How to Take Care of an Arthritic Cat
Cats rarely complain; therefore, it might be challenging to tell when they are experiencing arthritis pain until their food bowl is less than half full. However, the following easy home improvements can help your cat feel more comfortable and mobile if they have been identified as having arthritis or appear to be having problems moving around.
#1: Use low-sided litter boxes instead
Although covered litter boxes help keep litter grains and odors in check, they can be difficult for a cat with arthritis to maneuver. Replace your cat’s standard litter boxes with low-sided, uncovered restrooms so they can more easily hop in and out.
#2: Raise the food and water bowls for your cat
Your cat’s elbows have experienced significant wear and tear due to a lifetime of jumping down. Elevate your cat’s food and water dishes to a comfortable level to prevent your cat from stooping to get to them.
#3: Add ramps to your furnishings
Your arthritic cat may find it difficult to ascend their climbing tower, but they probably still enjoy gazing out the window, so put a ramp nearby. Your cat can maintain their independence and satisfy instinctive demands, such as climbing, hiding, and surveying their territory, by installing ramps at lookout towers or favored resting places.
#4: Provide firm bedding
Although your cat may find extremely soft, velvety bedding to be very comforting, they will discover that a too-soft bed is challenging to get out of and offers little support for sore joints. Your cat’s sturdy orthopedic bed will suitably support an aching body.
#5: Cover slippery flooring with non-slip mats
Providing a grip on slippery flooring can help prevent traumatic slips and falls, even though your cat may no longer experience the zoomies in the middle of the night and sprint up and down your hallway. Your cat can walk safely on yoga mats or carpet runners.
Your arthritic cat can benefit from adaptations to your home, but maintaining a healthy weight and managing their pain is as important. Call us to set up a consultation so our experts can assist you with these.