Clicking noises when walking
I have an 11 year old Traditional Siamese. About two months ago he started making a clicking noise while he was walking-didn't matter what the surface was (the bed, carpet, tile floor, wood floor etc.) he constantly made this noise when he walked.
He didn't seem to slow down any in his activity level, even jumping to the top of my 6 foot high bookcases like usual. I took him to the vet and she suggested it was his nails making the clicking noise (which I highly doubted) so she clipped his nails. She did a thorough exam of his legs and joints by feeling them and moving them around (no x-rays or other tests). Soon as we got home the clicking noise continued.
About a week ago the noise seemed to be getting worse and my cat seems to be slowing down a bit. I made an appointment with a different vet for a second opinion. I am very worried. What could this be?
Debbie in MD.Answer by Kate
Hi Debbie, there are many possible causes for a clicking sound to be emitted from your cats paws or legs and you were right to have a vet check it out.
I can understand why your vet went for the most obvious and easiest possible solution i.e. clipping your cats claws. It is always best to eliminate the most obvious cause first. But yes your right, as a cat owner you would have been aware if your cats claws were over grown and causing the clicking.
Other possible causes are:
Loose tendons, this causes the joints to move around more in their sockets.Arthritis
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Any one of these problems could be the culprit and causing this strange noise. The only way for these to be diagnosed is via x-rays and further examination by your vet.
All I can say is that you are doing the right thing in taking him for more tests.
I hope it is nothing which can't be sorted out quickly and easily.
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