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Kona

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Purred: Mon Jun 6, '11 11:36am PST 
Kona's mom here: I adopted a 3-4 year old shelter cat this weekend and I've spent most of today observing her. I have an appt with the vet on Wed to have her checked out. One thing that has me concerned is the way she walks. Her hind legs are kind of bent, almost in a crouch, her back feet kind of point outward. If you can picture the way a rabbit rests on its hind legs, that's kind of how she walks, not up on her toes. She is overweight (we are working on that) and she was also front declawed (I've no experience with declawed kitties). could either of those be causing her odd way of walking?
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Ben

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Purred: Mon Jun 6, '11 12:57pm PST 
Walking on the hocks can be a symptom of diabetes. I'm glad you're getting her to the vet to get checked out!

Bless you for adopting her! Good luck and keep us posted! hug

Scooter ~- Our Angel

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Purred: Mon Jun 6, '11 1:21pm PST 
I was just about to post that also, Ben, so I'll go ahead with my post:


This probably (hopefully) isn't the case, but walking like that can be a sign of feline diabetic neuropathy. Offpaw, that's the only thing I can think of right now for that symptom. Here's a link about it: http://www.vetinfo.com/feline-diabetic-neuropathy.html

Perhaps it's a result of carrying the extra weight, though, or could it be that she has been in a cage for a while and her back legs have atrophied or weakened a little from lack of exercise?

I hope it's nothing serious.
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Alex (sweet- angel girl)

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Purred: Mon Jun 6, '11 2:12pm PST 
Wow guys I didn't even know that! Good info to have. Can I add too that if it does turn out to be diabetic neuropathy, they make a B12 supplement ESPECIALLY for cats with this condition. Thousands of kitties take this supplement and it works very well for them. It's non toxic, water soluble and there are absolutely no additives in this tablet, ONLY B12!

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Here's also another site about neuropathy: http://laurieulrich.com/jasper/. Good luck and please keep us posted on Kona's condition. way to go
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Alex (sweet- angel girl)

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Purred: Mon Jun 6, '11 2:14pm PST 
Oh I didn't realize you were Jackson's mom! You just lost him and now you have this to deal with. We're here for support anytime you need it okay? hug
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Kona

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Purred: Mon Jun 6, '11 3:05pm PST 
hmmmm...diabetes...I hope that's not the case! Muscle atrophy would make sense too. Since she was declawed she was not able to walk around freely with the other cats in the cat room, so had been confined to a cage for approx 3 mos. She likes to follow me around so we've been strolling around the house and patio area. Good news, though, she jumped up on my lap this afternoon instead of crying for me to pick her up.

I know I need to get her profile page up-we're still trying out names but I keep going back to her shelter name "Shortcake" so, it might stick!

Alex-Thanks for the info on the B-12! Hopefully we won't have to go there, but good to know it works so well!

I suppose I'll learn more on Wed after vet visit....
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Alex (sweet- angel girl)

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Purred: Mon Jun 6, '11 3:46pm PST 
You could do the B12 no matter what and it's so easy. You can stick it in a pill pocket or treat and Methyl B12 is what strengthens and helps repair nerve damage. Don't count it out either way. It could only help. way to go
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Leo Lovebug- ♥

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Purred: Mon Jun 6, '11 4:42pm PST 
Leo has a neurological condition called Peripheral Neuropathy. It affects his legs, especially his back legs. His condition is the same as the diabetic neuropathy; the difference is that Leo's neuropathy was caused by an immune system reaction (probably to vaccinations) rather than diabetes.

If your vet isn't sure what's going on with your kitty, I'd strongly recommend finding a kitty specialist, such as a veterinary neurologist, for diagnosis. It can be a little more expensive than a regular vet but will probably save you money in the longterm as I've found specialists are better at accurately diagnosing sooner than regular vets.

If it does turn out to be neuropathy, it is treatable! It took about 5 months to fully stabilize Leo but he is 98% recovered! Leo's neurologist says that most vets wouldn't even be able to detect Leo's condition at this point. The main lingering symptoms are a funny (but very cute) run (Leo uses his tail for balance and holds it up in a very cute way), hesitation on jumping, and curled toes/paws when he sleeps. Take care, keep us updated! hug
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Tink the Cat

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Purred: Tue Jun 7, '11 2:00pm PST 
I think the name "Shortcake" is really cute!! kitty
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Putter

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Purred: Thu Jun 9, '11 10:35pm PST 
I have to agree with the others about checking for diabetes. I just lost Putter who had feline diabetes, right before he was diagnosed he was exhibiting walking on his hocks.
But at the same time, your kitty is young, you said that she was overwt, her knees could also be a problem. Xrays may show problems with the knees or hips.
Definately have full lab work done. Signs of diabetes are, drinking a lot, urinating a lot, eating but losing wt, change in hair coat, crying more than usual, change in sleeping habits. You can go to felinediabetes.com for more information, they are great.
I hope your kitty is ok.
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