Arthritis in cats is not a very common ailment in young, healthy cats. Most cat arthritis is caused by an injury that has made the bones or joints weak. This type of arthritis is known as traumatic arthritis. It is usually the result of a fight with another cat or animal, or being hit by a car. Feline arthritis is an inflammation of the joints and is more commonly found in senior cats in the form of osteoarthritis. It occurs when a joint in the cat stops working properly and new bone starts growing around it.
Traumatic arthritis can be quite painful for your cat, but may last for only a short period of time if it is in the form of a sprain. If it is caused by by a fracture, it can last longer, and may even require surgery.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can cause severe pain in your cat. Cats with this form of arthritis will not only need to be treated for the arthritis, but for the pain as well. Excess weight can be a contributing factor, and weight control in the form of diet and exercise will be an important part of any treatment.
Diagnosing Cat Arthritis
If you believe your cat may be suffering from feline arthritis, you may notice that your pet doesn't have the same spring in it's step as normal. You many also notice that the cat walks differently, rarely runs, and is hesitant to make the same jumps the pet made in the past. The cat may also exhibit a change in personality, such as increased aggression, nervousness, or depression. If these signs of cat arthritis are displayed by your pet, you will want to have a veterinarian give your cat a physical examination. Since the lameness displayed by your can also be caused by other conditions, your vet may take blood tests, radiographs, an ultrasound, or other procedure to determine whether or not your pet has cat arthritis.
Treating Arthritis in Cats
As mentioned earlier, if your cat has a weight problem, you will need to put the pet on a diet and ensure that it gets plenty of exercise. Recent developments in veterinary medicine have spawned products that can help to relieve the pain and repair the damage to the cartilage that usually protects the joints. Medical treatments available include glucosamine and chondroitin which enhance the formation of cartilage and inhibits enzymes in the joint that break down the cartilage. These are often combined with Cosequin which provides relief from the pain.
In the past, cat arthritis had been treated with corticosteroids and NSAID's (Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs). These forms of treatment are rarely used now due to the potentially serious side effects that may develop as a result of their continued use. They may be used in some cases as a last resort.
All natural products are now becoming increasing popular due to their effectiveness in most cases, and because they cause no harmful side effects. Lame-eze
has been used in clinical practice for over 20 years and has been extremely successful in most cases. In more severe or chronic cases, it may be necessary to use the homeopathic Arthritis Pain Formula
, or a combination of both.
Though osteoarthritis isn't curable, your cat can live a more enjoyable life with regular treatment. Don't allow cat arthritis to restrict your favorite pet's daily routine, seek the advice of a respected veterinarian and adhere to the regimine that is prescribed for your pet.