“Factors related to the presence of OA included advancing age, decreased mobility and grooming, and increased inappropriate elimination. This study supports findings of other studies in the last 10 years and reinforces the fact that OA is very common in middle-aged and older cats, and is associated with behavior changes.”
From “Osteoarthritis in Cats. Cat Health News from the Winn Feline Foundation.”
If your middle-aged or senior cat doesn’t like to be groomed, they may have a good reason. Arthritis makes some movements more painful. If you notice a reduction in movement, it’s your turn to pick up the slack. Gently and patiently help your cat groom themselves. If you can’t do this, then look for a cat groomer who understands the aches and pains of old age in cats.