Cat Arthritis

The impact of cat arthritis.

It is not pleasant to observe that your much loved cat is unable to move with the grace and agility that she or he once could.

It is also distressing to know that your pet is in a degree of pain and discomfort.

Although there is not at this time a cure for feline arthritis much can be done to diminish the pain.

The progression of the condition can be slowed and a feline with arthritis can be helped to live a more comfortable life.

Cat Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the cumulative result of wear and tear upon joints as a cat moves into her older years.

Joints are the places where two bones connect allowing your cat's limbs a degree of flexibility and to move in different directions.

Between the bones in a joint can be found cartilage which acts as a cushion, or shock absorber.

Along with the cartilage there is also an amount of fluid that helps to ensure the joint moves freely.

Think of all the leaping, climbing, running and tumbling a healthy cat does, they can be quite the little acrobat.

You will have seen your cat jump down from high places many times her height, and saunter away unconcerned and uninjured. She can do that because of the way her body is designed.

Unfortunately, with all the activity, cartilages can wear over the years resulting in the cat's joints becoming stiff and painful.

Osteoarthritis is the most usual form of feline arthritis and most frequently affects shoulder and elbows joints but can also affect ankle and hip joints.

Traumatic Cat Arthritis

A cat's joints may become damaged through bangs, knocks, falls and other accidents.

Cats love to climb and in doing so sometimes suffer a fall, contrary to popular belief cats do not always land on their feet.

cat climbingCats love to climb and jump, both activities would be difficult and painful for a cat with arthritis.

Cats limbs sometimes get accidentally stepped upon by big heavy humans, and of course automobiles can inflict very serious damage to cats.

All these accidents can be the cause of trauma to a cat's joints causing the joint to become inflamed.

A feline suffering with traumatic arthritis may have a swollen and inflamed joint, or joints, or there may be no visible symptom. Either way, the joint will cause the cat some pain.

Less commonly the traumatic arthritis can be due to a poorly conformed joint so that when the cat performs some activity, such as walking or jumping, undue stress is placed upon the joint.

Bacterial Arthritis

Cats can get themselves into fights and in doing so can receive wounds on their joints.

These Wounds can become infected and swollen, a cat with an infected joint wound can become feverish and lose their appetite.

Bacterial infection of the joint can result in permanent injury, so if you suspect that your pet has infection induced arthritis you should consult your veterinarian right away.

Excess weight is not a cause of cat arthritis but it may be a contributing factor.

The more weight a cat has the greater the strain upon her joints and any fall that a cat has will impact the joints more if the Cat is Overweight.

Exercise gives some relief to arthritic joints but an overweight cat will be less inclined to exercise. Gently playing with your cat will encourage movement, give her some exercise and thus some alleviation from her pain.

Feeding your cat a suitable diet, along with gentle exercise, will go a long way to maintaining your cat at her correct weight and help control her pain and discomfort from arthritis.

All cats will seek out warm spots to snooze or rest in, arthritic cats will do so especially as warmth will give a degree of relief to painful joints. You may want to consider a Heated Cat Bed for your cat with arthritis.

If your cat finds movement difficult she will appreciate easy access to her bed, litter tray, and to her food and water bowls.

An arthritic cat may have difficulty grooming herself so you may need to groom her daily.

How Do You Know That Your Cat Is Suffering With Arthritis?

Some of the tell tale signs of cat arthritis:

  • Difficulty standing up after resting or reluctance to stand after resting.
  • Reluctant to be picked up, petted or touched.
  • Reduced activity.
  • Walking with a stiff gait.
  • Aggression or irritability.
  • Swollen and inflamed joints.
  • Crying, yowling or any expression of pain.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Lack of self grooming
  • Difficulty in using the litter box.

Of course any of the above can be symptoms of many other conditions that can affect your cat. If you suspect that your cat has feline arthritis it is best to get him or her to the veterinarian.

Your vet will be able to determine if your cat is arthritic, the type of arthritis, and the best course of treatment.

Sadly there is not a cure for cat arthritis but there are many treatments that can reduce the symptoms and improve the condition of your arthritic cat. Your vet may recommend gentle weight loss as part of the treatment.

Supplements too can help in reducing pain and easing movement by promoting healthy joints.

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