Your Pet Question
My 5-year-old indoor tabby cat is very active and always playing and jumping around, but I’ve noticed him limping a bit lately. It doesn’t seem to affect his energy, but should I be concerned?
Jayne, Montréal, QC
The Expert Says:
The most common causes of lameness will vary depending on the leg involved. Front leg injuries are often caused by cats jumping down from high places. This is especially true if the cat is overweight. Rear leg injuries are often caused by catching a nail in a carpet while running around. This results in the stifle (knee) becoming twisted and causing a ligament injury. In multi-cat households, another cause of limping might be an abscess caused by one cat biting another. Visit your veterinarian to get your cat a physical examination. An x-ray may be taken to check for fractures, dislocations, or evidence of arthritis. Depending on the results, anti-inflammatory medication might be the solution. There’s also a new mobility support diet available for cats that might help as well.
Kelly Lawn is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and co-owner of the Paris Veterinary Clinic in Paris, Ontario.