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2019 Dec 21

Vet Rec



Evaluation and comparison of pain questionnaires for clinical screening of osteoarthritis in cats.


Stadig S, Lascelles DBX, Nyman G, Bergh A
Vet Rec. 2019 Dec 21; 185(24):757.
PMID: 31619513.


Feline osteoarthritis (OA) is a common cause of long-standing pain and physical dysfunction. Performing a physical examination of a cat is often challenging. There is a need for disease-specific questionnaires or the so-called clinical metrology instruments (CMIs) to facilitate diagnosis and evaluation of treatment of feline OA. The CMI provides the owners an assessment of the cat's behavioural and lifestyle changes in the home environment. The purpose of the study was to evaluate readability, internal consistency, reliability and discriminatory ability of four CMIs.