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BWatchWatcher Sun 08-Oct-17 12:25:42

My poor ten year cat was diagnosed with arthritis this time last year. Vet supplied him with metacam which after 6 weeks gave him some relief.
When the weather got nice we were able to lessen the metacam and he was very content.
Now the weather is bad again, he is suffering, back on the metacam and very angry.
I've tried the joint care sprinkle and he ignore his soft food when it's added.
I've ordered a heat pad.
Anything else we can try to bring him some comfort?

jaspercat2002 Mon 09-Oct-17 07:33:58

Poor boy sad It's hard to watch them struggling.

With our old arthritic cat we used metacam like you – couldn't get him to take the supplement.

Otherwise it was just little practical things we could do to try and help. We did find having a raised food bowl helped him to eat more comfortably. I started out just putting his normal bowl on top of of a small box but as it did really help I bought him a proper raised bowl. Also making sure he could still get to his favourite places easily so I had a little step next to our bed to help him get up and down.

cozietoesie Mon 09-Oct-17 11:43:07

Poor lad. Lots of practical things - as the previous poster said - and maybe talk to the vet if the metacam is already not cutting it. There are supplemental pain meds which can be tried.

cozietoesie Mon 09-Oct-17 11:46:34

PS - have a read of the section on ‘Environmental Enrichment’ in this piece by the ICC.

BWatchWatcher Mon 09-Oct-17 13:11:28

Thanks very much everyone!
I'll take a look and see what practical things we can do to help. I hadn't thought about raising his food bowl, but will look into it.
I'll also speak to the vet if he doesn't perk up a bit. He bit me quite hard the other day and all I did was stroke him on his back. Poor thing must be very sore sad

cozietoesie Mon 09-Oct-17 17:36:20

If he has it at 10, it may be quite bad. (My own old boy was very old and it sort of went with the territory.) Lots of heat for him. smile

Weedsnseeds1 Mon 09-Oct-17 17:54:20

I found a supplement called Seraquin useful for my old girl, it seemed quite paletable and she would eat the tablets like treats.

Toddlerteaplease Mon 09-Oct-17 20:23:23

A cat I knew used to have acupuncture and physio for his arthritis in his back legs. Apparently he was pretty cooperative until
He got bored.

Wolfiefan Mon 09-Oct-17 20:24:32

My old girl couldn't tolerate metacam. (Stomach issues). She was on tramadol. Great results.
Heat pad also awesome.

villainousbroodmare Mon 09-Oct-17 20:25:06

Ask your vet about Cartrophen injections. Can be very helpful.

scaryteacher Tue 10-Oct-17 13:00:01

Are then any particularly good/recommended heat pads?

cozietoesie Tue 10-Oct-17 13:12:52

Seniorboy used to use an electric blanket in the bed and The Lodger was usually to be found in the airing cupboard. (Built in front of the central heating/water boiler so consistently cosy.) I know that someone on the board had great success with a ‘whelping pad’ but, sadly, Newboy has totally ignored - as far as I know - the electric heating pad which the postie brought him. (Although he’s a young cat so I was just preparing for winter.) I’d be interested to hear of other stories.

BWatchWatcher Tue 10-Oct-17 23:35:03

I've bought a 'self heating' pad that had good reviews on amazon.
My poor cat seeks out laps and then refuses to get off. Like a salamander he craves the warmth!

cozietoesie Tue 10-Oct-17 23:39:42

Heat is a must for sore bones, I’ve found. Let us know how the pad suits? smile

BWatchWatcher Sun 29-Oct-17 09:46:55

Poor cat is getting worse.
He is becoming increasingly angry if you touch his lower back. Hissing. Weird postures being adopted during grooming.
We're beginning to question whether he is actually over eating as his tummy is quite swollen. Someone asked if he was pregnant the other day sad
He is off to the vet on the 1st of November.
He is only 10 but his body seems to be letting him down!

BWatchWatcher Sun 29-Oct-17 09:47:24

Oh and not worms as he was treated the other week!

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