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Cat worries
Shaka is limping and I can't work out why. The trouble is that he is such a softie; I've tried to find out what's hurting him but exploration just results in purring and I can't find out where it hurts.

I had to spend the day in bed, of course, as I was working last night, and so I didn't notice that anything was wrong until the late afternoon. He had spent all night and all day in the house AFAIK, as it's been raining heavily, and I actually wondered if he'd strained something by holding himself in for many hours. He's very good about not going in the house - he won't even use a litter tray, alas - but he hates going out in the rain.

I was on the verge of calling the vet when he came racing through the house, made a flying leap to the top of the table where the broadband router stands, and curled up on it (his favourite spot) and I thought "whatever it was must be okay now". Only, once the vet was closed and it was too late to take him, it turned out that he is still limping heavily. It does seem to be one of his front paws that can't properly weight-bear, so the toilet-related hypothesis is probably disproved, but I can't find any sign of injury. He's moving very oddly, however, and I'm baffled and worried.

CW and K are still away. I've got to go out to work and leave him all on his own all night again. I hate leaving him, but there's nothing that I can do to avoid it. Even when I come home I'm going to have to go to bed; I've got to go and pick CW and daughter up from the ferry tomorrow tea-time, and if I try staying up all day I won't be able to drive safely. Maybe I'll be able to get him to come to bed with me.

This has rather put a damper on my plan to get some work done on "Sunnydale Passions" today; hopefully I'll be able to do some tomorrow.

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Current Music: Al Stewart, "The Year of the Cat"

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frenchani From: frenchani Date: September 9th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
How old is he?

Could be osteoarthritis...

Chani
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 9th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know how old he is; 10 maybe, or 11.

That might make sense; it came on very suddenly, but then the weather did change very suddenly and my own limp comes on when it is cold and wet.
trepkos From: trepkos Date: September 9th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps he has something minor but intermittently painful, like a throrn in his foot, or a cut, or a damaged nail.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 9th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't find anything, and he is happy to let me explore his paws; he might be incredibly placid but surely he'd express some displeasure if I touched something like that.
gamiila From: gamiila Date: September 9th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
If he's happy to let you touch his paw, then I doubt it's anything too serious...Leila injured one of her hind legs recently and screamed if I so much as pointed at it. Turned out she'd somehow managed to pull a muscle. Keep on eye on him, and if you're still worried tomorrow night, have him checked out by the vet the next day?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 11th, 2005 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks; will do.
spikesdeb From: spikesdeb Date: September 9th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope he's alright. Animals do seem to have the knack of 'throwing a sickie' when there's absolutely nothing you can do about it. Must be one of those extra animal senses they've got.

Sending good wishes for a repaired paw.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 11th, 2005 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
He's a little better now but he seems to keep doing things that hurts it again. Thanks!
pfeifferpack From: pfeifferpack Date: September 9th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
{{{{pets to Shaka}}}} Poor Speaker...you always have bad luck when your lovely Wombat is gone! {{{pets Speaker too}}}.

Whatever is wrong, at least Shaka seems to be functioning and not unhappy...those purrs prove that much. Perhaps a muscle pull or such. The fact Shaka was running about is a good sign.

Don't stress out, cats and dogs are wonderfully resiliant.

Kathleen
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 11th, 2005 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

He seems to be recovering, but he keeps going out and doing things that make it worse again - like jumping down off our garden wall.
gillo From: gillo Date: September 9th, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
If he's purring it can't hurt too much. He might have pulled a muscle or something. Or just be missing his girls. Try not to worry.
{{Hugs both of you}}
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 11th, 2005 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
cbtreks From: cbtreks Date: September 9th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor kitty! I hope it's nothing serious. (And poor Speaker! I always find it rather nerveracking when one of the cats is sick or hurt.)
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 11th, 2005 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
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speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 11th, 2005 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I think he probably landed badly jumping off a wall.

Thank you!
enigmaticblues From: enigmaticblues Date: September 9th, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor kitty. I hope he's better soon.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 11th, 2005 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
spikereader From: spikereader Date: September 9th, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Shaka - hope it turns out to be nothing serious. *hugs* for you too, as you're without your girls.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 11th, 2005 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
opalescence From: opalescence Date: September 9th, 2005 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Baxter and I hope kitty feels better soon.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 11th, 2005 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! (and Baxter).
From: hezzabeth Date: September 10th, 2005 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
My cat started doing that when her kidney's shut down.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 11th, 2005 10:51 am (UTC) (Link)
That's what worried me at first, but we've managed to pin it down to being only his left front leg that won't weight-bear properly, so that seems to rule out anything other than injury to that particular limb.
rahirah From: rahirah Date: September 10th, 2005 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
The last time one of our cats did something like that, it was because he'd sprained something jumping off the roof.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 11th, 2005 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I think you've probably hit the nail on the head; our garden has high walls and a high gate, and he can climb out but usually jumps down on the other side. He probably landed badly on one of those jumps.
talesofspike From: talesofspike Date: September 10th, 2005 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
One of our cats occasionally does things like that, but he's such a softie that when you try to work out what's wrong he just keeps purring until he drools all over you, and the more you check the worse he gets. Hubby has even noticed that sometimes, though I'm sure it wouldn't occur to him unless there was something wrong originally, being a somewhat nice but dim moggie, that he'll keep it up after he's feeling better, only he'll get it wrong as to which leg is meant to have the limp.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 11th, 2005 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)
It took us ages to work out which leg it was, but we've pinned it down now to the left front leg.
meli1_77 From: meli1_77 Date: September 11th, 2005 08:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope your cat is doing better. *HUGS*
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 11th, 2005 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
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