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Anonymous asked in PetsCats · 1 decade ago

My cat has VERY weak hind legs, but is otherwise normal. 2 dif. vets could not tell me what is wrong.?

I have been to 2 different vets, the only options are a CT scan & spinal tap. She is playful(well, as much as she can be w/o the use of her back legs), eats, drinks, & purrs. Does anyone have any idea what this could be?

Update:

I have been to 2 different vets, the only options are a CT scan & spinal tap. She is playful(well, as much as she can be w/o the use of her back legs), eats, drinks, & purrs. Does anyone have any idea what this could be?

Okay, I forgot to mention that she is a 7 mo. old persian that is indoors. The vets know she has arthritis in the knees, but do not think that is the reason for the weak hind legs. I don't mind the CT scan, but the spinal tap sounds rather painful, even if she is drugged.

Update 2:

Let's see....my cat weighs 6 pounds. She has a luxating patella(floating knee cap) in both hind legs, but the vet does not think this is the problem. I have had knee problems in the past and I know it is extremely painful. I was using Meow Mix for a while, but have changed to Nutro Natural Choice. I really appreciate everyone's answer!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    If your cat has always had this problem, she probably had a problem during the birthing process. If this happened after you adopted her, she may have fallen off of something and landed wrong causing pinched nerves in her back. You need to try to remember when you first noticed this symptom and what she might have been doing at that time - how active, etc.

    If your cat is overweight, this will definitely add to her discomfort. Did either vet take x-rays to see if her spine is out of alignment?

    It might also be a deficiency in her diet that's leading to her becoming weak. I would suggest that you try a holistic vet since the traditional vets haven't helped you.

    In the meantime, run your fingers along her spine from the top of her neck to the tip of her tail to see if she shows any signs of discomfort. You can also feel if her spine has an unusual knot or bump that doesn't feel like the rest of her spine. If she shows discomfort, a holistic vet (trained in this specialty) will be able to realign her spine and hopefully give her better mobility.

    Also, please make sure that your cat is eating organic high protein food - read the label. The link below to petfoodtracker will give you some options and keep you informed about the recall. Today's basic pet foods are loaded with growth hormones, pesticides and stuff that isn't fit for humans - like diseased animals, animal parts that people can't digest, etc. Cats need meat for proper nutrition as they are carnivores. Lack of meat in their diet can lead to kidney problems and more.

    Current Safe Pet Foods List supplied by PETA.org:

    Active Life Pet Products

    1-877-291-2913

    www.activelifepp.com

    Amoré Pet Services, Inc.

    1-866-572-6673

    www.amorepetfoods.com

    Animal Food Services

    1-800-743-0322

    www.animalfood.com

    Artemis Pet Food— NEW

    1-800-282-5876

    www.artemiscompany.com

    Azmira Holistic Animal Care

    1-800-497-5665

    www.azmira.com

    Burns Pet Health, Inc.

    1-877-983-9651

    www.burnspethealth.com

    Canusa International

    519-624-5697

    www.canusaint.com

    CountryPet Pet Food

    1-800-454-7387

    www.countrypet.com

    Dr. Harvey's

    1-866-362-4123

    www.drharveys.com

    Dry Fork Milling Co.

    1-800-346-1360

    Dynamite Marketing, Inc.

    208-887-9410

    www.dynamitemarketing.com

    Evanger's Dog and Cat Food Co., Inc.

    1-800-288-6796

    www.evangersdogfood.com

    Evolution Diet, Inc. (entirely vegan)

    1-800-659-0104

    www.petfoodshop.com

    Good Dog Foods, Inc.

    732-842-4555

    www.gooddogfoods.com

    GreenTripe.Com

    831-726-3255

    www.greentripe.com

    Halo, Purely for Pets

    1-800-426-4256

    www.halopets.com

    Happy Dog Food

    1-800-359-9576

    www.happydogfood.com

    Harbingers of a New Age (entirely vegan)

    406-295-4944

    www.vegepet.com

    Holistic Blend

    1-800-954-1117

    www.holisticblend.com

    The Honest Kitchen

    858-483-5995

    www.thehonestkitchen.com

    Know Better Dog Food

    1-866-922-6463

    www.knowbetterdogfood.com

    KosherPets, Inc.

    954-938-6270

    www.kosherpets.com

    Kumpi Pet Foods

    303-699-8562

    www.kumpi.com

    Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. (has vegan options)

    1-800-829-4493

    www.naturalbalanceinc.com

    Natural Life Pet Products, Inc. (has vegan options)

    1-800-367-2391

    www.nlpp.com

    Nature's Variety

    1-888-519-7387

    www.naturesvariety.com

    Newman's Own Organics—NEW

    www.newmansownorganics.com

    PetGuard (has vegan options)

    1-800-874-3221

    904-264-8500

    www.petguard.com

    Pied Piper Pet & Wildlife

    1-800-338-4610

    www.piedpiperpet.com

    PoshNosh Inc.

    613-747-1542

    1-866-893-4006 (Outside Ottawa-Outaouais)

    Raw Advantage, Inc.

    360-387-5158

    www.rawadvantagepetfood.com

    Rocky Mountain Natural Products

    1-877-768-6788 (Eastern U.S.)

    1-800-665-5521 (Western U.S.)

    www.rmtnp.com

    Sauder Feeds, Inc.

    260-627-2196

    www.sauderfeeds.com

    Stella & Chewy's LLC—NEW

    718-522-9673

    www.stellaandchewys.com

    Timberwolf Organics, Inc.

    407-877-8779

    www.timberwolforganics.com

    V-dogfood LLC (entirely vegan)—NEW

    1-888-280-8364

    www.V-dogfood.com

    Veterinary Nutritional Formula

    1-800-811-0530

    www.vnfpetfood.com

    Wow-Bow Distributors Ltd. (has vegan options)

    1-800-326-0230

    www.wow-bow.com

    Wysong Professional Diets (has vegan options)

    1-800-748-0188

    www.wysong.net

  • 4 years ago

    There was once this stray cat that came visiting now and again and it acted find it irresistible had issues together with his hind leg. We learned that the leg wasnt damaged like we idea, however as a substitute that leg was once deformed. It lacked the muscle force and the bones had been brittle. Cats will also be in an severe quantity of affliction and nonetheless placed on a blissful face since they observe they want support and humans opt for a blissful injured cat over a loopy hissing injured cat. I suppose they have an understanding of that they have to maintain cool to get the support they want. You must without doubt take him to the vet. Good good fortune!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Most likely a genetic defect due to years of inbreeding to perfect the breed standard. Probably where the arthritis comes from as well, as I can't imagine that condition is very common in a 7 month old kitten.

    If she's otherwise healthy, I wouldn't worry too much about it. I wouldn't let her outside unsuperivised, though, as she'll have trouble getting away from potential dangers quickly.

    *edit*

    Do not feed a vegan diet, as the poster below me listed some foods that have vegan options. Cats are carnivores and vegan diets will lead to many deficiencies, health problems, and eventual death.

  • 1 decade ago

    wow i wonder if it could be nerve damage ? , i see these cats all the times and when they cross the street their back legs are so weak 'that they roll on the street for 2seconds then get up and do it all again.,. i have never seen this before .. the cats are feral so i can;t ask about this condition,.,. lol

    Source(s): cats owner +helper 40yrs
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  • Dotr
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    possible old accident or birth defect??

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