Older cats are most commonly affected by osteoarthritis. The result is chronic pain. With a few changes in everyday life, you can make life easier for your animal. PetReader reveals how you can tell whether your cat has osteoarthritis and gives tips on how you can help her.
Your cat doesn’t like to move as much as it used to? Does she avoid reclining places at a higher level or does she appear stiff after lying down for a long time? Then your house tiger may suffer from the joint disease osteoarthritis, explains the “Federal Association for Animal Health”. Changes in behavior can be the first clue about the disease.
If You Suspect Osteoarthritis in the Cat: Off to the Vet!
If you suspect osteoarthritis, you should go to the vet with your cat. If he discovers osteoarthritis, he can prescribe suitable pain relievers. However, osteoarthritis is not curable.
Then you can make it a little more comfortable for your cat at home: The way to elevated favorite places should be a little more accessible. Spacious litter boxes with a deeper entry are also helpful.
If possible, you should continue to encourage your cat to exercise cautiously and keep an eye on their weight. Because: Fewer pounds relieve the joints. There is also the option of supporting the joint metabolism with special food.