Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm
BOOK ONLINE NOW!

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Cats get arthritis too!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sixteen year old Burmese Cleo was  slow to jump down off the kitchen bench when caught out last week. She poured herself down the side, landed with a thud and looked stunned for a moment before moving off.

When we X-rayed her elbows we were horrified to find that she had severe osteoarthritis. She had been covering it up - as cats do - for a long time before we noticed she was having trouble.

We then noticed that she is also reluctant to jump very high. She uses chairs to get onto tables and has stopped leaping up to sit in the sun on the windowsill. Her painful knees make her hesitate before jumping and she then scrambles up rather than jumping. Unwilling to miss the electric blanket at night she pulls herself up on to the bed.

We've set up boxes as steps onto her feed bench and the bed. We also play gently with her by trailing ribbons and batting balls to strengthen her muscles. To reduce the strain on her joints we've restricted her food and watched her weight.

She makes sure that she sleeps in a warm, well-cushioned sleeping area - our bed!

Now she is also on pain medication and doing remarkably well.


Search Blog

Recent Posts


Tags

crytococcosus flu salivation biopsy tumour bladder stones carrier indoor cats cranky roundworm IBD urine euthanasia kibble mince cat vet vet visit health check hospital sore snot cta fight gasping slow sun panleukopenia thiamine deficiency snakes cat containment strange behaviour noisy breathing home visit decision to euthanase cat fight vomiting radioactive iodine poisoning dilated pupils echocardiography New Year's Eve nose scabs snuffles blind Canberra Cat Vet scratch blood kidney disease aggressive body language food puzzles teeth senior check-up kitten deaths enteritis tartar litter box panadeine pica yowling sick cat massage ACT fits blood in urine drinking more hypertension African wild cat spray brown snake herpesvirus kidney pancreatitis in season unwell touch stress arthritis tradesmen christmas annual check scale fireworks sick constipation stiff cat weight control abscess mental health of cats dymadon pet foreign body painful dry food new kitten unsociable skinny straining cat enclosure twitching cough holes in teeth sensitive stomach weight microchip bad breath best clinic antibiotics desexing feline herpesvirus grass poisons snakebite furball cancer eye infection wet litter drinking a lot panamax return home thyroid appetite catoberfest pain relief cage seizures fluid pills allergy, xylitol diarrhoea socialisation corneal ulcer toxic fight stare into space lilly fever head sore eyes paracetamol love fear urinating outside litter face rub feline AIDS permethrin urination chlamydia wobbles lump pain killer joints new year pheromone scratching spey cat enclosures enemies old cat sense of smell castration information night anxiety visit blockage when to go to vet furballs sore ears holidays rolls cryptococcosis feliway bladder lilies overweight best vet best cat clinic cat behaviour meows a lot petting cat anaemia sucking wool fabric jumping enclosure spraying depomedrol heavy breathing aerokat eyes fleas eye kittens rub open day aspirin hole Hill's Metabolic sudden blindness ulcerated nose whiskers award tapeworm urinating on curtains or carpet attack training vision collapse adipokines plaque AIDS aggression breathing difficult string bump Canberra lymphoma mouth breathing heart disease pill hiding panadol outdoor cat polish poisonous learning conflict obese obesity high blood pressure insulin dental dental treatment open night photo competition calicivirus bite heaing tick hearing dementia worms prednisolone not eating hyperactive moving rough play inflammatory bowel disease worming client night cat friendly hairball wool blood test intestine urinating abscess,cat fight cat flu competition diuretics flea prevention appointment desex pain fat hard faeces poison goodbye opening hours vaccination odour RSPCA hunched over gifts flea treatment runny eyes introduction panleukopaenia FORLS revolution cystitis sensitive blue cortisone virus kitten bed blood pressure grooming home litter off food ulcer marking scratching post house call hunter antiviral hungry plants dental check blocked cat prey urine spraying blindness breeder introductions computer hunters exercise behaviour best veterinarian on heat eye ulcer behaviour change ribbon nails weight loss thirsty asthma new cat holiday rigid head activity pet meat itchy snuffle holes poisonous plants kitten play snake mass pred discount change diabetes pet insurance senses rash kidneys ulcers hyperthyroidism groom train lily vaccine lick lame feline enteritis diet checkup paralysis tick cognitive dysfunction skin vocal tooth paralysis signs of pain introducing FIV snake bite free renal disease paralysed hunting examination headache comfortis physical activity restless changed vomit toxins hypertrophic cardiomyopathy advantage birthday sneeze liver skin cancer runny nose old allergy mycoplasma introduce cat history cat worms tablet

Archive

A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions