Arthritis is something that can affect a wide range of beings, from humans all the way down to our feline friends. Because we understand the struggle, it’s only natural that you’d want to help your cat to be as comfortable as possible!
In this article, you’ll learn all about arthritis in cats, and what options you have to keep your cat healthy and happy!
What Is Cat Arthritis?
Cat arthritis, or osteoarthritis, is a disease that results from the aging and degeneration of joints. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is also referred to as degenerative joint disease. Just like in humans, there is a natural padding in the joints of cats that can wear down over time, resulting in movement that is uncomfortable and difficult.
In most cases, this condition is one that is quite common in older cats, especially if they are overweight. However, it can show up earlier in the lives of some cats. It’s also worth keeping in mind that this is a condition that can become worse as your cat continues to age.
What Causes Cat Arthritis?
In most cases, feline arthritis is due to the natural wear on the joints of your cat over time. In addition, there can be some cases in which there are aggravating factors that make it more likely for your cat to develop the condition. These can include excess weight, infections or injuries.
Basically, cats have cartilage in their joints that allows those joints to move smoothly and comfortably. As they grow older, that cartilage can wear down and doesn’t regenerate as well. This results in the bones within the joint being more likely to grind and become uncomfortable.
Cat Arthritis Symptoms
In most cases, pet owners can begin to notice the signs of arthritis in the way their cat moves. They may take longer to get up, have difficulty getting up or down stairs, or generally seem to be uncomfortable. It’s also worth noting that because arthritis is more of an ache than an intense pain, cats aren’t likely to show their discomfort in obvious ways.
Common arthritis symptoms include:
- A noticeable decrease in muscle mass
- Hesitation or reluctance towards jumping
- Changes in the way they walk
- Having trouble getting up after laying down
- Struggling when going upstairs