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My 16 yr old cat is walking unsteady. What could be wrong?

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My 16 yr old cat is walking unsteady. What could be wrong?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Her back legs seem to be a big part of problem. She is still eating but not as much.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

There are so many possibilities that any supportive evidence would be helpful to me. She's not eating as much; what can you tell me about her water intake and output? Are there other symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, increased respiratory rate or effort (abdominal "push"), vomiting, or diarrhea? Her back legs appear to be an issue; please feel her back paws and compare their temperature to her front paws. If the back paws are cooler, a saddle thrombus - a blood clot in her aorta where the aorta branches into her hind legs - is responsible for her walking unsteady.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin