How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask ERAnimalNurse Your Own Question

ERAnimalNurse
ERAnimalNurse, Emergency Critical Care Nurse
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 2302
Experience:  16+ years of veterinary experience
7788723
Type Your Cat Question Here...
ERAnimalNurse is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Do cats have muscle spasms My kitty has begun having ...

Customer Question

Do cats have muscle spasms? My kitty has begun having episodes of her hind leg freezing up in a raised position when she is on her side. And when I try to left her to a standing position, her hind legs are lame. After a minute or so, she is normal again. I''ve also wondered if this could be a seizure. Usually happens in the evening.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  ERAnimalNurse replied 6 years ago.

HI Marilee,

I am quite worried about your kitty, and I would like you to take her to the vet as soon as you can. Since it is Friday before a holiday weekend, try to get in to see your vet today before they close and you have to see an emergency vet. Cats do experience muscle spasms, but I do not think that is what is going on-though it is possible. Your kitty may be experiencing seizures, or she may be experiencing a thrombus, in the early stages. Cats are considered to be geriatric at 8 years old, and aging makes them prone to many disease processes. Any one of these systemic illnesses can cause muscle wasting and weakness, and dehydration. Your kitty could be weak and ataxic (experiencing muscle weakness and unsteadyness) from an advanced disease process. She could also be suffering from advanced arthritis, though I do not think that is all that is going on. Your kitty needs to see her vet for an exam, comprehensive blood and thyroid panel, urinalysis and maybe some radiographs. She could be experiencing some intervertebral disk disease which is affecting her motor skills and her ability to control her back legs.

There are many things that could be going on, and some of them can be very painful and uncomfortable. The longer your kitty goes without diagnostics and medication, the further her condition will progress. If you have her seen now, you may be able to avoid costly vet bills and hospitalization, since she is exhibiting few symptoms. Please have her seen soon, and let me know if I can be of further assistance. If this has been helpful, please hit the green accept button. I hope all goes well with your kitty.

ERAnimalNurse, Emergency Critical Care Nurse
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 2302
Experience: 16+ years of veterinary experience
ERAnimalNurse and other Cat Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
My husband is taking her in today. Our kitty has a regular vet and has been taking metamozole (sp) for her thyroid for 2 months. We wonder if this could be causing this side effect. X-rays and lab work were done in March and led to our discovery of her thyroid condition. Currently she exhibits normal behavior except for the episodes I've described. She still eats, drinks, urinates and defecates normally. Plus she remains sociable and does not cry. Our vet's office acts fairly unconcerned and said they couldn't work her in today, even when we read them your response. We've contacted another vet's office and they said they will see her. Thank you for your courteous response and kind concern.

Marilee
Expert:  ERAnimalNurse replied 6 years ago.

Hi again,

Thanks for the additional information. I am surprised your vet is not concerned, without seeing your kitty they cannot be certain what is going on, regardless of her current medical condition, and by refusing to work you in, they are somewhat liable if she does experience a thrombus or is having seizures. Call me paranoid, but I am very glad you are able to have her seen at another hospital. Even if it is something mild like rear leg weakness as a complication from her hyperthyroidism, it is better to be safe than sorry. Let me know how it goes.....

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
An update. The vet who saw her did an exam and discovered a spot of pain along her back area. At that point she administered an injection of prednisone. She then took an xray. She said she noticed something vague on the film that could possibly be the beginning of ortho degeneration in her back. The vet gave us the xray to take to our regular vet for his assessment. She also gave us a round of prednisone pills to administer for our kitty's comfort.
Thanks again for your concern and good advice.
Expert:  ERAnimalNurse replied 6 years ago.

Marilee,

Thanks for letting me know, I am glad it wasn't something more serious. Older kitties can experience some degeneration of bone as a natural part of the aging process, and sometimes they can have a type of cancer called osteosarcoma. Osteosarcoma is a very aggressive and painful cancer which can cause lysing or breakdown of the bown tissue, making it brittle. It can also be characterized by excessive bony build up, since it is a tumor. I mention this only because it is a vague possibility, and I want you to be informed. Osteosarc likes long bones, but besides the legs I have seen it in the skull and neck of some patients.

Prednisone is a great medication in that it has strong anti-inflammatory properties. It will help greatly with discomfort related to inflammation. It is not a pain medication, so if you are thinking your kitty is uncomfortable after she's been on the pred for a few days, you can ask for a pain medication. The typical side effects are increased water consumption and increased urination, so make sure that there is plenty of fresh water and a clean litterbox available at all times. And, some kitties will also experience an increase in appetite. Rarer side effects include bilateral hair loss, panting, lethargy and weakness.

Thanks for the bonus, it is much appreciated. I hope that your kitty does well and that she is comfortable. If I can be of future assistance, please let me know.

Stephanie

(submitted as info request so you won't be prompted to pay again :)

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Hi Stephanie!

Another update.

My husband just returned from taking Olive Oil to our regular vet. He examined her and reviewed her recent x-rays and determined that she has arthritis in her back. He said that she has experienced a flare up of pain which caused the spasm/seizure-like episodes. Since she has been on prednisone, the episodes have begun to subside. This vet told us to keep administering pred for the full 10 days and then monitor her condition. We have an ample supply to resume giving to her should she begin showing signs of pain again. Hopefully she won't need it again for awhile.

Again, thanks so much for your interest and concern.

Marilee
Expert:  ERAnimalNurse replied 6 years ago.

Marilee,

Thanks for letting me know. I am so glad that she is feeling better, and that the pred is working so well for her. I hope that she continues to do well.

Stephanie

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • The response from the Expert literally saved my cat's life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart -- I will recommend all of my friends to you!!! Lucia Rincon, Georgia
< Last | Next >
  • The response from the Expert literally saved my cat's life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart -- I will recommend all of my friends to you!!! Lucia Rincon, Georgia
  • I will use your service again. I was very pleased with the response and the fact that you have a low cost option so that those of us on fixed income can have questions answered. I will also recommend you to others. Karen Jackson Heights, NY
  • You helped us to come to what we believe is a better next step in Jack's treatment, and hopefully have saved us $800!! Thanks again! Jack's Mom Tuscon, AZ
  • The vet said that the information and my following it will be what made the difference. Thanks again for being so very helpful. Tracy Grayson, LA
  • My oldest male cat had a seizure this evening. This site was the first place I could think of to go after the seizure had passed. Dr. Lucy was fantastic and she was spot on! Debbie USA
  • I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there. Alice H. Jacksonville, Fl.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Terri

    Feline Healthcare Expert

    Satisfied Customers:

    18938
    Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/purrfectkitty/2008-07-10_084515_2006-06-10_me2.jpg Terri's Avatar

    Terri

    Feline Healthcare Expert

    Satisfied Customers:

    18938
    Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    868
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CE/Cerecita/2011-3-16_2565_JAPIC500x500.64x64.jpg Cher's Avatar

    Cher

    Feline Specialist

    Satisfied Customers:

    9637
    Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/kydoll/2008-11-26_190500_me.jpg Lori's Avatar

    Lori

    Feline Healthcare

    Satisfied Customers:

    3325
    16 yrs health care mgmt & issues relating to cats, reproductive issues and multicat environments
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/mccprn/2009-11-20_185102_JA_profile.jpg Micki's Avatar

    Micki

    Expert in cat behavior and health

    Satisfied Customers:

    3153
    Expert in cat medical and behavior issues.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/ER/ERPetNurse/2011-11-7_1293_b.64x64.jpg Candy R.'s Avatar

    Candy R.

    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    2887
    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/babybloo/2011-3-10_62613_DavidandI.64x64.jpg Theresa's Avatar

    Theresa

    A Voice for your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    2124
    19+ years in animal medicine as a veterinary technician