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My cat is limping especially when she has been sleeping and

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My cat is limping especially when she has been sleeping and inactive.she does not go outside so has not been injured there,she is approx 10years old we have only had her a year so have little information of her health.do cats develop arthritis,it looks like the stiffness is coming from the shoulder joint.hope you can help .
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 3 years ago.

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Dr. Susan :

Yes, cats can definitely develop arthritis.

Dr. Susan :

I think you are on the right track too. It tends to be worse when an animal gets up from rest, and slowly works out.

Dr. Susan :

It might be a good idea to have her evaluated by your regular vet to confirm this.

Dr. Susan :

They can do a physical exam and x-ray of her shoulder.

Dr. Susan :

Aside from that, there are some things that we can do to keep her more comfortable.

Dr. Susan :

You can purchase a joint supplement like Cosequin. This may be enough to keep her comfortable.

Dr. Susan :

I also recommend starting some pain medication for her.

Dr. Susan :

For cats, we are limited in the choices available.

Dr. Susan :

I like to use buprenorphine or Onsior.

Dr. Susan :

If her pain is significant, we can actually use all three together: Cosequin, buprenorphine and Onsior.

Dr. Susan :

Once she looks more comfortable with the medications, we can try to reduce the frequency of each one.

Dr. Susan :

I would keep her on the Cosequin daily, but we can try to give the Onsior every other day instead of daily.

Dr. Susan :

The buprenorphine can be given as often as every 6 hours. I would probably start her at twice daily, then discontinue if possible.

Dr. Susan :

We will need to make each change and then monitor her response for several days. If she begins to appear uncomfortable again, we will have to bring the dose back up.

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