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Herniated disk (long)

post #1 of 4
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Hi Every one This is my first post.
We have 2 cats &1 dog. Buffy(23llbs & 6yrs old) has been pooing and peeing on the carpet upstairs. We tried changing the cat litter tray, got rid of the auto matic one, thinking it might of given hime a fright, and also put a tray down stairs but to no avail, We took him to the vets today to rule out UTI. The vet took urine and blood samples, we will get the results back tomorrow. The vet also took X-rays to see if there were any blockages or kidney stones which maybe causing the problem.Everything was fine, but the vet told me that Buffy has a herniated disk and must be in some discomfort. I asked him what signs to look for he said, pain on getting up ,limping, hard to walk. I then told him that the cats have their own table that they have to jump on to get their food ( we have a dog remember ), also Buffy likes to sleep on the back of the sofa which he has to jump on, he has to climb 15 stairs to the litter box or in his case the carpet,He also runs around and plays with ease, I just don't think that he is in pain . Has any one else had experience with this and how bad was it, Am I starting to worry to much? I tried an internet search, but couldn't find much about it, Any advice is welcome.
post #2 of 4
Hi and Welcome to TCS!

I can't help you there with the herniated disc - but IMO if, he's playing and running with ease and your vet is not too concerned then, maybe you're just being a good overconcerned meowmy!
post #3 of 4
It's something that needs to have an eye kept on it, but if it's not causing any pain or limiting mobility at the moment then do not worry for now.

If at any point your cat shows discomfort when moving or develops mobility problems, or loss of bladder or bowel control, then it will require treatment. As I understand it, there are various options for treatment, both non-surgical and surgical.

Herniated disc is what we often refer to as a 'slipped disc', although that term can be a bit misleading. If there were pressure on the spinal cord then pain and difficulty moving would be obvious.
post #4 of 4
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Thanks for the replies, I will definatley keep an eye on him in the future.I picked up his blood & urine results today. The vet wasn't in and I don't know how to read the results ,so it looks like I will have to wait until Monday to talk to the vet.
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