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Arthritis in cats is a common and often underdiagnosed condition, particularly in older felines. At Vet At Your Door, we understand the complexities of this ailment and are here to provide comprehensive, in-home care to manage your cat's arthritis with our Fear Free approach. Below are some frequently asked questions about cat arthritis, along with our insights on how we can help your furry friend in the comfort of your home.

What causes arthritis in cats?

Arthritis is an inflammatory joint condition caused by the breakdown of cartilage, leading to pain and mobility issues. It can affect various joints, including the spine, elbow, hip, and ankle. Aging, obesity, injuries, and genetic predispositions are common contributing factors​​​​. At Vet At Your Door, we can assess your cat's condition during a home visit, ensuring a stress-free environment to determine the best course of action.

Are many cats affected by arthritis?

Studies reveal that about 40% of all cats show signs of arthritis, with the prevalence increasing in older cats. However, it's often undiagnosed due to the subtle nature of symptoms​​. Our team specializes in detecting these subtle signs and can offer tailored treatment plans to alleviate your cat's discomfort.


What are the signs of feline arthritis?

Look for difficulty in jumping, using stairs, reduced grooming, mobility changes, and litter box issues. Behavioral changes like increased hiding or irritability may also be signs​​​​. We provide in-home evaluations to observe these behaviors in your cat's familiar surroundings, ensuring accurate diagnosis and care.


How should I respond if my cat shows signs of arthritis?

If you notice these symptoms, it's important to have your cat evaluated by a professional. An in-home visit from Vet At Your Door can determine if arthritis or another condition is the cause​​. Our gentle, Fear Free approach ensures your cat's comfort during examinations and treatments.


How can I help my arthritic cat feel better?

Treatment options include medications, supplements, physical therapy, cold laser therapy, and environmental modifications. We're thrilled to now be offering Solensia, an injectable long-lasting medication that shuts off the pain nerve signal at the source.  Each cat's needs are unique, and we'll discuss the best strategies for your pet​​. We'll provide personalized care plans that fit your schedule and budget, right in your home.


What household changes can aid my cat’s mobility?

Making small adjustments at home, like low-sided litter boxes and accessible food bowls, can greatly improve your cat's quality of life​​. We can offer specific recommendations tailored to your home environment during our visit.


How can I prevent my young cat from developing arthritis?

Maintaining a healthy weight and encouraging exercise are key. Regular wellness visits for early disease detection are also crucial​​. Our team can guide you on preventative measures during routine home visits.


Can certain medications or supplements help with arthritis in cats?

While medications and supplements such as glucosamine may help, it's important to consult with a vet before starting any treatment​​​​. We can provide guidance on safe and effective treatments during our in-home consultations.


Managing your cat's arthritis requires a personalized approach that takes into account their unique needs and lifestyle. At Vet At Your Door, we're committed to providing compassionate, professional care to make this journey as comfortable as possible for you and your cat. For more information or to schedule an appointment, feel free to call us at (207) 536-8387, email, or fill out our online form. We're here to help your cat live a happier, more comfortable life.

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