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Dr. Gary, Cat Veterinarian
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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
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My male cat is three years old and has started walking as

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My male cat is three years old and has started walking as though he's got stiff legs???
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Thanks for the question.

Is he still urinating normally?

How long has he been walking stiff?

Is it just the rear legs or all 4 legs?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Eating,drinking, using litter tray normally, can jump up onto back of chair, he just walks stiff like a robot an seems to lie down more often, he lets you feel all his body legs paws etc.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.

Ok thank you.

It sounds like he may have something called Calicivirus. This is a common virus that cats can get. It causes inflammation and pain in the joints. They'll often times be slow to walk, stiff and they will walk a few steps then crouch down and repeat this behavior. It basically causes an infectious form of arthritis.

The treatment is supportive, with pain meds/ anti-inflammatory meds. I usually go with Onsior or Metacam. Even if you do nothing, it'll work itself out over a week or two. If it is not resolving, then the meds help to get them over this.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.