As your cat gets older, everyday activities may get harder and more painful. Although there is no cure for arthritis, our veterinarian team can work with you to find a treatment plan that helps manage any pain your feline friend might be experiencing. Don’t hesitate to contact us at 604-986-2287 if you have any questions about our arthritis treatment.
How do I know if my cat has arthritis?
Cats may show different signs of arthritis and some are better at masking their pain. If you’re not sure or notice any of these signs, please bring them in for a visit to see one of our veterinarians:
- Difficulty jumping up or down
- Stiff or swollen joints
- Walking awkwardly or stiffly
- Aggression towards people or other pets
- Wincing when you try to pet some parts of their body
How does arthritis affect my cat?
Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease where the cartilage between the bones in their joints starts to wear away. This usually happens as cats get older, causing inflammation and pain. This makes it harder for them to enjoy their daily activities without discomfort. You might notice it’s more difficult for them to jump up or down from their favourite spot by the window. Their behaviour might also change as they become more irritable and nap more than usual.
How can I treat my cat’s arthritis?
Our team will work with you to develop a treatment plan that supports the specific needs of your cat while relieving them of any discomfort they may be feeling. We may prescribe medication and recommend dietary changes. It can also be as simple as creating a comfortable environment at home by building a ramp or raising their water and food bowls for easier access. Ultimately, our main goal is to ensure your fur baby can live a happy, comfortable and long life with you.