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Arthritis versus Osteoarthritis in American Shorthair Cats

American Shorthair cats and other breeds of cats can be prone to arthritis as they age. Your vet can help give you a better idea on what type of treatment your cat will need. In general, arthritis is the painful inflammation of a cat’s joints. This is not to be confused with Osteoarthritis or Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), which is a deterioration of the joints completely. Arthritis occurs as the cat ages and can cause a cat to have trouble walking or getting up and down. Your cat may also lose balance and coordination. Age, genetic history, obesity, and past trauma can be a cause of the arthritis. The condition can be diagnosed by the vet after a full physical exam is given. X-rays may also be required to make a full diagnosis. Treatment may include inflammatory medications as well as joint supplements. Click here to learn more or contact your vets Aurora, CO for additional information.

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