Captain Patch, the senior, one-eyed special needs ambassacat, is helping educate everyone about osteoarthritis (OA). Veterinarians can recommend treatment plans to accommodate cats like Captain Patch. This way, they can enjoy playtime and get the most out of life.
As they age, cats could start quietly suffering from osteoarthritis pain. So, you may not realize it unless you know the signs to look for. But Captain Patch, age 15, is here to help shine a light on the signs to look for.
Captain Patch and Cats with Osteoarthritis
At 15 years old, this cat is going strong, but after being diagnosed with OA, he needs some extra care. It’s a painful degenerative condition that causes joint cartilage to wear down, so bones start to rub against each other.
Four Pawsible Signs of Osteoarthritis
Here are a four things to be aware of if you suspect your cat is developing OA (see video below).
1. The inability to groom thoroughly
Fortunately, Captain Patch’s siblings help groom him! But cats may need their humans to help if they don’t have such lovely furry companions.
“Just 3 handsome brothers in bow ties!! I love mew Lucifer and Baby Bobby!”
2. Difficulty jumping on and off furniture
To help Captain Patch, his mom, Debra, got some special soft stairs to help him get on and off the bed.
3. Decrease in playing activity
To help keep Captain Patch active, Debra provides him with his favorite toys.
The Captain also has a treatment plan to help him with OA. Patch lucked out with having Debra Baumann for a mom in many ways. One advantage is that she’s a veterinary nurse and designed the purrfect treatment plan with the Captain’s veterinarian. Your vet can help if you suspect your cat may have OA.
For more information, Captain Patch suggests visiting catredflags.com. There; you can take an easy quiz to help learn about osteoarthritis (OA) in cats.
For more, check out our article on signs your cat could be in pain.
Video via Instagram/captain_patch_the_cat
Captain Patch and the Amazing AcroCats
Patch’s Mom is a cat-loving veterinary nurse, tour assistant, animal caretaker, and trainer for the Amazing AcroCats and Rock Cats. She and the Captain travel the country together, and there’s always something exciting happening.
Here’s the Captain recently at the WNC Cat Museum in Sylva, NC, enjoying a “shrine to all thing feline.”
Captain Patch has enjoyed greeting fans before and after shows for years. Fans have helped by sponsoring him for the special care he needs, including care for chronic sinus infections due to a deviated septum. But for this ambassacat, life is often a pawty full of love and adventure.
Once, Captain Patch was even in the Puppy Bowl Halftime Show.
Captain Patch began his days as an ambassacat with the Amazing AcroCats back in 2017. And his help bringing awareness to OA will certainly help cats for years to come!