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Just like humans, arthritis is a common condition in cats -
Classic osteoarthritis is the result of changes in the bones of your cat's joints which results in a reduction in their range of motion and causes considerable discomfort.
A physical examination by your vet can indicate signs of arthritis but an X-
If an X-
The first sign to watch out for arthritis in your cat is lameness and your pet may begin to experience stiffness or pain.
As the disease progresses, this stiffness will be more pronounced after periods of rest.
Your cat's range of motion will become restricted as the affected joints become swollen and enlarged.
There is no cure for arthritis, once it develops and the main signs you should look out for to confirm the condition are:
Your cat's joints are made up of bones that have cartilage on the ends which cushions the bones and decreases friction. There is a small amount of fluid in each joint that lubricates the cartilage. When a joint become arthritic the cartilage becomes rough, and the joint fluid thickens and calcium deposits form at the end of the bones.
A good diet that encourages bone growth and development is a key way to decrease the risk of your cat developing arthritis.
Also, you should try to prevent your cat becoming overweight as a heavier a cat is, the more stress is placed on the joints.
Cold conditions can aggravate arthritis and make the joints more painful, so it's best to let an older cat sleep on a soft, warm surface to ensure better comfort.
You must not try to treat an arthritic condition without first consulting a veterinarian.
Your vet will consider a range of options and medications used to treat arthritis
can include children's aspirin or other non-
A specific amount of children's aspirin can be given every three days -
Cortisone is often prescribed to reduce inflammation and pain in cats, although some
owners have become anxious in the past on hearing of problems cortisone has caused
in humans. It's worth pointing out that cats show no side effects to cortisone -
There are also many nutritional supplements, which can help in dealing with arthritis, including fish oils, glucosamine, antitoxants (vitamins E, C and Zinc) and MSM (methylsulfonymethane)
Your cat will need all the love and attention you can give as it struggles to cope with arthritis.
You may need to place a cushion, stool or step in the right location in your home to enable your cat to reach regular destinations. You should also insure food and water bowls are easy to reach and that your pet can get in and out all the litter tray with minimum discomfort.