Arthritis, also known as osteoarthritis, is a disease which causes pain in the joints. Commonly found amongst 40-50-year-old humans, arthritis is a painful disease which can occur naturally as part of the aging process.
Just as with humans, cats can also develop arthritis and it is important to spot the signs so that you can take them to the vets as quickly as possible. Although there is no cure, veterinarians can prescribe medication to minimise pain and offer expert advice.
To keep you clued up on the signs, we’ve gathered three commons signs of arthritis, allowing you to keep a close eye on your beloved pet.
Decreased mobility is the most common sign of arthritis. If your cat is struggling to jump, climb or generally walk about the house, it could indicate that they have pain in their joints. They may appear lame when moving, especially when performing tasks that they previously found simple, such as climbing in and out of their litter box.
If you cat’s fur is matted or unclean, this can also be a sign of arthritis. Your cat may be struggling to groom themselves properly; licking, scratching and rubbing can be difficult for cats with arthritis as their aching joints make them unable to stretch and bend. Because of this, they will reduce their movement and their grooming.
Change in Behaviour
Just like humans, when animals are in pain it can affect their mood. A change in behaviour can be a sign that your pet is unhappy, stressed or angry. If your cat becomes less affectionate, perhaps hissing when you pet them or avoiding interaction all together, it could be an indication of arthritis.
If your cat displays any of these signs, take them to your local vet for a check-up. By staying vigilant and looking for these signs, you can be sure that your pet will live a happy, healthy life! For more tips and help on your feline friend, head to our advice centre for cats.