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My 15 year old boy just looks miserable lately. But last night and today he seems lame. Now, to be fair, he has been lame in this foot before (hind leg) and to be fair, I have probably been giving him too low a dose of Cosiquin... but he also looks... wobbly? Like his front legs keep collapsing too (but is that because he is putting more weight on them because one of the hind ones is bothering him?) It does seem like he has problems after he gets up from a long nap. This morning when I woke up (after he had been walking around for hours) he seemed better and then right after he slept for a few hours it was quite bad. He also seems to be able to "do" everything. Like he seems able to get up to my 2nd floor bedroom - walk down stairs - and jump up on his loveseat.

How would I know if this was something more serious? I do look out to make sure he is not walking on the flat part of his hind legs. He isn't.

He is eating normally and using the litter box normally.
 

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Hi. I know you have other semi-related posts and I know I have read them, but I have not gone back to them before responding here. Did the vet have x-rays done to look for the level of arthritis your cat likely has? Does the vet think he has some level of inflammation somewhere within his joints? Could the vet prescribe something in addition to the Cosequin? Such as an anti-inflammatory? Has your cat ever had a dose of steroids just to see how much, if any, of a positive impact that might have? I am not suggesting continual use, but perhaps it might help the vet think of other types of therapies that could help in lieu of repeated steroids.

Does the issue with the front wobbly legs go away once he is up and moving? It is really hard to say if it could be something more serious, but his eating and litter box use being normal would suggest positive things. However, I would ask the vet about the wobbly front legs since this sounds like it is a newer issue.
 
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Everything that FeebysOwner FeebysOwner said. Additionally, find out what the correct dosage is for the Cosequin, and make sure he gets it! If the vet says that this is arthritis, my girl has gotten a LOT of relief from her heated bed. She's in it for several hours a day, or on my bed, when the electric blanket is turned on. When I take the blanket off, I wrap a "never turns off" heating pad in two towels and keep that on low on the bed for her.
 
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Things were really great this week and even at the start of the day. He walked around with me fine once he got up.. but then he did something getting up from a space and now he literally can hardly walk. it is quite bad. It comes and goes.. He got himself up on the couch and I am sure he will take his morning nap.. and I bet it will be all set by 12 noon. So it comes and goes. I am wondering if he needs to lose some weight. He is 16 lbs. that is actually pretty good for a him (just naturally a big boy) but I think if he could have have him loose a little weight.
 

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I wouldn't stress him out with a diet right now, at his age, maybe just reduce a tiny bit or more calorie-reduced treats like shaved turkey. It sounds like arthritis to me, maybe research some supplements to help him and try them. Maybe even some of the CBD products out for cats. There are many supplements out there, check the reviews and see which are best. I give my liquid supplements in a lickable treat and my cats lick them right up.
 
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I am actually giving him Canna Pet and Cosequen.

What is odd is that this morning he could hardly walk, but after 4 hours sleep he is back to normal.
 

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Arthritis canbeworse after prolnged sleeping periods. It usually gets better with a little exercise. He may be handling whatever it is better at certain times too. It does sound like pain due to some kind of inflammation.
 

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I can tell you from my own experience, and from watching Hek that you tend to be FAR stiffer after sleeping. Moving around helps work the stiffness out.
 
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Before I even read this today I decided perhaps I need to give him more exercise.. So I did get out a toy and work him out this morning and yes things look very nice -- I think I am going to have to work on that. Thanks all
 
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I weighed him this morning and he is down to 16 lbs even. His last weigh in was 16.4. I am not especially worried as he has ranged from 15.8 to 16.4 as an adult. It can also depend on what he just ate. I do think that working him out might be helpful as I haven't seen a "spell" in a bit.
 
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Famous last words... i came home abruptly and he jumped off the couch quickly and can hardly walk. It does seem to be an issue of moving around quickly.
 

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Poor old boy! Hopefully, he'll adjust. Might be time to invest in a couple of sets of pet stairs for his favorite furniture. Hek has one for the love seat and one for my bed. She doesn't use them EVERY time, but when she's sore, they're there for her.
 
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