My Cat has Lost Muscle Mass in Her Back (Need Advice)

This question comes from one of our readers, Theresa, who is concerned about her 13 year old cat. She believes her kitty has lost muscle mass in her back.

She previously had a bad experience with a vet, who examined her 12 year old Maine Coon cat and told her nothing was wrong with him.

Sadly, five days later, he passed away. Understandably, she's very nervous about what the vet might say and what the outcome is going to be here.

My personal advice to her was that I always try to trust my gut, balanced against what the experts say. If, after hearing what the vet says, my gut still says there's an issue, I'd see another vet.

As a cat parent, you know your cat best, and if something's wrong... something's wrong.

Theresa would like more input from other cat parents on what she should know or how to navigate this dilemma.

If you have any words of wisdom, or have any advice or experience similar to this, she'd like to hear what you have to say. Please help her out and leave a supportive comment below. Thank you!

Here's the question:


A few years ago, my Maine Coon cat, who was very big and about 12 years old, suddenly felt like his spine was sticking out. He lost muscle mass almost overnight.

I took him to the vet and he hadn't lost an ounce of weight and thought I was crazy and there was nothing wrong with my cat. 5 days later, he was dead.

The emergency vet said he suspected he had a blood clot that moved into his lungs. How they knew that, I don't know...

I was so devastated I wasn't asking questions.

Now my other cat, my little baby girl that I have had for 13 years, feels like she has lost muscle mass in her back.

I'm worried sick. I will take her to the vet but won't they tell me the same thing?

Yes, I may try a new vet but I'd like to go in informed. Does anyone have any experience with this? Can anyone offer advice?

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