- Nov 3, 2012
My 7 month old kitten, Salem, has been having issues walking. I noticed him walking stiffly & sitting down more about a week and a half ago. His appetite was off also, I assume from being in pain. The vet examined him last Monday & took an xray, which didn’t show anything. She did say he tensed up when his back was palpated, so it’s some kind of injury he must’ve gotten from a fall at some point. I never saw him hurt himself. He got a shot for pain & I kept him confined until Friday - seemed a little better walking when I first let him out, but by the end of the day he wasn’t walking right again so I put him back in the playpen. The vet is going to consult with a radiologist to review his xrays. She also suggested I may want to have him examined by a surgeon. My head is spinning…I researched back/spine injuries online & it’s possible minor injuries can resolve by strict cage rest for 4-6 weeks. So I don’t want to let him walk around if he should be resting. He just got neutered 3 weeks ago so I don’t like the idea of him getting tons of pain meds & possibly anesthesia again if he needs a ct scan or, God forbid, surgery. It’s so upsetting. His appetite is good & he’s feisty as ever. Also uses the litter box with no problem. Has anyone else had a cat - especially a young one - that has had a back injury & they recovered?