If you use glucosamine, chondroitin, or any other supplements for your own arthritis and have a cat who’s suffering from joint pain, you’ve probably wondered if there are cat-specific versions of those supplements—and whether they could help your cat. The answer is: maybe. And it’s certainly worth talking with your vet about adding a supplement to your kitty’s nutritional routine. You can find glucosamine for cats, as well as joint supplements that include chondroitin, vitamin B12, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), or omega-3 amino acids.
Two of my senior cats take a supplement that includes glucosamine, chondroitin, and manganese. For one cat who’s been diagnosed with spinal arthritis, there’s been a tremendous improvement in her ability to walk and jump without pain. For the second cat, there’s no observable improvement. We’re helping them both out with raised food and water bowls and orthopedic pet beds.