Feline Arthritis: Six Signs Your Cat is in Pain

Just like humans and dogs, cats often develop arthritis as they age. In fact, feline arthritis is quite common, with about 90% of cats over the age of 12 diagnosed. Our kitties most often develop arthritis in their elbows and hips, two joints which absorb a lot of shock throughout their lives of leaping and pouncing. Feline arthritis usually develops later in life as a result of earlier injuries and trauma.

The signs of arthritis in cats are much different than the typical stiffness we observe in arthritic dogs. The following are six signs your cat might have arthritis:

  1. Abnormal Jumping – missing targets and having to pull up or not jumping as high
  2. Different Dismount – pouring him/herself off, rather than jumping from elevated resting places
  3. Increased Vocalization – more meowing, especially with movement
  4. Less Grooming – mind changing grooming habits
  5. Increased Aggression – toward other pets and decreased friendliness toward human companions
  6. Changes in Toilet Habits – notice if your kitty begins having accidents outside of the box
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Pain Management and Treatment Options for Feline Arthritis

If your cat is diagnosed with arthritis, there are several treatment and pain management options available including:

  • Lifestyle and Home Modifications – lifestyle aids, moderate activity, and weight loss for overweight pets
  • Joint Supplements – glucosamine, chondroitin, and fatty acids
  • Integrative Medicine – cold laser therapy and acupuncture
  • Pain Medicine – pharmaceuticals can be used on a short-term basis, but are not recommended for long-term use in cats due to their low tolerance

Any changes in your cat’s normal behavior can signal a medical condition. If you notice these signs or any other changes, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with a Pet Health professional for diagnosis and discussion of treatment options.

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