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Old 07-14-2005, 11:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default My cat's back end is thin and scrawney

My cat, Benny, came as a stray a few months ago and has improved in health so much since then. But his back legs are very scrawney and take away from his good looks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He's getting a bit of a tummy on him so i've been giving a tiny bit less food. he is not at all thin apart from his back end. i wonder if there is a problem that is stopping the food getting back to Benny's legs? I'm not too worried but I'd be glad to hear from anyone who has any advice. Thanks!
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Old 07-14-2005, 12:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Has he been wormed a few times? That is my first thought.

Did the vet take a guess at his approx. age? it may sound like overkill but a lot can be revealed by simple bloodwork. Often cats with chronic renal failure look "scrawny" in the back end. It could be that, it could be something else or it could be NOTHING LOL At least you'll have peace of mind knowing all is well with your little buddy
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Old 07-14-2005, 01:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Is the rest of him skinny, too, except for his tummy? Might have worms. Not familiar with renal failure CTCat mentioned. But both problems would need a vet checkup.

OTOH, maybe that's just the way he's built. There's no such thing as "a problem that is stopping the food getting back to Benny's legs"
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Old 07-14-2005, 01:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My Buddy has that. I think it was because of the worms he had in his younger months, but dont know anything for sure. He's just scrawny in the back. I like to poke his little haunches and say "aint much meat on 'em bones... gotta fatten yer up!" I know, i'm a geek

I asked the vet about it and they said it's just his build, nothing to worry about
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Old 07-14-2005, 03:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Polly has a very curious build, and has a very light frame. Her kids, however, are built like little tanks. I knew her as a kitten, and she had a nasty (and prolonged) bout of worms, combined with some malnourishment. As such, I don't think she'll ever plump up.

But seriously, she looks like a little bulldog. (Here is a good picture that shows her odd proportions somewhat.) Big head, short legs, a curiously perky nose, and she swaggers when she walks. She's also the oldest and most active of the three - she's the only one who will amuse herself, without any help. Her favorite toy currently is a short piece of yarn. You'd think it was out to kill her with how she attacks it over and over again. It's hysterical.
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Old 07-14-2005, 04:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That sounds like Tommy, too. He's built like a little bulldog, except for the face.
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