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Cats and arthritis: spot the signs and adapt your home

Arthritis is a common condition in humans that causes pain and inflammation of the joints but did you know that cats can have it too? It’s particularly common in cats aged 12 or over (in a study published in 2002, two-thirds of cats over 12 showed evidence of arthritis in their limb joints). But because cats are very good at disguising pain, it can be very difficult to detect.

For National Arthritis Week (9–16 October 2017), Cats Protection has put together a useful infographic to help you identify the common signs of arthritis in your cat and give you some handy tips for managing their condition.

Cat arthritis guide to spotting the signs


Common signs of arthritis in cats

If you notice any of these signs, the first thing you should do is take the cat to the vet. Unfortunately there isn’t a cure for arthritis but there are a few things you can do to make your cat’s life a little more comfortable.

How to adapt your home for a cat with arthritis

To find out more about common cat illnesses and conditions, read our cat health guides.

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