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Friday, August 17, 2018

Does Your Cat Have Arthritis? – Do You Know the Symptoms?

Most cats appear naturally agile and athletic, easily jumping from their perches to the floor with an uncanny sense of balance. However, signs of arthritis can begin at any age, even in kittens. Watch for these early-warning signs of arthritis in your feline friend:

What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis, also known as osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease,  causes pain and inflammation in a cat’s joints. Although fairly uncommon in felines, arthritis tends to affect the elbow joint when it does strike—but many joints can be afflicted.

What Are the Symptoms of Arthritis in Cats?
  • Felines suffering from arthritis may show overall stiffness
  • swelling of the joints
  • lethargy, lameness
  • decreased flexibility and discomfort when you pet or handle them in certain positions. Decreased activity
  • Lapsed litterbox habits (due to pain caused by getting in and out of the box)
  • Hesitancy to run, jump or climb stairs


If you notice any of the above symptoms in your cat, please take them to you Vet for a checkup!


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