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Old October 24th, 2011, 05:41 PM
momranhan momranhan is offline
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Back Leg weakness in 19 year old cat

Hello. I am wondering if anyone has ever seen this before. I have a 19 year old male cat named Simkin. He has always been a very healthy cat and saw a vet regularly until a few years ago. At that time our regular vet suggested we suspend vaccines due to his age. Simkin was very stressed by car rides and the vet so my vet, who had known me for years, suggested I just bring him in if I felt there was something wrong. Anyway, we have since moved and suddenly, as of yesterday, Sim seems to be having pretty severe issues with his hind quarters. he is not straightening his legs all the way and can not jump onto the couch or bed. I already have an appointment with a vet tomorrow I was just sort of looking to see if maybe someone has seen this before. I would like to be somewhat informed before a vet begins ordering a lot of tests for a 19 year old cat. Don't misunderstand me, this is my baby and I have had him since he was 6 weeks old. I just want to be realistic about a cat his age. Thanks, Jenny
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Old October 24th, 2011, 06:53 PM
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Probably arthritis.
Hopefully the vet can pinpoint the issue.
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Old October 25th, 2011, 01:12 AM
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At his age I would have full blood & urine tests done to be sure there are no medical issues such as kidney/liver problems
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Old October 27th, 2011, 10:05 AM
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BM and gG make good suggestions here. Older cats like older humans often get arthritis and this would likely be one of the things a vet check on.

But almost all older cats that live long enough (as far as I know) eventually encounter kidney problems and sometimes smaller changes like diet can help A LOT. I'd also be discussing this with my vet.

Good luck - you are lucky you have a cat with such longevity.
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