Arthritis in cats is the deterioration of articular (joint) cartilage which is also known as degenerative joint disease. This can severely affect the life style of your cat. Arthritis often occurs with simply the wearing of the cartilage between the joints and causes inflammation in the joints. This limits your cat's activities since pain is felt in the joints and to prevent this they stop doing certain physical tasks.
There are two causes of arthritis which are known as primary and secondary arthritis. Primary is the least common of the two, it is the overuse and aging of your cat. Secondary which is more commonly seen is the result of unstable joints, bones and/or cartilage defects which are often caused by trauma like sprains or joint fractures.
The various signs and symptoms of arthritis in cats may be less noticeable than in dogs.
There are medications and surgeries available to treat arthritis simply consult your veternarian to establish which product is best for your pet.