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Arthritis In Cats

Have you noticed your cat slowing down lately? Although every kitty is unique, most of our feline friends enter their senior years around age 10 or so. Just like people, cats sometimes develop arthritis in their golden years. In this article from All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica area, a local vet discusses this common ailment.

Symptoms

The signs of arthritis vary from kitty to kitty. Fluffy may seem stiff and sore, and she may not be as playful as she used to be. Believe it or not, she may also manage to sleep even more than usual. Sometimes arthritic cats have difficulty grooming themselves, which can cause their fur to look unkempt. Your feline buddy may also have trouble climbing things. Or, she may have issues getting in and out of her litterbox, which can cause her to eliminate outside it. Limping can also be a warning sign, though it isn’t quite as common in arthritic cats as it is in dogs.

Treatment

If you notice any of the signs we’ve listed above, contact your vet immediately to schedule an appointment. Fortunately, there are treatments available for arthritic kitties. Laser therapy can be extremely beneficial. It can reduce pain and inflammation, which will in turn improve both your furry friend’s range of motion and her quality of life. Medication may also help. Of course, every kitty is different. Your vet will be able to discuss specific treatment options once a diagnosis has been made.

Home Care

There are also some things you can do at home to keep Fluffy happy, healthy, and purring. First and foremost, make sure she is eating a good, nutritious diet. Don’t overfeed your pet, however. Obesity can both contribute to and exacerbate arthritis. If your furball is a bit of a butterball, ask your vet for advice on helping her slim down. Supplements, massage, and/or heated beds can also be beneficial. You may want to get some pet ramps to help your kitty get on and off beds and sofas. It’s also important to be very gentle whenever you pick your feline pal up or put her down. Last but not least, keep your cute pet safe and sound indoors.

Please contact us here at All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica area, for all of your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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