One of the five semi-feral cats I have been caring for several years has become abnormally sedate, slow moving, and stiff, as if in pain or ill. Jazz is a 10 year old neutered male, who until a few months ago, was an active, very dominating and aggressive alpha cat of the group. Over the last few months, his demeanor has completely changed to a quiet, lethargic, slow-moving cat who sits apart by himself now, avoiding unnecessary movement and interaction. He now spends a lot of his time either lying on his back or side, or sitting either to the side or seated leaning back with his hind legs forward and spread apart, often licking his hind legs and abdominal area. His appetite seems OK, but he no longer rushes toward or competes over the food
, as before. He seems to possibly be gaining weight in the neck and chest area, although his hips seem thinner and very stiff when walking. As far as I can determine, he has not been injured or bruised to cause this. He seems thirstier than previously, but that could be due to the summer weather. He's an outdoor cat, so I'm unaware of his "litter box" activities. His eyes look distant and troubled, as if in pain or discomfort. He occasionally "huffs" as if he has a hairball or feline asthma. I treated him with Revolution for possible heartworms
in May and August 3, 2015, which seemed to help the huffing. About a year ago, he had problems with IBS-like symptoms, including diarrhea
, great discomfort and irritation, and frequent licking of his posterior end. His symptoms greatly improved when I switched the cats' food to Natural Ba***** *****D. I'm not sure if that is relevant to his current problem. I hope that's enough information about Jazz's history and symptoms! I would truly appreciate your advise and suggestions, since Jazz is a semi-feral cat, and a visit to the vet would be so difficult and traumatic for the poor kitty! Thank you so much!