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Hind Leg/Hip Problems [Aug. 22nd, 2010|05:56 pm]
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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.



[User Picture]From: sylvarthorne
2010-08-23 12:43 am (UTC)

I am not a vet, nor do I play one on TV.

That sounds like arthritis to me, but he seems a little young for it. Have you have him for five years, or is the 5 year age an estimate given you by a vet?

Cosequin is a joint support medicine/supplement often recommended (no RX needed, IIRC) for animal joint issues. Many people with older, arthritic animals, swear by it. You could give it a shot, but I'd still recommend a vet especially since it's been going on for a couple weeks.

Good luck :(
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[User Picture]From: evillart
2010-08-23 03:08 am (UTC)
Cats can also get hip dysplesia. You would need to take him to a vet for a diagnosis.
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[User Picture]From: cat_the2nd
2010-08-23 07:27 am (UTC)
This sounds a little like my cat of several years ago. His back legs became swollen, and his gait was a little off, and instead of running everywhere he would slowly walk. The legs & hips & base of his tail were hot to touch too. My vet diagnosed a calcium deficiency, not due to dietary insufficiency but due to some rare condition that causes calcium deficiency that was related to him being FIV+ve.

Calcium deficiency is extremely rare, so it's unlikely to be that and unsafe to assume it is, but the presentation is similar. Your cat sounds a lot more unsteady than Basil though. He could sit with no difficulty, and Basil didn't tip to lie down. I would be wondering more about some spinal nerve damage, either due to injury or disease process, especially since it is both legs. I hope you can find a way to take him to the vet.
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