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Cat Arthritis indicates an inflammation in the joints that usually results in pain and a
degree of lameness. Cat Arthritis is not particularly common when compared to its
incidence in human. Signs of Cat Arthritis may be difficult to identify.
Cat 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 Cat
arthritis, Rheumatoid Cat Arthritis or Osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid Cat Arthritis is an Immune Deficiency Syndrome, where antibodies
develop against components of joint tissue and begins to attack the joints. This form of
Cat 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 Cat
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,
Signs of Cat Arthritis
The severity of the signs of Cat Arthritis varies with the amount of damage to the joint
and rate at which damage occurs. Signs should include Hot, swollen joint, Pain, limping,
Treatment for cat arthritis
The treatment for cat arthritis depends to some extent on the cause. The aim of
Cat Arthritis treatment should be to minimize further damage and to relieve the pain and
The treatment of Cat Arthritis involves controlling the inflammation plus stabilizing the
joint if possible. Cat Arthritis treatment involves 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
1. Vitamin C, A, D, E may be beneficial treatment to control of
2. Glucosamine and Chondriton are substances which supposedly help regenerate
cartilage this keep Cat Arthritis under control.
3. Homoeopathically: Rhus Tox is the most commonly used remedy for Cat
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 Cat Arthritis to a certain extent.