A Guide to Arthritis in Cats

Not many cat owners realise why a cat suddenly becomes snippy, hissing and growling when you pat them. Here is some useful advice to help you and your cat deal with the pain when your kitty becomes arthritic.


It can often be difficult to work out whether your cat is suffering from the effects of arthritis as the symptoms are often restrained. Your cat is not likely to walk any differently but there could be other signs that you should be aware of that could affect their mobility. Jumping may be limited and they may not want to be stroked or even brushed, even small signs such as going to the toilet in places other than their litterbox could suggest that there is an underlying medical condition.



Unlike dogs, cats can be tricky when it comes to identifying painful joints. X-rays can help to pinpoint the areas but they are not always accurate. A vet will diagnose arthritis by the way in which you describe their behaviour as well as any other symptoms.

Keeping your cat comfortable

Treating a cat for arthritis can be difficult because some…

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