These symptoms may be subtle and not noticeable at first, however they often progress slowly as your cat ages.
Your cat’s musculoskeletal system is made of muscles, bones and joints. The point where bones are attached to each other is called a joint. The special design of the joints enables your cat to move around smoothly. Joint problems can be triggered by many things, but most often are simply caused by years of wear and tear.
Arthritis (or osteoarthritis) is a common type of joint problem in elderly cats. It typically affects knees, hips, paws, elbow, spine or sometimes shoulders.
What and how much your cat eats throughout its life will have an effect on the joints in its adult and senior age. If your cat is overweight, reducing its weight to the ideal weight is an important step to take to help ease your cat’s joint pains and discomfort. Please read more about cats and weight loss here.