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 Cher Your Own Question
Cher, Feline Specialist
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 20857
Experience:  Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
Type Your Cat Question Here...
Cher is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Walking odd. ssed at me but not sure what's going on : Not

Customer Question

Walking odd. Hissed at me but not sure what's going on
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Did the cat have a fall?
Customer: Not that I'm aware of. He's just hiding under bed and only cries when I attempt to move him.
JA: What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Waffle 13
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Waffle?
Customer: No
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Veterinarian about your situation and then connect you two.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 4 months ago.

Hello, and welcome.

I'm so sorry to hear that Waffle is not feeling well. His hiding, hissing at you and cries when you attempt to move him, all point to a cat in pain.

There are various causes for his discomfort, but with a male cat, what comes to mind first, is a urethral blockage, unless you've seen him urinate normally, within the last 12 hours. When a cat develops a urethral blockage, there is a 'plug', typically of 'crystals' (tiny, sand-like particles) that do not allow the urine to pass out of his body. This is very dangerous, because his bladder can burst and/or his waste can build up in his body, making him sick. Here is more information:


It's also possible that he is severely constipated and can't get rid of his stool without help from the vet. This typically happens when fur from self-grooming and hard, dry stool, form a big mass in his intestines and won't move out on its own.

It's also possible that he jumped down from a height and injured himself, on his paw, leg, thigh, or back and this is hurting him.

Older cats are more prone to develop certain medical conditions, like diabetes, hyperthyroidism, liver and kidney issues, so your next best step, would be to have him evaluated in person by an ER vet to get a diagnosis and then have him treated, so he's feeling much better.

Because these symptoms came on suddenly and there are so many possibilities for them, this is not something that can be treated at home, and that's why I'm recommending a vet visit, asap.

I hope all will be well with Waffle and please let me know how he's doing and what the vet's findings are. Thanks!

I hope you found this answer helpful and will please take a moment to select a positive rating from the ratings box at the top of your page, then click 'submit;' this is the only way I will receive credit for assisting you. Thank you very much!

Even after rating, I will always be available if you need additional information; just click 'reply' and I will be glad to continue.

Warmest wishes,

Related Cat Questions