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What are Leg Paralysis?

When leg paralysis occurs in a cat, it is in need of urgent veterinary attention. Care should be taken when transporting the cat so as not to cause further impairment or injury.

The inability of an animal to move or feel one or more legs is referred to as leg paralysis. When motor and sensory function is only partially impaired, this is referred to as paresis. When function is completely impaired it is referred to as paralysis. The inability to move all four legs is tetraplegia, whereas paraplegia occurs when the animal cannot move two legs. Leg paralysis can be the result of several things that are not common in cats including trauma from a fall, accident or abuse, viruses, or tick bites.

Symptoms of Leg Paralysis in Cats

General symptoms of paralysis are:

  • Loss of movement and/or loss of feeling in leg(s)
  • Incontinence (urinary or fecal)
  • Constipation
  • Limb weakness (paresis) or inability to move (complete paralysis)
  • Lack of pain response in the limb(s)

In addition, symptoms specific to the cause of the paralysis may be present as in the following situations:

  • Dragging leg: radial nerve paralysis
  • Cold limbs, absent or hard to discern pulse in groin: thrombosis (blood clot)
  • Dilated pupils, coughing: tick paralysis
  • Pain, reluctance to move: slipped disc or spine injury
  • Swollen abdomen, weight loss, fever, labored breathing: feline infectious peritonitis
  • Loss of appetite, lethargy: toxoplasmosis
  • Neurological symptoms such as circling, tilted head, fixed pupils: stroke

Causes of Leg Paralysis in Cats

There are a variety of causes of paralysis in the limbs which result in a malfunction in the brain, spinal cord, or nerves that connect the central nervous system (CNS) to the legs. These include:

  • Blood Clot: Thrombosis where the aorta joins with iliac arteries results in paralysis of both legs. Thrombosis in iliac artery of either leg can result in paralysis of that leg specifically
  • Tick bite: Ticks bites can release neurotoxins into the cat, resulting in nervous system malfunction and paralysis.
  • Stroke: Lack of oxygen to the brain destroys the part of brain controlling leg movement.
  • Trauma: Broken pelvis, injured spine
  • Cancerous tumor: Tumors in the brain or spine can impair CNS function.
  • Slipped disk: puts pressure on spine
  • Toxoplasmosis parasitic infection  Usually is symptom-free in cats but can, in rare cases, cause nervous system impairment.
  • Viral infection: Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)
  • Botulism
  • Inflammation of the spine or CNS
  • Infection of CNS
  • Cryptococcus - fungal infection that can affect the CNS
  • Nerve damage

Diagnosis of Leg Paralysis in Cats

Your veterinarian will perform a complete physical and neurological exam. He or she will look for signs of trauma and check for pain response in the affected limb(s). They will look for tick bites and check for a weak or absent pulse in groin area that would indicate a thrombosis. Your vet will ask you for a complete medical history of your cat, including any possible accidents or environmental hazards.

In addition, a blood count and urinalysis will be performed to identify possible secondary causes such as infection. An x-ray or ultrasound may be ordered to provide images of the spine and brain, which may reveal tumors or inflammation. In the case of a suspected slipped disk a myelogram may be performed, which involves injecting dye and performing an x-ray to see where a slipped disk may be pressing on spine. If FIP is suspected, a test for FIP may involve taking a fluid sample from abdomen or taking a blood test depending on the type of FIP suspected.

CTs or MRIs are also useful tools to locate the source of nervous system malfunction resulting in paralysis.

Treatment of Leg Paralysis in Cats

Leg paralysis in cats is an urgent condition and requires veterinary treatment. Your veterinarian will provide supportive care such as hospitalization, intravenous fluids and oxygen therapy as appropriate. Steroids or anti-inflammatories to reduce spinal inflammation are commonly administered. 

  • Further treatment options for paralysis will vary depending on the cause. Various treatments include:
  • Administration of antiserum to counteract neurotoxins released by a tick bite. 
  • Surgical removal of tumors causing nervous system impairment.
  • Painkillers and surgery, if required, to repair trauma or injury causing nervous system impairment.
  • Severe cases of toxoplasmosis may require antibiotics to kill the parasite causing CNS disorder.
  • Thrombosis can be treated with clot-dissolving medications and painkillers but prognosis is guarded and euthanasia may be recommended.
  • Massage therapy and physiotherapy for radial nerve paralysis may be beneficial.

In cases which paralysis is caused by FIP, there is a poor prognosis and euthanasia is usually recommended.

Recovery of Leg Paralysis in Cats

Prognosis and recovery will depend on the cause and extent of nervous system impairment that resulted in the paralysis. Massage and physiotherapy can be beneficial on a continuing basis. The animal should rest in a confined area without stimulation from other animals or exposure to hazards in its environment that could cause further injury.

Leg Paralysis Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Floyd
Unknown
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Fatigue

Medication Used

Streroid

I have a kitty who is about a year old. My husband & I recently got a dog who is much bigger than our cat. He’s still a puppy & would sometimes play rough with our cat. I would always stop him though & Kept them in separate rooms when we were not home. My cat started acting a little weird like he was having breathing issues. I took him to the vet & they took some radiographs & sent it off to a lab for a second opinion & said everything came back okay. They diagnosed him with asthma & gave him a steroid. The first couple days that he was home he was getting better but this morning I noticed he was sleeping more & having trouble walking. His front legs just seem weak. I’m back to feeding him milk & water to make sure he get nutrients. He still jumps to the window seal & even went outside for a little while. But he just seems drained. Could our pup have caused damage that wasn’t detected? I’m so worried but don’t want to rush him back to the vet just yet. (The pup has been at my dad’s house since I noticed our kitty not acting right)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say whether the pup has injured Floyd to this point, it may be that Floyd is in discomfort from the rough playing but since nothing was broken it wasn’t detected on x-ray. I would try to keep Floyd as calm as possible even placing him in a cat carrier to restrict movement so that he rests properly. It was a good move to send the pup to your father’s home which Floyd rests but I cannot recommend anything else apart from rest at this time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Sir I have a cat i am from india he has been attacked by a wild cat he is of 6months and his limbs are not moving and we have gone to the vet for the treatment what others things we can do cure if as we can't see him in such pain

My cat has also lost all movement in her back legs. Vets don't know why. They want to do an MRI that will cost $2500 along with hospital and surgery charges. She is still eating regularly but not drinking. I'm giving her water with a medicine syringe. She is getting very quick walking around with her front legs. I can not put her down she is only a year and a half old. I don't know how to help her without going in debt.

My cat suddenly lost the mobility of his gear legs, the medicine the veterinary gave him are not working. He seems to be fine overall just dragging his legs if he wants to move around. However, he is getting very dirty covered with his own fesses. Would you recommend euthanasia? It is hard to us to make the decision.

My current situation is almost identical to what you just explained. Have you figured anything out yet? Would be very helpful to hear. Thanks, Lauren

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Benny
I don't know
4 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Rapid breathing
Coughing
mucus
Bloating
Stomach Pain
Weakness
Can't be left alone
sick

Medication Used

none

Why did my kitten become paralyzed and die over night? He had a small cough when I found him but it got worse over time and it sounded like he had liqued in his lungs. He always tried to cough stuff up but dearly ever did. My friend took him to the vet multiple time but they said he was fine. So why did I wake up this morning to find him completely paralyzed from the neck down?? He died about 25-30 minutes after I woke up and found him like that. He was crying a lot but calmed down about 2-3 minutes after I picked him up and put him on his favorite pillow but even then would start crying again ever few minutes. He started to purr right before he died though....

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure why this happened to benny without seeing him, unfortunately. Difficulty breathing could have meant that he had a pneumonia or a heart condition, and he may have struggled with that until he couldn't anymore. he may have gotten into a toxin. i'm sorry for your loss.

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Buzz
Dragon Li
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not walking
laying weird
dragging leggs

My cat is a little under a year old . I noticed that he was kind of just laying around the last couple of days. Then this morning I noticed that he wasn't walking right. He is dragging his back legs and is not using his front left all the way. He tries to walk but then he just gives up. He is also laying with his hips spread out and his right hind leg sticking out . Do you know what this might be ? Help!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Buzz may be suffering from an injury, a neurologic or muscular disease, or a systemic problem or toxin. Without seeing him, I can't determine what might be going on, but he definitely needs veterinary care right away. A veterinarian will be able to examine him, find out what is happening, and recommend any treatment that he might need. I hope that he is okay.

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Tiago
mixed
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Leg paralysis
Loss of Balance
Loss of Appetite

Hi, I have a 6 years old male neutered cat (Tiago) and 2 days ago I noticed that his front left leg was lifted and seemed he didn't want to use it. He was discomforted when I try to touch it and I assumed he hurt it somehow (I didn't see that, I assumed it).There was no sign of bad locomotion or instability before that. Yesterday I took him to the vet who said it could be tendonitis or a minor trauma and the best thing to do would be to wait a few days to see how he is doing before going into an MRI. Today morning I felt he was doing a bit worse (more difficult for him to move) and noticed that he had no appetite and although he was not in pain his back right leg also seemed to be working with difficulty and he only wanted to stay curled. I let him rest a bit for a few hours. Later on, I realized that he was getting even worst and he wouldn't move at all so there is something really wrong with him. It is Sunday and I managed to get my vet on the phone a couple of hours later. I will take him there in the morning (9 h from know). He advised me for now to administer cortisone. I did that (1 h ago/ 5 mg prednisolone). Generally, he is a healthy cat and never had health issues besides a mild urine infection 2 years ago and a stomatitis 3 weeks ago. To treat that he got a depo-medrol injection (29/12/17 and antibiotics for 8 days (finished his treatment 5/01/18). He is a bit fat (13lbs) but overall he has been a healthy cat. I only have access to this one vet since I live in a remote area. Any idea what is causing this? I checked on him right now and I have the feeling (and hope) that cortisone is working. He still doesn't want to move but he is kind of "less" paralyzed. I hope it is not something super bad and he will recover. In the same house, I have one more male cat (one year older) but has no symptoms of any kind and a healthy 3 legged female dog that gets along very well with him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Injuries, sprains, spinal disorders etc… may all cause some type of paralysis or a reduction in the use of a limb (or two); many times before Veterinarians suggest any expensive diagnostic tests we prefer to allow rest (if there is no obvious sign of fracture or other serious injury), rest is best in most cases and improvement or resolution may be seen after a few days. Without examining Tiago I cannot give you any specific advice apart from follow your Veterinarian’s advice and visit them in the morning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Misty
moggy
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cat misty is around 5 - 7 years old. I adopted her as a rescue cat 4 years ago. Over the past week her back legs and tail become completely paralysed, for around 5 minutes. She can bite her legs and her tail during this time. After the episode she gets up and jumps around almost like nothing has happened. I have taken her to the vets, she has had blood work done and nothing has come back. After 2 vets opinions they have never seen anything like it before.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is a strange one if she goes from having no sensation to jumping up and playing normally; I would recommend an initial x-ray (if not done already) and then possibly another one (myelography for better detail) to look for any lesions on the spinal cord. Without examining Misty I cannot start to think of a possible underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pelle
Bombay
4 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

uncontrollable bowl
temporary leg paralysis

My cat is about 4 years old and usually in great health, however this morning he had trouble using his back legs and struggled to get up the stairs. He then decided to just drag himself downstairs and he had uncontrollable fecal release as well. However right after he got up and walked away and now seems fine like thing had happened. He recently had very smelly discharge again but this time in the litterbox. Could this be some stomach related issue from something he ate since it went away or would there be a more serious underlying issue? Thanks in advance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Pelle it is difficult to say what may have caused this sudden paralysis which spontaneously resolved as quickly as it started; there are various possible causes but you should restrict Pelle’s movement (preferably to a cat carrier) to prevent any further injury and monitor him for the time being for any other symptoms. It would be wise to have a Veterinarian check his spine, hips and abdomen to see if they are able to determine a cause for this worrying episode. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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dolores
Domestic cat
19 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

dragging limb

about 1 month ago my 19 year old cat had a seizure she was seen by the vet, blood was taken she was started on thyroid medication. she has not had any other seizures but has started dragging her rt back leg. there does not seem to be any pain. i have also noticed that there doesn't seem to be any and i mean no muscle at all to either back leg, but the other leg is fine. she still jumps up and down on furniture.appetite and thrist is increased, which i thought went with the thyroid problem. what could be the problem, this is a total house cat has not been outside in 18 years.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various conditions which may cause these symptoms especially in an older cat which may include blood clots, spinal disorders (disc disease), nerve damage among other causes; you should have your Veterinarian examine Dolores to see if they can determine the cause and whether there are any management options available. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lil Tiger
Dragon Li
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cat suffers paralysis.
My country have no medication for my cat.
I have no idea which method is good for my cat. I need help.
My cat can't stand up
He lose weight.
It was been 5 days.
I feeds him chicken soup.
Plz give me advice for my cat to recover his health.
He looks so depression.
Sorry my English skill not good.
I can't explain his situation more than this.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Your English is fine, but unfortunately, I cannot tell you what is wrong with Lil Tiger or recommend any treatments without examining him and determining what is going on with him. He may have a systemic disease, or parasites, or a neurologic or muscular problem. I'm not sure if you don't have medications, or don't have access to veterinary care, but he does need to be seen, and evaluated, so that some treatment might be started. There are some diseases that just need medical treatment. I hope that he is okay.

I really thanks for your replying.
I need some home medical treatment for my cat because
my country veterinarian told me that they only thing they can do for my cat is neural hypodermic and whether good or not is depend on his fate. I don't like fate. At least as much as I can do myself for my cat. I want to know which food is suitable and which exercises are good for my cat's health.My country conditions is so poor. They cannot possible good medical method for pets. Please some home medical treatment method to improve my cat's health. I don't wanna let him go. 😔

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Missy
domestic short hair
5 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

I have a 5 week old kitten and I just noticed one of her paws is slightly smaller and she can't seem to move or feel it. It's not the whole leg, just the paw, and her siblings are totally healthy. She uses it to wash her face and such but avoids putting weight on it when she walks. I don't think she's in pain and she wasn't injured as far as I can tell, so what else could it be? and is there anything I can do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Missy it is very difficult to weigh in on a possible cause; there are many different possible causes but it would be best to have a Veterinarian check her over especially with her being so young so that any cause can be identified and treated if possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mobee
stray
1 Month
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Malnutrition and paraparesis

We found a stary cat about 4 days back and was malnorished and stuck in a duct for unknown period of time and dragging her hind limbs. We gave her subcutaneous ringer and steroids in the night and then fed her for 4 days. She is constitutionally much better and has gained little weight but continues tomdrag her hind limbs. She does have muscle tone in the hind limbs and there is no apparent spinal injury. She is abot one month old and is a poor bright girl.
We will take her to a vet in 2 days but meanwhile giving her physiotherapy as per our knowledge.
Kindly advive.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think that you are doing what you can for this kitten, as she may have had injuries that are beyond repair. Cats do tend to heal very well from some injuries, and if she has muscle tone, doing range of motion exercises and physical therapy may keep those muscles strong until she gains use of them again. Without seeing her, I can't say for sure if she ever will, but seeing your veterinarian in 2 days will give you a better idea.

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Hope
Cat
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I have a cat that was born with her back legs not functioning. She was a fighter and never gave up. She ended up being faster then the others in her litter she climbed first as well. Very smart. But she isnt being able to control her bowel movements and drags her backend around. Would a wheelchair help? Are there groups that can help her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are wheelchairs available for cats like the one from K9 Carts linked below; whilst this will help with mobility and prevent rubbing of the hind legs on the floor, it will not help with faecal or urinary incontinence. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.k9carts.com/cat-wheelchair

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she was stray
stray
5 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

i saved a cat from stray dog attack i took her to vet. as she was unable to move her hind limbs vet. told that she is paralysed...so they kept her with them only...i want to know will she be able to walk again or she ll just crawl ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Without knowing what is wrong with her, or examining her, I can't say whether she will walk again. It depends on the extent of her injuries, whether she has perception in those back legs, among other things. Cats sometimes have miraculous recoveries if given care, but I can't say whether she will recover or not. I hope so.

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Imani
tabby
5 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cant move it. A bone in chest.
Cant move it. A bone in

Is my kitten ok and will she ever be able to use her leg again? She can move it and it is still alive but she struggles to use it and walk on it. Will some exersices be able to help her regain mobility??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Imani’s leg, I wouldn’t be able to determine the specific type of injury or whether she will be able to regain full use of it; this is something to visit your Veterinarian about for an examination to determine the cause and to recommend any treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cello
white
1 Month
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Breathing Difficulty

I found a kitten 2 days ago near the dumpster. I took him in and named him Cello. Cello doesn't move his front legs at all. He had an eye infection that we cured. He was eating, drinking, sleeping and pooping normally. The next day I took him to the vet. He said that Cello has a virus that is damaging his brains and spinal cord. He's going to die soon and there is no treatment that can help him. The vet said that he got the virus from the environment he was in. Now Cello is breathing really fast, not moving at all or making any meowing sound. Regarding the breed, i am not fully aware of it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the Veterinarian may be referring to something like Panleukopenia virus is affects typically cats younger than a year old and has a high fatality rate in kittens younger than three months which are showing neurological symptoms. The virus is everywhere, but most cats are kept indoors until they are fully vaccinated so it isn’t normally seen. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.avma.org/public/petcare/pages/Feline-Panleukopenia.aspx www.msdvetmanual.com/generalized-conditions/feline-panleukopenia/overview-of-feline-panleukopenia

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Kittypaw
Grey Tabby Short Hair
10 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

weak hind legs
Urinary incontinence

Hello,
Our cat was adopted so we don't know her real age but based on her condition it seems she is at least 10 years or older.
A couple of years ago she had a nosectomy due to a nodule under her nose that was constantly bleeding. The condition was diagnosed as hemangiosarcoma.

In December 2017, she started vomitting her food and lost about 1kg of her weight. We went to the vet who wanted to do a surgical biopsy to ascertain if it was IBD or cancer as they observed some lesion in her stomach. We refrained from this process keeping in mind the suffering for the cat. On specialist consult, intestine X-Ray and free T4 test, we found that she did have hyperthyroidism and constipation. Normal thyroid test always came back normal.

Treating her hyperthyroidism and also a couple UTI shots made her better for 2 months. She has completely stopped vomiting and weight has consistently gone up. She is now almost 4kg. Since last 5 days, she has been incontinent and urinating wherever she sleeps. She also let out yelps when initially she made the effort to use the litter tray. Her hind legs collapse when she tries to poo. But her hind paws are not blue and there is pulse in the hind legs.

I understand this is a complex situation and would really appreciate your advise which we take to the specialist. We want to ensure we gave her a fighting chance before the time comes to make the dreadful call.

Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. From the information that you have provided, Kittypaw seems to have improved since starting her therapy for her thyroid. Since the signs that she is exhibiting seem urinary in nature, it might be worth following up with that - one thing that might be a good idea would be an ultrasound to determine if anything is going on with her bladder or urogenital tract. I hope that she does well.

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Tinker
Domestic cat
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Stiff back legs

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

Hello, my cat has been spayed 10 days ago. Shes getting better on her first 4 days until she chewed on the part where she got her surgery and got infected. I went to the vet and was given a prescription which is the amox to be taken for 5 days. Her infected wound got better but she seem to have no control on her rear legs.She'd try to stand but eventually fall on her side. Her appetites still good. Still responsive.
Her legs are hard. More like a muscle cramp and shes seems to be very sensitive when touched.
And when i let her try to move, that leg would shiver and the abdomen area. I don't know what to do. Help!
Is it okay if i massage those legs?
We dont have vet hospitals here by the way. Thank you so much.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes massaging may help, but you noted that she shivers in the hind legs if moved which may mean that they are sensitive and it may be painful for her to have them palpated. This would be something to visit the Veterinarian you visited for the amoxicillin about as this isn’t a typical case after spaying or simple wound infection; they will have a close examination to determine an appropriate treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nikki
Indian billi
Two Months
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Tilted head
Numbness in the leg
Circling,

My cat is affected with a stroke how do I treat it ? We took him to the vet and he gave a few medications to be followed. we see no improvement in her despite following the medications, it has been 2-3 days. I read your article now and came through this word called stroke that is what my cat is actually suffering with. My cat used to go inside and sleep under the bed in my room which has no ventilation. Is that the reason why she is affected with the stroke.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Nikki, examining her and knowing more about her, I can't comment on how to treat her, or if she had a stroke. It would be very uncommon for a 2 month old kitten to have a stroke. If the medications that you are giving are not helping, it would be best to follow up with your veterinarian, as sometimes response to therapy can give a clue as to what might be going on. I hope that she is okay.

My cat Bollie, (20 yrs), was nowhere to be seen for more than a day, I walked around other houses and found her on the outside of another houses wall, she couldn’t move... her right leg is paralysed and she can’t stand, if she tries to she falls. She is still eating and drinking water, I haven’t taken her to the vet yet because we don’t want to giver her medication because of her age and getting her leg amputated would cost a lot and she could die.... I really don’t want to put her down. What should I do? What could the causes be??? 😭

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rui
DOMESTIC
3 Months
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

spinal cord injury

dr. my kitten age 3 months had fallen from 5th floor, and i took her to clinic their dr. gave her depo medrol injection & didnt diagnosis & said to observe her activity 24hr. after 4 days she died because her gallbladder was swelled. plz tell me there was a negligence of that dr.? plz help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If I had a kitten which had fallen five stories, I wouldn’t have sent them home but kept them in for observation; a neurological examination and x-rays should have been taken as a minimum. I cannot comment fully, but I would have kept Rui in for observation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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BAGIRA
Bombay Cat
4 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No movement in Hind Legs

My cat is 4 months old and of domestic breed located in India. Unfortunately, he was attacked by two stray dogs following which he received an injury on sides of his spine just shy of his front legs and loss of hind legs movements. Although there is strong pulse underneath the thighs and hind legs being warm, he still drags the legs around the house. The cat has sensation in his legs and often moves it during the physio exercises suggested by the vet. I have provided him every treatment available but have failed to regain activity of the hind legs. Could you please advise me on this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with spinal injuries is that even though there is adequate blood supply to the legs, if the spinal cord is damaged then recovery may not occur; the movements in the hind legs during physiotherapy may be spinal reflexes and not signs of improvement. Apart from rest, there is little else I can recommend at this point apart from following your Veterinarian’s instructions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I do have the X-ray results and my VET tells me there is nothing wrong with the spine. Please do help!!!

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Fluffy
tabby
5 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Ascites bulging eye weak rear

Medication Used

Cefalexin
Coamoxiclav cefalexin
Coamoxiclav

Hi my 5 month old kitty had an eye infection a month ago. Its not responding to antibiotics and is no longer valiable and would need to be enucleated but is not possible since her weight is just 0.4kg. We are now waiting for her to gain weight. While waiting, she has now developed ascites and her rear legs are weak and dragging. What could be going on? Please help and what should i do? Should i go amd take the risk of the operation or wait for her to reach 1kg? Will her brain get infected? Or sepsis? Im worried she might lose her front limbs pls help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Ascites in a kitten is not a common problem, and may mean that she has FIP, liver disease, or a heart condition. I cannot examine her to determine what might be going on, and it would be best to have her seen as soon as possible by a veterinarian to try and figure out what is happening with her. I hope that she is okay.

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Chuck Norris
DOMESTIC
13 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
lack of appetite
Constipation
Ear fluid

Medication Used

Gabapentin
Most recent baytril optic 30ml
Lots of antibiotics

I have been going to the vet for months now treating an ear infection.. he has only gotten worse. After the second round of antibiotics he got horner’s syndrome. Then he got vertigo and kept falling over. Now he is constipated, and as of last night he became paralyzed. He taken in a little water and food, when I hold him over his bowls.. This morning he shows no interest in the food. (Soup) I believe he is dying and don’t want to go to the vet if he is, however, if there is cases like this where he might recover I will take out a loan and go. So my question is what are his chances, and what should I be doing to make him more comfortable?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without an examination, it is difficult if not impossible to say whether or not Chuck Norris stands a chance of recover not; the loss of appetite may be attributable to the medication being administered as it is a common side effect of gabapentin and antibiotics in general. The paralysis is concerning and may be related to different issues; however I would recommend you visit a Veterinarian regardless, try to see if you have a charity clinic near you (you may need to travel a bit). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nic nic
Persian Cat
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hi! How can i cure my cat, its like 2-3months old now. Last night its happily play with its fellow cat then now it came up walking weakly. I'm so concern on what happen to it. Why does it have weak legs ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing NicNic, I don't have any way to see why she is walking that way, whether it was an injury or another problem. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her and determine what might be going on.

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Maja
Tricolor
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

Medication Used

Prednisolone

Hello, I have a question. (I’m from Czech Republic, so my english isn’t the best). About three and half months ago, my cat seemed different to me. She was depressed, so I took her to a vet, where we found out (after X-RAY) that my cat has some kind of bump/bulges on her back and it has to do something with spinal cord. She got prescribed Prednicortone (prednisolone corticosteroids) and after three and half months of dosing (half a pill every other day), nothing changed. Her back still hurts at touch and I noticed that her hind legs are weakened. It’s not like she can’t walk or something, but I still see they’re weaker than they were when she was healthy. The vet said that surgery would cost something about 40 000 czech crowns which is about 1500$. I’m 18 so I cant afford something like this even if I wanted. Is there an option that the hind legs would stop weakening more? Or is it gonna get worse? I really don’t know what to do.. Thank you for your response.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dobrý večer, I have spent some time in the Czech Republic - beautiful country (long with Slovakia, Poland and Hungary); I have also visited the Veterinary School in Brno for a tour back in 2004 or 2005 I think it was just for the day. It sounds like Maja may have a herniated disc which is pressing on the spinal cord, whilst uncommon in cats it may still occur; medical therapy with corticosteroids along with strict rest is usually tried first, if this is not successful then surgery would be indicated. Treatments like laser therapy (not sure if available in the Czech Republic) are only indicated after the surgery; you could try an Acupuncturist if you are within a reasonable distance of Brno (bottom link below). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://web-dvm.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/IV_disc_disease.jpg www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19186087 www.veterinarynaturalclinic.com

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Tigger
tom
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No use of back leg

Hi, I recently adopted a stray kitten, about 2-3 months old. The other day a much larger cat attacked him. I immediately picked him up and took him to the vet, they performed an ultra sound and xrays and said they did not see any internal injuries or broken bones, however, he is dragging one of his hind legs. He has feeling in the leg because he cries when I touch it but it is just limp. There is a rather big open wound on that leg and I am hoping that maybe it is just causing him pain and maybe has his leg numb and unable to move. I am so worried about him walking again.
In your opinion do you think he will regain use of his leg
Thanks in advance for any assistance

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing or examining Tigger, I have no way to comment on whether he will regain use of the leg, but if there is a wound, it is possible that that is affecting the use of that leg. You haven't listed any medications that he is on, I'll assume that he is on antibiotics and pain medications? If you are not sure, it would be best to have him rechecked by your veterinarian, as they saw him initially and are able to examine him and assess his neurologic function. I hope that he recovers well.

So I decided to go for a second opinion 2days after the attack and my inital vet visit. Turns out the first vet never even prescribed pain meds only inflammatory meds. 

The second vet gave Tigger pain meds and cleaned up the wound on his leg again. Im so happy to report that within a day I am seeing a huge improvement! His leg appears to be regaining strength.. he cant quite walk on it just yet but he's limping periodically (before it was just dragging)

Im hopeful that he will make a full recovery, just giving it time.

The vet said this was caused by either nerve damage, torn ligaments or a combination of the two. Hes on pain meds and the anti inflammatory meds and they have recommended putting honey on the wound after cleaning it. I also spend time massaging his leg and extending and retracting it while he is relaxed.

The vet said it may take weeks but Im just so thankful to see improvement and to see Tigger getting back to his fun loving playful self:)

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Mandy Andy
Domestic shorthair
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Paresis
anxiety
Lethargy

Our cat Mandy Andy is about 3 years old now. We got him at 8 weeks for free from a breeder of munchkin cats, who gives away the cats that did not inherit the munchkin-leg gene. We noticed right away when we got him that he walked very slowly, sloth-like, sort of crept ultra-slow wherever he went. He was playful, but in short bursts. He slept so much we wondered if something was wrong, but then he’d wake up and be fine. We got used to his “slowness” and accepted it as just how he was, as he seemed normal in other ways.

Last year in 2016 getting a Christmas tree and moving his cat tree to a different room stressed him (we assumed, in hind sight) and he developed a urinary tract issue of some sort that got worse and worse, he was peeing in different places, crying when he peed and otherwise exhibiting typical UTI symptoms. The vet ran all sorts of tests blood urine fecal etc and all were normal but he was still having trouble urinating and got sicker and weaker. With medications he improved and was able to irons te again without pain, but he was losing hair and still wasn’t eating much, and got very weak in his hind legs. He wasn’t able to stand with his hind legs and just laid in his crate. He still had no fever or any elevated blood count or other sign of infection, but on our request the vet gave him an antibiotic shot, which had an almost immediate effect and he improved quickly! after a few days had regained the use of his legs and was able to jump up on things and within a week got back to his normal, slow-creeping self. That was a year ago; this week we moved to a new house a few miles away which is obviously stressful. His urinary seems fine, he wasn’t afraid at the new house and was walking around, rubbing legs and purring, eating fine and generally exploring and happy, but two days after we moved he got weaker and over the course of 24 hours his hind legs gave out. I immediately took him to the vet, they performed all sorts of tests (like last time)and everything was normal. They gave him subcutaneous fluids to support him in case he was dehydrated and, since the shot had worked last year, they gave it to him again just in case.

It is now 12 hours later, he is eating (he never did lose his appetite) and seems alert and OK in every way except that his limbs will not work. He does have some strength in his hind legs as when I put him in my lap and manipulate them he kicks and can push back. His front legs are stronger than his back legs, but they don’t seem to be 100%. He definitely has feeling in all 4 feet and limbs, and they are not cool to the touch. The vet had tested for diabetes and he was normal. He has been an indoor cat all his life since we got him at eight weeks, we have one other cat that we got from the same place or year later. Both tested negative for feline leukemia Etc.

As I have been reading about neuromuscular disorders in cats, I wonder if he has a genetic / heritage disorder of some sort since he has exhibited that strange slow gait since we got him as a kitten. His hips / rear end is very skinny compared to the rest of his body, under-exercised. He has always slept a crazy amount, way more than our other cat. All those symptoms have seemed to be the same his entire life, no increase or decrease over the years.

I am curious what sort of genetic disorders would present in this way, where it is generally the same / chronic over time but paralysis / paresis occurs under stress. I realize that as he is only 3 years old perhaps it is a degenerative problem that will get worse, but as he regained use of his back end last tear when this occurred I’m hoping he improves this time too. Our vet recommended a wait and see for the weekend, and to bring him back on Monday. I’m reluctant to allow heart tests and other expensive things that would reveal intreatable things, or test for infectious diseases as clearly this has been with him since birth, not something contagious that he contracted; and I’m concerned that even if we figure out what it is, I would expect it’s not treatable since it’s a hereditary condition like perhaps a spinal cord defect.

Assuming it’s a chronic condition with stress induced flare-ups, I’m wondering if some sort of anti inflammatory or prednisone treatment might help, or if an anti-anxiety treatment can help with stress-induced paralysis??

Thanks for your insight! I realize you can’t diagnose, but any ideas I can take to my vet would be appreciated. We love Mandy Andy and our daughters are very anxious!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given the situation and the symptoms, I would push for an x-ray which would show any spinal deformity, hip deformity or other abnormality which may be causing this paralysis for Mandy Andy; I will note however that spinal issues are uncommon for the breed but I would recommend an x-ray regardless. Osteoarthritis is common in Munchkin cats which meet the breed standard, but I have no data on others which don’t exhibit the breed standard. Issues with intervertebral discs, vertebral anomalies, hip disorders and other problems would be visible on an x-ray and I would suggest that is your next step. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fluffy
Arabian Mau
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Leg collapsing at hock

My 6 month old kitten was spayed 3 days ago and has since had problems with the hind leg she was injected in. The vet says the needle probably touched a nerve. The first day she walked with a completely flat foot from the hock down. The last two days she tries to use her toes but she collapses at the hock on every step. The vet will look at her in 5 more days time. What should I do with her in the mean time? What can the vet do to help? We live in Saudi Arabia and can't see another vet as this is the only one within reach. Thanks.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that that is happening with Fluffy. Time will hopefully help heal the nerve that was damaged. There isn't a lot that you can do while waiting for her to recover, but you can do passive range of motion exercises if she will let you, where you move the leg in a circle, gently, to keep the muscles loose and the joints healthy. If she seems to be using the leg more, that may be a positive sign. I hope that she recovers.

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Chili
Black cat
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paresis
Hyperthyrodism

Medication Used

loxicom
Vidalta 10mg

My cat CHILI is 16 and is being treated for hyperthyroidism for the past 4 months. She has since developed bad arthritis in her back legs and hips. For some time now I have witnessed her momentarily loosing power in her back legs when she poops. This is now also starting to happen when she urinates and she just collapses to her side for a few seconds. It is very distressing to see and for her as she gets soiled. I mentioned it to the vets several times and they keep saying it is just the arthritis causing this. But it seems very strange as it started before she had any difficulty walking. She did have an accident aged 5 where she had severe damage to her tail but then she recivered over time. I keep reading about all these different conditions, but nothing related directly to toilet times. Not sure where to go from here as it is really affecting her quality of life. Otherwise she eats and sleeps a lot. Thank you. She also has suspected kidney disease.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Kidney disease, thyroid disease and arthritis are difficult diseases to manage all at the same time, but Chili may benefit from some pain medication for her arthritis if she is having trouble keeping her balance. There are many options that are not damaging to the kidneys, and it would be worth discussing wither your veterinarian. I hope that she is okay.

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Amber
Cat
18 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain in paw limp paw
Pain in paw

Our 16 yr old cat tonight just started rolling around weirdly and meowing loudly andnow her front paw is hanging limp and she cannot put weigh on it at all. My mom says she had a stroke. I just went to see her and she was eating but backing away from us. My husband did gently pick her up and petted her and shes purring. Should we put her down? Its so expensive.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Amber I cannot say what the specific cause of this ‘episode’ was and whether the front paw will recover or not; I would keep a close eye on her for the time being and ensure that she is rested. I would also recommend having a general examination by a Veterinarian to see if they are able to determine a cause; any decision for euthanasia would need to be down to yourself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Basma
Domestic short hair Tabby
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

cant walk

Hello i have a cat (basma) she is "paralyzed" in her back legs .. but recently she has been twitching them she can sort of feel it when i touch her feet but not her tail .. one of her legs lock out straight
Do you think if i keep moving them around and maybe build up some muscles she may be able to walk of atleast one of her legs? I mean she pushes back on me with her legs but still drags the around

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say whether or not Basma is regain sensation or not, sometime a reflex may seem like improvement but may not be; there are phenomenon like spinal reflex walking where paralysed dogs and cats may walk again but the conditions need to be right for this to occur. I don’t want to give any false hope, but consult with your Veterinarian if you are seeing improvement but it may just be spinal reflexes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Keep working with Basma!!! I as well have an 8 month old cat who had a similar problem, she would drag her little hind legs. I would constantly massage her legs and help her walk around a bit ( preferably on carpet or foam.) My cat walks now, and even runs around! Hope all goes well with your cat!

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Kitty
Street
Two Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

No sensation in rear legs

Rescued a paralyzed kitten who is about two months old. Both his rear legs and tail has no sensation. Doctors said to put him down that is euthanasia. Can any other alternative is there to give him a new life. Please help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that is happening to Kitty. Without knowing more about what happened to him, it is hard for me to comment on what might be done, but if your veterinarian is suggesting that his quality of life will suffer due to his injuries, euthanasia might be the kindest thing to do. You might want to consult a physical therapist to see if the kitten would benefit from that, but it sounds doubtful based on your veterinarian's opinion. I'm sorry for Kitty.

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Philip
Cat
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

No

My cat seems to get what looks like a dead left leg that he can't seem to put on the floor it doesn't happen often and goes within a couple of minutes . He is happy drinking eating and using the toilet. He also runs around quite happily

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Philip has the start of intervertebral disc disease or another orthopaedic or neurological issue; you should have your Veterinarian examine Philip and perform flexion tests etc… to help to determine an underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pelle
Bombay
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

temporary leg paralysis
temporary paralysis
involuntary bowl release

Hi there. My cat is relatively healthy cat, however this morning something strange happened. He appeared to not control his back legs as he tried to go upstairs. He ended up rolling down the stairs and then involuntary bowl release before getting up and walking away seemly unsaved. He currently shows no signs of pain or discomfort.
Could this be related to something he ingested since it was so temporary and how can it affect his ability to stand?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Pelle it is difficult to say what may have caused this sudden paralysis which spontaneously resolved as quickly as it started; there are various possible causes but you should restrict Pelle’s movement (preferably to a cat carrier) to prevent any further injury and monitor him for the time being for any other symptoms. It would be wise to have a Veterinarian check his spine, hips and abdomen to see if they are able to determine a cause for this worrying episode. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Alax
normal
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Leg is being dragged

Medication Used

Amoxicillin & Paracetamol, Bitadine

My 2 months old baby cat was bitten in neck, wound is not so deep and being treated with antibiotics and pain killers but since then his front left leg is not working, is it because of pain or anything else. I examined there is no fracture then what??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Alax may have nerve damage to his front leg from the wound, or he may have another problem that is causing that lameness. Since I cannot see him, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine him, determine what might be going on, and give you an idea as to how best to treat this problem. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Macbeth
Unknown
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

So I adopted a cat and his two hind legs are paralysed and also a really swollen butt. my vet told me the paralysis might be temporary and that he'll need my assistance when urinating or defecating because of it for a little while. how do I help my cat with these tasks,since he isn't able to use a litter box or properly clean himself on his own because of his condition?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A cause for the paralysis should be determined, an x-ray would be useful in this case to see if there is any severe injury or pathology causing the paralysis. In the meantime, all you can do is clean up after Macbeth as you are unable to gauge when he will need to urinate or defecate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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bintoo
Self breed
3 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lazyness lethary

My kitty age: 3 months has fallen from 1st floor And her back legs are not Moving please tell me what to do i took her to vet he said Her nervous System may got Damaged and is not conveying messege to legs.. please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Damage to the spine is not uncommon for such a traumatic fall, there is no medicine or over the counter product I am able to recommend; the injury most likely is irreversible but without examining Bintoo I cannot say for certain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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ammakutty
Normal cat
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

i need help i want to save my cat
my cat situation no drinking,no taking food
my cat in indigestion
please help serious situation help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible causes for a loss of appetite in cats and it is important for the specific cause to be determined; possible causes may include infections, parasites, foreign objects, poisoning, internal disease, hormonal conditions among many other conditions. If Ammakutty isn’t eating or drinking you should visit a Veterinarian immediately before the weekend for a thorough examination to determine the cause and for treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Monster
european
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Leg paralysis

Medication Used

clavubactin
Thiafeline
Tunil K

My cat (14yo) suddenly lost the mobility of his back legs. The medicine the veterinary gave him are not working (increased hyperthyroidism doses, cal, antibiotics). He seems to be fine overall just dragging his legs if he wants to move around. However, he is getting very dirty covered with his own fesses and does not seems to be improving. Would you recommend euthanasia in this case? It is hard to us to make the decision.

Read more at: https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/leg-paralysis

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is never easy to make a decision regarding euthanasia and this a decision which you need to be comfortable with before going ahead with it. Your Veterinarian may be able to indicate a specific cause (saddle thrombus, spinal injury etc…) which would help in your decision when considering prognosis and overall quality of life. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sirius
Tabby Cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wobbly hind legs, distant stare

We have a kitten named Sirius that is a little more than a year old and has started to show signs of weak rear legs. It also seems like he has no feeling in the legs. Before this happened, he would not let anyone touch them, now he doesnt even react to it. This has literally started in the last couple of hours. Any idea what could be causing this? We are hoping it will go away on its own but dont think that it will.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is very difficult to say what may be causing these symptoms; however traumatic injury is a common cause along with blood clots and other causes. Without examining Sirius I cannot say what the specific cause is but would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination as soon as possible to determine a cause and appropriate treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Drogo
domestic short hair
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

paralysis hind legs
no sensation
No Pain
twitching of hind legs

I noticed sudden paralysis in my cat Drogo's hind legs this morning. He had been fine the evening before. I took him to the vet for an assessment and it appears he has no feeling in his back hind legs and paws and is not exhibiting any signs of pain while at home. There is no sign of trauma. While sleeping, I noticed he twitches the affected feet.
Unfortunately, I could not afford to pay the $750 for diagnostic tests and am currently trying to figure out a way to afford care for him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for sudden paralysis in cats which may include trauma, spinal disorders, blood clots, poisoning among other causes; it is important to determine the specific cause of paralysis so that the correct treatment may given. If money is tight, you may think about charity clinics or approaching a nonprofit for assistance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Biggie
Bengal
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nerve
Foot drop
Nerve damage
Broken pelvis

I have a 3 year old Bengal cat who broke his pelvis in two places, his hip, and damaged a nerve in his rear paw. He has foot drop and its been almost 8 months since the injury. I took him to physical therapy for a few months, but that became exceedingly expensive.

I bought a foot brace in his size, but he won't let me put it on him. He keeps walking on the top side of his paw, and it honestly makes me cringe to see him put weight on it like that. Given that he's a Bengal and very used to going outside on a leash, its impossible for me to keep him indoors after so much time has passed.

Will he ever regain use of his foot? My surgeon mention potential amputation of the foot but I am trying to avoid that at all costs, if possible.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some cases of nerve damage will not improve and it is best in those cases to consider amputation to prevent any further injury or damage to the the top of the paw; if there hasn’t been improvement in the last eight months I doubt you’ll see any. Discuss with your Veterinarian about your options, but amputation may be the best especially for an active cat. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leafy
TORTOISE shell
13 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hyperthyroidism
Constipation
not drinking
Splaying feet
Limping
Lethargy

Medication Used

Meloxaid
Felimazole

How do I know if it’s the right time to think about euthanasia? My cat has hyperthyroidism and has been treated with felimazole for 18 months. Now she is suffering with constipation, is splaying her foot on her hind left leg and limping on her hind right leg. After taking her to the vet I have been given meloxaid as a pain killer for her leg and a gel to be applied to the paw to help the constipation. I am struggling with the cost of the prescriptions but do not want to put her down if it is not necessary.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is never an easy question to answer and I cannot tell you when the best time for the final journey journey to the Veterinarian should be; however you need to consider what Leafy’s quality of life is right now and is it a good life or is it just an existence. As humans, we tend to put more weight on the odd good day than the many bad days which we see; you need to make this decision based on what is good for Leafy and not just wanting to keep her around. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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