View Full Version : Cat dragging hind paw

08-19-2005, 09:35 AM
Just noticed that my 3.5y male cat is dragging his hind paw. He's still jumping everywhere and doesn't seem to be in pain even when i touch all lover his leg. Anyone had the same experience?
Thank you.

Cat&Dog mom
08-20-2005, 12:07 PM
That is not a normal behavior, you should get your cat to a vet & have it examined.

Please let us know what happens. Best of luck!

08-20-2005, 01:06 PM
yes, we took him to the vet this morning and he thinks it's a disc injury. it's an indoor cat but he's a climber and often clumsy. he's also running around with our other cat and we recently got a puppy who also chase them around. he got a shot of steroid to try to help with inflammation and we'll monitor it, if it doesn't get better there is whole another bunch of tests to be done, possibly see the neurologist etc. the fact that he does use the leg and doesn't seem to be in pain, just discomfort, we're hoping he'll get better. there is also a vet who does a chiro and acupuncure so we might try that later on.

thank you!

08-20-2005, 04:25 PM
That's good that you found the problem. Thanks for confiding in us and please keep us posted on his condition.

08-21-2005, 05:30 PM
we're not sure that we found the problem though but we're hoping that the first guess is what it really is and that it's nothing more serious. his condition hasn't improved after that steroid shot but the vet said to expect the improvements buy tuesday (if it works). he's also getting urnica and hypericum homeopathic pills.

thank you!

08-21-2005, 07:25 PM
I'm praying that your fur-baby will feel better soon.

08-21-2005, 07:53 PM
Steroids won't solve a problem, just mask it for a while. Steroids are given to limp a patient along until they can have the problem fixed. If your cat has an injury to the spine, giving him a steroid will allow him to continue to damage the area since the steroid masks the pain and allows him to move more freely. I would have an x-ray done to see if they can see something. If not, then a non-steroidal anti-inflamatory med would be more logical at that point in my opinion. I hope it is superficial and he is doing well soon. Sending good thoughts your way, and please keep us updated. ;)

08-22-2005, 12:29 PM
I agree with Magnum! Get that baby back to the vet. Hope all goes well for you and your fuzzybaby!

08-22-2005, 12:57 PM
yup yup, I also agree with Magnum.

08-22-2005, 04:41 PM
thank you all. the logic behind it was that since he doesn't seem to be too bad, he still feels his paw and the rest of the leg etc., steroid should help with the swelling if there is any (and the assumption is that there is). if not, xray probably wouldn't show anything. MRI would be the way to go. i also have a friend who is a vet at the emergency clinic who agreed that steroid is a good start and if it doesn't help till tomorrow, he should see a specialist at her clinic. he does seem to be doing better and i can tell that his spirit is 100% better. he doesn't seem to be sulking anymore which makes me feel much better. he's also getting that arnica and hypericum thingies 4x/day so i don't know if that did anything. that cat worries me. i adopted him when he was 6m and he's always been very timid. he developed crystals in his urine but he'd suffer silently, wouldn't show you anything. same thing now. you just notice on his face that there is something bothering him. that's why i'm glad to see him much happier today. he likes to climb on top of kitchen cabinets, via the fridge but when he hears us opening up the entrance door, he'd rush down. the day before i noticed the limp i heard a loud, dull noise in the kitchen while i was entering the place and i knew it was him. he might have missed a step, all sleepy that he was, and fall in a bad way :( also, he plays with our other cat pretty rough sometimes and you hear them hitting the wall or missing a step while trying to jump in the window in a way that you think they couldn't have survived, silly things. he's also a lap cat, and a real momma boy so i know getting a puppy made him worry for his position big time. i just hope it's nothing serious.

08-22-2005, 06:29 PM
Thanks for the update Alex... ;) MRI's are more conclusive, but I rarely suggest it off the get-go due to the high cost, and not knowing a persons financial situation makes suggesting tough. Glad to hear he is doing better and his spirits are up. :D

08-22-2005, 06:32 PM
That's great that he seems to be feeling better. When a pet's mental state is better that most always means that his physical state is also better! :D Thanks for keeping us updated on him. :)

08-22-2005, 07:59 PM
I hope he is better soon

08-23-2005, 01:58 PM
Here's hoping the little baby gets better very soon!

08-23-2005, 03:54 PM
thank you, guys. you're great :) i keep a close eye on him an he really looks better although that cute little paw is still not 100% well. we'll see...

and yes, MRI is cca $2000 here in Toronto. but what needs to be done, needs to be done. our babies are way more precious and thanks god for credit cards :)

08-23-2005, 04:14 PM
Hi Alex! It is good to hear that your kitty seems to be feeling better. Steroids are usually the first step but if he is still dragging his paw after this week I would get a more conclusive evaluation. I have just been through the month from hell in a similar situation with my Great Dane. He only became progressively worse over time on Prednisone. From all I have read in the past few weeks, the dragging or knuckleing of a paw is one of the indications of intervetebral disk disease. I am not saying that is what your kitty has, just telling you of my experience. My only choice was the MRI (it was $1400 in D.C.) and spinal surgery to correct. While the MRI was expensive it saved a lot of invasive exploratory surgery. It indicated exactly where the lubosacral disease and bulging disc was. His surgery was Friday and he is having a miraculous recovery. Hope to hear that your kitty is all better and doesn't need to go through anymore!

Cat&Dog mom
08-23-2005, 08:59 PM
Thanks for the up-date, i'm glad to hear he is feeling a little better.

08-25-2005, 07:44 AM
Thank you all!

JustJo, that's exactly what my vet said: it's most likely a bulging disc! He's still drags his paw and I think we're going to see a specialist soon. He does seem to be much better in a way that he again seems to be happy, curious, interactive etc. Last week you could simply tell something was wrong with him. He only got one shot of steroids and he's on a homeopathic medicine that i mentioned before.

I am glad your great dane is recovering well. Poor baby that he had to go through all that but hopefuly from now on he'll be fine. I had a spine surgery myself and i know that pain before the surgery is worse than a surgery and recovery together. The only thing is all of us, animals and people alike, who are prone to disc injuries, it rarely stops with only one occurrence. How to prevent it is the question?!

08-25-2005, 08:27 AM
Glad to hear that your kitty is acting better anyway. Sometimes the steroids do work but there was no way in Bullwinkle's case.

Prevention???? Well, this is how I am going to approach it, and of course this would be much tougher with a cat.

1. No more jumping! He will have to use ramps to get up in the car, on the bed, etc.

2. Am looking into hydro-therapy to help rebuild his gluteo and other muscles.

3. No more collar. He must now only be walked with a harness to avoid any pressure on his spine at any point. This should be really fun!! NOT! He is 100 times stronger than me.

4. I have incresed his Nyzymes to the initial dose. I have switched his Flex-A-Min to Synovi G3 granules (Glucosamine, MSM, Chrondroitin (sp?), and Omega 3 fatty acids.

Luckily he was in excellent condition before this all started. Now I need to get him back. He only weighs about 125 now. His normal weight is around 150. He has lost a lot of muscle mass because he didn't really have any fat to lose. We'll get there, slowly but surely.

good luck and keep us updated on your kitty. for sure let us know if she is going to need surgery or anything!