Cats are natural athletes but over the years all that activity can take its toll. As a consequence your cat may be suffering from wear and tear on their joints.
According to veterinary experts, many older cats suffer from arthritis. Vets class all cats over the age of eight as ‘senior’, and cats should have annual veterinary check-ups for signs of arthritis from this time. In cats, the hips and elbows are the most commonly affected joints.
Because cats are relatively small and very agile they can hide and cover up mobility difficulties caused by arthritis. Unlike dogs, cats with arthritis don’t generally limp.
Instead, affected cats are more likely to show subtle changes in their lifestyle or behaviour. Because you know your cat best you are well placed to keep an eye out for the signs of this painful condition.
If you have noticed any of the following changes or behaviours in your cat you should contact your vet practice for advice.
The medical care of arthritis in cats has advanced rapidly in recent years, and with a little action on your part, there is every reason to expect that your cat can be comfortable into old age.
Your vet has prescribed Metacam to treat your cat’s arthritis. Metacam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which is a type of painkiller and anti-inflammatory for cats. NSAIDs are very effective at reducing the pain and stiffness that your cat may suffer from and is likely to greatly improve their quality of life.
Your vet may suggest that you give your cat a joint health supplement, such as Seraquin. This is a nutritional supplement containing glucosamine, chondroitin and curcumin; all of which help support the normal function of your cat’s joints.
For more information on Seraquin, please visit the Seraquin website.
If you would like to read more about cats and the conditions they suffer from as they get older, take a look at International Cat Care’s website. They are an independent charity and provide lots of useful information on all aspects of cat care.