Unwillingness to Jump

The dog or cat is unwilling to jump because it has a difficulty or pain while jumping. When pets display an unwillingness to jump, it is typically a symptom of various health issues. Perhaps the most common reason that pets may display an unwillingness to jump is arthritis. Arthritis is a condition that affects the joints of both dogs and cats, especially those that are older. However, other reasons that may cause an unwillingness to jump include hip dysplasia, injuries to the legs, luxating patellas and various spinal disorders.

Unwillingness to Jump

How to Recognize

If your pet usually jumps onto your bed, couch, or car, and now looks unwilling when you ask them to, it is a sign there may be something wrong.


Arthritis is the most common reason a pet refuses to jump. Arthritis affects dogs and cats much like it affects humans. It affects the joints and causes pain, especially in older pets. Hip dysplasia, injuries to the legs, luxating patellas, and various spinal disorders can also cause an unwillingness to jump.


Your veterinarian will give your pet a physical exam and look for things such as inflamed joints.


Pets with severe arthritis may need surgery and a total joint replacement. Other pets may simply need to change their diet to lose weight or take an anti-inflammatory.

Unwillingness to Jump Affects

  • Dogs
  • Cats

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