Q. My 22 year old cat has extreme pain in her hind area around the tail and rump. We can't touch it. She often jerks and then starts licking at the are

A. Have her examined by your veterinarian. A complete physical and xrays may diagnose the underlying cause for her pain. Your vet can also dispense or prescribe the appropriate pain management.

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A. This could be severe hip pain, at her age it would not be surprising. Unfortunately it could also be a tumor that has spread to the hip area causing extreme pain.

In order to diagnose the problem, an Xray would be best, it could determine if you are dealing with arthritis or something worse.

If it is arthritis, pain killers can be prescribe and help relieving the pain in the hip area.

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