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Do Cats Get Arthritis?
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Do Cats Get Arthritis? As people get older, their joints are often affected by osteoarthritis which can make daily activities painful and difficult. You may also be aware that dogs and horses can suffer from arthritic joints as well. But you may be surprised to learn that 61% of cats over the age of 6 suffer from arthritis, while a whopping 90% of cats over the age of 12 are thought to have arthritis! Over their lifetimes, cats do a lot of jumping and climbing, which means their joints are repeatedly absorbing a great deal of impact, and this can...
Caring For Your Aging Cat
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It’s probably no surprise that the needs of an aging cat are different than those of a young kitten. But what exactly do aging cats need, and how can you care for them well during their senior years? First, let’s clarify what we mean by an “aging cat.” Older cats fall into three main categories: mature (7-10 years), senior (11-14 years), and geriatric (15+ years). Here are a few keys to consider when caring for your aging cat: Schedule regular visits to the veterinarian. Once a year at a minimum, and ideally twice a year. Do not assume all changes...