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What to know about cat joint pain and arthritis

Learn how to spot arthritis in your cat and relieve their pain.

What is cat arthritis?

Feline osteoarthritis, or cat arthritis, is a common degenerative joint disease that involves the breaking down of the cartilage and bones of the joints. The loss of protective tissues causes bones to rub against one another, resulting in inflammation and pain. The condition can get progressively worse over time, resulting in chronic pain and a loss of quality of life, but there are treatments to minimize discomfort.

What are the signs of arthritis in cats?

Arthritis symptoms in cats can vary and depend on the joint affected along with the amount of degeneration. Cats are good at hiding their pain, but things to look out for include stiffness, limping, irritation, poor grooming, behavior and mood changes, and a reluctance to jump on and off objects. If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an online vet visit with Dutch to consult with a licensed veterinarian.

What causes cat arthritis?

Scientists don’t know the exact cause of feline arthritis, but age, weight, injuries, and genetics all play a role in the degeneration of the tissues and bones located in the joints. Some breeds have a higher risk of arthritis, including Maine Coon, Persian, Siamese, Abyssinian, Devon Rex, and Scottish Folds.

What’s the treatment for cat arthritis?

Treatment depends on the physical condition of your cat and how much pain they have. Medications to relieve pain and inflammation, dietary supplements (like glucosamine and chondroitin and omega-3 fatty acids), and modifications to their living environment may improve your cat’s comfort level. If your cat is overweight, a diet and weight loss plan can help. Laser therapy, physical rehabilitation, and (in rare cases) surgery are other treatment options depending on your cat’s needs.

How it works

  • 1. Choose your subscription plan

    Choose an annual or monthly membership plan with Dutch to get started.

  • 2. Online vet visit

    Pick a time and get care from a licensed vet from home.

  • 3. Prescriptions shipped free to you

    We’ll create a treatment plan to help your pet and deliver it direct to you.

  • 4. Ongoing care & follow-ups

    We’ll keep track of how your treatment plan is going & you can follow up as much as needed.

Prescription treatments, delivered to you

Help your cat live a healthier, happier life with expert vet care — wherever you are. With Dutch, you can connect with a licensed veterinarian online anytime and have prescription and over-the-counter medication shipped free to your door.

Get customized treatment plans that combine medication, education, vet-designed behavior modification (if needed), and ongoing care for an array of health issues — starting at just $15/month.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a visit with Dutch like?

When booking a video call with a vet, you'll be asked a few questions about your pet’s health issue. Depending on the issue, you may also be asked to fill out a longer questionnaire about their symptoms and share photographs of them so our veterinarians can better understand what’s going on. You’ll then pick an appointment time that works best for you.

During your video call, one of our licensed veterinarians will talk to you about the symptoms your pet is experiencing, ask you questions, review your pet’s medical history if you’ve provided it, and answer any questions you have. The vet will ask to see your pet and their environment. And they may ask you to perform some simple checks on them if needed.

After your video call, the vet will send you a message with a custom treatment plan to help your pet feel better, including a link to buy any recommended prescription or over-the-counter medications. Place your order and we’ll ship it free.

Who is Dutch for?

Dutch is for dog and cat owners wanting a more cost effective and timely way to handle common pet issues. We eliminate the unnecessary vet visit as well as the stress related to getting your pet to the vet. The Dutch experience is designed to connect you with a vet via video call for general advice and recommended OTC product offerings. In certain states, vets may prescribe medication and therapeutics and our partner pharmacy will ship it right to your door.

What states does Dutch service?

As a Dutch member you can chat directly with a vet in all 50 states and access our OTC products.
If you are seeking prescription medication for your pet we currently offer telemedicine services in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

We will continue to service additional states in the coming months — stay tuned!