Arthritis in Cats
Symptoms of Arthritis in Cats
If you are the owner of a cat, then you might know that, as far as arthritis in cats is concerned, these adorable pets exhibit more or less the same symptoms as humans do.
To be more specific, as with humans, there are two types of arthritis that cats might suffer from. The first is osteoarthritis which in a nutshell is the condition created when the substance between the joints is degenerated. When this happens, friction develops between the joints causing pain, discomfort and restriction in movement.
The degeneration of the cartilage is most of the times due to “wear and tear”; therefore osteoarthritis generally afflicts older cats. In some cases however, this type of degenerative arthritis can also be observed in younger to middle aged cats, as a result of a disease or a trauma that has damaged the joints.
Now, the second type of arthritis is the rheumatoid arthritis. This is caused by a complication of the autoimmune system of the pet, when due to still unknown reasons, the animal’s own system attacks the joints and bones resulting in arthritis.
So, one question you might ask is, how can you diagnose whether your cat is suffering from arthritis or not?
In brief, these are the symptoms you should look out for:
1. Your cat shows a reluctance to walk or perform any physical activity, preferring to be sedentary.
2. When walking or moving about, there are signs of decreased flexibility and agility.
3. Your beloved pet might be limping or favoring one side of the body
4. She might be letharging, tending to sleep most of the day
5. She may even suffer from fever or show lack of appetite
6. In general, she shows obvious signs of pain and discomfort.
How to treat your pet
Depending on the type of arthritis in cats that your pet is suffering from (osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis), your vet will prescribe different medication.
Your cat may be prescribed steroids, anti-inflammatory medications, or antibiotic drugs. However, what you should always have in mind (this is important!) is that you should not, under any circumstances, give your cat aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Beware that these types of drugs, although commonly used for arthritis in humans, are lethal to cats.
Try to keep your cat healthy and active. As in humans, being overweight is a stress to the joints and bones. Try to exercise your cat and feed him/her a proper diet.
In order to minimize any risk of your pet fall victim to arthritis, try as much as you can to keep her healthy and active. Also, try to maintain her body weight to an acceptable level; as in humans being overweight puts an extra strain on you cat’s bones and joints.
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