What is feline arthritis?
Feline arthritis is a degenerative joint disease, where the cartilage within the joint is worn away, leading to inflammation, pain and decreased quality of life.
Until recently, the significance of arthritis in cats has been largely unrecognised. Clinical studies have shown that as many as 1 in 3 cats suffer from arthritis, yet few are diagnosed in practice and even less receives treatment.
Primarily, arthritis is caused by wear and tear over time.Some studies show more than 90% of cats over 12 yearsare affected, but it can develop in cats as young as two. Other factors that may increase the risk of arthritis include injury and trauma to joints, such as a sprain or fracture, an infection, genetics and obesity.
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