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Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.
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Experience:  BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
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I think my cat, Bing, a tabby aged about 12 (was a rescue

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I think my cat, Bing, a tabby aged about 12 (was a rescue cat I got about 10 years ago) seems as if he has been knocked down or run over. He is able to move very slowly, dragging his tail and walking very badly. No outward sign. He is off his food since yesterday evening, when I thought it was a temporary symptom. He has never had anything like this before. I cannot get him into the cat basket as he is very aggressive to me - never ever before, he is a charming, homely cat spends lots of time curled up with me - as I think he must be in pain. Further BIG problem is: I thought I ws insured with Medivet. Turns out I am not. I am a very asthmatic (Bing is short haired) 73 year old with no money, living off my pension. Medivet estimate a bill of thousands. My cat is in pain and I am distraught. Nobody around to help. What can I do?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Did Bing have a fall?
Customer: Not sure what happened. Could be. He can't tell me! Either a severe knock or a fall, poor thing. I guess he needs pain killers...
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Bing?
Customer: No. He's the jolliest, loveliest healthiest cat I have ever had in about 40 years and more.
Submitted: 7 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Mike McIntyre replied 7 days ago.

Hello, this is Dr Mike, I will be happy to assist you today. Are we all indoor or indoor and outdoor cat?

Expert:  Mike McIntyre replied 7 days ago.

I have been practicing for 19 years and also am a cat person myself. If you feel the back legs, do they feel cooler to the touch? Have we been eating and drinking well prior to this?

Expert:  Mike McIntyre replied 7 days ago.

Have you noticed if the stools have been more firm?

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
Hi, have been eating and drinking normally before yesterday. Actually, he just ate a few treats, which he refused before. No idea re stools....has a cat flap and is an outdoor cat. No accidents as yet. He is a hunter...thought occurred maybe attack by urban fox? Can't get near rear legs - he turns aggressive...most unusual, never has done abs assume it's hurting him. No obvious signs of break, no swelling, no blood, just seems unable to move tail.
Customer: replied 7 days ago.
No, can't afford another sixteen pounds. Continue by text pls
Expert:  Mike McIntyre replied 7 days ago.
No problem.
Expert:  Mike McIntyre replied 7 days ago.
I feel very likely he got into a fight with another cat. This happens often
Expert:  Mike McIntyre replied 7 days ago.
I am thinking he may have gotten into a fight with another cat, cats have a very back bacteria in their mouth called Pastuerella. When they bite, the teeth inject this bacteria into the tissue, then the skin closes back up. Then over the next days a deepening infection starts to grow under the skin. This may take many days or even a week to show up. However when it does form an abscess the area can become very painful and sore. They can start to act much like this. I would recommend to have him seen at a clinic. They will likely need to get him on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories before this condition gets any worse.
Expert:  Mike McIntyre replied 7 days ago.
I understand if finances are a concern. We can keep this chat open a few days and right now. First important. Keeping us eating and drinking. More canned good. Tuna, chicken, milk or yogurt will be good to stimulate appetite
Customer: replied 7 days ago.
Thanks, ***** ***** have to take him to a vet in the morning if I can manage to get him into the basket.
'Bye
Expert:  Mike McIntyre replied 7 days ago.
If you have mlre questions this evening. Please let me know.
Expert:  Mike McIntyre replied 6 days ago.

How did things go today at the veterinary clinic?