Hip Dysplasia in Cats
By Dr. Jill Kirk, Cat Depot Veterinarian
Kitties get bad hips too! While a much more common finding in dogs, cats sometimes get hip dysplasia - an abnormal formation of the hip joint.
Some breeds are more prone to hip dysplasia than others, mainly Maine Coons, Siamese, Persians, and Himalayans.
Cats affected often walk with a stilted gait, because the condition is painful. Degenerative joint disease, or DJD, is a common comorbidity with these cats.
Thankfully, there is some treatment. Keep your kitty at a good weight to put less stress on the joints. Environmental modification such as low sided litter boxes and steps to couches and beds can help, and NSAIDS for pain control.