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What is Nerve Disorder?

Nerve disorders are disruptions in the function of a feline’s nervous system that can lead to physical and cognitive disorders in cats and can display themselves in different ways. This disruption can manifest itself via malfunctioning motor skills, delayed cognitive ability, and diminished reflexes.

The feline nervous system, which consists of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves, transmits electric signals that are essential for the animal to function efficiently in its environment. 

Symptoms of Nerve Disorder in Cats

Since the feline's nervous system controls all of its coordinated, conscious, automatic, and digestive responses, the symptoms presented by nerve disorders are varied and may include all of or some of the following:

  • Leg paralysis or weakness
  • Slow or no reflexes
  • Loss of muscle tone/muscle atrophy
  • Muscle tremors

Nerve disorders can also affect a feline's sensory capabilities. Symptoms of this would include:

  • Poor spatial orientation
  • Frequent loss of consciousness 

Disorders resulting from a failing autonomic nervous system would present symptoms such as:

  • Dry nose and mouth
  • Low tear production
  • Lower than normal heart rate
  • Poor or no anal reflex

Nerve disorders caused by an underactive thyroid gland may present symptoms including:

  • Facial paralysis
  • Dizziness
  • Paralysis of the voice box, throat, and esophagus

While there are other symptoms that might be an indication of a feline nerve disorder, the above-mentioned are some of the most common and would merit a visit to the veterinarian for a complete checkup.

Causes of Nerve Disorder in Cats

As uniquely designed as the feline nervous system is, there are factors that can lead to disorders. Four common factors are congenital abnormalities, trauma, tumors, and ear infections.

Congenital Abnormalities

Most common among these is hydrocephalus, also referred to as water on the brain. Spinal fluid will pool in certain parts of the brain, leading to abnormal physical appearance, abnormal behaviors, as well as seizures. A second congenital abnormality is malformation of nerves and spinal cord segments. This can lead to fecal and urinary incontinence.


If the feline is struck by an automobile or receives trauma, the spinal cord can be damaged and nerves can be torn. Signs of this type of trauma will include paralysis, urination and defecation issues, as well as a limp tail.


Lymphosarcoma is one of the most common forms of cancer that affects a feline's nervous system. This will cause tumors on the brain, spinal cord, and other organs. The prognosis varies based on the type of the tumor, its location, and the health of the cat.

Ear Infections

Whether the infection affects the inner ear or the middle ear, it can lead to a ruptured eardrum, spreading infection through the blood.

Diagnosis of Nerve Disorder in Cats

The first step your veterinarian will take is to get an accurate medical history of your feline, as well as do a general physical exam. They will perform a neurological exam designed to examine the cranial nerves and then will also examine your cat's reflexes and entire body.

During the examination of the cranial nerves, the veterinarian may test the mental activity, coordination, and reflexes of the head.

During the evaluation of your feline's gait, they will watch your cat as it runs, moves from side to side, and turns. Weakness, paralysis, stumbling, and loss of coordination will be monitored.

When examining the neck and front legs, the veterinarian may lift the cat's back legs to evaluate its ability to support its weight on the front legs. They may also position the front legs in an abnormal stance to determine how quickly the cat can correct its stance.

During the evaluation of the hind limbs and tail, the veterinarian will check abnormal posture, loss of feeling, hypersensitivity, as well as muscle loss around the torso and hind legs.

Additional tests may include analyzing the cerebrospinal fluid, blood tests, CT scan, and x-rays.

Treatment of Nerve Disorder in Cats

Once a diagnosis has been made, the appropriate therapy can be considered. Most care is given on an outpatient basis. Pharmaceutical options may include:

  • Anticonvulsants
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Medication to relieve muscle spasms

Medication may be provided intravenously or orally, depending on the type of injury.

Felines that have brain tumors or head injuries may require cranial surgery. Medications may be used to reduce swelling in these instances.

Nursing care may be provided for paraplegic or quadriplegic animals. This would include manual feeding and manual flexing and massaging of the joints.

Recovery of Nerve Disorder in Cats

It is important to understand that while veterinarians will do everything in their power to help a cat suffering with a nerve disorder to return to a full quality of life, there are some instances in which nerves will continue to deteriorate and the cat’s disease will worsen. Your veterinarian will determine what follow-up care you will need to provide on a case-by-case basis.

It is important that felines diagnosed with congenital nerve disorders not breed. It is advisable to neuter or spay a cat with these types of conditions to prevent accidental breeding.

Nerve Disorder Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Three Months
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Sore tail
lower half of body not moving wel
Peeing herself

Recently my cat woke up in the morning barely able to move she eats well however shrieks in pain when moved especially around the tail area and urinates when moved

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any sudden changes in mobility in a young kitten should be seen by your Veterinarian, apart from rest there is little else I can advise you to do. Your Veterinarian will perform a physical and neurological examination on Armani to determine an underlying cause; trauma, congenital issues among other conditions may be causing these symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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6 Months
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My 6month female kitten had fall from roof. After that she is not moving her hind limbs and tail. Her sensory system is intact. Her patellar reflexes and pain reflexes are ok. She is passing stool and urine normally and eating well. During physio she flexes her hind legs forcefully and some times streches her legs. During dragging her lower body she flexes he legs as walking. X ray spine shows contusion but no fracture. Vet has given her steroids and NSAID. Its already 2 weeks. Her legs are getting thinner. Now vet has advised vit B,E citacholine,and mecobalamin. What else need to do? If there is no fracture how does nerve injury occur? How long will it take to recover? When should we expect her to walk again.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It isn’t possible to put a time frame on recovery and there may be still inflammation of the nerves regardless of whether there was a fracture or not; each case of traumatic injury is different and it is not possible to generalise especially after such a fall off a house, some cats may recover and others unfortunately don’t. You should continue with the anti inflammatory therapy and with the physiotherapy, two weeks is a short period of time and any recovery would be much longer. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maine Coon
5 Months
Moderate condition
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back twitching
leg jerking

My female Maine Coon kitten is about 5 months old. She appears to have a nerve problem in her back and hind legs. Her leg (both legs but one at a time) moves involuntarily and her spine moved, also, as if she had exaggerated chills down her back. I have the leg jerking on video by chance. She had a lump on her spine about 4" x 1.5" that was tender/sensitive to her but it has disappeared. Do these symptoms sound like they are caused by some disease or syndrome? She is much smaller than her 1/2 brother, who is 6 months old and about 12 pounds already. Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Gabby, I cannot comment on what might be happening with her. She may have had a trauma that is causing these signs, or a congenital birth defect. She is very young, and should be seen by your veterinarian to have that area assessed as well as her neurologic function. Your veterinarian will be able to examine her, determine any treatments that might be helpful, and hopefully resolve this problem before it becomes a long term issue.

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8 Years
Moderate condition
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over grooming
Over grooming scratching meowing my cat has been over grooming and taking a lot of his fur from his tummy and legs and his ears also have some skabbing as well as a dry nose. He also will do loud meows at night sometimes but he chills out if I come see him. Also if I pet him he loves it but he starts to overgroom again and it gets me worried to pet him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats can be affected by parasites, stress, infection or fungal problems. Without seeing him, I cannot comment on what might be causing his over grooming, and it would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian to have him evaluated and determine what might be happening, and what treatment he may need.

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8 Weeks
Serious condition
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My husband brought home a week old kitten barley breathing ,,, i nursed it back to heath and he is now a beautiful handsome 8 week old boy who is a fighter , so it was fitting to name him Rocky ! He has never walked and lays his back end to one side ,, he def has movement in both legs ( one being better than the other ) when he eats sometimes he will stand up wabily. He had only tried to walk once and it was very shaky.... he’s def better than weeks ago but he doesn’t have bowel control and needs me to stimulate him to pee and poo still and has blood in his urine ,, he plays and eats and is very happy ,,, my Vet has his on antibiotics that i have to keep him on for the infection for his urine .. he said he has nerve damage and we won’t know if the nerves will heal,, have u had this issue before and is there some other treatment that can be done ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Every situation with nerve damage is different, and your vetererinarian would have been able to assess Rocky's particular nerve responses. he may benefit from physical therapy to keep his muscles strong, but whether his nerve function will return will just be a wait and see situation.

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