December 2007 Issue

Arthritis: A Common Problem

If they live long enough, most cats are bound to experience this painful joint disease. Here's what you can do to help your pet.

Cats are living longer these days, thanks largely to advances in feline nutrition and veterinary medicine in general. Thatís good news. The bad news, however, is that these longer life spans give cats a greater chance of developing arthritis ó a painful, debilitating and potentially crippling joint disease that is predominantly age-related. In a study conducted a few years ago, researchers carefully analyzed X-rays of the spines and limbs of 100 middle-aged or elderly cats (10 years of age or older). The X-rays revealed that 90 percent of cats over age 12 showed clearly discernible radiographic signs of arthritis.

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