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Prevalence of osteoarthritis in cats

Sarah K. Pike1, Sharon Kerwin2, Gwendolyn Carroll2, Margaret Slater3

1CVM, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA; 2Veterinary Small Animal and Clinical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA; 3 Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA

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Objective – The objective of this study is to identify prevalence of radiographic osteoarthritis in apparently healthy cats of all ages. We are looking for patterns in behavioral or physical changes that can help veterinarians diagnose feline osteoarthritis.

Animals or Sample Population – 110 cats were included in this study.

Procedure – Each cat receives a standard physical exam, orthopedic exam, and screening appendicular radiographs.  Each owner is given a questionnaire asking them to rate their cat’s behaviors on a visual analogue scale.  During the physical exam, we record the sex, weight and body condition score of each cat. 

Results – Osteoarthritis was diagnosed in 24 of 110 cats (21.8%).

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance – While preliminary, our results show that feline osteoarthritis is a medical condition that can go unnoticed, and may impact overall quality of life.