How to Take Care of an Arthritic Cat
Cats rarely complain unless their food bowl is less than half-full, so it can be challenging to tell when they are experiencing arthritis pain. The following straightforward home improvements, however, can help your cat feel more comfortable and mobile if they have arthritis or appear to be having trouble moving around.
#1: Switch to low-sided litter boxes
While covered litter boxes are great for containing litter granules and odors, they can be tough for an arthritic cat to navigate. Swap out your cat’s regular litter boxes for low-sided, uncovered bathrooms that they can more easily hop in and out.
#2: Elevate your cat’s food and water bowls
Your cat’s elbows have experienced significant wear and tear as a result of a lifetime of jumping down. Elevate your cat’s food and water dishes to a comfortable level to prevent your cat from stooping to get to them.
#3: Provide ramps to furniture
Your arthritic cat may find it difficult to climb their climbing tower, but they probably still enjoy gazing out the window, so put a ramp nearby. Your cat can maintain their independence and continue to satisfy instinctual needs, like climbing, hiding, and surveying their territory, by having ramps installed at lookout towers or favorite resting places.
#4: Offer firm bedding
Although extra soft, cushy bedding may seem particularly cozy for your cat, they will find that a too-soft bed is not only difficult to get out of, but also provides little cushion for aching joints. A firm, orthopedic bed will adequately support your cat’s sore body.
#5: Place non-slip mats on slick flooring
Providing traction on slippery flooring can help prevent painful slips and falls, even though your cat may no longer experience the zoomies in the middle of the night and sprint up and down your hallway. Your cat can walk safely on yoga mats or carpet runners.
Your home modifications can help your arthritic cat, but keeping them at a comfortable weight and pain management are also key. Our team can help with these—give us a call to schedule an appointment.