General information on Arthritis
Arthritis is a painful condition. Cats can suffer from different kinds of Arthritis, but most commonly from two types: Traumatic Arthritis, caused by a sudden injury and Osteoarethritis which involves joint failure. Any type of cat can suffer from Arthritis, but those who lead especially acrobatic lives seem to be more prone to the condition. An overweight cat with Arthritis may be in more pain than one who is not.
Symptoms of Arthritis
Symptoms of Traumatic Arthritis may include a swollen joint or joints, and a painful joint or joints. The cat may also limp or resist being handled.
Symptoms of Osteoarethritis may include limping which may become worse over time and the affected joint may look unusual in appearance.
Treatments for Arthritis
Do not use aspirin to treat your cat. Aspirin is potentially toxic to cats. If you suspect your cat may be suffering from Arthritis contact your vet. He will determine which type of Arthritis your cat may be suffering from and initiate the proper treatment. Treatment may include anti inflammatory medications, supportive dressings, dietary changes, exercise management and surgery.
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My indoor kitty started getting stiff in the winter months. She has always been sensitve to cold weather so I gave her a heated throw to sleep on. She spends almost all her time sitting or sleeping on these throws and is able to move around with no pain or stiffness. It's been almost eight years since she first showed signs of arthritis but ,at eighteen years old, she runs and jumps around like a cat half her age.
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