Cats are the best at hiding arthritis
Cats are even better than dogs at hiding or covering up pain caused by arthritis. If you think about it, cats spend much of their time sleeping and we generally don’t take cats for a walk, so it is hard to see a change in their mobility.
Try to keep an eye out for these subtle signs:
Landing ‘in a heap’ when jumping off furniture
Hesitant when jumping up or down from the furniture
Reluctant to climb the fence or trees
No longer using the litter box properly (especially if it has high sides)
Resistant to being picked up or moved
Matted or scruffy coat (as grooming is painful)
Long nails – simply because of reduced activity
If you notice any of these signs you should arrange a check up with us.
Good pain management can make a huge difference to your cat’s quality of life and this is one of the most important things we can do for our pets.