How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask CVT_in_MN Your Own Question
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 16507
Experience:  Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology.
Type Your Cat Question Here...
CVT_in_MN is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Unsure but shoulder they stick up? Unsure but

Customer Question

Unsure but shoulder they stick up?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the cat?
Customer: Unsure but shoulder they stick up?
JA: Where does the cat seem to hurt?
Customer: She doesn't appear hurt..just bones ...seem to stick up at shoulder blade
JA: OK. No obvious pain. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Age about 4....Smudgie
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Smudgie?
Customer: Like what....she is an outdoor cat...lives on a farm but always comes to get shut in garage when it gets dark
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Yes, those bones are the shoulder blades (scapulas) and will become prominent when a cat loses weight. Have you noticed that she's more thin all over lately?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
summer here
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do they stick out more from side to side as she moves her head?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you. Yes, the same thing happens with us.

Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.

Hello, and welcome.

Thank you for your question about Smudgie. When she is half crouching, yes, it is normal for her shoulder blades to stick up. If she has lost a lot of weight recently, you would also see her shoulder blades become more prominent, in general. If she hasn't lost weight recently and is eating, drinking, eliminating and moving, playing, running, jumping without pain, there should be no problem.

I hope this helped!

Please be so kind as to rate my answer with positive feedback, as that is the only way I receive recognition from the site for my assistance. Thank you very much!

Providing a positive rating will not end our conversation, should you need me for any follow-up. Simply click 'Reply' for clarification or additional information, if needed.

Warmest regards,


Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

How much does she weigh?

How long have you noticed her shoulder bones sticking out?

Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.


You do not need to worry.

It is normal for shoulder bones to appear prominnant when the cat (or person) is on the thin side.

As long as Smudgie is eating drinking and eliminating normally there is no cause for concern.

Please let me know if you wish to discuss this further.

Kind regards,


Expert:  CVT_in_MN replied 1 year ago.

Hi there. Do you have further questions about Smudgie and her shoulder bones?