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Old 12-30-2013, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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Hello, I have a cat named Bebe who will be turning 14 years old in January. When he was young, barely a year old he suffered from a respiratory infection. We had to take him to the vet and put him on some powerful medications, had we not the vet assured us that he would not have lasted more than 3 weeks, and his last days would be pretty miserable. I'm glad we saved him, but he has never fully recovered from that infection. His breathing has been slightly labored ever since which I think causes him to get shortness of breath a lot easier.

Anyways, coupling this disease that plagued him years ago and the fact that he is neutered Bebe became a rather lazy cat and became overweight. He is probably about 15-16 lbs, I haven't weighed him in a long time, but he used to weigh almost 20 lbs. Because of his old age, his past respiratory infection, and his being overweight he is not a very active cat, but in the last few years I have noticed that he almost walks with a limp. Not like one of his limbs is damaged or in pain, but rather that he is in pain. I fear that since he is old he probably has joint damage and some form of arthritis.

What should I do for him? Exercise will be difficult since he is old and gets short of breath easily. I have helped him lose several pounds over the last few months by giving him better cat food.

Are there medications I can get for him to reduce the pain that will not cause liver or kidney damage? Is there some sort of supplement which will help repair the cartalidge in his joints? Any input is appreciated, thank you.
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:27 AM
 
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Cosequin and dasequin for cats are effective arthritis supplements for mild to moderate arthritis. Speak to your vet about which one is best for your kitty.

Feed an all canned diet, and encourage some gentle exercise. It doesn't have to be anything strenuous. A slow walk around the room a few times a day, batting at a string on a stick toy. Stuff like that.

Neutering doesn't cause a cat to gain weight. Over feeding, and/or poor diet, and lack of exercise are what cause weight gain.

"Several pounds over the last few months" sounds too fast. It is very important that a cat lose weight very slowly. No more than half a pound a month.

Good luck with Bebe. I can tell you love him very much, and with some careful handling and small changes hopefully you'll keep him healthy and happy for a long time to come.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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ITA with catsmom21--his weight loss sounds too much too fast.

IMO I'd suggest getting him an overall physical exam from your vet before starting any supplements or pain medication. Because of the way cats metabolize drugs, there aren't as many options for drugs like there are for dogs. However, there are some herbal products available that may help. Onlynaturalpet.com (not affiliated) has a huge selection. However, I would suggest that you run anything by your vet first. I usually print out the ingredients and bring them into the office for review.
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