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Nearly as beneficial as much more expensive medicines,
One of my cats, now over 14 years old, has developed arthritis of the hips and has had great difficulty jumping up onto laps or climbing stairs. The vet prescribed Metacam, a pain killer and anti-inflammatory. Metacam works, but is damn expensive, and it can be difficult to get the cat to ingest the entire dose. Because it is a liquid, if you dribble it on top of the food, some ends up sloshing down into the bottom of the bowl (in fact it's difficult to just dribble it, you have to try to shake the last part of the dose out of the syringe, some goes all over the place, and not all of it comes out). Thus unless the cat eats the entire bowl of food (if I put just a part sachet of food down she has the tendency to look up and me and say "what the bloody hell do you call that?" and refuse to eat) and licks it clean too, not all the medicine is ingested. I have also had to resort to regular special treat food (tinned tuna, cooked chicken breast etc.) to get the cat to eat it all - also an expensive practice.
So I have been experimenting with this. Whilst I would say that it is not quite as magical in its effects as the Metacam, it clearly has a beneficial effect and allows my cat to jump up onto my lap without too much difficulty (when the will takes her and she is not being contrary) and climb stairs normally. The pills are quite hard, and despite the claims of being chewable and being able to be fed to your cat as a treat, you will really need to crush the tablet to a powder and mix with wet food. I have been using this pill crusher for the purpose. Because I can sprinkle the crushed tablet on top of the food, the cat will eat all or nearly all of it irrespective of whether she decides to eat the entire bowl.
Read the instructions carefully about dosage - you need to have an increased dose for the first 4-6 weeks before reducing.
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Initial post: 23 Feb 2012, 15:39:23 GMT
My cat eats them out of my hand, she thinks it a morning treat and waits eagerly for her pill.
Posted on 6 May 2013, 20:34:05 BST
J Ilott says:
They are sweet so generally cats love them and you don't need to crush them unless the cat has dental problems. They are an unproven supplement but helpful if the cat won't take metacam or it makes the cat sick. The only drawback is that they are fattening which is detrimental to a cat with arthritis as you want to be keeping the weight off. My cat is 17 and still very active albeit with a slight limp due to arthritis.
Posted on 21 Jul 2015, 16:14:32 BST
Mel H says:
What are the exact ingredients please?..
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