Assisting Your Cat with Arthritis
Recognizing arthritis pain in cats can be challenging, as they rarely complain unless their food bowl is empty. However, if your cat has been diagnosed with arthritis or is experiencing difficulty moving around, implementing the following simple home modifications can greatly improve their comfort and mobility.
#1: Opt for low-sided litter boxes
Covered litter boxes are effective for containing litter and odors, but they can pose a challenge for arthritic cats. Swap out your cat’s regular litter boxes for low-sided, uncovered ones that are easier for them to enter and exit.
#2: Raise your cat’s food and water bowls
Years of jumping and bending down have taken a toll on your cat’s elbows. Elevating their dishes to a comfortable height eliminates the need for them to strain and reach down for food and water.
#3: Provide furniture ramps
Scaling climbing towers may prove difficult for arthritic cats, but they still enjoy observing their surroundings. Place ramps near lookout points and favorite resting spots to help your cat maintain their independence and engage in natural behaviors like climbing, hiding, and surveying their territory.
#4: Offer firm bedding
While extra soft and plush bedding may seem cozy, it can make it challenging for cats to get up and provides little support for their aching joints. Opt for a firm orthopedic bed that adequately supports your cat’s body.
#5: Place non-slip mats on slippery floors
Although your cat may not sprint through the hallway at night anymore, providing traction on slippery surfaces can prevent painful slips and falls. Non-slip mats or carpet runners create a secure pathway for your cat to move around without losing their footing.
Implementing these home modifications can greatly assist your arthritic cat, but it’s also important to maintain their weight and manage their pain. Our team can provide guidance and assistance in these areas. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.