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Last night my cat suddenly developed a stiff-legged walk (back

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Last night my cat suddenly developed a stiff-legged walk (back legs) and couldn't jump up on the sofa. She also kept swishing her tail but was purring (she has very loud purr.) This morning she has been on the sofa and jumped on the bed. She has not really had much in the way of a bowel movement since Monday. However, appetite is fine as usual. This morning she is walking better.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 6 years ago.
Hello there,

How old is the cat?

Is she straining in the litter box?

Does she go outside?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Approximately 9- years-old. No straining in the litter box. Not an outside cat.
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 6 years ago.
Trouble jumping in a cat this age can be caused by several things. Arthritic changes in the spine or hips, disk injury, head trauma, low blood sugar and anemia are all possible. If she has not defecated in 2 days, colon impaction is also possible. If she is eating and drinking normally she should be having at least one bowel movement per day. If she is not, there is a problem. If she does not go today the abdomen should be radiographed to rule out an obstruction and to look for arthritic changes in the rear end. Treatment depends on the diagnosis. She may need anything from an anti-inflammatory to an enema.
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