|Hind Leg/Hip Problems
||[Aug. 22nd, 2010|05:56 pm]
Our fixed tom, Buddy, is having issues with his hind legs and/or his hips. Bud is about ... 5 years old, he adopted us as a grown cat. He can't (or won't) sit anymore. He can walk, mostly steady, and he kind of tips over to lay down. We have a low couch he has made his home and he can get up and down from it (we help him whenever we see him moving).
His legs seem a bit swollen (not terribly) and they're both nice and warm. We've massaged and .... felt him up (lol) basically, and can find tender areas, but never twice in the same spot.
Whenever he lies down, he prefers to curl up. He loves his cat bed. When he extends his legs, the muscles tremble.
Any ideas? we'd normally rush him to a vet but money is just not available. This has been going on about two weeks. We'd suspected he'd just had a bad landing from a jump or something (he's an indoor/fenced yard outdoor cat), but it doesn't seem to be improving. Or getting worse, for that matter. There are no wounds to show he'd been in a fight, either.