Hugo Boss is a ragdoll cat and a big boy at 10+ kgs. He has several joint problems but loves his weekly therapy and massage......
Tuesday 29th March 2016
Over many years his owners, alongside veterinary professionals, have tried to progress his weight loss with fit camp staycations at the veterinary clinic, weight management diets, separate microchip feeders for him and his svelte/ super slim sister, hydrotherapy exercise, supported harness exercise and the list goes on… But because of his painful arthritic joints, it makes any kind of focused weight loss with exercise very difficult.
Now that Hugo Boss is almost 14 years old, his owners prefer to focus his physiotherapy sessions on giving him time to relax and enjoy a lovely long massage along with therapeutic laser to ease the discomfort in his joints. Between weekly sessions, he uses an Assisi Loop (pulsed electromagnetic field therapy) and his prescribed medication from his family vet, to help him remain comfortable.
Is your cat less active now simply because of old age, or could they be suffering from osteoarthritis? The early identification of the degenerative joint condition, osteoarthritis (OA) in cats isn’t always straight forward but it is very important that cat owners spot this disease early to minimise its debilitating effects and provide the best quality of life.