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Linda Simmon, Veterinarian
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Have a 7 year old cat who has developped a limp in a front

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hi have a 7 year old cat who has developped a limp in a front paw. she does not seem to be in excessivf pain in that she is not crying when touched or walking. isn,t keeping foot off floor when sat, is still jumping up on to sofa tho will sometimes use footstool then seat. still chasing round after laser toy with her sisters. just noticeable limp when dhe walks
JA: Hi there. I'll do all I can to help. Does anything look different with the cat's legs/feet?
Customer: no, we hVe checked all claws checked yo see if she has anything stuck in it. she is an indoor cat.
JA: What's the cat's name?
Customer: sorry she's called Neko
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Neko?
Customer: she's quite a big girl though she doesn't eat excessively. weighs 5kgs. regularly wormed and flea treated
Submitted: 13 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear Neko has this issue.

Has she ever had anything like this in the past?

Any other signs such as lethargy, fast breathing or a reduced appetite?

As well as checking claws and pads, would she let you feel all along the leg for e.g. swelling or tenderness? Similarly, can she tolerate you flexing and extending each joint?

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
No she's not had such a thing before. no changes of breathing eating, lethargy.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.
Thank you.And how long has this been going on?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.
I am personally unable to make calls but am happy to continue talking via typing if that's OK
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
she's not having any problem with us checking her paw or legs
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
by the way online is fine
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.
Ok, good.And has this happened in the last day or two or has it been going on longer?
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
4-5 days
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.
Ok, sure.In this time, has the limp improved, worsened or stayed the same?
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
it seems about the same
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.
Ok, got itI am just typing my full reply now which will take a few minutes.
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
ok
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.
There are a few possibilities here including:A muscle strain
Arthritis
A nail bed infection
An insect bite
EtcAs she is over weight, it may be that her joints are under excess stress.Around this age, we can start to see joint issues developing and cats are less able to jump from the same heights they used to.As most mild strains should resolve within a few days and the limp is not improving, a vet check is best.They will check her all over and if they have any concerns, can take an xray.I suspect they will administer anti inflammatories and pain relief, which should help significantly. We must also strictly rest her, meaning not allowing her to run or jump.Going forward, I would encourage weight loss with a weight loss diet and you may wish to consider starting joint supplements.I do hope this helps and please let me know if you have any further questions,Linda.
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
That's very helpful. Many thanks.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.
Very happy to help and wishing her a speedy recovery.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Hi there, this is just Dr Linda checking in. How is everything going?