Helping Your Arthritic Cat
Cats rarely complain, so it can be challenging to tell when they are experiencing arthritis pain unless 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 trouble moving around.
#1: Use low-sided litter boxes instead
Although covered litter boxes are great for keeping litter granules and odors in check, they can be difficult for a cat with arthritis to maneuver. Replace the standard litter boxes that your cat uses 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 as a result of 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 furniture
Your arthritic cat may find it difficult to climb their climbing tower, but they probably still enjoy gazing out the window, so put a ramp nearby. Your cat can maintain their independence and continue to satisfy instinctual needs, like climbing, hiding, and surveying their territory, by having ramps installed at lookout towers or favorite resting places.
#4: Offer firm bedding
Although extra soft, cushy bedding may seem particularly cozy for your cat, they will find that a too-soft bed is not only difficult to get out of, but also provides little cushion for aching joints. A firm, orthopedic bed will adequately support your cat’s sore body.
#5: Cover slippery flooring with non-slip mats
Providing traction on slippery flooring can help prevent painful 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 modifications to your home, but maintaining a healthy weight and managing their pain are equally important. Give us a call to set up a consultation so that our team can assist you with these.