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My cat is 12 years old and I've noticed she almost waddles…

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My cat is 12 years...
My cat is 12 years old and I've noticed she almost waddles when she walks. She still plays / runs / jump with no issue. Just wondering how concerned I need to be.
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Andy, Medical Director replied 2 years ago
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Hello, Has she always walked like this or is something new?
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I haven't noticed it before. Maybe in last year or so.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I can pet / brush her on the back and backside and she doesn't seem to mind
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Andy, Medical Director replied 2 years ago
Understood. At this age, and with that type of walk I have to think about a few things. 1. Arthritis. Absolutely, a consideration. So, the plan would be to talk with your vet about doing a short non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication trial to see if you observe improvement in walking. A common tablet for cats would be Onsior. The liquid would be a prescription of metacam. 2. A systemic (internal) problem. Specifically, diabetes. Diabetes can be easily overlooked, and over time, can cause a weakness in the back legs. So, i would suggest a basic vet visit, some routine testing, and maybe a little trial with either a NSAID or pain medicine to see if helpful. Good Luck!Dr. Andy
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