Is arthritis affecting your cat’s quality of life?
Cats usually love to jump, climb and pounce, but maybe you've noticed that your cat has become less adventurous? If it's been spending more time resting or sleeping, and playing less, you might think your cat is just "slowing down", especially as it's got older.
Take the assessment to check your cat for signs of arthritis and to detect changes in their behaviours, as these could be signs of arthritis pain.START ASSESSMENT
There are some common signs that a cat may be hiding pain, both physical and behavioural.
Thinking about your cat’s activities and behaviours, have you recently observed any of the following?
Check all that apply.
Your cat is showing some signs of arthritis and this may be painful for them.
This may come as a surprise, because cats are good at hiding signs of pain – however, arthritis is a common chronic disease amongst cats, affecting up to 40%1 of cats globally. We recommend that you take your cat to your vet for a full assessment and to seek advice to help them maximise their quality of life.
You can share this report with your vet to help them better understand your cat’s activity levels and behaviours at home. Ideally, you could also provide videos of your cat’s behaviour. This will be helpful because sometimes, cats do not show certain behaviours in a veterinary clinic. Your vet will be able to advise how to help reduce your cat’s pain, and help them feel more comfortable.
1. E.M. Hardie, S.C Roe, F.R Martin. Radiographic evidence of degenerative joint disease in geriatric cats: 100 cases (1994-1997). J Am Vet Med Assoc, 220 (5) (2002)
Zoetis arthritis report
Your cat's symptoms
What to discuss at your veterinarian checkup:
If your cat has been injured
Any injury or dislocation affecting your cat’s joints should be mentioned, as it can increase your cat’s risk of developing arthritis.
Your cat’s diet
Being overweight or underweight might worsen arthritis pain and make your cat’s movement uncomfortable. Your vet can recommend a diet for your cat that will help them to maintain an optimum weight.
Any medication or supplements your cat is taking for arthritis pain
With advancing medical treatments and environmental changes, your vet will advise on how you can maximise your cat’s quality of life. Be sure that you mention any medication or supplements your cat might be taking so that the safest possible treatment is given.
Based on your answers, your cat doesn’t appear to be showing signs of arthritis.
What can I do now to slow or help prevent arthritis?
Pay attention to your cat’s behaviour
Cats love climbing and jumping up onto high places, so that they can survey the surrounding areas. If your cat starts being content staying closer to the ground or rests more than usual, you may be seeing some signs of arthritis.
Ensure that your cat’s diet is healthy
Being overweight or underweight can lead to arthritis, so your cat needs to have a healthy diet that can help to maintain an optimum weight.
Visit the vet every six months
It’s important that your cat has regular full assessments and that you share with the vet any signs you may notice. With advancing medical treatments and other environmental changes you can make, your vet will advise on how you can maximise your cat’s quality of life.
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