Arthritic dogs and cats experience terrible pain that may affect their quality of life and reduce their playfulness. This chronic disease is extremely common. It is estimated that over 30 percent of cats over eight years old suffer from feline arthritis.
Overweight and obese cats face a higher risk of developing this condition. Their symptoms are often silent, so you might never know that your furry friend is in pain.
Feline arthritis causes stiff joints, chronic pain, and difficulty climbing the stairs, lack of appetite, depression, reduced mobility, matted and scruffy coat, difficulty using the litter tray, and limping. Most cats suffering from this disease become irritable and begin to avoid contact with humans.