Client handout: Exercise crucial to pain-free cats


Pass on this handout to help your feline veterinary patients lose a little weight and feel a lot better.

One key to help cats be less painful as they age is to keep their weight at an optimal level. More pounds equals more weight on a cat's tender frame.

Kara Amstutz, DVM, CCRT, CVPP, owner of Hometown Veterinary Hospital & River Canine Rehabilitation in Springfield, Missouri, says encouraging inactivity may make aging more difficult and painful for your pet. In fact, helping cat owners promote an active lifestyle in their senior pets through daily physical exercise may be the No. 1 thing you can do to promote muscle strength, joint flexibility and overall health in your feline patients. Click here for a handout on fun feline exercises to help cats keep slim and strong.

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