How to Make Home Modifications for Your Arthritic Cat

Cats rarely complain unless they have a less-than-full food bowl, which can make determining that they are suffering from arthritis pain difficult. However, if your cat has been diagnosed with arthritis or seems to have trouble getting around, the following simple home modifications can help improve their comfort and mobility.


#1: Use litter boxes with low sides instead

Covered litter boxes are excellent for keeping litter granules and odors in check, but they can be difficult for an arthritic cat to use. Replace your cat’s regular litter boxes with low-sided, uncovered bathrooms so they can hop in and out more easily.


#2: Elevate your cat’s food and water bowls

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

Your arthritic cat may find it difficult to climb their climbing tower, but they probably still enjoy gazing out the window, so put a ramp nearby. Your cat can maintain their independence and continue to satisfy instinctual needs, like climbing, hiding, and surveying their territory, by having ramps installed at lookout towers or favorite resting places.

#4: Offer firm bedding

Although extra soft, cushy bedding may seem particularly cozy for your cat, they will find that a too-soft bed is not only difficult to get out of, but also provides little cushion for aching joints. A firm, orthopedic bed will adequately support your cat’s sore body.

#5: Place non-slip mats on slick flooring

Providing traction on slippery flooring can help prevent painful slips and falls, even though your cat may no longer experience the zoomies in the middle of the night and sprint up and down your hallway. Your cat can walk safely on yoga mats or carpet runners.

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.