How to Create a Comfortable Environment for your Cat with Arthritis

  • Place your cat’s bed in easily-accessible, quiet, and warm areas
  • Use ramps where possible, such as steps up to your bed, a favorite windowsill or other sites that require climbing
  • In homes with cat-door entries: be sure that it is easy to enter so that your pet doesn’t need to exert excessive force
  • Keep litter boxes conveniently located; use boxes with a low side for easy access
  • Be sure your cat’s food and water bowls are easily accessible
  • Keep everything at one level if possible – make sure your cat doesn’t have to travel up or down stairs to access food, water, or his litter box
  • Spend time cleaning and grooming your cat when possible, as it is difficult for cats with arthritis to do so on their own
  • Remember: overgrown claws require regular trimming; if you are uncomfortable doing so, be sure to bring your cat to a groomer or animal clinic

Arthritis is all around us and here at St. Matthews Animal Clinic, we are joining the fight! We invite you to join our team and run or walk with us or simply donate to help us change lives.