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Tips For Treating A Pet Cat With Arthritis

4/25/2013 9:54:03 AM | by Anonymous

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Charles Dickens once wrote: What greater gift is there than the love of a cat. And I'm sure there are many of us cat lovers who wholeheartedly agree. As we watch our furry four pawed, but slightly devious, little friends grow from kittenhood into cathood we can't help but be humoured by their antics, charmed by their occasional kindness, and sometimes repulsed by their blatant disregard for the rules. Yet as a cat grows older it tends to develop certain illness as well—one of the more regular cases being arthritis in cats. Cat arthritis develops as the cat gets older and his joint cartilage starts to naturally deteriorate and become less flexible. It may also develop in cats which are young but have suffered from severe infections and injuries.

 

Dogs are also prone to get arthritis in their old age, but it is much easier to recognise than it is in cats. This is because cats tend to mask the symptoms more. Well, obviously cats can't talk, but some ways that your cat will tell you if it has arthritis is if it shows a decrease in activity, often limps when it walks, has difficulty lifting himself up, whines because of soreness when being picked up or stroked, makes a mess around the little box because he has a hard time getting in and out, shows increased aggression, or becomes withdrawn. Cats that have arthritis will also show a lack of interest in walking, climbing, jumping, or playing. Most of the time pet owners misinterpret these signs to mean that their cat is just getting older and is slowing down, but should you start to see these signs in your cat's behaviour you should take him for a visit to the pet clinic immediately. Talk to your veterinarian before you start to use any medications or treatments for your cat. The vet will probably want to do an Xray to rule out the possibility of and other issues like spondylosis, ligament tears, Lyme disease, and intervertebral disc disease.

 

If your cat has arthritis and is also overweight, then it will help if you can do some weight management for your cat. When a cat is overweight and has arthritis there will be more pressure on his joints which will cause even more pain. Cats who are fat tend to get arthritis more than cats who are not, so be sure that you monitor the amount and the quality of the food that your cat eats everyday. Try checking if your local pet store has diet cat food. This will greatly help your pet, because only moderate exercise will be possible considering your cats arthritis condition. Consult your doctor about which treatments would be the most effective. It depends a lot on the severity of the arthritis in the cat. Vets will usually recommend anti-inflammatory medications, pain medications, nutritional supplements, or metacam 15ml drops to relieve the pain and inflammation that is associated with cat arthritis.

 

Lastly, make sure that your cat can be as comfortable and happy as possible. Place a soft blanket or little bed on the floor where your cat can rest just in case it has trouble jumping onto the sofa; groom your cat daily; place your cat's food, water, and litter box in the area of the house where he/she is the most; and make sure that there is a corner where it can rest undisturbed.

 

Author Bio: John Smith is an avid writer and follower of good lifestyle and health habits. He specialises in writing articles for pet health. He has a deep faith in the potential of natural cures and this is well reflected in his articles.

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