Arthritis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the joints. There are different types namely traumatic and osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis usually affects older cats, but any cat can be affected by the traumatic form.

Causes

Some type of sudden injury is usually the cause of traumatic arthritis. This can occur because of getting hit by a car, falling from a great height, or getting into a fight. Osteoarthritis usually occurs because of recurring cases of traumatic arthritis. It also develops frequently because of obesity.

Signs

Pets with arthritis in felines tend to develop a change in their gait. When getting up from laying down, your feline may also appear to be stiff. Other common signs include increased aggression and depression. Your cat also won’t like you touching the affected joint.

Diagnosis

A physical examination is necessary in order to diagnose feline arthritis. Also, other conditions can cause signs that mimic arthritis. Other tests like ultrasounds and x-rays can be used to rule out some of these other conditions. Fluid from the affected joint can also be drawn for analysis.

Treatment

Traumatic arthritis in cats can be treated with simple rest in the event of a sprain. Anti-inflammatory medications are also useful for dealing with the pain. If the injury is severe enough, your cat may need to wear a supportive dressing.

As you’ve already learned, obesity can cause arthritis. Your cat may need lots of exercise and a change in diet to treat the condition. Some cases of arthritis need to be treated surgically. You will need to provide your cat with a warm spot to rest in at home.

Prevention

To ensure that your cat doesn’t get too obese, you should feed him a healthy diet and make sure he gets plenty of exercise. Also, you can do your best to try to prevent accidents. However, since cats are so naturally athletic and adventurous, this can prove to be very difficult.

Author: Darrin Swain