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Our female cat is 9 years old. Her front legs have become so

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Our female cat is 9 years old. Her front legs have become so stiff she can't walk. We are not sure what to do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Hello Ann,

I am so sorry your fur baby has this trouble.

Things that come to mind are arthritis, a disc issue, hyperthyroid and injury.

She should be started on an anti-inflammatory like Onisor:

http://us.onsior.com/en/

Canned food is excellent for arthritis as is a glucosimine supplement:

www.catinfo.org

http://www.nutramaxlabs.com/products-by-health-type/by-type/joint-bone-animal-health-products/what-is-dasuquin

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_arthritis___joint_disease_cent.html

Weigh loss can be caused by hyperthyroid.

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_thyroid__signs__symptoms_and_d.html

If she has this ailment it can be treated with medication and a special food. It is made by hills and called Y/D. It comes in wet and dry forms:

http://www.hillspet.com/products/prescription-diet.html

You would need to do an MRI to diagnose a disc problem.

Make warm packs by adding raw rice to old socks, tie the top and warm in the microwave. She can also lie on a warm heating pad.

For pain, I recommend a feliway patch so it does not go through her stomach.

Please let me know how she is doing. Reply here or if you prefer we can speak on the phone.

I hope this helps her feel much better.

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Love,

Terri

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Her front and back legs are stiff. She can hardly hold up her neck. When we try to stand her up she tips over. It is difficult to change her diet when she does not seem interested in eating.
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Thanks so much for your very helpful reply.

She may have low potassium as that causes muscle weakness

http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/hypokalemia-or-low-potassium-levels-in-cats/288

Ask her vet about a potassium supplement.

She does not want to eat because she is in pain.

Get a jar of baby food chicken or turkey with no onion or garlic.

Add a quarter tsp of Mrs. Dash (salt substitute)

Warm the food to bring out the aroma.

Ask about pain medication and onisor

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She passed away this afternoon.
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

I am so very sorry to hear such sad news.

My heart is broken and I am typing this through my tears.