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love to be loved
Purred: Fri Jun 1, '07 1:02am PST 
My cat Kimo can't seem to be able to stand on all fours now. Its all kinda sudden. He didn't have any traumatic accidents or anything. I find that his hindlegs are very weak and when he does walk his back arches as though he is in pain. He can only manage about six or so steps before sitting down. The thing is he doesn't seem to be in pain when I try to press on his hind legs, he seems alert, he is still willing to play although with alot of difficulty, he is eating normally etc etc..I brought him to the vet when I realised this and she took some xrays, blood & urine test. However, the results came back normal nothing was out of the ordinary and they were not able to provide a solution as to why he is like this. Its doing my head anyone here familiar with this or has experienced anything like this?

Please let me know coz i can't bear looking at him like this..I wish he can just tell me what the problem is confused


7 diffrent meow!- Now that's- talent!
Purred: Fri Jun 1, '07 6:41am PST 
The only thing that comes to my head is if he somehow twisted his leg.


Lazy, Lazy, Lazy
Purred: Fri Jun 1, '07 8:23am PST 
Did they take leg xrays or did they also do neck and spinal xrays? If the ;later were not performed, I'd get those done. In the meantime ask your vet about getting some pain relief. You may even want to consider talking with a specialist about this condition.


The Fuzz Face
Purred: Fri Jun 1, '07 8:28am PST 
Do you have a high cat tree?? If so, he could have jumped down and landed funny to hurt his legs like that. I hear a lot of cats do that in trees. It can be what Carlos said, he may have twisted his legs when walking, climbing, or playing.

Everything else that comes to thought shouldn't be the problem because you took him to the vet. But that's all we can think of so far.

I'm sorry to hear all this. We hope you feel better soon. kitty big grin


the little man
Purred: Fri Jun 1, '07 8:29am PST 
Did you check his paws to see if he stepped on something? Are all of his claws looking okay? Something may be ingrown.

I also know that cats will tend to get weak legs, specifically in the hind region, when they are diabetic. When your vet tested the blood, did he test Kimo's blood sugar levels?

It can also be caused by a possible stroke.

It baffles me that the vet could offer you nothing and that all the tests came back normal.

sarah & jack


love to be loved
Purred: Fri Jun 1, '07 12:58pm PST 
Yup, I took him to the emergency referral coz I panicked and they did xrays of his spine and legs, blood tests and also urine test. Nothing was out of the ordinary. The vet said that his spine and legs were ok..and even they were a bit baffled. I came across another forum and found that this couple had exactly the same problems with their 6 month old kitten and the vet didn't have any idea what happened too. Unfortunately the forum was about 5 yrs old so I couldn't contact the parents of the kitty to ask.

I don't know. I'm taking him to his regular vet again next week so wish us luck..I hate seeing him like this.

Thanks for the support guys..


Lady Sassquatch- Mc Sasserton
Purred: Fri Jun 1, '07 1:25pm PST 
Hi Kimo,

I'm so sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well. frown I wanted to ask if age might be a factor (?). My kitty cousin, Gretchen, developed arthritis a couple of years ago (when she was about 12), and thus it's painful for her to walk and she walks very stiffly. I don't know if it came on suddenly, but that might be something to consider.

We'll be thinking of you.

Harriet and Harriet's mom

Jabba the- Cat

Purred: Fri Jun 1, '07 1:54pm PST 
This may be a long shot but ask your vet to test you for Toxo - Jabba has toxo and it forms cysts in the body which can 'pop' at any time, Maybe one of your popped in your leg, or in your brain which could be giving you coordination problems. Jabb's had hers in her eye and now sh'e blind in that eye, it may be nothing though


Purred: Sat Jun 2, '07 6:16am PST 
Kimo may have HCM. One of the things that can happen (besides sudden unexplained death) is back leg paralysis. A clot finds its way to the place where the artery splits. It lodges there cutting off blood to both hind legs until it dissolves or is dissolved. Catnip March 2006 states that only 20% to 40% will have another occurance, not the 90% previously thought. Emergency vets in particular would suggest euthanasia.

A heart murmur will suggest HCM; an ultrasound will comfirm it. The meds they have to treat HCM are very good now. Sterling lived almost 6 years and his heart was very bad when they found it. He was still running up & down my stairs & jumping up on the counter until he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He was gone within a month.

I hope Kimo does just have a twisted leg, but you may want to bring HCM up to your vet. The murmur will not normally show up in a yearly check-up.


love to be loved
Purred: Sun Jun 3, '07 2:09pm PST 
HCM? I thought this was mainly found in maine coons due to their body shape and bone structure. But nevertheless I shall bring it up to the vet and mention Toxo too..It really is scary he's keeping to himself now maybe because he's upset that he can't run or jump like the others.

Thanks again all will update as soon as the vet diagnoses something..I too hope that it maybe just a sprain. cry

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