Did you know that arthritis is very common in senior kitties? As many as 90 percent of cats over the age of 10 have it in at least one joint. While this painful condition can’t be cured, there are treatments available that can help your feline friend feel better. Good home care is also very important. A Fort Collins, CO vet discusses caring for an arthritic kitty in this article.
Cats aren’t shy about getting comfortable on our beds, sofas, and, well, pretty much anything else they can fit on or into. However, Fluffy should have a good orthopedic pet bed. She may appreciate a thermal bed or blanket to snuggle up in on chilly nights.
Cats are great at jumping and climbing when they’re young, but those kitty gymnastics get increasingly difficult for them as they age. Get Fluffy some pet ramps or stairs, or set out footstools for her to use as steps.
Climbing stairs is pretty strenuous activity for Fluffy. If you think about it, most steps are taller than she is! Keep your furball’s necessities on one floor, but put litterboxes and water bowls on every floor. That way, your pet won’t need to climb stairs as much.
Fluffy may have a hard time bending and stretching to reach her whole body. Help her out by grooming her. Use a soft brush, and be very gentle.
Cats are very frisky and active as kittens, but they tend to slow down—way down—as they age. Keeping Fluffy active will keep her muscles strong, which is very important. Grab that laser pointer!
Fluffy may have trouble getting in and out of a litterbox with high sides. You may want to get her one made just for senior cats. This will be easier for her to climb in and out of.
Obesity is bad for our feline pals for a variety of reasons, but it can really make things difficult for arthritic cats. Keep Fluffy at—or at least near—a healthy weight.
Supplements can also be helpful in lubricating stiff joints. Fish oil, for instance, can be quite beneficial for arthritic pets. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Do you know or suspect that your feline buddy has arthritis? Contact us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, today!