Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is a very common condition that affects most elderly cats. In fact, we now know that approximately 60% of cats older than 6 years have some degree of pain related to arthritis. Because cats are very good at hiding their discomfort, many cats have undiagnosed pain related to arthritis.
With careful observation and consultation with your veterinarian, it is possible to determine if your cat is affected. There are many interventions available, ranging from medications to management of your cat’s environment that can help alleviate the discomfort associated with arthritis.
Want to learn more? These websites can help you determine if your cat has comfort changes associated with arthritis.
If you think your cat might be dealing with arthritis, please call us at (505) 265-4939 to make an appointment where we can discuss treatment options.