like to go in with some background. I used to feel badly that I always had an opinion on Miss Kitty's medical care since he is the Doctor and I am not, but I have learned that I need to be an informed advocate for my kitty and the vet appreciates it!

Thanks in advance for sharing any experiences you may have had!
 

NinaGato

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We use cosiquin daily with Danser. She also has IBD. I have been using it for about two years. This winter I also started giving her glyco flex II feline chews.
The little bit of chicken doesn't seem to give her digestive problems.
If she gets really bad I take her into the vet and get therapy laser treatment. It helps her alot.
 
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@NinaGato Thank you for the recommendations! I am glad to hear that you haven't seen any stomach upset from these products because it always seems we take one step forward and 2 back with the IBD! :cat: I will add the chews to my list for our vet visit!
 
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