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Evaluating Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain

Up to 45 percent of all cats suffer arthritis pain, but currently there are no approved or proven therapies for treatment of chronic joint pain in cats. One reason for this is that veterinarians don't have reliable and sensitive ways of assessing such pain in cats. It is crucial to have quantitative, reliable ways to measure chronic pain so that these methods can be used to test the effectiveness of new drug and non-drug therapies designed to alleviate chronic pain. This study will develop a valid, reliable and sensitive questionnaire for veterinarians and clinical researchers to accurately assess efficacy of treatments for chronic pain in cats.