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Is there a food for joint health?

post #1 of 19
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Does anyone know if there is a dry food, prescription or otherwise that is made for joint health?

My arthritic foster cat will not eat any food with the powder supplement mixed in, and the capsules are too big to poke down him.
post #2 of 19
Chondroitin and Glucosamie is probably in the powder you are giving him?

My Mother swears by those. When she doesnt take it, she says she can tell a big difference.

There is a company in the UK that sells something that comes in a flavored liquid form that he may like. Its smaller isolates of the Chondroitin and Glucosamine.

Sorry, I dont know of any food that would help him.

http://www.cortaflex.co.uk/catdogproducts.html#
post #3 of 19
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Yes, the supplement is called Dasuquin and contains Glucosamine Hydrochloride and Sodium Chrondoitin Sulfate.

I may ask the vet if they have it in a liquid form or a smaller pill of some sort. I know it will help him to take it and so far I have gotten very little down him. I have saved the link you posted. Thanks!
post #4 of 19
How old is the cat in >>>??

a few foods in senior have such supplements
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
How old is the cat in >>>??

a few foods in senior have such supplements
He is only 2 years old. His arthritis is the result of a badly broken ankle last year. The vet said he would need to be on the supplement for life.
post #6 of 19
I poke the supplements down my boys anyway, even though they are larger. You may want to look at Zuke's Hip Action treats--they have 50 mg of glucosamine and 35 mg of chondrotin per treat, so you'll want to feed about 5 of them per day:

http://www.zukes.com/meow/hip-action.html
post #7 of 19
humm I thought I wrote this earlier /...

www.trixsyn.com is a supplement to look at ... I have used this for extended period in two animals with great results .. it is a WELL studied supplement

I am thinking about some foods that are not senior ...

http://championpetfoods.com/orijen/p...tAnalysis.aspx
post #8 of 19
will he eat treats? i found these: Feline Berrier
& these: Wysong Doctor's Dream Treats
here's a link for the Zuke's
& i also found Halo Hip & Joint support [but that's also a powder ], & Castor & Pollux Like Treats Glucosamine Tablets.
post #9 of 19
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He has not eaten any treats so far. Riley has Greenie's, two different pounce soft treats, and Wildside Salmon, and he shows no interest in them. He also has shown no interest in people food treats, such as cheese.

I'm not sure he would take liquid any better than the powder, but I assume it is made to squirt directly in his mouth? Its worth a try if I can't get something resolved with the powder this week. I have a couple more cans of "junk food" to try to tempt him with just in case he will eat them.

sharky -

Does the Orijen have enough of those two supplements, so that he could just eat that food and not need an extra supplement? That might be the best way to get it to him if it does. Do you know of any other foods that have it as well?
post #10 of 19
Have you tried stuffing the powder inside pill pockets?
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
Have you tried stuffing the powder inside pill pockets?
I haven't yet. I know the capsules are too big to fit in one, but I didn't think about putting the powder in it. I didn't get them because I didn't think he would eat them, since he won't eat any other treat. I guess I can try, and give them to Riley for treats if Johnny Cash won't eat them.
post #12 of 19
the amount needed is the $$ ?? ... for Kandie for nearly 2 yrs the amount in Max cat ( note even listed on the % panel) was enough ...
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
He is supposed to take two capsules of the Dasuquin each day, but I'm not sure how much is in one of them. If he loses the pound or two they want him to lose, then it would be one per day.

Having it in a food would be much easier to get it down him, but I'm not sure potential adopters would, or could, feed Orijen. Although the meds aren't cheap either, so it may even out.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
Have you tried stuffing the powder inside pill pockets?
or maybe mixing it w/meat baby food? of my 5, only 1 of them doesn't think that baby food is the tops!
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
or maybe mixing it w/meat baby food? of my 5, only 1 of them doesn't think that baby food is the tops!
I can try that, but would it be ok for him to have a spoon of it every day?
post #16 of 19
i don't see why not... it was part of Firefox's kitten glop. canned food, baby food, KMR - that was the mix. she got it several times a day.
as long as it doesn't have onion or garlic [i've yet to see either ingredient on the pureed meats, tho] i don't think it'll harm him.
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
What do you think about him eating Royal Canin Mature 27 http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2750347

It contains glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate, but it is an indoor formula, so I'm assuming less calories since he's slightly overweight. I need to find something for him to eat, preferably a petsmart brand, so maybe he can skip the daily pill supplement.

Thoughts?

It seems the Maine Coon formula contains the vitamins as well, but has slightly more calories.

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2750344
post #18 of 19
the RC maine coon may be worth a shot the senior is IMHO too low in protein for such a young cat
post #19 of 19
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the RC maine coon may be worth a shot the senior is IMHO too low in protein for such a young cat
Thanks sharky, I will see if they want to give him a try on the MC formula then.
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