Cats are masters at hiding pain. Unfortunately, this can lead to many problems when diagnoses are not made in a timely manner. Just like humans, cats can suffer from arthritis.
However, it is up to cat owners to note and understand any changes, no matter how slight, in their cats’ behavior. You need to be observant of the following five points to tell if your cat might have arthritis:
- Does your cat move slower? Have problems jumping up on furniture?
- Can your cat still climb stairs, go down stairs?
- Is your cat still playful?
- Do you hear your cat’s joints click while walking?
- Are your cats joints stiff or swollen?
If your cat is exhibiting any of these behaviors, it’s best to have him/her checked by a vet. The vet can prescribe medications, nutritional supplements and, if necessary, put your cat on a diet.
There are some ways to make your cat more comfortable.
- Make sure your cat has easy access to both water and food. Perhaps get dishes that are up off the floor so your cat doesn’t have to bend down.
- Groom the areas that your cat is missing because of lack of flexibility.
- Make sure your cat has a very soft and warm place to sleep. Perhaps even use a heating pad.