Just like people, cats can be prone to developing arthritis as they age. This painful condition develops when the tendons and ligaments that cushion and connect 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 can be managed. However, treatments may be more successful if the issue is caught and addressed 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 may easily jump from the floor to the back of your chair. 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 bed or couch.
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 limp, especially when she first gets up.
Difficulty 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 your cat really struggling to get from one floor to another.
With arthritic cats, sometimes one joint or area is affected more than others. Fluffy may react if you touch a sensitive area. She may also flinch, withdraw, move away, or even hiss or bite.
Joint pain can seriously interfere with Fluffy’s mood, and can turn her from a purring, cuddly 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 very 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 bending and stretching to groom themselves. Fluffy may start looking a bit unkempt. (Tip: groom your furry pal gently, using a soft brush.)
Sleeping More Than Usual
This one may be hard to spot, given that cats spend so much time sleeping. However, if Fluffy seems even drowsier than usual, mention it to your vet.
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!