How to Take Care of an Arthritic Cat
Cats rarely complain, therefore it might be challenging to tell when they are experiencing arthritis pain until their food bowl is less than half-full. However, the following easy home improvements can help your cat feel more comfortable and mobile if they have been identified as having arthritis or appear to be having problems moving around.
#1: Use low-sided litter boxes instead.
Although covered litter boxes are helpful for keeping litter grains and odors in check, they can be difficult for a cat with arthritis to maneuver. Replace the standard litter boxes that your cat uses with low-sided, uncovered restrooms so they can more easily hop in and out.
#2: Raise the food and water bowls for your cat.
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: Add ramps to your furnishings
Your arthritic cat may find it difficult to ascend 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 instinctive demands, such climbing, hiding, and surveying their territory, by having ramps installed at lookout towers or favored resting places.
#4: Provide firm bedding.
Although your cat may find extremely soft, velvety bedding to be very comforting, they will discover that a too-soft bed is not only difficult to get out of but also offers little support for sore joints. Your cat’s aching body will be suitably supported by a sturdy, orthopedic bed.
#5: Cover slippery flooring with non-slip mats.
Providing grip on slippery flooring can help prevent traumatic 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 arthritic cat can benefit from adaptations to your home, but maintaining a healthy weight and managing their pain are as important. Give us a call to set up a consultation so that our experts can assist you with these.