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Symptoms of osteoarthritis in cats


Cats are true athletes who can jump over all obstacles, run fast and climb the tallest trees. However, osteoarthritis makes acrobatic art painful in old age. Here you will learn what osteoarthritis is and how to recognize the symptoms of the disease. Cats suffering from osteoarthritis are often lethargic - Shutterstock / DavidTB

Research shows that almost all cats suffer from osteoarthritis in old age. Nine out of ten house tigers are restricted in their movement from the age of 12 due to joint pain.

What is osteoarthritis? A definition

Osteoarthritis in cats is similar to osteoarthritis in dogs or humans. Over the years, the protective layer on the articular cartilage over the end of the bones wears out more and more. In addition, the mass and quality of synovial fluid (synovia) is reduced. However, both are important to protect the joints during movements and to ensure that the bones glide smoothly when running, jumping and climbing.

If the bones lack flexibility, arthritis - inflammation of the joint capsules - can occur. This can result in osteoarthritis. The inflammation produces a lot of inferior joint lubrication, which causes the joint to swell and cause pain to your cat. The affected leg is usually spared by your pet. Unfortunately, this only makes the osteoarthritis worse, so that it gets into a painful vicious circle.

Cats with joint problems: recognize symptoms

Joint problems in cats are not always easy to spot because the symptoms are varied ...

Osteoarthritis in cats: symptoms

By keeping the legs affected by osteoarthritis gentle, the cat moves less overall. Many affected cats also neglect their grooming. It is also often observed that areas where the osteoarthritis is located are increasingly licked. The character of a cat can change depending on the type. While some become remarkably quiet and passive, others behave aggressively or complain. Other possible symptoms include loss of appetite, digestive problems and a weakened immune system.

It is important that you recognize the symptoms early and consult your veterinarian as soon as possible. Detected early, the disease can usually be treated better.