Feline Arthritis is fairly common in cats; recent studies indicate that 92% of cats may have Osteoarthritis, even young cats can be affected, but it may not be as evident until it deteriorates with age.
Osteoarthritis has a significant impact on the quality of life for our cats and the pet owners caring for them.
While Osteoarthritis is not curable, the earlier you and your vet health care team can detect and manage it, the better influence on your cat’s quality of life.
Owner monitoring of behaviours associated with pain in cats is crucial. There are several powerful tools for owners and vets to assess animals’ pain, physical function, and quality of life:
The Feline Musculoskeletal Pain Index (FMPI) was developed at the Comparative Pain Research and Education Centre at North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.