25 June 2010

Your kitty and osteoarthritis

Your kitty is getting on, but is she slowing down? She could have osteoarthritis. Get all the info right here.

Cats in the wild seldom suffer from diseases associated with ageing. To put it bluntly, if they slow down, for whatever reason, they become breakfast for another animal.

Feline osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, develops when the protective layer of cartilage between joints breaks down or wears off. When this happens, the bones of a joint rub against each other and cause the bones to thicken or grow lumps, which lead to pain, swelling and loss of motion in the affected joint.

  • Put up ramps or platforms to help cats reach high places;
  • Help to groom them;
  • Get a low-sided litter tray;
  • Ensure easy access to and from the home;
  • Place litter trays and food bowls in easily accessible areas.


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