At A Cat Hospital, we have years of experience providing cat owners in Henderson and Las Vegas with reliable veterinary care. This includes identifying and treating cat arthritis. Arthritis can stop your cat from doing activities they love, significantly reducing their quality of life. If you suspect your cat is suffering from arthritis, we are ready to assist you.
What is Cat Arthritis?
Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes inflammation and pain in the joints of cats. As the feline ages, the joints will naturally degenerate. The cartilage that acts as a cushion between the joint's bones also will deteriorate and decrease flexibility. Arthritis can also develop due to infection, dislocation, injury, or overuse of the joints. Excess weight will also contribute to the development of arthritis.
This disease is most common in felines that are 12 years of age or older. However, young cats can also suffer from arthritis. In cats, arthritis tends to affect the elbow joint, though it can affect other joints as well. Symptoms of cat arthritis include:
- Overall stiffness
- Joint swelling
- Discomfort when handled in certain positions
- Decreased flexibility
- Decreased activity
- Lapsed litterbox habits
- Hesitancy to run, jump, or climb stairs
Our veterinarian will perform a physical exam, take radiographs, and conduct other diagnostic tests to determine whether or not your cat has arthritis. Once it is determined that your feline has arthritis, our veterinarian will create a care plan to relieve arthritis pain and reduce the condition’s impact on your cat’s life. Potential care options include prescription medication, dietary changes, and surgery in, especially severe cases. Our veterinarian may also recommend an exercise program consisting of gentle play that starts slowly and gradually builds in intensity.
Other Possible Advice Given to Assist with the Cat Arthritis
Our veterinarian may also give you advice on how to make your feline more comfortable. Some of the things you can do to assist in making your feline comfortable are:
- Give your cat a bed or a cozy blanket
- Gently massage your cat when he or she is relaxed
- Groom areas that are hard for your cat to reach
- Make the water bowls, food, and litterbox as easy to access as possible
Cat Veterinarian in Las Vegas
If you believe your cat is suffering from arthritis, the veterinary professionals at A Cat Hospital are ready to assist you. We will create an individualized treatment plan based on the cause and intensity of your cat’s arthritis. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (702) 514-0949.