Elderly cats can suffer from arthritis. Recent research has been able to show that diet and nutrition can greatly impact an arthritic cat’s quality of living. One key aspect of joint problems and arthritis management and treatment is maintaining the affected pet’s ideal weight limit. The animal being overweight has a significant impact on arthritis pain and various other symptoms because unnecessary strain and stress are placed upon the joints that support the animal’s body. Studies have also pointed out that cats that carry too much weight secrete inflammatory substances, causing pain while making the inflammation worse. Because of this, helping your pet to lose all that excess weight (weight management), is key to arthritis management. Regular physical exercise to burn all those excess calories is essential, as well as proper nutrition and diet.