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My cat has recently had problems with his hind leg. He is 15

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Hi. My cat has recently had problems with his hind leg. He is 15 and sometimes his hind leg pulls up to his body a bit like cramp. He hisses and wails whilst this is going on. A couple of minutes later he is back to normal. Walking with no limp but he hides all the time.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I"m sorry to hear of this with your 15 year old, Gillian. This type of cramping can represent a simple partial seizure, primary muscle disease in that hind leg, a peripheral neuropathy, or a myelopathy (spinal cord disorder). How often are you witnessing this? This would present quite a challenge in determining the etiology and then treating effectively. I might entertain having him on a prescription nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) to see how it affected him.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
He had a couple of episodes about 2 months ago but he's had 3 over the last week. His appetite is very good. He is terrified of going to the vet but I think I will need to take him.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it. We're necessarily constrained by how much we can give a 15 year old but I would first see how meloxicam (an NSAID) affected him and if it weren't helpful see how adding gabapentin (a neurogenic pain reliever) to the meloxicam affected him. Skeletal muscle relaxing drugs such as methocarbamol might be of value. Feel free to share our conversation with his vet.

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