Mon, Jan 29, 2024

He was fine and all of a sudden he was very lethargic and just laid around. When I pet him ners the lower back he cries. He will not jump onto anything and he just moves very slowly

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Firstly, the pain response when petting near the lower back suggests that your cat may be experiencing some form of musculoskeletal pain, such as an injury to the muscles, ligaments, or even the spine itself. This could be due to trauma, a fall that you may not have witnessed, or the onset of a condition like arthritis.

Another possibility is that your cat could be suffering from an internal issue, such as a urinary tract infection, bladder stones, or a blockage. These conditions can cause significant discomfort and may lead to lethargy and a reluctance to move or jump due to the pain.

Cats tend to hide their problems. If you can see their lethargy, it is not a good sign.

Given the symptoms you've described, here are some steps you can take at home to monitor and support your cat:

- Ensure that food, water, and the litter box are easily accessible without the need for your cat to jump or climb.
- Monitor your cat's appetite and water intake. A decrease in appetite or not drinking water could exacerbate the situation.
- Avoid touching or handling the sensitive area to prevent further pain or discomfort.


- Straining to urinate or defecate with little or no output, which could indicate a blockage.
- Any signs of paralysis or dragging of the hind limbs.
- Severe and continuous pain, which could manifest as constant meowing or aggression when touched.

If you notice any of above symptoms, or if your cat's condition worsens, it is imperative to seek veterinary care immediately as these could be signs of life-threatening conditions.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.