I've heard that it can be hard to tell when cats have arthritis. What are some of the signs that a cat may be suffering from it?

And what are the recommended ways to treat arthritis in a cat?

Asked by Erin

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Erin, symptoms of arthritis in cats can be subtle and easily missed. They may have an obvious limp and that makes it easy to see that something’s wrong. Other signs include reluctance to move, some cats won’t go in their litter box because it’s uncomfortable to step up and over, and they often don’t run or jump as much as they used to. One symptom I often see is a lack of grooming over the back and hindquarters. The rest of their fur is clean and smooth but that area is matted, and I think it’s because cats with arthritis may find it painful to twist around and lick that area. When it comes to treatment, it’s so important not to give your cat any drugs unless prescribed by your vet. Their metabolism makes them more susceptible to side effects from some medications. Having said that, prescription drugs can help, as can nutraceuticals such as fish oil and green lipped mussel extract. Your vet will be able to work out a treatment protocol that helps your cat to feel better. | 11.16.15 @ 01:24
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