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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
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.
This supplement I have found to be very effective in helping older cats with arthritis
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.
Good luck with Ruby.
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