Ask Seth: Cats and Fish Oil

Can a mature cat have fish oil?  My 15 year old cat has arthritis in one of his front legs and my dogs are taking fish oil daily for their arthritis. Cheryl Becker

Cheryl,

Before starting any supplementation, consult your veterinarian due to his age and possible pre-existing conditions.  With fish oil for cats, there are specific omega 6 and omega 3 formulas commercially available for cats.  I have experience using these and seem to be effective in helping out with arthritic cats.  Another reason to talk to your vet is because there are additional supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin, along with fish oils, could provide greater relief for the pains of arthritis.  There are upper limits to what should be given and some fish oils are very high in vitamin D and at high doses can be problematic.   Keeping your cat at a healthy weight will also help with cat arthritis. 

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