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Progressive Polyarthritis and Calicivirus May Strike Your Cat at an Early Age


Progressive Polyarthritis and Calicivirus May Strike Your Cat at an Early Age

As our cats get older, we know that they will likely have to fight some sort of illness in their geriatric years.  Many older cats develop a form of Osteoarthritis that can develop from the normal wear and tear they put their bodies through throughout their lives.  However, there are some forms of feline arthritis that are prevalent among younger cats.  As good pet parents, we want to be aware of any diseases or ailments that may alter the health of our pets.  Progressive Polyarthritis and Calicivirus are two forms of arthritis that can be displayed in your cat from a very early age.  Knowing the warning signs can enable you to get the best care quickly if your cat falls into the hands of these unwanted, debilitating diseases.

Progressive Polyarthritis generally affects young to middle-aged male cats.  Females are less likely to be affected.  Neutering male cats to discourage the disease doesn’t seem to reduce their likelihood of developing it.  As the term Polyarthritis suggests, “poly” refers to more than one joint being affected at the same time.  Like other forms of arthritis various joints become inflamed and swollen, leaving your cat in severe pain.  The pain tends to become worse over time.  You may notice a sudden change in his gait.  He may walk stiffly, favoring one side, or he may walk with a limp.  He may not want to walk at all, becoming lame.  He may refuse food or water.  He may also show signs of aggression or fear if you touch the affected joints.  It may be difficult to notice, but the lymph nodes on many cats become swollen with Progressive Polyarthritis.  Generally, the most affected joints are the carpus (wrist), the feet, and the hock.  In some cases, Progressive Polyarthritis can deteriorate vast amounts of cartilage, causing the bone to be totally exposed.

Polyarthritis, if caught early, may be managed.  Your vet may prescribe your cat anti-inflammatory medications, suggest gentle exercises, or encourage alternative therapies.  In some cases, because there is currently no cure, it is more humane to put your pets to rest.  The disease can severely alter your cat’s quality of life.  This is a very hard and gut-wrenching decision, and should be given great thought.

Another form of arthritis to affect cats is developed as a response to the Calicivirus infection.  Calicivirus is a viral disease that can cause upper respiratory infections, which cats are unusually susceptible to, especially if they have not been vaccinated.  Calicivirus can also create inflammation in the joints.  Your cat may experience the normal signs of arthritis, including pain, stiffness, an altered gait, and refusal of food and water.  Although cats can usually combat this infection on their own within a week or so, it does produce flu-like symptoms that may require veterinarian care.  On rare occasions the infection can cause intestinal issues and lung complications.  The symptoms of arthritis will usually dissipate, but it is unclear if this will make them more susceptible to the disease later in their life.  Your cat can contract Calicivirus from direct contact with an infected cat.  It is transmitted through bodily liquids, such as saliva, eye and nose discharge, and feces.  If your cat is infected with the virus make sure to isolate it from other cats you may have in your household.  This ailment is common in animal shelters because of their close living quarters.

Progressive Polyarthritis and Calicivirus are just two forms of joint inflammation that may affect your cat.  Knowing the signs and symptoms may help you stay proactive in their health.  It is beneficial to have an annual veterinarian check-up and to discuss any problems or questions you may have regarding the health of your cat.  You may also want to ask your cat’s vet if a Glucosamine supplement would be a good preventative measure for your furry friend.  A trusted Glucosamine product containing Chondroitin, like Synflex® may help your cat to maintain cartilage, repair damage, and provide anti-inflammatory qualities to the mechanics of the joint.

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