Because my cat Thumper is a bit overweight, a Maine Coon – a larger type of a cat – and 11 years old, our vet recommended I give her glucosamine treats to help her joints so she can be more active and comfortable. Obstacle #1 – It’s hard to find Glucosamine treats for cats in many pet stores. Obstacle #2 – It turns out Thumper is an even pickier eater than I ever realized.
Here are my – well, really Thumpers’ – reviews of the Glucosamine treats we’ve tried. I hope it helps some other “fluffy” kitties get what they need to feel better, and help you not waste money on ones your cat may not eat.
- First, we tried Zuke’s “Hip Action” treats for cats. They contain 50mg Glucosamine and 15mg Chondroitin Sulfate, and they are about the size of a big Tic Tac and very chewy.
- The verdict: Ultimately, Thumper usually didn’t like them, although my other cats (who didn’t need them) did. She would get them in her mouth and spit them out – either because she decided they didn’t taste good, or because they were too hard for her to chew. I could sometimes trick her into eating them if I hid one in wet food, but that’s entirely too much work.
- Next, we moved on to PetNaturals Hip + Joint treats for cats. Each treats contains 100mg of Glucosamine, 50mg of Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) and Chondroitin, and other ingredients like DHA, Vitamin C and Omega 3 fatty acids. These treats are bigger – about the size of a very thick goldfish cracker – and very chewy.
- The verdict: Thumper was finicky about these treats, eating them sometimes (when she’s pretty hungry, I think) and turning up here nose sometimes. Because of their larger size it didn’t work to hide them in her wet food. My other less picky cats ate them just fine, though.
- Then I found Catswell Happy Hips treats, which looked promising because they weren’t shaped liked normal treats. They’re thin and stringy, and about 1-2 inches long. They contain Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Vitamin E, and Omega 3s (no MSM though).
- The verdict: Thumper likes these treats (look – she even poses with them!) and they’re easy for her to eat because they’re small. My other cats like them as well, but they’re not picky. I don’t even need to hide them in her food ;-)
If you’re in the market for Glucosamine treats for your cat, you will want to buy them online, or better yet, from your local, non-big box pet store. (You won’t find anything but dog Glucosamine treats at the national pet stores or most grocery stores.) In my area, I buy them at Bark Market or Holistic Pet.
Have you tried other kitty Glucosamine treats that you’d recommend? Share your review in a comment.
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