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Stiff Back Legs

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Hi All. I just found this site in hopes to find an answer to my cat issue.

I adopted a young cat from the Humane Society of New York about 2 months ago. He's now about 11 months old. When we first got him, we saw that his bilateral end is somewhat higher than his front end. It's almost like he's a hotrod ..... his back legs are longer than his front legs.

In the past few days, he seems to be having trouble walking normally. He doesn't seem to be in any pain. Still running around (more of a hop) and playing with our other cat. But when he runs, he looks more like a rabbit then a cat. He seems also to be walking with a bit of a limp in his back legs....

We are worried that he might have hip dysplasia, but he seems too young for that. We are thinking that maybe he's just awkward and he's growing into himself. We just don't know.

Any information would be helpful. Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 5
Hi, welcome to tcs, I have no advice but I'm certain some wonderful member will come along shortly to help you!
post #3 of 5
Its possible he's just going through an "awkward phase". I remember, at one point, at around 8 to 10 months or so, Oliver looked like a bat-eared stilt-walker!
Now, his ears match his head and his legs are normal!

Your best bet is to take the lil guy to the vet, as much of a pain in the butt and expense as that can be, because only a vet can really identify what's going on with Mister Kitty.

Best of luck, keep us posted!
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Welcome to the site! I'll move this to Health & Nutrition where all of our health experts will see it.
post #5 of 5
He could be part Manx. Some cats are born with congenital deformities. I have a cat that walks low on her carpals (front wrists). She looks like she has flippers. She als has an abnormality with her hips. She is only 4 1/2 but we started her on arthritis meds as a preventative. Too be safe have your kitties hips x-rayed. Keep us posted
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