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My cat that is only 8 years old is having a hard time walking (2 wks now). When she walks her hind legs slide out from under her. Her right knee seems strained. Nikita is drinking a lot more water than normal as well. Last year she had severe stomatisis and had to have many teeth removed. I feed her a free-range turkey raw diet with Sojos milk. She is on moducare (natural Sterols & sterolins) for her immune system. I do not want to use steroids unless I absolutely have to. Her urinalysis last year was fine. Her chem results had High protein, Globulin, triglyceride, WBC & lymphocyte readings. Her sodium reading was low. Does anyone know what this might be? She is very happy and can still jump on the bed. Her walking and thirst concern me. Any advise on what to give her.
Thank you in advance for your time,
Amanda jOY
  AJS on 2008-11-01
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Increased thirst can be a symptom of diabetes, also kidney disease. High lymphycyte levels is symptomatic of lymphosarcoma.Difficulty walking can be a symptom of diabetes(Is your cat overweight?),heart disease,nephritis,and several other diseases. When your cat had her teeth removed there may have been an infection still present that, undealt with, caused the kidneys to become infected or in some way seriously compromised the kidneys. You would need to find out, first of all, if your cat has diabetes(you may be able to find this out by going to a drugstore and getting those little test strips used for humans-you collect the urine-when she goes in the litter box, collect it, put it in a container, add a little water, swish it around, strain the liquid off and use that to dip the test strip in- follow the directions on the box). Secondly you would need to find out concerning your cat's heart and kidney function. Sometimes in heart disease a clot can form in one of the arteries leading from the two back legs which leads to eventual paralysis.There are things that can be given if a pet had difficulty walking but not when the cause is stemming from diabetes,heart disease or kidney disease/failure.That needs to be dealt with first. What you need is information as to your cat's condition and you need it ASAP. Any delay only compounds the problem.
orian last decade
To clarify re collecting the urine sample: just scoop it up- kitty litter and all, put it in a container, add just enough water to be able to strain it off, swish it around so it's a mixture of 90 percent urine and 10 percent water, and dip the test strip in that.
orian last decade
Give causticum 200c single dose.
Zahid)2 last decade
What all shots has she had in the past? And if she got shots did she get sick later on after them? Like a mild cold or fever months after. Are her kidney and liver numbers okay? High WBC means she is fighting an infection. I ask this because I have a cat with different symptoms to some extent and is dying from FIP. FIP takes on many forms and is extremely difficult to diagnose. I have read where it affects the legs. Her drinking could be from kidneys getting weakened. Also, did they test her for FIV, FELUK, and FIP?
barracuda last decade
Orion - I have her records and will clarify after I do the strip test. I can put a bit of her litter in with the mix? I use the worlds best cat litter and it is made of corn. Won't that effect the test?

Thanks Amanda & Nikita
AJS last decade
The water has its own PH which will alter the results. I just look for the wet spots in the litter box and squish the ph paper in it. The ph strip I use comes on a roll and has a wide range so I can better fix the animals problem.
barracuda last decade
I have not ever found that the water ph affected the reading. The test strips I'm referring to are best dipped once into the urine solution, waiting 30 seconds then taking a reading. Once you have added just enough water to the collection of cat litter/urine swirl it around ,drain off the liquid and dip the test strip into it. Just pushing the test strip into the wet spots may not give you an adequate enough read.
orian last decade

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