Helping Your 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: Use litter boxes with low sides instead
Covered litter boxes are excellent for keeping litter granules and odors in check, but they can be difficult for an arthritic cat to use. Replace your cat’s regular litter boxes with low-sided, uncovered bathrooms so they can hop in and out more easily.
#2: Raise the bowls of food and water for your cat
Your cat’s elbows have undergone a great deal of wear and tear from a lifetime of jumping down. Raising your cat’s food and water dishes to a comfortable level will prevent them from having to stoop to get to them.
#3: Include ramps with the furniture
Your arthritic cat might find climbing their climbing tower to be too difficult, but they probably still enjoy gazing out the window, so put a ramp nearby. Your cat can maintain their independence and continue to satisfy their natural needs, such as climbing, hiding, and surveying their territory, by having ramps installed at lookout towers or favorite resting places.
#4: Offer supportive bedding
Although extra soft, cushy bedding may seem especially cozy to your cat, they will discover that it is difficult to get out of and offers little support for their aching joints. The sore body of your cat will be adequately supported by a firm, orthopedic bed.
#5: Use non-slip mats on slick surfaces
Even though your cat may no longer experience nighttime zoomies and sprint up and down your hallway, providing traction on slippery flooring can help avoid painful slips and falls. For your cat, a non-slip surface includes yoga mats or carpet runners.
Your arthritic cat can benefit from modifications to your home, but it’s also important to keep them at a healthy weight and manage their pain. Call us to make an appointment so that our team can assist you with these.