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Well according to my mom who is keeping my cat for me at the

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Well according to my mom who is keeping my cat for me at the moment she seems to be waddling and she is in pain whenever someone touches her hips
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Ruby and she is aproximately 9 years old I was thinking it could be hip displaysia but I'm not entirely sure
JA: What is the cat's name?
Customer: Ruby
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Ruby?
Customer: she's an outdoor cat and according to my mom she can't eat dry food anymore she's only able to eat wet
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 11 months ago.

Hi, I am Dr. Denney. I am currently reviewing your post now. Please give me a few minutes to type my response. Thank you for trusting us with your question. This service is used for general information only and is no substitute for a veterinarian-patient relationship by examination.

Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 11 months ago.

You are correct that this could be hip dysplasia, but it could also be osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis can cause an abnormal gate and pain upon touching.

Generally, a physical exam and xrays can confirm this and then we can get her started on some pain medication and joint supplies to help improve her quality of life

Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 11 months ago.

If your mom is unable to get Ruby seen by a veterinarian then we can start with an over the counter joint supplement and see how she does with that.

If there is no improvement in 4 weeks on a joint supplement then the next step is an exam and xrays to figure out what we are dealing with.

Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 11 months ago.

This supplement I have found to be very effective in helping older cats with arthritis​

Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 11 months ago.

If she is only able to eat wet food that could also indicate significant dental or tooth pain so an exam is also recommended to get this checked out.

Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 11 months ago.

Good luck with Ruby.

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