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Dr. Susan
Dr. Susan, Veterinarian
Category: Cat
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Experience:  8 years of clinical experience with specialty in veterinary pain management, urology, and geriatrics
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My cat is 18 months and he is having difficulty standing on

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My cat is 18 months and he is having difficulty standing on his back legs and is not eating and has frayed claws he is quiet which is unusual but appears to be in discomfort please help
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Susan :

Hi, I can help you with your question today.

Dr. Susan :

Does Milo go outside?

JACUSTOMER-1tfg9rv7- :

Yes

Dr. Susan :

The frayed claws make me think he had some type of trauma - either running from a predator, slipping from a tree, or even getting hit by a car.

Dr. Susan :

I agree, it sounds like he is painful.

Dr. Susan :

Unfortunately, there are no over the counter medications which are appropriate to treat pain in cats.

Dr. Susan :

If possible I do think it would be best to have him seen at a local hospital as soon as possible.

Dr. Susan :

I would start with a physical exam and x-ray of his hind legs/pelvis.

JACUSTOMER-1tfg9rv7- :

Im concerned about him not eating for 48 hourz now do you have any suggestions

Dr. Susan :

Then, regardless of the findings, we could certainly start pain medication (burprenorphine, robenicoxib)

Dr. Susan :

You can tempt him with anything available to see what he will eat: canned cat food, canned tuna, freshly cooked fish or meat, or even meat baby foods.

JACUSTOMER-1tfg9rv7- :

Ok thanks for the advice I will get him to the vets first thing... he has a few new scars on his head so I think he may have been escaping from something a larger cat or maybe a dog

Dr. Susan :

Perfect.

Dr. Susan :

Until then, you can try cool compresses, but if he has anything beyond a soft tissue injury (fracture, dislocation, etc), that may not help much.

JACUSTOMER-1tfg9rv7- :

He seems settled at the moment but I'll take him first thing ... thanks and merry xmas

Dr. Susan :

You're welcome. Merry Christmas to you also!