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Signs of Arthritis in Cats
November 15, 2020

Did you know that as many as 90 percent of cats over age 12 have signs of osteoarthritis? Fluffy can’t tell you if she’s hurting, so it’s up to you to watch for warning signs. A Fredericksburg, TX vet lists some key ones in this article.

Trouble Getting Up and Down

Young furballs love to jump, roll, and scramble up cat towers. They also often don’t hesitate to launch themselves to the tops of counters or chairs. Arthritis can definitely put a damper on your feline buddy’s mobility. You may notice Fluffy taking more time to line up her jumps, or using things as stairs.


Arthritis can make pets very stiff and sore. Fluffy may take longer getting up or laying down, and she may seem uncomfortable being picked up or held.


Limping is another red flag. This is often one of the earliest signs. At first, Fluffy may just limp briefly when she first gets up from one of her 32 daily naps. Over time, the limp will become more pronounced.

Unkempt Fur

Kitties are very good about cleaning themselves, which is one of the best things about them. However, if Fluffy has arthritis, she may have trouble reaching her whole body. Her fur may start looking matted or unkempt.

Reduced Interest In Play

We all know that kittens are basically tiny, super cute bundles of mischief. It’s normal for pets to slow down as they age. However, Fluffy should still have moments of friskiness. If your feline pal calls it quits after one half hearted pounce, or just isn’t interested in play at all, arthritis could be to blame.


Kitties all have their own unique purrsonalities. Some are naturally more aloof and/or crabby than others. However, if Fluffy has always been sweet, but is suddenly showing signs of aggression, arthritis could be at play.


Many kitties love to be petted and cuddled. However, if Fluffy’s bones and joints hurt, she may hiss or shy when you pet her, especially if you touch a sore spot.


If your feline friend shows any of these symptoms, contact your vet immediately. Arthritis cannot be cured, but it can be managed. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. As your Fredericksburg, TX veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!