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Experience:  UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
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My cat is 12 years old and I've noticed she almost waddles

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My cat is 12 years old and I've noticed she almost waddles when she walks. She still plays / runs / jump with no issue. Just wondering how concerned I need to be.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.
Hello, Has she always walked like this or is something new?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I haven't noticed it before. Maybe in last year or so.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I can pet / brush her on the back and backside and she doesn't seem to mind
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.
Understood. At this age, and with that type of walk I have to think about a few things. 1. Arthritis. Absolutely, a consideration. So, the plan would be to talk with your vet about doing a short non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication trial to see if you observe improvement in walking. A common tablet for cats would be Onsior. The liquid would be a prescription of metacam. 2. A systemic (internal) problem. Specifically, diabetes. Diabetes can be easily overlooked, and over time, can cause a weakness in the back legs. So, i would suggest a basic vet visit, some routine testing, and maybe a little trial with either a NSAID or pain medicine to see if helpful. Good Luck!Dr. Andy