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Feline Arthritis

Feline Arthritis

Feline Arthritis indicates an inflammation in the joints that usually results in pain and a degree of lameness. Feline Arthritis is not particularly common when compared to its incidence in human. Signs of Feline Arthritis may be difficult to identify. Feline Arthritis symptoms are that you might notice he does not jump high, avoids once enjoyable activities, and begins to slow down. There are two types of Feline Arthritis, Rheumatoid Feline Arthritis or Osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid Feline Arthritis is an Immune Deficiency Syndrome, where antibodies develop against components of joint tissue and begins to attack the joints. This form of Feline Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the entire body and usually involves several joints.

Osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease, is the most common form of Feline Arthritis. Inflammation is generally minimal but can lead to immobility and deformity resulting in severe pain. It generally affects the weight bearing joints and joints of the paws, feet, etc.

Signs of Feline Arthritis

The severity of the signs of Feline Arthritis varies with the amount of damage to the joint and rate at which damage occurs. Signs should include Hot, swollen joint, Pain, limping, overall immobility

Treatment for Feline Arthritis

The treatment for Feline Arthritis depends to some extent on the cause. The aim of Feline Arthritis treatment should be to minimize further damage and to relieve the pain and inflammation.

The treatment of Feline Arthritis involves controlling the inflammation plus stabilizing the joint if possible. Feline Arthritis treatment invloves repair of loose or broken ligaments. Reduction of any excess weight will also help.

There is a range of drugs that can be used for Feline Arthritis.

1.  Vitamin C, A, D, E may be beneficial treatment to control of Arthritis in Cats

2.  Glucosamine and Chondriton are substances which supposedly help regenerate 
cartilage this keep Feline Arthritis under control.

3.  Homoeopathically: Rhus Tox is the most commonly used remedy for Feline 
Arthritis and Bryonia and Pulsatilla may also help. For older cats try Arnica.

4.  Herbally: Nettles can be very effective; Alfalfa and Garlic may help to 
control/prevent Feline Arthritis to a certain extent.