Supplements to Keep Your Cat Healthy and Happy
Good dietary supplements can keep your cat living its best life, its whole life.
Cats of all ages can benefit from vitamins and supplements. With many felines exhibiting digestive problems, joint problems and allergies, their owners are often left wondering how best to handle the situation. Fortunately, pet food and pet supplement companies have already answered that question, creating special formulas that can help with everything from arthritic hips to skin allergies to chronic diarrhea.
Whether your cat is struggling with digestive issues and nutrient deficiencies or not, a supplement that contains digestive enzymes or probiotics can help it live a better life. Digestive enzymes for cats can help your cat in a number of ways, including improving digestion, reducing gas and bloating, supporting nutrient absorption, boosting immune function, boosting energy level and promoting normal body weight. Supplements that use probiotics are also very effective at helping cats maximize their digestive functions. Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when consumed in adequate amounts, have a health benefit to the cat. When used in the proper formula, these probiotics can exert a positive impact on digestive health by balancing the levels of bacteria in your pet’s intestines.
While joint problems are often associated with dogs, many cats also exhibit joint-related maladies as they age. Their mobility, flexibility and activity levels usually decrease for several reasons. Joints and muscles lose their resilience over time, making it difficult for your cat to engage in the same activities it did when it was young. Another cause is osteoarthritis, which occurs when the cartilage in joints becomes thinner and thinner, resulting in less or no padding between the bones—especially in the hip joints. Fortunately for older cats, many supplements can help alleviate these symptoms and help them live a healthier, more active life in their old age. When choosing a joint supplement for your cat, look for several key ingredients proven to help joint health, including glucosamine, chondroitin and manganese ascorbate.
Many cats suffer from allergies of various types. While it isn’t obvious in some cats with mild allergies, those with severe allergies can be quite uncomfortable and live a less healthy life because of them. Some signs of allergy in your cat include sneezing, coughing, scratching, runny eyes, vomiting, diarrhea, itchy back or ears, snoring and chewing of the paws. Cat allergies can be caused by tree, grass and weed pollen, fleas and flea bites, prescription drugs, cigarette smoke and even diet. A number of manufacturers have developed supplements to help alleviate allergy symptoms and even help cats avoid those allergies. Such supplements often contain probiotics, quercetin, omega fatty acids, L-theanine, fish oil and magnesium among other ingredients. Many help not only cats’ allergies, but can assist them in growing a thicker, healthier coat.