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Does anyone's cats every walk stiffly or slightly stumble occasionally? One of my cats (13 y.o.) has been doing it for about three months. I've seen the vets 5 times in 2 months (first diagnosis - arthritis), 2nd suggestion is 'something neurological'. X-rays and blood tests show nothing, apart from slight potassium deficiency.

Here are a few 20 second videos showing the normal walk and the stumble:

I hope the tests shed some light.

I would have thought it was arthritis too. Maybe if you look at when humans have these problems, it might be useful. My old cat had arthritis from about 12 years old and she died at 17.

I can imagine you are so worried about what it might be. Does he/she suffer or seem ok about it?

Worst case scenario is it is a tumor but hopefully it is easily fixed. Do you have insurance?

It is so hard, but we just have to love them and look after them don't we. I had a very young cat who had cancer, she was only 2 when i put her to sleep and it killed me. Looking back a couple of years later and i am so glad that she was mine because we had so much fun together and was so loved. She saved my life! I had an ESA assessment and had taken an overdose after it, but the next assessment, i had her to look after me :) and coped better.

They are angels aren't they.

Please let us know how it all goes. I'm here if you need anything or need me to look anything up.
 
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Mine too :) Such babies, LOOK a stuffed mouse, aren't i a clever cat, LOOK LOOK for you
In all seriousness I am fearing the day she cannot even get toy mousies, she can no longer hunt real mousies or any preys :( (her back legs and hips)
 
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In all seriousness I am fearing the day she cannot even get toy mousies, she can no longer hunt real mousies or any preys :( (her back legs and hips)
I know 😿

Me too and mine is only 2.

We are here to take care of them as they become old ladies arent we

They give love and laughter and we commit to care.
 
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I know 😿

Me too and mine is only 2.

We are here to take care of them as they become old ladies arent we

They give love and laughter and we commit to care.
So true :love:

My Tigger lives for making people laugh, like looking at us upside downs (her head underneath her) just cause she knows it makes us laugh :LOL:
 
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I hope the tests shed some light.

I would have thought it was arthritis too. Maybe if you look at when humans have these problems, it might be useful. My old cat had arthritis from about 12 years old and she died at 17.

I can imagine you are so worried about what it might be. Does he/she suffer or seem ok about it?

Worst case scenario is it is a tumor but hopefully it is easily fixed. Do you have insurance?

It is so hard, but we just have to love them and look after them don't we. I had a very young cat who had cancer, she was only 2 when i put her to sleep and it killed me. Looking back a couple of years later and i am so glad that she was mine because we had so much fun together and was so loved. She saved my life! I had an ESA assessment and had taken an overdose after it, but the next assessment, i had her to look after me :) and coped better.

They are angels aren't they.

Please let us know how it all goes. I'm here if you need anything or need me to look anything up.
She's around 13. I have a £4500 limit on the insurance, have already paid out £1300 on tests and X-rays, none of which have found anything.

I'm hoping they'll do a test like this one
(but not with the same outcome).
and not need an MRI (which costs around £4000).

The 5 X-rays didn't find anything, and she's completely normal in every other way, just stumbles when jumping onto furniture and on uneven ground a bit, but hasn't stumbled recently during normal walking. She can still climb fences and trees, but is a bit unsteady walking along the fence.
 
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She's around 13. I have a £4500 limit on the insurance, have already paid out £1300 on tests and X-rays, none of which have found anything.

I'm hoping they'll do a test like this one
(but not with the same outcome).
and not need an MRI (which costs around £4000).

The 5 X-rays didn't find anything, and she's completely normal in every other way, just stumbles when jumping onto furniture and on uneven ground a bit, but hasn't stumbled recently during normal walking. She can still climb fences and trees, but is a bit unsteady walking along the fence.
My Tigger gets limpy in her legs, both back legs, its arthritis in her case and the surgery she had in one back leg the vet thinks speeded up the arthritis taking hold (but the surgery was essential, cause her knee was completely popped after a black cat outside went for her and got hold of her leg, ripping her knee out) :(
 
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She's around 13. I have a £4500 limit on the insurance, have already paid out £1300 on tests and X-rays, none of which have found anything.

I'm hoping they'll do a test like this one
(but not with the same outcome).
and not need an MRI (which costs around £4000).

The 5 X-rays didn't find anything, and she's completely normal in every other way, just stumbles when jumping onto furniture and on uneven ground a bit, but hasn't stumbled recently during normal walking. She can still climb fences and trees, but is a bit unsteady walking along the fence.
The money goes fast doesn't it. We had £7000 per year, mine was on a lifetime plan so it renewed each year in money, but in the end we only spent £1000 of it on one trip to the specialist. I would have let them operate and remove the tumour and do chemo everything, but they left everything too late, too slow, i'm very angry.

I'm so glad you are checking everything. If the cost goes over, they do payment plans so you can pay monthly. You could even do crowdfunding perhaps.
 
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The money goes fast doesn't it. We had £7000 per year, mine was on a lifetime plan so it renewed each year in money, but in the end we only spent £1000 of it on one trip to the specialist. I would have let them operate and remove the tumour and do chemo everything, but they left everything too late, too slow, i'm very angry.

I'm so glad you are checking everything. If the cost goes over, they do payment plans so you can pay monthly. You could even do crowdfunding perhaps.
Sorry for your loss, it's soul-destroying.

I'll pay if I need to. I have a 10k contingency fund (mostly allocated for house emergencies, but will dip into this if I need to). MRIs are just very expensive for cats: I had one myself last year (went private, and cost £295. MRIs for cats start at 3,000 (plus VAT plus anaesthetic)).
 
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Sorry for your loss, it's soul-destroying.

I'll pay if I need to. I have a 10k contingency fund (mostly allocated for house emergencies, but will dip into this if I need to). MRIs are just very expensive for cats: I had one myself last year (went private, and cost £295. MRIs for cats start at 3,000 (plus VAT plus anaesthetic)).
A ct scan is cheaper. We nearly had one £1000 I think
Maybe not useful in this case?
So expensive
Our babies though
 
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Apparently a CT scan is still £2000 with them.
 
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The other referral near me (closer too) is the Supervet (Noel Fitzpatrick) one. Their MRI is 2k. Unfortunately I didn't get referred there. Maybe they don't have neurology specialists?

I've also just noticed a lump on another cat's face, although it may be a scab (isn't round) or skintag, and seems to be on the top of the skin. I will try and part the fur tomorrow and see closer.

I'd like just one cat emergency at a time, preferably.
 
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The other referral near me (closer too) is the Supervet (Noel Fitzpatrick) one. Their MRI is 2k. Unfortunately I didn't get referred there. Maybe they don't have neurology specialists?

I've also just noticed a lump on another cat's face, although it may be a scab (isn't round) or skintag, and seems to be on the top of the skin. I will try and part the fur tomorrow and see closer.

I'd like just one cat emergency at a time, preferably.
Maybe you could ask to get referred there? :hug:

i wondering if, had i been closer to supervet surgery, if he could of tried to save my Ebony :cry:
 
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The vet phoned believing she has multiple tumours on her spine. Either that or an autoimmune disease. Devastated.
 
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