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Volume 25(3), Autumn 2015

Commissioned paper

Environmental enrichment

for cats with OA

by Vicky Halls

Encouraging exercise

 

Regular activity helps to retain muscle mass and aids circulation; it is also useful to assist bladder and bowel function. Cats will also enjoy a challenge to acquire some of their daily ration.

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Increasing cat comfort

 

Managing the arthritic cat at home requires a flexible approach, based on the individual’s level of immobility, any concurrent disease and the general ageing process.

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More than just stiffness

 

The clinical presentation of OA in cats is variable and studies suggest that changes in patterns of behaviour or lifestyle are much more commonly reported than overt lameness. Common signs include:

• Reduced ability to jump

• Reduced overall activity

• Increased sleep

• Reduced grooming

• ...

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The clinical presentation of osteoarthritis in cats is variable and studies suggest that changes in patterns of behaviour or lifestyle are much more commonly reported than overt lameness. Part of the treatment protocol for osteoarthritis is environmental modification, based on the cat’s needs, to make adaptations to compensate for the changes associated with the disease.

Managing the arthritic cat at home requires a flexible approach, based on the individual’s level of immobility, any concurrent disease and the general ageing process.