Slow-motion footage to detect OA
Because cats become stressed when away from their territory or surrounded by strangers, it can be difficult to accurately assess their physical and emotional condition at the clinic. But clients can use their phones to record pet movements in slow motion at home, then play them back to see whether those movements are indicative of OA.
“One of the most important things is that cats move so quickly. [When they’re] jumping off a counter, it’s really hard to see the details. If you use the slow-[motion option] on a cell phone, you can actually capture the real motion,” said Elizabeth Colleran, DVM (feline practice). “And you can get a sense of whether the cat is hesitating before jumping or...sort of sliding down the counter to avoid the distance [and] impact. So you get the real details of a really fast- moving object.”