Our feline friends are known to be quite active and agile but as they age it is inevitable that they will start to slow down. Many cats can remain very healthy and vibrant during their senior years, but there are times when chronic disease and arthritis can affect their quality of life.
Most cats are classified as a senior once they are over seven years of age and this is when they can develop senior related conditions such as arthritis. It’s not always easy to recognise if your cat is in pain or suffering from arthritis but there are some changes in their behaviour that can help you identify if your pet is living with this age related condition.
Important signs to look for in your cat’s behaviour:
- Reluctant to climb stairs
- Hesitant jumping down from heights
- Litter tray mishaps
- Increased aggression when stroked
- Poor self-grooming
- Disinterested in play time
- Spending more time sleeping
- Increased meowing
- Reduced interaction with you
Identify if your feline friend is living with arthritis:
Feline arthritis means inflammation of the joints. Although there is no cure if your cat is diagnosed with arthritis there are many new medications, special diets and supplements that will ease inflammation and pain allowing your cat live a long and comfortable life.
It is not only arthritis that our senior cats can suffer from but they are prone to poor kidney function, obesity, cancer and other conditions.
Book your feline friend in for a Senior Wellness Check with your local Greencross Vet for a comprehensive review of your cat’s health. Your vet will look for early signs of stiff joints and other age-related health issues plus tailor a wellness program to help your feline friend age gracefully.