Not unlike people, cats are at risk of developing arthritis as they age. This painful condition develops when the ligaments and tendons that cushion and connect Fluffy’s bones get worn out. Over time, they can get thin and lose elasticity, causing a lot of pain and discomfort. While arthritis isn’t curable, it can be managed. However, treatments are more successful if the issue is caught and addressed early.
Here are some signs to watch for:
Trouble Getting Up And Down
During the kitten years, Fluffy is quite lithe and active, and can easily jump from the floor to the back of your chair. However, as your pet ages, she’ll become less agile. If arthritis sets in, you may notice your furry buddy having trouble jumping onto your bed or couch.
Your cute pet’s mobility can be serious impacted by arthritis. Fluffy may limp, especially when she first gets up. She may also seem stiff, especially when first getting up or down.
Problems Going Up And Down Stairs
Stairs can be challenging for our feline pals. If you think about it, many stairs are taller than Fluffy! You may notice it’s a struggle for your to get from one floor to another.
With arthritic cats, sometimes one joint or area is affected more than others. Fluffy may react when you touch a sensitive area. She may also withdraw, flinch, move away, or even hiss or bite.
Joint pain can seriously interfere with Fluffy’s mood, turning her from a cuddly, purring snuggle bug to a hissing ball of rage. If your feline buddy is acting unusually aggressive, she may have arthritis.
Reduced Interest In Play
Fluffy is naturally playful, which is always a delight to watch. However, joint pain can affect those frisky kitty antics we all love.
Cats with arthritis often have trouble stretching and bending to groom themselves. Fluffy may start looking a bit unkempt. (Tip: groom your furry pal gently, using a brush with soft bristles.)
Sleeping More Than Usual
Spotting this one may be hard, given that cats spend so much time sleeping. However, if Fluffy seems even drowsier than usual, talk to your bet about it.
Keep in mind that many of these symptoms can be related to a variety of medical issues. Contact your vet if you notice any of these red flags in your kitty!