Signs Of Arthritis In Cats

Just like people, kitties can be prone to developing arthritis as they age. This painful condition develops when the tendons and ligaments that cushion and connect Fluffy’s bones get worn out. Over time, that soft tissue can thin and lose elasticity, causing a lot of pain, friction, and discomfort. Arthritis isn’t curable, but it can be managed. However, treatments may be more successful if the issue is caught and addressed early.

Here are a few signs for you to watch out for:

Unkempt Fur

Kitties with arthritis often have trouble bending and stretching to properly groom themselves. Fluffy may start looking a little unkempt. (Tip: groom your feline pal gently, using a soft brush.)


Arthritis can seriously impact your cat’s mobility. Fluffy may seem quite stiff, especially when she is first getting up or down. She may also limp, especially when she first gets up from one of her 30 daily naps..

Trouble Getting Up And Down

Kittens are quite lithe and active, and may easily jump from the floor to the back of your chair. However, as your furry companion grows older, she’ll become less bouncy. If arthritis sets in, you may notice Fluffy having trouble jumping onto your bed or couch.


With arthritic pets, it’s not uncommon for one joint or area to be affected more than others. Fluffy may react if you touch a sensitive area. She might also flinch, withdraw, move away, or even hiss or bite.

Difficulty Going Up And Down Stairs

Stairs can be challenging for our feline friends. If you think about it, many stairs are taller than Fluffy! You may notice your cat having a hard time getting from one floor to another. 

Reduced Interest In Play

Fluffy is very playful and mischievous, which is one reason they are so much fun. However, joint pain can affect those frisky kitty antics we all love to watch. Arthritis can take a big bite out of your cat’s playful streak.


Joint pain can definitely interfere with a kitty’s mood, and can turn her from a purring, cuddly snuggle bug to a hissing, furry ball of rage. If your pet is acting unusually aggressive, she may have arthritis.

Sleeping More Than Usual

This one can be difficult to spot, given that cats spend so much of their time sleeping. However, if Fluffy seems even drowsier than usual, mention it to your veterinarian.

Keep in mind that many of these symptoms can be related to many different medical issues. Contact your vet right away if you notice any of these red flags in your kitty!