What are Some Treatments for Arthritis in Cats

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Dr. Lauren Brickman writes a pet health and care column for Catfoodsite.com.

Q: Our 10-year-old cat has severe arthritis in the top joint of his right leg. The vet prescribed glucosamine liquid, which was ineffective. Is there any other option?

A: Arthritis is a debilitating condition that affects both cats and dogs. Unfortunately, there aren’t as many options for medications for arthritic cats.

Is your hip joint affected by arthritis?

If this is the case, a surgical procedure to remove the hip joint and allow the cat to form a false joint can be performed. Medication may be the only option in that case.


You should continue to give your cat the glucosamine liquid, but you should also give him other supplements. Inquire about Cosequin injections with your veterinarian. Steroid injections may provide temporary relief. Unfortunately, when used long term, they have negative side effects.


Please contact Dr. Lauren at drlauren@petside.com if you have any questions about your pet’s health. All of her Catfoodsite Q&As can be found here.

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