Is your cat entering—or in—her senior years? Cats tend to age both slowly and gracefully, so your pet may think she’s a kitten even when she’s well into her golden years. However, as your feline friend ages, she will go through some changes. Just like people, cats often develop certain illnesses in their golden years. Arthritis is one of the most common conditions we see in aging cats. Read on as a local Webster, NY vet discusses arthritis in kitties.
Signs of Arthritis
Keep an eye out for potential signs of arthritis. Stiffness is one of the most common ones. Fluffy may have difficulty standing up, and may even limp a little. You may also notice your furball sleeping even more than she used to, and/or having a hard time jumping up to her favorite spots. Arthritis can also make your feline buddy cranky and less playful than she once was, and can make it harder for her to groom herself properly.
As Fluffy ages, she may need to come in more often than she once did, so her health can be closely monitored. If you notice signs of arthritis in your feline pal, ask your vet about pain management treatments. There are now some very effective options for helping kitties cope with chronic pain, including supplements, medication, and massage.
Kitties with arthritis can be quite stiff and sore, so be very careful when handling Fluffy. When you put your cat down, don’t let go until those cute little paws are on the ground.
Keeping Kitty Comfy
If there’s one thing cats are talented at (aside from getting us to spoil them) it’s making themselves comfortable. Senior cats are quite drowsy, so offer your sleepy furball lots of cozy napping spots to look cute in. Also, make sure your pet’s litterbox is clean, private, and easy for her to reach and use. (Tip: consider getting a box with low sides.) If you have more than one story in your home, keep litterboxes on each level.
Make sure that Fluffy feels loved, safe, and cared for by petting her, brushing her, talking to her, and playing with her regularly. Senior cat purrs are truly precious gifts!
Do you know or suspect that your cat may have arthritis? Contact us today! As your Webster, NY animal hospital, we are always here to help!