Arthritis in Cats

Did you know that arthritis is very common in our feline friends? In fact, as many as 90 percent of cats  over aged 12 are afflicted. This painful condition can have a serious impact on your furry pal’s quality of life. A Tampa, FL veterinarian discusses kitty arthritis in this article. 


Cats often try to hide signs of illness, so the warning signs may be quite subtle. Limping is often the first one you’ll spot. Fluffy may have trouble jumping or climbing to her favorite spots, and she may not be as playful as she once was. Kitties that are stiff and sore often have trouble grooming their entire bodies, so you may also notice unkempt fur. Your furball may also flinch or even hiss or bite if you touch a sore spot. Other signs include stiffness, crankiness, and withdrawal. Call your vet immediately if your feline pal shows any of these symptoms. 


Arthritis can’t be cured, but it can be managed. In fact, modern veterinary medicine now offers many treatments that can help reduce your feline buddy’s pain, improve her mobility, and just generally keep her comfortable and purring. Laser therapy, for example, can be quite effective. If Fluffy is, well, not just fluffy, she may also benefit from weight management. Extra pounds mean extra stress on your kitty’s bones and joints, so even being slightly overweight can be detrimental. Certain supplements and/or medications can also help. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Home Care

There are also some things you can do to keep your kitty happy and purring at home. First and foremost, make sure your cat has lots of comfy beds. Fluffy may also appreciate having some pet ramps or stairs set out for her, so she can reach her favorite perches more easily. Playing with your feline companion regularly will also help. You don’t really have to worry about overdoing it. Dogs will push themselves to please their owners. Cats, on the other hand, will simply walk away if they get tired. If you have more than one level in your home, put litterboxes on every floor. That way, your furry friend won’t have to use the stairs as much. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your local Tampa, FL animal clinic, we’re dedicated to offering the best care around! 

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