July 2018 Issue

Your Cat’s Subtle Hind-Leg

Cats can run and jump with the best animal athletes, but if she injures her rear end, she may just stop

The first signs of a hind-end problem can be subtle. You probably will not see an obvious limp. You might suddenly realize that you have not had to scold the cat off the counter in a week or more. Or you might notice that the first-floor litter box is “getting all the action” while the one up (or down) the stairs is pristine. These are often indications that your cat is experiencing some degree of arthritis, possibly even hip dysplasia (see also “Cats Hide Signs of Hip Dysplasia” from our May 2018 issue at

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