More Cat Care Information:
Is your cat limping or reluctant to jump to all those places she used to like going? Has he stopped running, playing, or hunting? Even if your cat still seems to be fine, if he is getting on in years, like mine, you should be giving him Cosequin for cats to help protect against the onset of arthritis. But there's more to Cosequin than just joint health. In this article, I will review the benefits of Cosequin for cats and then I'll show you the Cosequin for cats best price secret that saves me a fortune on my vet bills!
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
How Cosequin Protects Your Cat's Joints
Cartilage acts like a shock absorber between articulating bones. It has no direct blood supply so it must be nourished by the surrounding tissue. Age, injury, and over-activity all contribute to the breakdown of cartilage in a process that is not fully understood, but we do know that certain enzymes are hostile to cartilage. And when the action of those enzymes overtakes the supply of nutrients to the cartilage, then arthritis, stiffness, and pain are the inevitable results.
Cosequin for cats contains carefully-selected forms of glucosamine and chondroitin essential for the maintenance of healthy joint cartilage, without harmful side-effects. Glucosamine hydrochloride supplies the cartilage with nutrients while chondroitin sulfate blocks the action of the destructive enzymes. It has been found that the addition of manganese ascorbate further encourages the production of healthy cartilage. It is important to note that the form of chondroitin used in Cosequin is of a very low molecular weight, making it much easier to absorb. Other brands on the market use a form of chondroitin sulfate that is much larger, harder to absorb, and less “bioavailable.” It is also worth noting that the American Neutraceutical Association found that over 80% of the other glucosamine-chondroitin supplements on the market didn't even meet the quantity claims on the label.
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
Cosequin for Cats and Bladder Health
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the bane of many cat owners' lives. The last time I had to deal with one was late on a Saturday night, requiring an expensive visit to the emergency vet clinic out of town. One of the interesting side benefits of Cosequin is that it also supports bladder health and can help reduce the incidence of UTIs. Many vets actually prescribe it for this purpose, even though the product was ostensibly developed for joint health. The reason for this is that the inner lining of the bladder, which protects the bladder from the waste products in urine, contains some of the same compounds as cartilage. The low-molecular-weight chondroitin in Cosequin is available to bladder tissues just as it is to cartilage in the joints.
How to Use Cosequin for Cats
Cosequin for cats is flavored with chicken and tuna. The capsules can be sprinkled onto your cat's meal, so there's no need for a pill-swallowing struggle. (You know how that goes, right?) Most cat owners report that their cats love the taste of the powder, so administration is really easy for all concerned. Cats under 10 lbs need only one capsule per day; larger cats need two. Dosage can be increased or scaled back as needed. Owner reviews for Cosequin are really encouraging, with respect to both joint and bladder health. A few cats have had upset stomachs, but other than that there appear to be no negatives to using Cosequin.
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|