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Cat having odd symptoms, vet says she's okay
rwbabco posted:
I have a 15-16 year old short hair breed (not sure what exactly is in her, never had it narrowed down) who is having some odd activities. She hisses almost constantly, and at absolutely nothing at all. Sometimes she will be in a room by herself and just hissing. Lately, she has been having trouble walking. Her back legs seem all out of balance and she will have to lay down. When this happens, her claws extend in her hind legs and they twitch and spasm repeatedly. This has happened a couple times over the last few weeks. She doesn't have fleas or ticks. She has also been having a hard time eating, or she lacks eating I should say. It takes a lot of work to even get her to eat a spoonful of soft cat food since she can't handle hard food anymore. Please help, I'm rather worried about her since I've had her since I was 7.
Will Draper, DVM responded:
rwbabco- your cat's hissing and twitching may be her way of telling you she's experiencing some discomfort- possibly arthritic, if she's having trouble walking as well. If your vet says she's okay, you may want to seek a second opinion- either from another general vet practitioner, or talk to your vet about a specialty referral. With the signs and symptoms you've shared, plus difficulty eating, it's the next step. Best to you...keep us posted, please.
Dr. Will
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
These symptoms sound like they may be neurologic in origin (something affecting her brain.) This can be primary brain disease (like tumors, infections, etc.) or something affecting her brain (such as thyroid disease, hypertension, etc.) If your veterinarian is not comfortable evaluating neurologic conditions, ask him to refer you to a veterinary neurologist or internal medicine specialist.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor, Inc.
Board Certified in Feline Practice


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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