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Shelli November 18th, 2003 02:53 PM

one year old cat with arthritis???
Is it possible for a one year old cat to have arthritis?

I have a neutered male ginger shorthair who has been a little down lately and I have noticed that he has been moving around very gingerly. He has always walked in an awkward position as well as slept on his back. He has been having problems jumping up onto the computer desk (his very favorite spot) as well as jumping up onto my lap.

I do have another male cat in the house who is 6 months old and has been treated for a respiratory problem (a cat cold). While this one still is sneezy - he seems to be fine. We have had this one for a couple of months now.

Is this a reaction to the other cat or is it possible he has arthritis?

Concerned ... Shelli

Lucky Rescue November 18th, 2003 06:41 PM

Reactions to other cats do not include difficulty walking - your cat is in pain, or least discomfort.

It could be many things....what does your vet say?

drdouggie November 19th, 2003 05:44 PM

Agree with Lucky...definately not a reaction to the other cat!!

You need to take him to the vet, the cat is obviously in discomfort and this could be caused by anything, stomach pain, back pain, sore legs....... I could go on but I won't:D

A one year old could get arthritis but I really don't think that's the problem as arthritis in young animals while it does happen, it is not that common either. Impossible to help unless you take him to the vet for a look-see.

Let us know how you get on.

petdr November 26th, 2003 02:22 PM

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joint and has many causes: infectious (bacteria, viruses), trauma, metabolic disease (such as diabetes, kidney/liver, etc.), birth/congenital problems, cancer, auto-immune diseasewhere the body's own immune defenses attacks the body. My suggestion is to do the blood work to rule out infectious, auto-immune and metabolicdiseases, and x-ray films to rule out trauma, birth/congenital problems, and possibly cancer. Unfortunately, cancer can only be diagnosed by biopsy of an affected area, and this may show up as a suspicious site on the x-ray film. Talk to your veterinarian, if this is a minor problem, then rest and a cat safe anti-inflammatory drug may be all that is required.

Dr. Van Lienden

Dr. Raymond Van Lienden DVM
The Animal Clinic of Clifton
12702 Chapel Road, Clifton
Virginia, U.S.A. 20124

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