Cat with Pain in his Lower Spine
Answered by: Kerry Hackett
Question from: Kendra
Posted on: November 06, 2007

I have a senior, neutered male cat who regurgitates his food almost daily. He also has some pain from his mid-back on down. When touched in this area his skin moves and he does not enjoy it. Lately if I touch him on his paws or where he doesn’t seem to want to be touched he will hiss at me or try to bite me. This will happen even if we are cuddling at his choice. He does not let me carry him around or like to be picked up. He is nasty at the vets - they can not examine him at all. I am at a loss at how to help my poor boy. The fur on his lower back is thin, but everywhere else is fine. We have just begun a flea battle with all our pets (2 other cats and a young dog). He is the one that the fleas kind of migrate to. He is not very active, sleeping most of the day. He still comes to cuddle with me at least once a day while sitting in my chair and is pushy about being "loved".(in a positive way)

It may be that your cat has some issues with his lower spine that are causing him to act in this way, perhaps from a fall or an accident of some kind. So, the first thing that might be helpful is to find a veterinary chiropractor in your area through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association ( In addition, all animals seem to benefit from the introduction of a good, homemade diet. Please see the work of Richard Pitcairn, "Natural Health for Dogs and Cats", "The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat" by Juliette de Bairacli Levy and "The Barf Diet" by Ian Billinghurst for further information and recipes. Good nutrition is essential to strong bones, an efficient nervous system and a healthy fur coat; it can also help to reduce the occurrence of flea and parasitic infestations

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