What Causes Hip Weakness in Senior Cats?

CatChannel veterinary expert, Arnold Plotnick, DVM, explains causes of hip weakness in older cats.

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Q: What can cause weakness in a 19-year-old cat’s hips?

A: Although there are many neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disorders that can affect cats, the most common cause of weakness in an elderly cat is arthritis. In fact, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find any 19-year-old cat that didn’t have some degree of arthritis. Hip dysplasia, while more common in dogs, is seen also in some cats, and this too is a possibility. Your veterinarian can take X-rays to evaluate the hips and prescribe cartilage-promoting and anti-inflammatory medications.

Diabetic neuropathy, a nerve disorder that is seen in some diabetic cats, is a common cause of rear-limb weakness in cats and should be considered if your cat is known to be diabetic.

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shari waddell    moundsview, MN

7/22/2011 10:31:46 AM

our morrie male tatobbyis 19 and I don,t want to have him euthanaized yet he has alot of love and hesmy baby.I dont wantto be selfish. He does have hard time getting on things but he manages with my help. e eats drinks likehe should misses litter box once n awhile..had a cyst removed 6 months ago andcame thru with flying colors shocked the vet..when is the right time to let go,,.

Donna    Limington, ME

11/2/2007 6:15:30 AM

Thank you for this article!

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