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My 12 yr. old cat is dragging his hind legs but he isn't in

Customer Question

my 12 yr. old cat is dragging his hind legs but he isn't in pain and he is eating and drinking normally.
JA: Did the cat have a fall?
Customer: No nothing.
JA: Have there been any changes in the cat's appearance or diet?
Customer: He seems to be gaining weight and doesn't seem to be in any pain.
JA: Is there anything else you think the vet should know?
Customer: He responds nomally when I call him and he drags himself to me. Thank You!
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

1) Any history of illness or injury?
2) Can you share a video of what you're seeing?
3) When you hold the back feet in your hands vs. the front, do you notice any temp difference? which is warmer?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No illness or injury. A very healthy cat for 12 difference in temp but doesn't like rear area touched. Sending picture in a second.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Can he still pull his feet away?

Are you able to share video?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
He is able to move one of his feet and doesn't appear to have any pain while doing it. He seems to do all the normal things he is use to doing except the dragging on the hind quarters. Sorry I don't have video to show you.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

My concern is that he has either suffered some type of injury or he has passed a clot, likely the latter given his age. We see this most commonly in middle and senior aged male cats. I would recommend a visit to the vet this weekend. Passing a clot can indicate underlying heart disease and cats who are passing clots may already be in congestive heart failure. Some will pass quite quickly from the symptom while others will have a few months to years of life left with daily medication and close observation of the illness.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Checking in, JACustomer. I didn't hear back from you yesterday. How is your companion?