Sure, the cat never really moved around all that much in the first place. But now kitty stays in one spot for long periods of time and looks stiff when she does eventually move.
The signs point to arthritis, says the German Association for Animal Health. Changes in behaviour can be a first hint.
If you think your feline friend has arthritis, it’s time for a trip to the vet, who can prescribe a suitable pain medication if it is indeed the case; unfortunately, there is no cure.
Owners can do a bit to make life for their kitty a bit more comfortable: A bigger litter box with a low entrance can help, as can making the path to its favourite spots more accessible.
If possible, the cat should be encouraged to carefully keep active, and owners need to keep an eye on their kitty’s weight: Fewer kilos mean less stress on the joints. There’s also the option of supporting joint metabolism with a special diet. – dpa
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