Arthritis The Silent Cat Killer
Cats suffer from arthritis just like humans. The sad fact is that unlike in humans, only 7% of cats receive any kind of treatment for their arthritis.
Signs to look for that may suggest your cat has arthritis:
- Slower than normal movements and an unwillingness to jump or climb.
- More time spent sleeping and lying about.
- Unwillingness to be handled, or increasingly grumpy behavior.
- A shabby coat that shows signs of reduced grooming.
- Defecation/urination in the house and not using a litter box.
- Decreasing appetite.
- Generally poorly in health and well-being.
Oriental and Burmese cats have a greater incidence of treatment suggesting that they may be more susceptible to arthritis. As are Scottish fold cats – because of a genetic defect affecting the cartilage.
With early diagnosis and treatment it is possible to greatly improve the quality of life and longevity of your cat.