Neurological? Psychological? Just plain clumsy?
September 28, 2012 5:58 PM Subscribe
Why are my girlfriend's cat's back legs going out from under him?
posted by komara to pets & animals (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Her cat was walking across the room at a normal pace when both his back legs went out from under him to the right and his left hip hit the hardwood floor hard enough to make a *thump* noise. He got up and continued walking immediately, almost without losing any forward momentum, and he wasn't doing that embarrassed "nothing happened to me stop looking okay" thing that cats do. She says she's seen his back legs go out like that maybe twice in the past week or two but usually while he's running, not just walking. Also, lately he's developed the habit of yowling for no reason and sometimes looks restless for a few minutes until we call him and pet him and immediately he's distracted and stops looking freaked out. His eating and bathroom habits are as normal as they've ever been.
What do you think could be causing this? We have our opinions and she'll be talking to the vet as soon as possible, but I'd like to know what you think (without biasing you with what we think). He's around 12 years old and in what appears to be good health otherwise, still very spry.