Nearly 90% of all cats over 12 years of age develop arthritis or degenerative joint disease (DJD). Overweight cats may develop it even earlier. If your cats is slowing down and having trouble with the litterbox and/or grooming, she may have developed this painful condition. Other bone issues are noticeable in kittens who have lameness or developmental problems.

  • Crippling arthritis: Manageable Condition/Serious Problem
  • Spinal deformities (spina bifida): Serious Problem


Arthritis can be managed with diet and pain medication. It is recommended that her environment be altered to help, warm, comfortable bedding, low entry litterboxes and ramps to reach favorite high spots are suggested. Surgery can help repair spinal and other deformities.