Arthritis is a common, frequently underdiagnosed condition seen in cats and whilst it predominantly affects older cats, signs may also be seen from a young age.
Signs and Treatments
Commonly the signs of arthritis in cats will be seen as a change in lifestyle such as reduced jumping or playing, increased sleeping, or a change in temperament. Once signs of arthritis are suspected, the condition may be managed by a range of treatments including environmental changes, weight control, anti inflammatory pain relief medications, nutraceutical medications, and complementary therapies such as physiotherapy and acupuncture.
The following handouts from International Cat Care Organisation have give detailed information on: