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What causes stiff joints?

There are many reasons why your cat could be suffering from stiff joints:

Age

As cats get older, joint cartilage will progressively wear away. Though it is much more common in cats over 7 years of age, young cats can suffer from stiff joints, too.

Breed

Certain breeds are more prone to developing stiff joints. ‘At-risk’ cat breeds include Himalayans, Persians and Siamese.

Excess weight

Excess weight means excess stress on the joints and cartilage, this increases the risk of stiff joints.

Congenital or hereditary defects

Some breeds may have congenital or hereditary conditions that make them more prone to developing stiff joints later in life.

Accidents or trauma

Trauma to cartilage may lead to stiff joints later in life and adversely affect mobility.

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