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Could your cat have osteoarthritis?

Use this checklist to identify your cat’s activities and behaviors that may be signs of osteoarthritis. Then click “See Report”. Your responses can be printed or emailed to share with your veterinarian.

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Is your cat showing signs of OA-related pain?1

Check all that apply

Answer yes or no

1Do you think your cat shows signs of pain?
2Have you noticed any changes in your cat’s behavior?

Osteoarthritis has physical and emotional effects

A “yes” response to the questions above may mean that your cat is in pain from osteoarthritis. Just as in humans, chronic pain negatively impacts your cat’s quality of life, not just physically, but also emotionally. The good news is that by identifying your cat’s condition, you and your veterinarian can develop a treatment plan for your cat. A recent peer-reviewed published study demonstrated the initial validity and reliability of a quality of life assessment for chronic diseases, such as osteoarthritis, in cats.2 Using these questions, you can help your veterinarian assess and monitor how well your cat’s chronic pain management treatment is working.

Think about your cat’s behavior in the past week and help us determine how your cat is feeling by completing the following table.

  • My cat couldn’t be less
  • My cat couldn’t be more
Energetic & Enthusiastic (Vitality)
Active & Comfortable (Comfort)
Happy & Content (Emotional Well-being)

Your cat’s general behavior history can be helpful

Additional information that can be helpful to your veterinary team is your cat’s history. Answer yes or no.

1Has your cat’s personality or sociability changed?
2Has your cat’s urination or defecation habits changed?
3Is your cat hiding more? OR does your cat seem to be “slowing down”?
  1. This questionnaire is not a medical diagnostic tool and is not intended to replace discussions with an animal healthcare professional. Discuss medical concerns with your veterinarian.
  1. Based on the Musculoskeletal Pain Screening Checklist (MiPSC) © 2019 North Carolina State University.
  2. Reid, J, Nolan A.M., Scott, E.M. Measuring pain in dogs and cats using structured behavioural observation. The Veterinary Journal, Vol 236, June 2018: pp. 72-70.