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Sick/Injured kitty...anyone have any ideas?

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  • Sick/Injured kitty...anyone have any ideas?

    So, yesterday I was in the tub, and one of my cats, Bear, always likes to sit on the side and splash me. Well, he sat up on his hind legs, and then just didn't seem to have the stregth to push himself into a standing position to hop up onto the ledge. He then sorta crouch-hobbled a few steps, laid down for a moment, then did it again.

    I took him to the vet, who told me that it was probably just a sprain and to give him half a baby asprin once a day, and that if it wasn't better in a week, to take him back for xrays.

    Well, I'm not sure that I agree with her diagnosis. First off, she said she couldn't really see him favoring the leg because of how he was walking. Now admittedly he was scared, but Bear has NEVER walked like that--thats part of the problem :P

    I can stretch both legs out and message them without him flinching or pulling away. I'm wondering if its something internal...ya know, something as simple as constipation (his butt is always facing downward), or maybe even something more serious. Anytime I have seen a critter with a hurt foot/leg, it doesn't affect BOTH legs...they walk and favor the leg/limp, or they keep it completely tucked up under them and hop, not this wierd hobble a few steps and stop thing.

    He is an indoor cat, but has an older brother, so its hard to tell who is pooing and thus whether its constipation. Does anyone have any ideas, I am very concerned...if its an internal thing I need to find another vet and get it fixed before it gets (more) serious....

  • #2
    If you don't like the vet's diagnosis I would get a second opinion, just to be safe.


    • #3
      I'd personally be concerned of some soreness in the back/spine area. Or perhaps even a bit of a dislocation there. There are vets now who either specialize in or are very familiar with chiropractic manipulation in animals. And a back/spine soreness can manifest in behavior similar to what you're describing.

      I would also have strongly questioned the vet about the "half a baby aspirin" routine as aspirin is a BIG no-no in dogs and especially in cats.

      Personally, I'd be looking for a second opinion from a different vet!
      Juanita (& the kids - Missy, Taffy, Smudge & Marmie)