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Slightly less worried...

There is nothing horrible wrong that we're aware of.  Of course, the vet isn't sure what's wrong.

He examined and manipulated that leg and those joints in fashions that I wasn't sure it was natural for it to bend.  So here's what it's not:

An infection (no fever)
Nothing is broken.
The leg and pads are warm, so it's not a clot.
None of the tendons or ligaments are torn or out of place.

Of course, at the vet's office she wouldn't limp.  But he could see that she wasn't loading any weight on the leg.  The problem is that she wasn't giving him any pain indications, so we couldn't localize beyond the right hind leg.  So for now, we're going to go with what he calls "benign neglect" - wait and see.  If it gets better, great.  If it gets worse, or fails to get better, we'll do more testing.  She was due for her yearly health screen in two months anyhow, so they took blood today and they'll check for anything systemic.

The vet speculates that perhaps when the two of them were tussling last night (and there was some hissing and growling at the top of the stairs) that she fell or got knocked about and either bruised or strained something.  That sort of soft tissue damage wouldn't be detectable.  If that's the case, it should go away on it's own.  On the other hand, if he bit her, we won't know until the abcess forms.

But it seems that this is more in the nature of an injury than an illness.  In this case, that's good.

Perhaps I'll eat a muffin this evening so that she can have some for a treat.


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Mar. 13th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
So, it's the "no news is good news" theory? Hopefully it will turn out to be just a bruise or strain.
Mar. 13th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Exactly. *He* didn't seem terribly worried, and therefore I am significantly less worried. I don't like the idea that the little girl is in pain, but an injury is easier to deal with than an illness like we had with Tashi. There will just need to be lots of checking in the guise of snuggles. I'm sure she'll hate that. :-)
Mar. 13th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
Well...at least it's nothing immediately apparent. If it continues you can always get x-rays of her leg. My old kitty Claudia had hip problems in her later years but it only slowed her down a little. Hopefully she just twisted something or landed funny & it'll work itself out.
Mar. 13th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
X-rays would be the next step, probably. Because he couldn't localize where the problem was, he didn't really want to take x-rays of the whole back of the cat in the hopes that something would just jump out at him. It's likelier that it's a soft tissue problem. It could be arthritis, but that doesn't usually get this much worse overnight (and this was a change literally overnight.)

She is REALLY grumpy - growling and all out of sorts. If Becket keeps trying to play with her, he's going to get his ass handed to him.

Hopefully it was a fall or a twist and it'll get better from here.
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