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Signs Of Arthritis In Cats

July 15 2022

Did you know that, just like people, cats can be prone to developing arthritis as they age? This painful condition develops when the tendons and ligaments that cushion and connect Fluffy’s bones get worn out. Over time, they can thin and lose elasticity, which can end up causing your pet a lot of pain and discomfort. Unfortunately, arthritis isn’t curable. However, it can be managed. As with other issues, treatments are generally more successful if the issue is caught and addressed early.

Here are some red flags to watch for:


Arthritis can seriously impact your feline pal’ mobility. Your pet may seem stiff, especially when she is first getting up or down. She may also limp, especially when she first gets up from one of those 32 daily naps.


With arthritic kitties, sometimes one joint or area is affected more than others. Fluffy might react if you touch her in a sensitive area. She may flinch, withdraw, move away, or even hiss or bite you.

Difficulty Getting Up And Down

When Fluffy is a baby, she’ll be very lithe and active, and may easily jump from the floor to the back of your chair. However, as your furball grows older, she’ll become less bouncy. If arthritis sets in, you may notice your furry buddy having difficulty jumping onto your bed or couch.

Sleeping More Than Usual

This one can be hard to spot, given that our drowsy feline pals spend so much time sleeping. However, if Fluffy seems even drowsier than usual, mention it to your veterinarian.

Difficulty Going Up And Down Stairs

Going up and down stairs can be challenging for Fluffy. If you think about it, many stairs are taller than she is! You may notice your kitty really struggling to get from one floor to another. 

Reduced Interest In Play

Cats are very playful, which is always a delight to watch. However, joint pain can really put a damper on those frisky kitty antics we all love.


Joint pain can definitely interfere with Fluffy’s mood. It can even turn your pet from a purring, cuddly snuggle bug to a hissing ball of rage. If your feline pal is acting unusually aggressive, she may have arthritis.

Unkempt Fur

Arthritic cats often have trouble bending and stretching to groom themselves. Fluffy may start looking a little unkempt. (Tip: groom your kitty gently, using a soft brush.)

Keep in mind that many of these symptoms can be related to a variety of medical issues. Contact your vet if you notice any of these red flags in your cat!

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