Much like people, cats may be prone to developing arthritis as they age. This painful condition develops when the ligaments and tendons that connect and cushion Fluffy’s bones get worn out. Over time, they can thin and lose elasticity, causing a lot of pain and discomfort. While arthritis isn’t curable, it is manageable. However, treatments may be more successful if the issue is caught and treated early.
Here are some signs to watch for:
Trouble Getting Up And Down
When Fluffy is a kitten, she’ll be quite lithe and active, and can easily jump from the back of your chair to the floor. However, as your pet ages, she’ll become less bouncy. If arthritis sets in, you may notice your furry buddy having trouble jumping onto your couch or bed.
Arthritis can seriously impact your cute pet’s mobility. Fluffy may seem stiff, especially when she is first getting up or down. She may also start to limp, especially when she first gets up.
Difficulty Going Up And Down Stairs
Stairs can be a challenge for our feline pals. If you think about it, many stairs are taller than Fluffy! You may notice your cat really struggling to get from floor to floor.
With arthritic cats, oftentimes one joint or area is affected more than others. Fluffy may react if you touch a sensitive area. She may also withdraw, flinch, move away, or even bite or hiss.
Joint pain can have a noticeable effect on Fluffy’s mood, and can turn her from a cuddly, purring, snuggle bug to a hissing ball of fury. If your feline buddy is acting unusually aggressive, she may have arthritis.
Loss of Interest in Play
Fluffy is very playful, which is always a delight to watch. However, joint pain can affect those frisky kitty antics we all love.
Cats with arthritis can have trouble stretching and bending to groom themselves. Fluffy may start looking a bit unkempt. (Tip: groom your furry pal gently, using a soft brush.)
Sleeping More Than Usual
Given that cats spend so much time sleeping, this one may be hard to spot. However, if Fluffy seems even drowsier than usual, mention it to your vet.
Keep in mind that many of these symptoms may be related to a variety of medical issues. Contact your vet if you notice any of these red flags in your kitty!