Walking funny

Siti AbidinSiti Abidin OttawaMember Posts: 5
edited 6 June, 2007 in Cat Health
My cat Kimo can't seem to be able to stand on all fours now. Its all kinda sudden. He didn't have any traumatic accidents or anything. I find that his hindlegs are very weak and when he does walk his back arches as though he is in pain. He can only manage about six or so steps before sitting down. The thing is he doesn't seem to be in pain when I try to press on his hind legs, he seems alert, he is still willing to play although with alot of difficulty, he is eating normally etc etc..I brought him to the vet when I realised this and she took some xrays, blood & urine test. However, the results came back normal nothing was out of the ordinary and they were not able to provide a solution as to why he is like this. Its doing my head in..is anyone here familiar with this or has experienced anything like this? Please let me know coz i can't bear looking at him like this..I wish he can just tell me what the problem is :-/


  • alicia casteloalicia castelo Member Posts: 747
    edited 1 June, 2007
    The only thing that comes to my head is if he somehow twisted his leg.
  • Melissa FordMelissa Ford Santa CruzMember Posts: 3,914
    edited 1 June, 2007
    Did they take leg xrays or did they also do neck and spinal xrays? If the ;later were not performed, I'd get those done. In the meantime ask your vet about getting some pain relief. You may even want to consider talking with a specialist about this condition.
  • Christa SielskiChrista Sielski ChattanoogaMember Posts: 1,650
    edited 1 June, 2007
    Do you have a high cat tree?? If so, he could have jumped down and landed funny to hurt his legs like that. I hear a lot of cats do that in trees. It can be what Carlos said, he may have twisted his legs when walking, climbing, or playing. Everything else that comes to thought shouldn't be the problem because you took him to the vet. But that's all we can think of so far. I'm sorry to hear all this. We hope you feel better soon. :^: :D
  • Sarah ManolisSarah Manolis San FranciscoMember Posts: 148
    edited 1 June, 2007
    Did you check his paws to see if he stepped on something? Are all of his claws looking okay? Something may be ingrown. I also know that cats will tend to get weak legs, specifically in the hind region, when they are diabetic. When your vet tested the blood, did he test Kimo's blood sugar levels? It can also be caused by a possible stroke. It baffles me that the vet could offer you nothing and that all the tests came back normal. sarah & jack
  • Siti AbidinSiti Abidin OttawaMember Posts: 5
    edited 1 June, 2007
    Yup, I took him to the emergency referral coz I panicked and they did xrays of his spine and legs, blood tests and also urine test. Nothing was out of the ordinary. The vet said that his spine and legs were ok..and even they were a bit baffled. I came across another forum and found that this couple had exactly the same problems with their 6 month old kitten and the vet didn't have any idea what happened too. Unfortunately the forum was about 5 yrs old so I couldn't contact the parents of the kitty to ask. I don't know. I'm taking him to his regular vet again next week so wish us luck..I hate seeing him like this. Thanks for the support guys..
  • Katie BrundageKatie Brundage West Coast, USAMember Posts: 13
    edited 1 June, 2007
    Hi Kimo, I\'m so sorry to hear that you aren\'t feeling well. :( I wanted to ask if age might be a factor (?). My kitty cousin, Gretchen, developed arthritis a couple of years ago (when she was about 12), and thus it\'s painful for her to walk and she walks very stiffly. I don\'t know if it came on suddenly, but that might be something to consider. We\'ll be thinking of you. Purrs, Harriet and Harriet\'s mom
  • Alana RobertsAlana Roberts BrooklynMember Posts: 758
    edited 1 June, 2007
    This may be a long shot but ask your vet to test you for Toxo - Jabba has toxo and it forms cysts in the body which can 'pop' at any time, Maybe one of your popped in your leg, or in your brain which could be giving you coordination problems. Jabb's had hers in her eye and now sh'e blind in that eye, it may be nothing though
  • Patricia LamaPatricia Lama Mount SinaiMember Posts: 9
    edited 2 June, 2007
    Kimo may have HCM. One of the things that can happen (besides sudden unexplained death) is back leg paralysis. A clot finds its way to the place where the artery splits. It lodges there cutting off blood to both hind legs until it dissolves or is dissolved. Catnip March 2006 states that only 20% to 40% will have another occurance, not the 90% previously thought. Emergency vets in particular would suggest euthanasia. A heart murmur will suggest HCM; an ultrasound will comfirm it. The meds they have to treat HCM are very good now. Sterling lived almost 6 years and his heart was very bad when they found it. He was still running up & down my stairs & jumping up on the counter until he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He was gone within a month. I hope Kimo does just have a twisted leg, but you may want to bring HCM up to your vet. The murmur will not normally show up in a yearly check-up.
  • Siti AbidinSiti Abidin OttawaMember Posts: 5
    edited 3 June, 2007
    HCM? I thought this was mainly found in maine coons due to their body shape and bone structure. But nevertheless I shall bring it up to the vet and mention Toxo too..It really is scary he\'s keeping to himself now maybe because he\'s upset that he can\'t run or jump like the others. Thanks again all will update as soon as the vet diagnoses something..I too hope that it maybe just a sprain. :((
  • Vanessa HenleyVanessa Henley Member Posts: 1
    edited 5 June, 2007
    My cat is experiencing the same thing. Two days ago he started "walking" on his hocks. He doesn't seem to been in pain and tries to play. He was always such a energetic cat I thought he might of sprained something in the night. I took him to the vet and they can't find anything wrong with him. They referred me to a neurologist who said it "could" be angiomatossis, but she not sure. The tests cost $$$ and it's no guarentee that it's the right diagnosis. We have him at home now and he is shuffling from room to room. He's only 18 months old. I just lost his brother to cancer (he was 13) in March. I cannot lose another cat!
  • Alyssa BellAlyssa Bell Glens Falls, NYMember Posts: 19
    edited 6 June, 2007
    What are you feeding him? I don't mean to scare you but my previous cat, Horton, was doing this when he first got sick from his canned food. I remember he couldn't make it up the stares well at all. At the time, tests didn't really show anything wrong but he was having thyroid issues so he was put on meds and did well for a few months but then passed right before the recalls were released.:(( Good luck and I hope Kimo will be okay!
  • Sarah ManolisSarah Manolis San FranciscoMember Posts: 148
    edited 6 June, 2007
    Walking on the hind hocks is also tell-tale of diabetes. You need to get your little man tested! sarah & jack
  • Paige OzaroskiPaige Ozaroski Member Posts: 5
    edited 6 June, 2007
    I\'m so sorry to hear about your troubles. Unfortunately I do not have very much info or advice to give on this, but I wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and Kimo. About a month ago, I came home from work to discover that my pet chinchilla had lost all feeling and use of his legs from the waist down. I rushed him to the emergency vet, but the situation with him is that he broke his back (we have no idea how - he was in his cage the whole time). But the ironic thing is that the emergency vet didn\'t take x-rays - they just said he was paralyzed and they didn\'t know why. The mentioned the idea of putting him down that night if I wanted to, but I said no - I wanted to give him a chance and find out what was wrong (and he didn\'t seem to be in any pain at all). It wasn\'t until the next day when I took him to my regular vet that they did x-rays and saw the problem and told me his back was broken. Since this started out as such an odd situation and kind of a mystery, I went to a couple different Dr\'s before finding out the real problem. So I guess my best advice would be to go to another vet a get a 2nd opinion. You never know what other ideas they may have, or other things they have seen during their years in practice. I am glad I did not listen to the ER vets and/or put down my chin - he is happy as can be and he has even re-gained some movement in those little legs that they told me would never move again! I hope there is someone on here that has a more specific answer for your situation, but if not, I would go get a 2nd opinion. I wish you and Kimo the best of luck!
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