Arthritis sucks. I know that's a bit of an unorthodox way to start a blog, but why beat around the bush on something so obviously true! And yes, fine, I'm still a young spring chicken (relative to Dr.Chamandy but don't tell him I said that), what do I know about arthritis? Well let's learn together, friends.
Arthritis is defined as a chronic degenerative disease resulting in changes to the tissues that comprise a joint, such as cartilage, joint capsule, and surrounding bone.
That's all fine and dandy until you get destruction of the cartilage. The two bones then lose their nice cushion and rub together. Another common finding with arthritis is the formation of new bone which also rub against other bones. Bones rubbing against each other can create a lot of inflammation and pain within the joint.
If reading this gave you some form of PTSD to the last time you tried to get up off the floor, then you get it: Arthritis sucks. These arthritic changes are similar in humans and animals.
So, what causes arthritis in joints? An injury to a joint can cause early onset arthritis. However, the most common cause of arthritis is day to day wear-and-tear, resulting in chronic degeneration, which usually manifests at an older age.
Now that we're all caught up on what arthritis is, what does this have to do with our furry feline friends? Sadly, cats (and dogs) can suffer from arthritis as well! We often find that the stress of coming to the veterinarian gives cats so much adrenaline that they don't show us any pain, this is an instinctual survival mechanism of theirs. Therefore, it's very important for owners to notice the signs of arthritis at home in order for us to help them!
All of these behavioural changes can negatively affect your cat's quality of life.
If you think that your cat has some of the above signs, here are some things you can do at home to help your cat!
Lastly, if your cat is displaying any of the signs above, you should strongly consider bringing your cat to the vet! At the vet, we will assess your cat's pain, joint mobility, and strength. From this assessment, there are a number of things we recommend:
If you have any questions about anything discussed in this blog OR if you want to bring your cat in for an arthritis assessment, then give us a call!
We always want to make sure that our feline friends are feeling their very best!
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