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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. Just ignore it. There could be a few things going on here. The first thought that usually comes to mind with a geriatric cat that cannot use its back legs is a blood clot (aortic thromboembolism). They are usually painful, though, and the paws on the rear limbs feel cold. If that is not the case, it could be arthritis and soreness from running around last night. He may have even sustained an injury that is causing soreness now. It is possible that he has a slightly herniated disk that is causing some compression on the spinal cord. Sometimes there are metabolic and hormonal issues that cause cause weakness, like kidney disease or hyperthyroidism. A neuromuscular issue (transmission of signals from the nerves to the muscles) is possible but less likely in this case. This just sounds more like a spinal cord, muscular or joint issue, though. Given that his legs aren't bending normally, it sounds more neurologic. If he is resting comfortably, it wouldn't be a bad idea to monitor him for now and see how he does when he wakes up. If he is the same, it would be a good idea to get him seen immediately, but it may still be something that can wait until tomorrow (difficult to predict in that occurrence). If he seems worse, he definitely needs to be seen by a vet immediately. Unfortunately, there are no safe OTC human pain medications you can give a cat. They can all cause worse problems than what you are treating for, especially acetaminophen. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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Hello. I was just following up to see how Foster is doing and to see if you have any other questions.