The most sensitive marker of arthritis in cats is their ability to jump. For all cats over the age of seven, or for those who are predisposed to arthritis (especially large cats, those who have had previous joint surgery or overweight cats) we recommend running through this list each autumn.
Does your fail to jump as high as the once did?
Does your cat jump less frequently than they did 'in their prime'?
Do they use intermediate steps to get to surfaces?
Do they rest in different, lower locations?
Do they use more effort to jump?
Do they hesitate before jumping (either up or down)?
Do they misjudge the effort required to get to usual resting places and end up scrambling even fail to reach their target?
Do they pull themselves onto the bed?
Would you still describe them as agile?
If you answered yes to some of the questions on this list your cat is likely suffering from osteoarthritis – not just old age.
Please click here to e-mail us about arranging an appointment to examine them and formulate a treatment/management plan.
Further information about arthritis in cats can be found via these links:
OSTEOARTHRITIS: A neglected problem for our cats.
Managing the Arthritic Cat