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I have noticed my 10 year old cat has started to walk with

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I have noticed my 10 year old cat has started to walk with her back noticeably in an arch.
She is not acting more fearful than usual, still loves to play with the her normal vigor, and is still eating normally.
I have read that this could be a sign of stomach pain. I've palpated her stomach area but she does not react as if she is in pain.
Are there any other conditions this could be?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

Yes, Michael, while abdominal pain might cause that "hunch", spinal/back pain is a more common cause of it. In dogs, degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") is the most common underlying problem causing that posture. Slipped disks aren't as common in cats but do occur - particularly at her age. Because she appears to be less painful than I would expect if she slipped a disk, I need to consider geriatric osteoarthritis in her spine as well. I'd like to see how a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) affects her. Her vet has such a drug that can be given by injection. You can give her the NSAID aspirin dosed at 5 mg/lb with food every other day and see how it affects her. You mustn't administer the toxic acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen, however.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.
Hi Michael,

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