Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: June 28, 2023 by Crystal Uys
You may be surprised to know that 61% of cats over the age of 6 suffer from arthritis. As cats age, this number is even higher: 90% of cats over the age of 12 have some form of arthritis. Since cats spend a lot of their time jumping and climbing, their joints, especially weight-baring joints like the shoulders, hips, elbows, knees and ankles, are repeatedly absorbing a lot of impact, and this can lead to joint damage – particularly in larger cats or overweight cats.
Feline arthritis is a degenerative joint disease. The cartilage within the joint is worn down, leading to inflammation, pain and decreased quality of life. But cats are mysterious and stoic. It’s often hard to know what they are feeling, and if they are in pain, they tend to suffer in silence. So, how do you know if your cat might be living with joint pain?
Signs of feline arthritis include:
• A reluctance to jump down
• Trouble going up or down stairs
• Sleeping in places that are easier to access than their normal spots
• Difficulty using the litter box
• Over-grooming of certain joints
• Acting irritable when petted or handled.
Although it is often challenging to diagnose arthritis in cats, if you notice any of these changes, you should first see your vet. He or she may be able to detect pain or swelling in certain joints, or may even recommend taking x-rays to confirm the diagnosis.
How to treat feline arthritis
While your vet can prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID’s) or other pain medications, they often come with potentially harmful side effects like gastrointestinal ulcers or kidney problems, especially in cats who already have other health issues. Thankfully, there are also pain-relieving options that are safe, effective, and completely natural.
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About the author
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.