A common cat skeleton disorder is arthritis. Arthritis causes joint inflammation, pain, swelling and stiffness. This disorder can be the result of trauma, infection, metabolic issues and several other causes. In cats, arthritis can be a major concern because unlike humans, cats are very good at hiding their ailments and the pain that accompanies them. Also, sometimes pet owners can mistake arthritis symptoms for natural signs of old age. If there are any noticeable changes in a cat’s behavior the best option is to always see a veterinarian. Here are some tips to help your cat if he/she is diagnosed with the disorder.
“What can you do for your cat if he does have arthritis? There are lots of things that you can do to help make their lives more comfortable. Just providing soft comfortable warm bedding can make a big difference. Likewise, cat stairs or, better yet, ramps can make it easier for cats to get to the higher areas where they like to hang out (like perches and even the furniture). And don’t forget litter boxes. Place them in easily accessible locations. Low-sided boxes will be appreciated also.
Ask your veterinarian about medications for pain relief. Options here range from joint supplements like glucosamine to more potent pain medications like tramadol or fentanyl. Your veterinarian can advise you of the best option (or options) for your cat. Remember, never give your cat any over-the-counter medications without checking with your veterinarian first. Medications like aspirin, ibuprofen and acetominophen can be very dangerous for cats.
There may be other things like physical therapy, acupuncture and other pain-relieving modalities that may be options also. Again, your veterinarian can advise you about the advisability of these types of therapies for your cat.
If your arthritic cat is overweight, your veterinarian may recommend a weight loss program. If your cat is lean, it’s important to feed your cat to stay that way. Obesity can contribute to the pain of arthritis.
Exercise can also be helpful in keeping muscles and joints supple. Discuss your cat’s exercise requirements with your veterinarian. She can best advise you about how much and what type of exercise is appropriate for your cat.”
Though pet owners may wish cat skeleton disorders such as arthritis could be avoided, the reality is that any cat is a potential victim of this condition. The best option for a pet owner to do if their cat is diagnosed is to, as suggested above, take advice from a veterinarian, but remember most veterinarians are conventionally trained and know little or nothing about homeopathic or other natural treatments. So it is always a good idea to do your own research or to also get opinions from alernate practitioners.