Signs of Arthritis in Cats
Arthritis in cats is a serious condition. A Cat Hospital is one of the foremost centers of treating arthritis in cats, and you should contact us if you have a cat with arthritis in the Henderson or Las Vegas area. Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes pain and inflammation in cats’ joints. Unfortunately, it is more common in cats than people think.
One of the primary signs of arthritis in cats is reduced mobility. You may notice a resistance to movement in the cat and sometimes there may be stiffness or lameness in the limbs. You may also notice less activity from your cat. The cat may spend more time resting and sleeping while also exploring their environment much less. Your cat may also spend less time grooming itself which will be evidenced by a scruffy coat.
The Diagnosis of Arthritis in Cats
Arthritis is more common in older cats than younger cats and is a natural part of the degenerative process. By older cats, we mean cats older than seven years of age. A veterinarian will diagnose your cat by examining its joints. If there is any sign of swelling, pain, or discomfort then it may be a sign of arthritis. We may need to conduct an X-ray of the joints to study them more closely. If we think that there are other issues with your cat besides arthritis then we may conduct blood or urine tests.
Treating Arthritis in Cats
We will often begin by recommending certain changes for your cat as a part of the arthritis treatment. These may include changes in the environment that are conducive for an arthritic cat. They may also include dietary changes and supplements since being overweight can exacerbate a cat’s arthritis.
As far as medical treatment is concerned, we may prescribe medication to help with the pain. However, we will need to closely supervise the cat. We may also prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help manage the pain. We may also prescribe supplemental analgesic (pain-killing) drugs when NSAIDs are not appropriate.
Set up a Consultation
If you see any of the warning signs of arthritis in your cat, you should contact A Cat Hospital. If you live in the Henderson or Las Vegas area, call our veterinarians today at 702-514-0949 for a consultation.