Older cats articular problems

Posted by Rodolphe Cote on November 15, 2011 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)


As we get older most of us are already starting to feel chronicle pains associate with articular degenerative sickness of some kind. We wake up in the morning with all kinds of stiffness and movement rigidity in some part or the other of our body.


We all know that dogs often suffer from articular pains. We often hear the word dysplasia which is the typical term used for describing degenerative sickness on dogs. Sometime its on a hip or at other times on a leg joint. But what about cats? Those small animals full of flexibility and agility. Could it be that their articulations be less affected by old age than ours. Well its a resounding no! When studied under radiography it shows that on the majority cats older than ten years have arthritis lesions and visible signs of degenerative articulatory damages even though most of them don't seems to show any symptoms of suffering pain. A cat is a very proud and secretive animal who does not like us to know that it has pains.

Results of study.

Researchers who studied articular degenerative diseases on cats. When studied under radiography taken ed on many cats brought to the veterinary for various medical reasons (but in most case because the cats were limping or because of articular pains) Here is what they discovered:


In one study alone , 80 percent of cats have shown some kind of lesions due to articular degenerative sickness. 

During another study, 92 percent of the cats of over 12 years of age and older under radio graphic studies had articular degeneration symptoms. But only 4 percent of them would show evident limping signs. 

100 percent of cats over 15 years of age had articular degenerative lesions. 

Another further study was made on cats sent to a veterinarian university school, it was discovered that 34 percent of all cats older than 10 years old are showing signs of articular degeneration when studied under radiography, while only 16.5 percent of them was showing any signs of having slight problems.This is to say that the majority of cats over 10 years old have a very good chance of suffering from articular pains even if they don't show an y outward signs of suffering, for the simple reason that cats do not like us to know that they are suffering.

Big cats are more at risk and sometime they do show some small signs of having articular pains.

During another study prospects, a total number of 1460 cats have been medically followed during a five year period. The study demonstrate that slightly overweight cats tend to be 3 time more at risk of developing articular degenerative lesions and sadly that real overweight cats are 5 time more at risk of developing those articular degeneration diseases. Your cat is very secretive about his pains. It may be already suffering from articular pains if:


It is 10 years old or older. 

It is less active than before and tend to sleep more than usual. 

If its fur is less glossy and looks less maintained than before. 

If its movements seems altered and with less suppleness. 

It seems to have occasional stiffness. 

It seems to hesitate before taking a jump. 

It tend to not jump very high anymore, and sometime miss its target. 

It occasionally defalcate or urinate outside of its litter box. 

It is less playful and interact less with you. 

It hides. 

It has mood changes, seems more grouchy and less sociable, etc... 

It has certain periods of meowing without apparent reasons.What to do?

Just like us cats who present certain symptoms of articular degenerative pains don't have to suffer unnecessarily.

Today's veterinary medicines offers a panoply of alternatives which can be combined to diminish chronicle pains an ameliorate the quality of life of cats suffering from arthritis. So take good care of your cats. They are wonderful friends, and do not deserve to suffer for nothing.


Strong bounds between cats and humans

Posted by Rodolphe Cote on March 17, 2011 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

There are a lot of experts out there who say that cats are strictly independent animals. These very same experts state that cats have chosen to associate with humans due to their strategy of survival. Although many argue with this statement, there are many who agree as well -- although those that agree are normally those in the percentile who don't agree with cats. Anyone who has owned a cat will tell you that cats are great at bonding with people, although they are very particular. Normally, a cat will choose someone in the home that he bonds with. You'll know when a cat wants to bond with you, as he will hop on your lap seeking attention or snuggle up to you at night when you are sleeping. Purring is a strong sign of affections, especially with cats that are looking to bond.Although many experts have tried to figure it out, no one really knows why cats choose a particular person whom they will bond with. It could be the individual's manners, voice, or simply how that person treats the cat. Perhaps it may be the individual is really gentle, or maybe a little more forceful -- bringing the best out in the cat.

My mother's cat Ti Gris

My mother had a cat that really bounded strongly to her. He was a big gray male cat, she called him Ti Gris (Little Gray) She was a chef cook at a restaurant, and when she arrived home sometime very tired Ti Gris was always waiting for her. He would roll on his back, and let her tickle his tummy. He always succeeded in putting a smile on her face. You could see that those two really cared for each other. He would follow her around purring. My mother died suddenly one good morning my father found her dead in her sleep, after her burial Ti Gris just disappeared and was never seen again. He didn't want to stay home without my mother. Nobody knows what happened to Ti Gris.

Another interesting story about a certain cat.

After we moved from the farm we bought a new house in a small town. The heating system was from ducts under the floor coming from a central oil furnace. Somehow our female cat found her way into one of those duct, if you put her outside she would always crawl into that duct and meowed very loud to get in. We had to remove the floor grill to let her in every time. My father got impatient with that cat. So he decided to drop her in the wood fifty miles from our home. He never told us that, so we thought that she just had died. But after two years a particular morning we heard a loud meow coming from the heat ventilation floor grill. Well, is this weird or what! The cat was back. Explain to me how on earth after two years and two harsh winters she found her way back! My mother was crying, she looked in good shape also. She amazed us so much that she made her way into our heart. We kept her and nobody ever complained about her bad habit again.

About the courage and love of life of cats

Again this story is very unusual but true. A big yellow cat we had on the farm to keep our farm free from rodent, was doing her usual mouse hunting in the hay field. My father was cutting the hay with the tractor and the hay reaper which has a long arm on the side with moving blades. This arm drag under the hay about one inch above the ground. The poor cat just happened to be in the hay field that day, and the grass cutter cut off the tips of her 4 legs. She ran away leaving a tract of blood and hid under the grain storage building, which was about six inches above the ground. She stayed there for at least a month.

Everyone thought that she was dead. But after a couple of months she was hopping around on the tips of her cut off paws. My father tried to shoot her, because he didn't want her to suffer. He never succeeded. She became a wild cat and hated humans with passion. No one could approach her ever again, she would hiss and snarl and would surely bite your hand off if you would insist on approaching her. We called her La Chatte Maline. (The Upset Cat) Could you blame her! If somebody I trust cut my legs off and tried to shoot me, I sure wouldn't like him or them either. We just left her alone, she lived another six years. I guess there must have been some rodents living under the grain building. She had plenty of food. But how she survived our harsh winters is something to be admired. Alone, hurt, and proud. She still loved life and proved the real courage of a regular house cat. They are more admirable that we think they are. I sure have a lot of admiration for them. They are by far my favorite animals.

What some researchers believes about cats

There are a lot of ways that researchers have tried to take this subject, one of which being psychic. Some say that cats bond with someone due to a "psychic aura" that is compatible with both the person and the cat. If a cat feels that someone is giving them a bad vibe, they will simply ignore that person. Although this can be true to a sense for some, a majority of those who own cats will tell you that this couldn't be any further from the truth. Even though there are a lot of theories and speculation out there, no one really knows why cats bond with humans. There's little to no proof available as well, other than cats and their natural instinct for physical survival. Those who own cats know that cats crave attention, simply to make them feel needed. They love to be pampered by their owners, and will shower you with attention and affection if you just give them the chance. Those who are new to owning cats may find bonding to be very different. Cats are different from other animals, including dogs, in the sense that they bond different. Different breeds of cats will bond different with their owners, although most prefer affection and attention. The more time you spend around your cat, the more he will bond with you. Over the years, you'll find that the bond you create with your pet has grown very strong -- and simply cannot be broken.