Scherk notes that according to more than one recent study, the over-whelming percent of older cats have at least some arthritic changes. That means they are hurting. So, what do you do about it?
Well, the majority may be overweight - so you begin with gradual weight loss. Also, exercise. But how do you exercise when it hurts? And who wants their cat to be in pain anyway? With cats, often, even family members don't know they're in pain because cats are really good actors.
There is one non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug used all over the world for cats without fanfare. But in the U.S., there are concerns about Metacam, which Scherk believes are overplayed. Scherk talks about Metacam and about pain relief for cats.