If you think that you might have a cat with arthritis, there are a few things that you can do to make life easier and less painful for them.
Arthritis is a progressive condition that many cats will eventually get. Since cats are agile creatures and remain active on their feet, this can often cause arthritis as they age, which can be very painful if not looked after. With these few tips, you can help your cat live a happier life even if they have arthritis.
How to Care for a Cat with Arthritis
1. Take Them to the Vet
If you suspect that your cat has arthritis, you should schedule a vet appointment for them. A veterinarian can give your cat special medications to make them more comfortable if they believe your cat is in pain. These could include anti-inflammatories, pain relievers, and other medications to slow the progression of arthritis. Never self prescribe medication for your cat or try to buy it online. You should only ever medicate them with what is prescribed by a vet.
2. Try to Prevent Them from Jumping
This is hard to do, but try to prevent your cat from jumping up or down. A cat with arthritis shouldn’t be jumping up or down onto solid surfaces as this causes pain and can worsen the arthritis symptoms. They will often show this by limping afterward. Try to put anything they may need on the ground, including food and water. If they like to jump up on a cat tree or furniture, try to make steps so that they do not have to jump down.
3. Provide Soft Places
Cats with arthritis love soft places to rest their weary bones. Any cat loves something soft and fluffy but especially cats with arthritis. Try to provide plenty of cozy spots for them to rest. These can be cat beds, pillows, and fluffy blankets.
4. Make Things Easier to Get to
Try to have everything they need in one location so that they do not have to go far. Preferably in the general vicinity of where they like to rest during the day. Make sure everything is at ground level and that their litter box is large enough to move around without bumping into the sides.
5. Read the Signs
When your cat has arthritis, you must always keep an eye on them. Animals can’t tell you when they are hurting or when something gets worse. You have to look for those silent signs they may try to give you.
All cats with arthritis will probably need to be put on medication eventually to help manage the pain. The condition will naturally progress as they get older, so you want to keep an eye out for increased pain. You will also want to quickly take them to the vet if you notice worsening limping or disfigurement of their paws.
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Signs That Your Cat May Have Arthritis
If you suspect that your cat has arthritis, but you can’t tell, here are a few signs to look for. These may be signs that your cat has arthritis, or they could even indicate a different health problem. Either way, it is a good idea to schedule a vet visit.
Cats with arthritis will often be stiff and uncomfortable. This is noticeable if they seem to walk strangely or try to avoid walking.
2. Difficulty Moving
Arthritis is painful and can make muscles not work as well as they used to. This can result in your cat not moving the way they used to. If you notice them struggling to stand up or sit up, they might have arthritis. This can also show if they are walking slower or struggling to lay down. Many senior cats will struggle with moving difficulties.
3. Limping or Lameness
Cats with arthritis will sometimes show signs of it by limping or even being lame in severe cases. Limping is very common and doesn’t necessarily mean the arthritis is severe. Cats with arthritis will often limp if they are stiff, hurting, or the weather is making their arthritis act up.
4. Fear of Certain Actions
Sometimes cats will become scared of doing things if they have arthritis. This is because they might start to fear the pain associated with specific actions, including jumping, running, or waking up and downstairs.
If you ever notice any swelling in your cat’s paws, you should schedule an emergency visit. Arthritis does not commonly cause swelling in cats, and if it does, it is probably severe. Swelling could also indicate a much more severe condition.
Some vocal cats might start to cry more frequently. This cry will often have a mournful tone that indicates something is wrong. This is usually a sign in cats that are naturally very vocal. Quieter cats most likely won’t cry at all. Always look out for these signs of arthritis in your furry four-legged friend!
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