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Cat arthritis Pain

About Arthritis

Arthritis (osteoarthritis) is a very common condition that causes painful, swollen joints and makes moving around uncomfortable. A reluctance to move can sometimes be mistaken for a cat naturally ‘slowing down’ due to old age.

Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are plenty of steps you can take to help your feline friend feel more comfortable. Treatment for arthritis can make a big difference to your cat’s quality of life.

It is important to contact your vet if you notice your cat slowing down or if you are suspicious that their joints are causing them pain.

Symptoms of arthritis in cats

  • Difficulty jumping or using the stairs
  • Limping
  • Stiffness (all the time or every now and then)
  • More prominent shoulder blades (due to muscle wastage around the shoulders making your cat appear thinner in this area)
  • Hiding away or sleeping more than usual
  • Over-grooming (licking a certain spot more than usual which can cause saliva staining – a pink/brown staining to the fur)
  • Unkempt or matted fur especially along the back and around the bottom, because your cat will find it difficult or painful to twist to groom these areas
  • Swollen or hot joints
  • Being a bit more grumpy than usual, especially when you go to touch them.

Signs of arthritis can be hard to spot as they can be subtle and come on gradually. It can be helpful to think back to what your cat was like a few months or even years ago when trying to think if they are showing any of these signs.


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