Best Ways To Modify Your Home To Help Your Arthritic Cat
Cats rarely complain, so it can be challenging to tell if they are experiencing arthritis pain unless their food bowl is less than half-full. The following easy home improvements, however, can help your cat feel more comfortable and mobile if they have arthritis or appear to be having trouble moving around.
#1: Replace high-sided litter boxes with low-sided ones
While covered litter boxes are great for keeping litter granules and odors in check, they can be difficult for an arthritic cat to maneuver. Replace your cat’s regular litter boxes with low-sided, uncovered bathrooms so they can more easily hop in and out.
#2: Raise the water and food bowls for your cat
After a lifetime of jumping down, your cat’s elbows have suffered a great deal of wear-and-tear. Eliminate the need for your cat to bend down to reach their food and water by elevating their dishes to a comfortable height.
#3: Provide ramps to furniture
Scaling their climbing tower may prove too challenging for your arthritic cat, but they likely still love to look out the window, so place a ramp nearby. Installing ramps to lookout towers or favorite resting spots can help your cat retain their independence and still fulfill instinctual needs, like climbing, hiding, and surveying their territory.
#4: Offer supportive bedding
Although extra soft, cushy bedding may seem especially cozy to your cat, they will discover that it is difficult to get out of and offers little support for their aching joints. The sore body of your cat will be adequately supported by a firm, orthopedic bed.
#5: Use non-slip mats on slick surfaces
While your cat may no longer get the zoomies in the middle of the night and race up and down your hallway, providing traction on slick flooring can help prevent painful slips and falls. Yoga mats or carpet runners provide a non-slip pathway for your cat.
Your home modifications can help your arthritic cat, but keeping them at a comfortable weight and pain management are also key. Our team can help with these—give us a call to schedule an appointment.