Post # 1
Okay, he’s not so much a kitten anymore, but he’s my baby, he’s about 19 months, and he’s really been the picture of health since we nursed him right after we adopted him. (He had all kinds of problems at that point, poor little muffin.) Anyway. Sometime last week, I think Thursday, I noticed that he wasn’t putting weight on his back right leg. As in, he would try to put weight on it, it would shake a bit, he would decide against it and just sit down. A few minutes later, he would get up and walk and run normally. He would stand up on his hind legs, put his paws on my leg, beg for attention, as usual…he seems just fine. But then a little while later, I’ll notice the no weight on the back leg thing again. I was out of town this weekend, but I gather from Fiance that he didn’t notice anything more until Sunday, when he started doing it again. We have poken and prodded the foot and leg to see if anything is stuck in it or if he seems to be in any kind of discomfort. We haven’t found any foreign objects, and while we sit and push on the leg and foot, bend it around, twist it and turn it…he purrs. A lot. So. Should I just let it go for a little while and see what happens? It doesn’t seem like an emergency situation, right? I don’t need to be rushing him to the vet? I assume that if I do, the vet will want to do an xray–anyone have an idea of how much that will cost? With the wedding coming up in less than 3 months, I have NO extra cash, and I just want to have an idea of how much I’m not going to be eating, because obviously, I will spend whatever I have to to make sure he’s okay.
My instinct is to wait a bit and see how he does. I tend to be a panicker, and I’m trying to work on that. So, help me, bees! Anyone dealt with anything like this before? What did you do? And here is a picture of my little one so you can see how he has captured my heart and caused me to obsess over his every need.
Post # 3
It doesn’t sound like his leg is hurt since he seems to be standing up on his hind legs and running around. Maybe that is just how he stands normally without weight on that leg. I would wait for a bit and see if it gets more painful. He may have pulled a muscle or something.
By The Way, what a cutie!
Post # 4
1. He’s so adorable I just want to squish him and
2. Call the vet. If you’re worried about cost, just call and explain his symptoms. They can advise you of whether or not to go in. If he’s not seeming to be in any pain, that’s certainly a good thing.
Post # 5
He is such a cutie! I think it can’t hurt to call them, but since he doesn’t seem to be in pain, I would probably just watch it longer to see if anything develops or it goes away on its own.
Post # 6
Oh, I want that cat!
And also, my cat does this, and we figured out it’s when she has litter stuck between her toes. She limps around for a minute or so, then goes back to normal.
But, if you’re not sure, I agree, call and ask your vet.
Post # 7
Ok, you ladies have already made me feel so much better! Thank you so much! I’m glad y’all think he’s cute–he’s pretty much my favorite thing in the world. 🙂
@Quietserenity – I didn’t even THINK of that! I will check that next time he does this! Thank you!
Post # 8
Your kitty is so cute! I love orange tabbies, I grew up with a cat who looks just like him! They are the greatest 🙂 I like the idea of calling the vet and seeing if they think it’s something you should come in for.
Post # 9
Whenever you call the vet, they say come in.
I use the rule: Would I go to the doctor for this?
For instance- our dog had a day of really bad diarrhea. I didn’t take her to the vet, I just gave her some Immodium and fed her rice and beef broth- it cleared up on its own.
Another instance- she vomited and there were specks of blood. Took to the vet. $250 later, there was nothing wrong with her.
I wouldn’t call the vet or take it in unless it become more persistent.
Post # 10
@rosy – That’s EXACTLY why I don’t want to call the vet yet! Thank you. I just know that they’ll tell me to come in–if I was a vet I would too. I wouldn’t want to say to someone, “Nope, I’m sure your beloved pet will be fine, don’t worry about coming in” and then have it turn out that something was seriously wrong. That would be a huge liability. So of course, they would tell me to bring him in. So I guess I give it a little while and see how he does? It doesn’t seem like anything is broken–if it was I doubt he’d put weight on it or purr when we messed with it. But it still seems fishy. *sigh* My Fiance says that it’s a ploy for my sympathies–if it is, it’s working because every time he does it, I fawn all over him and he gets lots and LOTS of attention. Wily cat.
Post # 11
cats are smart – maybe he wants you to fuss with his little feet, and that’s why he’s purring 🙂
I would have done the same thing as you in that situation – checked him out, touched everywhere, bend the leg etc – if he is ok with that, he’s probably fine. Maybe he is laying in a funny way and his leg’s asleep when he gets up? I’m doing that right now, actually, putting too much weight on my leg that i’m sitting on. I’ll probably limp for a few seconds when I stand up, too.
Post # 12
My brother’s dog did this when he was a puppy. My brother took him to the vet and they thought it was broken and put him in a cast. After some time it just wasn’t getting better so my brother took him to another vet and it was growing pains. If he isn’t afraid to let you touch it, then I’m guessing it isn’t broken or any cuts. Probably growing pains.
Post # 13
I think like someone else said…it might be kitty litter…this might be a little gross, but my cat does the exact same thing when she pee’s and accidentally steps in the pee as she’s moving around the litter and before she lets the other “load” unleash…if you have hardwood floors, look around to see if there are any paw “imprints” on the floor…and check that hind leg with a wet cloth…that’ll uncover your mystery 🙂