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Why does my cat excessively stretch her hind legs?

My 2 to 3 (I lose track) year old female cat has been doing this for as long as I can remember. She is ALWAYS stretching her hind legs. She is beautiful and energetic, affectionate, and eats well. Possibly unrelated, but worth noting, is she SEEMS to have poor eyesight since birth. She used to try to walk through glass doors, would accidentally walk off the side of our porch, and is always easily spooked by anyone she sees at a distance if she doesn't know who it is when they haven't spoken to her yet. Also, she's well earned her name 'Verbal', as she talks a LOT, which I assume is because she relies on sounds more than sights. Now back to the stretching... I have lots of experience with cats, so I can safely say that her stretching is definitely unusually excessive. She will stretch her hind legs before laying down, after getting up, she will even stop mid-walk to stretch her hind legs, especially if she is descending the stairs or just finished descending the stairs. I counted once, and after getting down the stairs, she stretched her hind legs 5 different times in approximately 30 seconds. Otherwise she seems perfectly healthy and happy. So why all the stretching of the hind legs?
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Hi Erohiel,  We have a stray cat outside who does this excessive leg stretching also.  I used to jokingly say she was a ballerina kitty, or when she would often wind around a pole outside and then stretch her leg out, I'd call her a pole dancer.   I noticed recently that she has worms. I saw what looked like little white pieces of rice on her rear, several days in a row. As it turns out, these were tapeworm segments coming out, and I think she actually feels a large tapeworm inside her and that is why she has been stretching.  I am ordering her some medication to get rid of the tapeworms.  Perhaps when she stretches, she is pushing more segments out.  I would have your kitty checked to see whether she may have worms.  A tapeworm can hatch inside an animal after the animal bites at (and eats) a flea that is infected with the tapeworm larvae.  As the tapeworm matures, segments of the worm find their way out an animal's anus and can be seen there or on the surrounding fur.  I hope that's not what your pet has, but it is very likely.
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She doesn't have any trouble jumping. She's very agile and accurate. But she has difficulty recognizing people by sight, used to accidentally WALK straight off edges, and try to walk through glass doors. Also, vets are extremely expensive, and I can't afford to satisfy my curiosity with a vet visit.
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874521 tn?1424116797
hi and welcome Ero....with all the symptoms you describe I would almost think its something neurological going on with kitty(?) that would affect her ability to 'judge' when jumping more so than being an eyesite issue.....and would also affect her limbs.
we aren't Vets on this site, I would recommend having her seen by a good Vet for a consult. In the meantime we do have an excellent Vet on our Animal Health forum that perhaps could give you some help too.
good luck and please come back and give us an update....((>^.^<))

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535822 tn?1443976780
hahahah its cute my Tweety does the same in fact I have been copying her, and I stretch in the morning alongside her ...lol
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