Behavior Changes and Pain in Aging Cats

The typical arthritis patient is a mid- to old-aged (5-plus years old) dog. Lower back and hips are the most commonly affected areas, but I think I’ve seen arthritis in every possible joint. Studies show that cats can also develop arthritis as they age, and I have treated several severely arthritic cats in my practice. But, with cats’ propensity to be couch potatoes for 23 hours per day, I suspect most owners aren’t aware when cats have a problem.

Cat hip problems can be related to serious injury, genetics, age and obesity.

Hip dysplasia is a condition that is more common in dogs than it is in cats. In fact, until recently it was believed that the condition did not occur in cats at all. However, it is now known that feline hip dysplasia does occur. The condition occurs as a result of improper development of the cat’s hip joint, and it has the potential to lead to a number of problems for the animal. In its early stages, cat hip dysplasia often does not produce any pain or symptoms. Because cats are smaller than dogs and are not exercised as often, it is less common to detect hip dysplasia in a young cat than it is in a dog, especially a large breed dog. Over time, however, symptoms of cat hip dysplasia may begin to occur and worsen.

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Hip dysplasia, which is another of the common Maine Coon cat health problems, is a genetic defect where the hip joint develops abnormally. “Hip dysplasia.” As a dog owner, these are two words you don’t want to hear during a conversation with your veterinarian. Fortunately, advances in veterinary medicine and a range of management options make it possible to keep a dog with hip dysplasia happy and healthy for years to come. Below is an overview of the condition, followed by six methods of management and treatment that will be very helpful for parents of dogs with hip problems.


A common skeletal disease, hip dysplasia occurs when a dog’s hip joints don’t develop quite right, allowing the hips to partially dislocate. For a dog diagnosed with the condition, it can mean anything from painful wear-and-tear to extreme difficulty getting around.

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Though hip dysplasia in cats is incurable, you can take a few steps to help improve the quality of life of your kitty by reducing symptoms of pain and improving mobility. Treatment of the cat disease depends upon the severity of symptoms, cat’s age, activity level, the severity of joint laxity, and the degree of osteoarthritis. The vet may recommend a surgical or non-surgical treatment option. Those with mild problems may respond well to conservative treatment.

Hip dysplasia in cats can be a concern for any breed