My soon to be 13 years old kitty Rikers, was born without hip joints and has existed all these years with bone on bone.
For her to compensate for the lack of ball joint, she often walked with a sway back, even as a kitten. My husband found her abandoned by her mom when she was 3 weeks old.....she was dying when he found her.
Anyway, as a result of her sway back, she is now severely athritic in her spine....I burst into tears whenI saw her spinal film. She was in a tremendous amount of pain despite twice daily doses of Cosequin, since she was diagnosed last March. She would cry out interrible pain even getting out of her heated, orthopoedic bed.
Two weeks ago, I started her on the Trixsyn, as there really are no pain killers for cats. I am not saying this is a pain killer, but it definitely is helping her and both she and I are seeing an improvement.
Rikers is also feeling an improvement.
Today, for the first time in a VERRRRRY long time, Rikers decided to chase after Edgar Winter. She didn't do it at break neck speed, but Ed was certainly surprised and truth be told, so was I.