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Hello and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?
1) Is he able to walk and just painful or completely unable to walk? Legs dragging? 2) Has he had any care for this concern? Any x-rays? 3) When did this begin?
At 17 years of age, it's very possible that he's dealing with some arthritis issues. This is common in cats his age. I would recommend an exam and x-rays of his spine and hips to determine if there are changes which might be causing him pain. Typically with this, we see tenderness and pain when trying to walk and being touched. Some cats will have delayed placement of their legs when they walk, a change in their gait, difficulty sitting down squarely (may sit off to one side), etc. Often pain medication is indicated to help alleviate the discomfort that's present.I apologize for the delay. I was posting but the messages weren't sending. Sometimes we have errors on our end of the computer.I'll be standing by if you have other questions I can answer regarding his care.