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should I take the cat to the vets?

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mckenzie Mon 22-Sep-08 13:42:21

He is quite old (about 15) and at the moment seems to be a bit wobbly on his back legs. Also, if he gets up on the table in the garden it appears that he has to take a deep breathe to prepare himself (for the pain??) before he jumps down. DH says not to take him as all that will happen is we'll get a huge bill for being told that he's old and given tablets of some sort. I think I should take him just to get him checked out.

What do you think?

schwotz Mon 22-Sep-08 13:47:01

Its hard isn't it, especially if the children are fond of the cat.

We recently had to have our cat taken to the vets after it became ill. It didn't come back, which was a surprise, the vet suggested ti was kinder to put it to sleep. I wished I'd let it die peacefully at home, but I didn't know how much pain it was in, neither did they. Very hard with pets. My 2 children were in bits.

You have to go with what you think is right, but prepare the children and let them spend lots of time with the cat before you take it to the vets. Even take some pictures (without letting on why) of them with the cat. Good luck.

mckenzie Mon 22-Sep-08 13:57:04

oh heck schwotz, I hadn't even considered that! I know he's old but he looks healthy enough to me, except for the dodgy legs. I did think to myself after typing the post, why would the daft thing get up onto the table if he knew it was going to hurt him to get off? So perhaps it doesn't hurt him. And you're right of course, how will the vet know if he's in pain any more than us?
I don't know about the children being upset - I'll be hopeless sad

masalachameleon Mon 22-Sep-08 13:59:50

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OrmIrian Mon 22-Sep-08 14:07:17

Don't wish to worry you but our old cat had these sort of problems - we assumed arthritis or cramp. In the end it got so bad we took her to the vets and she had a growth in the gut and had to be put to sleep. Felt so guilty for not going sooner. Does he seem distressed at other times?

rubyloopy Mon 22-Sep-08 15:16:20

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mckenzie Mon 22-Sep-08 16:48:55

thank you for all the replies, much appreciated.
I called the vet and as it's not urgent we have an appointment for next monday. So I'll give the arnica and rustox a go as it just so happens i have some on the cupboard. Not sure how I will disguise it though as Tom eats dried food now so can't mash it up and hide it. Any tips?

schwotz Mon 22-Sep-08 19:05:41

I used to put tablets in a a small chunk of corned beef, because they liked it. You will have to be inventive. grin

mckenzie Mon 22-Sep-08 20:07:17

thanks schwotz, i like to think I would have come up with an idea like that eventually but you might have just saved me wasting a few days grin. I'm very grateful

emiliadaniel Mon 22-Sep-08 21:16:10

Hi, I am a vet. There are a couple of comments in this thread that worry me a little. Firstly, please don't give your cat any ibuprofen (even a 'teeny' bit) as it could cause more problems than it solves. Secondly, the vet will have a much better idea of whether he is in pain than you do - of course his behaviour at home can give clues but it is no substitute for a thorough examination. And if he does have pain that is affecting his quality of life, there are drugs that can help him so I'm glad you have made an appointment. Good luck.

IAteDavinaForDinner Mon 22-Sep-08 21:20:57

I totally second emilia on this one (am also a vet) - don't ever give pets human painkillers.

Let us know how you get on with your appointment.

mckenzie Mon 22-Sep-08 22:24:46

thanks very much. I didn't mean to sound patronising about vets I just meant because a vet doesn't speak 'meow' any more that I do. Although with hindsight (what a wonderful thing) I remember that I always knew when my horse was feeling unwell, yet I didn't speak 'neigh' grin

schwotz Mon 22-Sep-08 22:34:14

I know what you meant mckenzie and for the vet who is worried, I wouldn't give human painkillers to a pet.

I would advise pet insurance for anyone as a thorough examination, which may include xrays and blood test for example, can be very expensive and non-conclusive.

oops Mon 22-Sep-08 22:37:04

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Joolyjoolyjoo Mon 22-Sep-08 22:41:40

Yet another vet, and I'm with the other two as far as ibuprofen etc goes- I really wouldn't.

Def worth a thorough ck over, as, although it could be arthritis, there are various other causes of hindleg weaknesses that come with old age, such as diabetic neuropathies, potassium depletion due to kidney problems etc etc, so it may be that blood tests are appropriate. I'd always want to know how well the kidneys are functioning in an older cat anyway before giving non-steroidal anti-inflammatories for arthritis.

Insurance is great, but, at 15, if he isn't already insured it would probably cost more to insure him than your vet bill- and they won't pay out for anything that pre-dates your application.

Let us know how you get on smile

piratecat Mon 22-Sep-08 22:47:14

all these vets!!!

am def coming here again when cat has had another scrap.

oops Mon 22-Sep-08 22:56:26

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Joolyjoolyjoo Mon 22-Sep-08 22:57:39

What- even us, oops? grin

piratecat Mon 22-Sep-08 22:58:15

no miracle ways to GET THAT TINY BROWN pill down my cat's throat then??


she can hold it in her mouth for about 2 mins.

oops Mon 22-Sep-08 23:03:12

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Joolyjoolyjoo Mon 22-Sep-08 23:04:11

piratecat- we could tell you, but then we'd have to kill you: that's like a magician giving away his secrets! wink

Actually, the secret weapon is confidence- the belief that you WILL get that pill RIGHT to the back of said cat's throat, and show no mercy!

oops Mon 22-Sep-08 23:05:57

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Joolyjoolyjoo Mon 22-Sep-08 23:06:40

oops- what do you mean "could be"??? Derangement is a necessary trait in anyone wanting to enter veterinary medicine, is it not??!

<wanders off to howl at the moon>

piratecat Mon 22-Sep-08 23:09:26

wel it doesn't matter too much, she hates us anyway!!!

revenge is sweet!!!

schwotz Mon 22-Sep-08 23:11:00

and a the element of surprise too grin

"It's a button to play with, it's a star fallen from the sky, its a tiny bit of fluff.....No it's a tablet, open wide and swallow.

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