Flat-Footed Stance in Cats: A Sign of Trouble

 In Animal Care, Feline

Cats normally appear to walk on the on their rear paws with their hocks vertical to the ground. Flat-footed, or plantigrade, stance is where the rear paws contact the ground from the toes to the hock or at least to where the hocks are noticeably lower. Rear-leg weakness is a sign that something is wrong and is a symptom of many common feline ailments.

These ailments are:

• Diabetes

• Kidney disease

• Feline infectious peritonitis

• Degenerative joint disease

• Feline leukemia

• Rabies

• Various fungal diseases

Diabetes and kidney disease are the most common culprits. If you are observing this stance in your cats, please bring them in to see us as soon as possible. We will do a thorough exam of your cats and see what is causing the issue. From there, we will plan a course of treatment based on your cat’s specific needs.

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