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My cat is walking funny on s nd legs and sometimes he nearly

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Hi my cat is walking funny on his hind legs and sometimes he nearly loses his balance it only happened today he is mostly inside rarely outside
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 11 months ago.

Hello, Tammy and welcome!

I'm so sorry to hear that your cat seems to be having trouble with his hind legs.

There are various causes for the symptoms you describe. He might have developed vestibular syndrome, which adversely affects balance/equilibrium and makes a cat feel dizzy, so he can't walk straight. He may be walking funny, because he's trying to maintain his balance. Very often, the source of this problem is an ear infection. Here is more information:

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/vestibularsyndrome.cfm

In an older cat, the possibilities exist for the development of diabetes or a cardiac condition called feline cardiomyopathy, which can cause weakness in the hind legs. With diabetes, diabetic neuropathy weakens the nerves in the hind legs and make them very weak and sometimes, the cat cannot walk at all, if it's very advanced. With Cardiomyopathy, a blood clot is formed in the main artery leading to the hind legs and can cause blood flow to stop to this area. Typically, the paw pads will feel very cold, compared with the front pads and they may even appear bluish or purplish, if their normal color is pink. This is usually a painful condition, accompanied by paralysis in some cases.

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/brochure_diabetes.cfm

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/cardiomyopathy.cfm

if you were moving your cat's legs and he showed no discomfort, this is good, if they're not painful, but the sudden onset of this symptom needs to be checked out in person by a vet, as soon as possible.

It would be advisable to have your kitty seen at an ER vet center now, if you can, so he can be evaluated, diagnosed and treated.

I hope all will be well with your furry boy!

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Cher

Expert:  Cher replied 11 months ago.

Hi again, Tammy.

I'm just following up with you to see how your kitty is doing today. Were you able to have him seen by a vet, to determine the cause of his hind legs problem?

Please update me, as I am concerned for him.

I hope all will be well.

Thanks,

Cher