Osteoarthritis is a common condition that affects cats, just as it does dogs. In fact, up to 40% of cats may suffer from osteoarthritis, particularly those over 8 years old. While cats often show very subtle or no changes in behavior when they are in pain, it is important to be aware of the signs of osteoarthritis so that you can seek treatment for your feline friend.
Signs your cat could be suffering from osteoarthritis could include:
*Bunny hopping when going and up and down stairs
*Difficulty going up and down stairs
*Hesitating when jumping up and down
*Difficulty grooming – may notice matted fur
*Defecating outside the litter box
*Narrowed frame around the base of the tail
*Sleeping in unusual locations (to avoid using stairs or jumping)
*Lack of ability or interest in playing or chasing objects as they used to (taking frequent breaks)
Australia is one of the first countries to have access to a new treatment for feline osteoarthritis called Solensia. This treatment is a new class of medication that works by blocking the factors that cause pain and inflammation. Unlike non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like meloxicam, Solensia does not increase the risk of chronic kidney disease, a common issue among aging cats. In addition, Solensia is administered as a monthly injection, making it easy to provide treatment for your cat without the need for at-home medication. If you think your cat may be suffering from osteoarthritis, don’t hesitate to call our clinic at (02) 42614055 for more information or book online below.