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Feline Arthritis?
Anon_596 posted:
Within the last 1-2 weeks my cats ankles crack(like cracking your knuckles) each and every time she jumps up to sit on my lap, onto the couch, onto the bed, just any time she jumps upward is when I hear this, and occassionally downward.

I'm concerned she may be in pain such as with arthritis. We live in WI and temps are getting lower as the barometric pressure rises. She is 12yrs old, appx 11Lbs, she is a house pet and not very active or playful much(never really was except for kitten yrs).

Anyone have any ideas of if she is in pain or what could be causing this?
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
The sound of "knuckles cracking" (called crepitus) doesn't necessarily mean your cat has arthritis but if you've never noticed this before, it should be looked into. When cats have arthritis, they're usually reluctant to jump up or down and sometimes limp especially in the morning. Just like people, cold temperatures and rainy days can make it worse. Your cat is certainly old enough to have arthritis so you should take her to your veterinarian for and examination and possible x-rays. Fortunately, there are medications that can greatly improve her mobility and quality of life.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice
darlyn05 replied to Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP's response:
Thank you very much, will do.


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