Feline arthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis, is a painful, progressive condition that affects a cat's joints. It mainly affects aging cats above 12 years. The disease can affect any joint but is more rampant in the hips, spine, elbows, and knees.
It is a progressive disease, resulting in many joint changes. The cartilage found between the joints wears out with time, making the bones rub against each other during movement. The bones involved in the affected joint may splinter and develop sharp projections, leading to inflammation and pain in the joints. Have your feline friend diagnosed at Georgetown Animal Hospital in Georgetown if you notice any of the following signs of arthritis, to prevent their progression.
Symptoms of Arthritis in Cats
Though the disease causes pain in cats, they can be good at hiding their pain, making it difficult to notice. The most prevalent signs to look for include swollen joints, limping, and muscle wasting. You may notice that your cat hesitates to play or jump as usual. Your cat may also have low agility and energy when jumping on surfaces. You're also likely to notice an unkempt movement due to pain and they may also portray an abnormal sitting posture.
How Can Veterinarians Help with Feline Arthritis?
If we suspect your cat is suffering from arthritis, we will perform a physical examination and run further tests for a comprehensive diagnosis. An x-ray can help view any abnormalities in the joints and bones, such as soft-tissue thickening, bony outgrowth, or narrowed joint spaces. We may also proceed to a pain trial to gauge the degree of pain your cat is experiencing for adequate treatment.
Treating Feline Arthritis
By designing a comprehensive disease management plan for your cat, we can reduce the rate of progression of arthritis and help your cat lead a normal life during recovery. Adopting a multi-modal approach to the treatment has better outcomes when we consider the causative factors of the disease. Obesity is one of the major causes due to the increased pressure on the joints. Therefore, helping your cat shed some weight can help ease the strain on the joints. A treatment plan will be used to address the cause, which may include therapies, supplements, and medicine, to lead the cat to a full recovery.
Book an Appointment for Your Cat at Georgetown Animal Hospital
If you notice any signs that your cat is experiencing feline arthritis, contact our team to prevent further disease progression. We will perform a comprehensive examination and create a treatment plan that is designed to help your feline friend. Call our team today at (937) 378-6334 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.