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

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

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