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My cat gets a cramp in her right back leg when she jumps,

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My cat gets a cramp in her right back leg when she jumps, what can I do to help her or give to her

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the cat's name and age?

Her name is ***** ***** she is 4 years old

Veterinarian's Assistant: How old is Maggie?

4 years

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Maggie?

These cramps only start when the season starts changing to winter

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Cat
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Cat Vet: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 4 months ago
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Cat Vet: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 4 months ago

Can you tell me more about the cramp you witness?

Has Maggie experienced any injury?

Have any diagnostics been performed, such as x-rays?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No X-rays has been done yet, she did pull a muscle a few years ago
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
The leg pulls up against the body, that she loses her balance it lasts for a few seconds then it’s fine again, it only happens when she jumps and only when the season start to change to winter or coolish weather
Cat Vet: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 4 months ago

Unfortunately, OTC pain medications like aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen are not options for cats and can be life-threatening if they are given. So, do not give her anything at home in an attempt to help her overcome the discomfort. Instead, I would give strong consideration to diagnostics for her. Although she's rather young it sounds like she may be experiencing some joint discomfort and may have early-onset arthritis. Bloodwork would be wise to ensure that this is not a symptom of electrolyte imbalance, as well.

If your companion is not already on a joint supplement, I would recommend starting one. My favorite are http://www.glycoflex.com products. I would also recommend discussing with your vet the usage of NSAID/pain medication at home, as needed, to help if the joint supplement alone does not fully eliminate the cramps you're seeing.

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Checking in. How is Maggie doing today?

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