Pet Pointer: Cats Can Have Arthritis Too

Just like people, cats can have osteoarthritis. Usually seen in older cats, the symptoms can be subtle and hard to detect. It’s best to catch the signs of this painful disease early to get them back to their playful selves. If you notice any of these signs in your cat, be sure and take him or her in to your veterinarian to be checked out.

  • Decreased grooming
  • Increased or decreased sleep
  • Avoiding human contact
  • Hiding
  • Doesn’t want to be stroked or brushed
  • Urinating or soiling outside the litter box
  • Reluctance to jump
  • Not jumping as high as usual