Being able to recognise the signs is the first step with pets after all they cannot tell us when they are uncomfortable, if your pet does not have the spring in their step, or the energy to do what they used to, if your cat is stiff and not as energetic.
They may stop eating and drinking and hide away, have difficulty in finding a comfortable way to rest.
This could be signs of osteoarthritis when there is degenerative joint disease this is when the cartilage between bones breaks down and no longer cushions the joints, allowing friction to occur resulting in inflammation of the joints which is called arthritis.
Some conditions are hereditary with displacement of joints and other abnormalities of the cat’s hind leg, such as the hip joint, femur, or tibia. Kittens can also suffer this with kneecap displacement or hip dysplasia, they can experience joint trauma if one of their limbs become twisted, they may have a limp.
Extra weight can also place pressure on joints causing additional pressure. Some of the signs are licking or chewing on the hip, leg joint, or ankle this is where your cat could be having pain in this area. With senior cats may have swellings and discomfort stopping them from being as active.
If your cat is struggling provide all the necessities for them at easy reach, make them comfortable without having to climb up things. Cats are generally very athletic first check for injury or a fracture this can heal and be helped with joint supplements.
Provide comfortable sleeping and keep them warm, certain food supplements may help to control arthritis, Cod liver oil, supplements containing glucosamine and chontroitin, helps with healing the cartilage lining bones inside joints, Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.