Cats suffer from different
types of arthritic inflammation and pain. Know more about feline
arthritis and symptoms.
Arthritis in Cats
Though cats are innately endowed
with a very athletic body structure, yet they are predisposed to various
problems pertaining to bones, due to accidents and everyday abrasion of
joints and ligaments. Usually, they are at a high risk of orthopedic
disorder in the form of 'Arthritis' (joint inflammation). Arthritic
problems may appear in any breed of cats; but generally cats who lead
sporty and physically active lives are more prone to arthritis. Let us
have a look at the different types of feline arthritis; their symptoms;
their causes; and also learn how to effectively deal with them.
Types of Feline Arthritis
Though, arthritis involves joint inflammation, it is a very complex
phenomenon and might take various forms. Listed below are two of the
most common forms of feline arthritis.
Different accidents and sprains may lead to traumatic arthritis in
cats. If the cat is injured by a moving vehicle; wounded in a cat fight;
or accidentally falls with an awkward position; the sprains might
initiate traumatic arthritis.
Dislocations of joints or other fractures may bring about
osteoarthritis. Recurrent problems of traumatic arthritis might also
surface as osteoarthritis later. The shoulder and elbow bones of old
cats are more susceptible to this disorder.
Arthritis is a very painful condition. So, keep a check on your pet's
general health and beware of the following indicative symptoms.
- Sudden change in behavior (aggressiveness and avoidance)
- Decreased energy level or lethargy
- Swollen or highly painful joints
- Noticeable limping or lameness
- Stiffness in the limbs, especially in the mornings
- Difficulty in various forms of movement (like sitting or lying
Generally, a series of conditions contribute to the development of
arthritis in felines. Some of the major factors are mentioned below
- Excess body weight or obesity
- Ageing or long term overuse
- Bone or cartilage problems
- Genetically transferred (in certain cases)
- Severe stress or high level of activities
- Traumatic injuries like fractures and sprains
How to Treat Arthritis in
Depending on the severity of the condition and the site of the problem,
different home remedies are available to cure arthritis. Detailed below
are a few of them.
- Provide your cat with a grain free and a low carbohydrate diet.
- Include fish oil and Vitamin E supplementation in his diet.
- Maintain a good exercise routine for your cat.
- Be extra vigilant when it comes to your pet's weight.
- Provide him a comfortable sleeping area.
- Administer mild anti-inflammatory drugs when necessary.
- Provide supplementation of glucosamine/ chondroiton.
- Herbal medication (with prior consultation of a veterinarian).
In case, there is no improvement
in your cat's health, seek proper medical guidance. Sometimes,
acupuncture therapies given by a vet might alleviate the problem. In
severe cases, surgical operations may be required.