Give your cat a nose-to-tail exam, making sure that its ears and teeth are clean and odorless, fur is free of parasites, skin is lump- and bump-free, and weight has remained stable.read more
Did you know cats can be affected by the symptoms of arthritis? Several studies put the incidence of arthritic changes in cats over 10 years of age at a staggering 90 percent.
While any cat can be affected, older cats and those that are obese are the ones most commonly diagnosed. The signs are often subtle and easy to miss if you aren’t looking for them:
Once diagnosed by a veterinarian, there are many ways to help your cat feel better. Weight loss, prescription diets, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and prescription medications can all be used as part of a multipronged approach to managing the symptoms.
Dr. Jessica Vogelsang is a small-animal veterinarian from San Diego. When she's not at work or with her family of two and her four-legged creatures, you can find her blogging about life with pets at PawCurious.com. Dr. Vogelsang's blogs have previously appeared on The Daily Cat.
Cats reach full skeletal development when they are this old: