Join Date: May 2008
Location: St. Albert, AB, Canada
Worried about Jitzu
I'd like to start by saying that Jitzu is normally not the friendliest of kitties, and that she wasn't acting at all weird before this afternoon. Also I know that this is no substitute for vet care, but i need advice on a vet visit.
However, when I came back from doing some errands I noticed her limping slightly. I didn't notice until I was sitting down, she tried to jump onto the counter in the kitchen, and didn't make it. This is my cat who jumped from a standstill to the top of the 6 foot high book shelf.
When she came out of the kitchen she was favoring her left leg, and making an effort to stay near me. Usually she's more standoffish, but she stuck pretty close since I've been home. She made it up to her normal sleeping spot. A few more jumps than usual, but she did it. The spot is by our living room window, usually she just hops up to the top of the TV stand, and goes in her basket. Today she took the longer route, Onto my Bfs desk chair, the desk, the movie rack, then into the basket. She does that sometimes, but not normally.
She hung out in that spot for a while, but when she came down the limp had gotten much worse. She had let me feel the leg earlier, which is extremely odd for her btw, and there didn't seem to be a sore spot. I felt it again and I think the 'knee' joint is swollen. She's hardly putting any weight on it at all, and even when she sits she's holding it off the ground. She's also groomed that leg a lot.
Now for most people this wouldn't be odd, but her sticking so close to me is very odd for her. Literally she didn't let me out of her sight. She sat beside me for a good hour, usually she maxes out at 15 mins, unless i scratch a good spot. She's also been remarkably tolerant with the other kitties. Normally she would hiss if Muffin got near her, today she put up with him swatting her tail. Way out of character. She was even good with Torri...which is way beyond odd. The kicker for me was her letting me feel her leg. I know she's a smart cat, and I'd love to say she knew that I had to feel it. But to be honest usually she'd never put up with that. No matter how good her mood was! She just seems...off.
I know I should take her to a vet, but there's a few issues with it. She hates the vet. I don't just mean like every cat does. Last time she bit and assistant THROUGH the gloves. *sighs* and it's a huge stress on her, and me. I can't help but wonder if they'd be able to get near enough to examine her. I got a sedative last time, but it didn't do much for her. i could only get her to eat 1/2, and then the wait in the vet's office meant it had worn off by the time they saw her. No help at all.
Money is an issue too...but if I need to spend it I will. It'll just make things even harder.
Basically, should I wait and see how it is tm, the next day? Or should I call first thing tomorrow and say I need to bring her in...and get a sedative?