We call this gait analysis. We need to assess the whole musculoskeletal system- which includes the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. We also need to assess the neurological system which controls the overall ability of the pet to move. This helps us to develop a working diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.
Is your cat less active now simply because of old age, or could they be suffering from osteoarthritis? The early identification of the degenerative joint condition, osteoarthritis (OA) in cats isn’t always straight forward but it is very important that cat owners spot this disease early to minimise its debilitating effects and provide the best quality of life.