Feline OA Pain Facts

  • Feline osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful medical condition. In cats, it can affect the hip, knee, hock, and elbow joints1
  • More than 60% of cats over the age of 6 are affected by OA2
  • OA can start in cats as young as 6 months of age3
  • It is a “progressive” disease—which means that without treatment, the pain will get worse. As the pain worsens, it limits a cat’s ability to move and the overall quality of life1
  • Currently, there is no cure for OA
  • It is often hard to tell when cats are in pain from OA. That’s because it’s their instinct to hide weakness. Do you recognize any of these behavior changes in your cat?4
    • No longer running or chasing toys
    • Hesitant to jump up or down
    • Breaks up bigger jumps into smaller jumps
    • Difficulty going up or down stairs
    • Less energetic or enthusiastic
    • No longer using the litter box
    • Less social or interactive

These may be signs of OA pain—and it’s worth a conversation with your veterinarian to find ways to help your cat.

cat on stairs
Important Safety Information: See full Prescribing Information. For use in cats only. Women who are pregnant, trying to conceive or breastfeeding should take extreme care to avoid self-injection. Allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, could potentially occur with self-injection. Solensia should not be used in breeding cats or in pregnant or lactating queens. Solensia should not be administered to cats with known allergy to frunevetmab. The most common adverse events reported in a clinical study were vomiting and injection site pain.
Indication: For the control of pain associated with osteoarthritis in cats.
  1. Enomoto M, Mantyh PW, Murrell J, et al. Anti-nerve growth factor monoclonal antibodies for the control of pain in dogs and cats. Vet Rec. 2019;184(1):23.
  2. Slingerland L, Hazewinkel H, Meij B, Picavet P, Voorhout G. Cross-sectional study of the prevalence and clinical features of osteoarthritis in 100 cats. Vet J. 2011;187(3):304-309.
  3. Lascelles BD, et al. Cross-sectional study of the prevalence of radiographic degenerative joint disease in domesticated cats. Vet Surg. 2010;39(5):535-544.
  4. Feline Chronic Pain Pet Owner Teaching Tool. 2020 Zoetis Petcare.