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What are Paralysis?

Paralysis in your cat, even if temporary or partial, is always an indication of an underlying condition or injury. You should seek immediate veterinary care if your cat displays symptoms of paralysis as this condition may lead to death or serious, permanent injury if not treated promptly by a professional.

Paralysis in cats occurs when your pet is unable to control or move its legs or some other portion of the body. Complete paralysis involves the complete lack of ability to move legs, neck, tail or other bodily parts. Partial paralysis, also called paresis, is the lack of full control over the body which may occur as weakness, lethargy, twitching, or extreme slow motion.

Symptoms of Paralysis in Cats

Symptoms of paralysis in your cat may range from subtle to obvious depending on the underlying cause of the condition. Symptoms may occur suddenly (acute paralysis) or escalate over a long period of time. Symptoms to watch for include:

  • Inability to use or move portions of the body including neck, head, tongue, legs, tail or back
  • Improper or stumbling gait
  • Cat stepping on its own toes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Uncontrolled twitching
  • Extreme slowness of moving distinguishable from lethargy
  • Lack of or delayed reaction to pain or other stimulus to legs, body, or affected area
  • Difficulty eating or drinking
  • Inappropriate urination
  • Dribbling of urine

Causes of Paralysis in Cats

Paralysis in cats occurs when some portion of the structures that support the central nervous system have become damaged. A complicated pathway of nerves are encased within the spinal column of your cat. These nerves then connect the nerves in the brain to the nerves in the other portions of the body, allowing communication from the brain to the limbs, organs and other structures. When this communication is damaged, paralysis can occur. The location of paralysis can indicate which area of nerves has become damaged. Causes of damage can include:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Infection in bones or tissue near spine
  • Slipped discs in back that pinch or damage the nearby nerves (can occur when cat jumps from heights)
  • Inflammation in muscles surrounding the spine which places pressure on nearby nerves
  • Tick paralysis caused by tick bites
  • Tumors in the spine or brain which place pressure on the nerves
  • Malformation of spine or vertebrae
  • Certain chemicals or toxins that can permanently or temporarily cause nerves to cease to communicate (botulism is a common toxin)
  • Embolism which inhibits proper blood flow to affected limb

Diagnosis of Paralysis in Cats

To diagnose paralysis in your cat, your veterinarian will need a thorough physical history of your cat. Of especial importance will be any recent injuries, trauma, falls or other high impact events that could have caused damage to your cat’s spinal cord. It will be important to document the approximate onset of symptoms, whether paralysis occurred gradually or all at once, and whether there is any fluctuation in the severity of the symptoms over time. 

During the exam, your vet will pay careful attention and document thoroughly the severity of the paralysis and in which areas it is occurring. Your vet may attempt to manipulate each individual limb and may also encourage movement by positioning limbs in awkward positions in order to determine if your cat will move them back. Your vet may also use gentle probing, or potentially a fine needle, to determine whether your cat has any pain response. Attempting to elicit a pain response is a sensitive procedure and should only ever be conducted by a professional veterinarian.

Basic diagnostic tests such as blood and urine panels will help your vet determine whether there is an underlying infection that may be causing inflammation. Your vet may also take a sample of spinal fluid, if an infection is suspected.

The most definitive test for paralysis will be an MRI, CT scan or X-ray, which will allow your vet to see any damage to the structures around the spinal nerves. This may be done with or without contrast. Contrast refers to a type of dye that can be injected into your cat’s spinal area. This dye will respond differently to X-ray waves, allowing for additional detail in images.

Treatment of Paralysis in Cats

Treatment of paralysis in your cat will depend on the underlying cause of the condition. Suspected infection will be treated with antibiotics. In many cases, nerves can regrow or repair with time and proper care. If your vet diagnoses an injury which your cat will heal from over time, they may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pressure in the spinal area. They will also advise you on the proper home treatment. 

Cats should never be left in the same position for more than two hours and my need assistance in manually emptying their bladder and bowels. Nutrients may need to be administered intravenously or through a feeding tube. In some cases, heating pads and light massage may encourage blood flow to the affected area which can encourage healing and growth. Gentle manipulation of muscles will also help minimize any atrophy, which will get your cat back on their feet more quickly once they have healed.

Recovery of Paralysis in Cats

Prognosis for recovery in your cat will depend on the severity and cause of the condition. In some situations of severe damage or paralysis, it may be unlikely or impossible for your cat to heal. In cases of permanent paralysis, you and your vet will discuss the appropriate measures given your pet’s quality of life.

In instances that healing and recovery is possible, it will be vitally important to follow all schedules for medications and physical therapy. Due to the complexity of supportive care for cats suffering from paralysis, an extended hospital stay may be advised if you are not able to keep up with the necessary timing of care required at home.

Recovery from any paralysis will be slow and lengthy, but generally, you should begin to see improvement over the course of 1-2 months. Frequent follow-up with your vet will also be important to your cat’s long term health.

Paralysis Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

D
white cat
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My cat came home and suddenly can't move or feel his back legs. He is eating and drinking. He even tries to move around and he is still fast but he won't move his back legs. They are completely limp and he acts like he can't feel them. He's also a little bloated. But other than that he seems normal. What could be causing this paralysis and is it temporary or should I be worried?

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Mokzie
Siamese
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

Hello i'm arnold from philippines. I'm not good in english please understand it.
Here's my story with my cat named Mokzie. For 2 years he was normal eating his food and drinking water. But last 2 week he suddenly cant use his 2 back leg and he is having hard time standing and walking. I really dont know what happened to him, me and my wife is really worried about him, he's like a son to us. We bring him to our local VET to find out whats wrong with him.. VET did a test on his blood, and told us that his blood is having a bacteria and also his heart. The VET gave us some medicine for him to heal.. But days has passed and his leg still cant stand. He's eating but not normal he only take a bit of his food.. He's not even drinking water, and right now were trying to put water on his mouth using syringe. Please help us.. We really dont know what to do and we dont wanna lose him..

Just to correct my post. We're giving him medicine for 2 weeks already and his condition is still same.. Thank you

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Junebug
Cat
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

About two weeks ago on a simi-warm day I took my cat outside for a short walk. I had trained him from the time he was a kitten to stay strictly around the home and not to venture too far away. Usually We would walk down the sidewalk and he would nibble on the grass and look around at the birds and the squirrels. As a matter of fact this was a daily ritual for us for 15 min to 30 min every morning. On this particular day he bolted from the door quite quick and began nibbling on the grass and then following me down the walk to the sidewalk for a short stroll. I noticed that maybe only 5 to 7 min. had passed and it appeared he was ready to go back inside. I thought it was a bit unusual but didn't think much of it because it still was a bit cool outside. I chased him up the walk as I notmally do to see which one of us could get to the front door the fastest... I remember a puddle on the stoop of water and picked him up and put him into the house so he wouldn't have to step in it. I proceeded into the kitchen to make something to eat and within about 2 minutes I heard him meow in a very loud distressing manner. I ran into the Living Room where he was laying by some of his cat toys and he looked somewhat dazed and appeared to be having trouble breathing. I tried to pick him up to get him on his feet but his hind legs were paralyzed and he couldn't walk. He just kept meowing in pain. I grabbed my shoes and my car keys and ran out the door with him to the local vet. Now here's where things get complicated. The vet initially said that he had a neurological problem that may have been related to a back problem or spine issue and that he would have to see a specialist, however after an xray was taken she changed her mind and said that it was a blood clot issue that paralyzed his legs and was causing him to go into cardiac arrest. It's important to note that no tests were performed after the xray the vet kept telling me that she was afraid he would die if she did an ultrasound or drew blood or performed any other test that would cause him more stress. I was so upset and confused. I was by myself. I left my cell phone at home so I couldn't call anyone and was basically left to make all the decisions for myself. I asked if I could see him and when she got the ok he was in his oxygen tank cage and he looked like he wasn't even aware of his surroundings. He was antsy and moving around in circles. It was absolutely heartbreaking. It seemed like the vet was hell bent in having my have my cat put to sleep and didn't really give me any good options to try to get to the bottom of the problem. I feel she could of at least tried to perform some tests or to make some kind of attempt but she wanted me to put him to sleep and I had no one to fall back on and was helpless. Against my better judgement I put him to sleep and felt so confused about what had just transpired in the course of maybe an hour or so. I had so many questions but the vet seemed more interested in getting to the next patient than answering any questions I had. It was one of the worst experiences of my life. My questions to her are could it have been a blunt force accident outside when I may of had my eye off of him? Could someone have kicked him or hit him when I didn't have my eye on him outside? Did the grass he nibbled on or the water from the puddles outside become toxic in his system and make him ill? Wouldn't Cardiomyopathy have been detected early on during prior visits to the vet and if so why wasn't I informed? giving me the opportunity to treat the illness. Why did the vet say he needed a specialist due to arthritis and spine issues and then come back and say everything looked ok on the xray? Just so many questions and no answers. He was 11 1/2 years old however that morning he was bouncing around he house like a kitten and several hours later he had to be put to sleep. I just don't understand any of this and would sure appreciate some advice or suggestions because eventually I'm going to go back to the vet and she will have to answer for her actions. Thank you. Steve

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I am terribly sorry for the loss of your Junebug. Unfortunately, cardiomyopathy in cats can be undetected until it causes a problem. It can sometimes cause a clot to form, and if that clot dislodges from the heart, it can end up in the femoral artery. In that situation, there is sudden paralysis, and pain, and a very poor prognosis for recovery. We are able to diagnose this condition by the lack of femoral pulses, and a clod temperature to the feet. If this is what your veterinarian detected, sadly, euthanasia is a very kind recommendation. Without knowing more about the situation I can't say for sure that that is what happened, but it sounds possible. I am sorry, again, for your loss.

I am dealing with the exact same thing almost. However I took my cat in for severe constipation and back up the X-ray did say that he had a lot of stool backed up which was causing him to not want to walk very well he did have an injury about a week before that he landed on his back but he was fine after I took him to the vet to have this constipation taken care of and blood work everything turned out fine and then 2 Days Later the vet calls me and says he's not using his back legs. She gave me the run through just like you. However I went with my gut feeling and took him home. He still is not using his back legs. I made a wheelchair for him and I had the vet put him on steroids. I'm hoping that this is a pinched nerve from the constipation or the fall and within a month he might heal however if not then I will make my decisions based off the outcome of this I'm sorry for your loss I know it's tough losing a best friend especially as such short notice.

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Mimi
Savannah mix
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Leg weakness, trouble standing
Leg weakness, lethargy

My cat might be pregnant, and is experiencing weakness in her back legs. She got out recently and was gone a few days. She showed up on my porch soon after, and she had, uh, certain fluids on her tail and butt area. There was a little blood too. I don't know if her leg weakness is because if this, or if it's something else entirely. She's a really small and thin cat, and the stray that got to her, I'm thinking, is huge. What should I do? I've had her back for a whole day and night. She's eaten almost a whole can of tuna and she had a whole can of soft cat food today. She doesn't seem to be in pain-- she's always been a meower. Thanks for your time! (。・ω・。)

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what might be going on with Mimi, but I do think that it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian. She was missing, and now had signs of trauma and isn't using her back legs as she should. She may have had something happen to her, and she may need treatment. It might be a good idea in the future to have her spayed, too, as spayed cats tend to liver longer, safer lives, and you want to keep Mimi safe.

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Joey
British Shorthair
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limp tail

My cat can jump but has not been able to move tail since coming in he has eaten, drank and slept as well as jumped onto the table but he seems to have discomfort in his lower back and his tail is limp, he has slept on his back with legs in the air but I think has discomfort when sitting normally, any advice

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Joey I cannot determine whether there has been a traumatic injury which is causing him some pain or discomfort in the area; tail injuries are common in cats as a tail may get caught in doors, gates and other places. You should keep an eye on Joey and not let him out, but if the tail is causing him some pain you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jo Jo
Do not know.
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Lethargy

My cat is 4 years old & just had a litter of kittens exactly 2 weeks ago today. She had 9 of them. She's been doing good with them...shes a great mother to them. Earlier this morning the Momma cat ((Jo Jo)) she started displaying signs of weakness and just acting strangely. I laid down for a nap and my grandmother came in to find her (the Mom) on the floor not moving. She is alert and meows but acts as if she is paralyzed In a way. She just has no strength and is also not eating. She tries to but without success. There hasn't been any vomiting or anything. She just seems extremely lethargic. Please help me. I don't want to lose her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like JoJo may have eclampsia which may present in numerous ways (tremors, twitching, restlessness, panting, paralysis etc…), however all are down to a low level of serum calcium from lactation especially in cases when there has been a large litter of kittens; symptoms normally present within two to five weeks post queening (depending on the literature). You should visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian immediately to examine her and to check serum calcium levels. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lola
Calico
1-2
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

cant walk on hind legs

My cat woke up one at and started to loose the ability to walk or even her hind legs. Just today it started happening to her front legs. I have no money what can I do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Paralysis may be caused by a few different conditions; without an examination by your Veterinarian and some tests it wouldn’t be possible to determine the cause. Possible causes may be trauma (delayed from a previous injury), poisoning, cancer, liver disease (hepatic encephalopathy), stroke, autoimmune disease etc… Each possible cause has a different treatment, which is why the underlying cause is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat had baby's about 3/4 weeks ago she was hiding until she had them I moved and she can out and I got her back and only 1 survived both of the kittens legs were dragging she can only use her arms so i wash her up every 2 days and pick the flees off of her i see progress but 1 of her legs are getting a grip on my hand she moving 1 leg but the other leg las no movement how can I treat this cat I can a ford it and have no money to take to the vet what's a cheep way to cure this 4 week old kitten

Cat was favoring his rear leg I took him to the vet they diagnosed him with diabetic neuropathy he was able to walk around go to his food and the litter pan after the examination he can't even stand up I called the vet she said it was stress of the visit is this true

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Taylor
Dsh calico
8 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

paralysis of hind legs

Hi. My 8 month old cat was attacked by dogs last week and is now paralyzed and has no use of her hind legs. The vet she seen said there was no chance of her ever walking again because one of her vertebrae were crushed. They kind of sent me home blind I have no idea how to care for her or if I need to help her relieve herself or how...but I'm determined to give get the Best life I can and learn as much as I need to to do that. I'm a single parent and Ran a small rescue out of our home until being faced w a financial crisis earlier this year so...this is a HUGE blow and added responsibility on top of caring for the 30 cats we still have not found homes for...but I will do whatever needs to be done for her somehow...but could use all the help I can get learning how to care for her

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I noticed you asked two questions on our site, so I will answer both in the same question. There is no set way to care for a paralysed cat, but whether or not she can void her bladder and bowels herself you still have a clean up job on your hands. I wouldn’t recommend a wheelchair for a cat as they are more suited to dogs. The link below gives some general advice on caring for a cat with paralysis but for more specific information about Taylor’s condition and severity you should discuss with your Veterinarian and have them show you certain techniques to use. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://animalwellnessmagazine.com/12-tips-paralyzed-animals/

My cat has lost the ability to walk over the last year and a half due to a spinal myelopathy. He is a snowshoe Siamaese, about 9 years old. He is still very happy and eats like crazy. I have been laying him on a heating pad and it seems to stimulate some mobility in his legs, although he has lost most of the muscle mass in all limbs. I also try to stretch him as much as possible. I'm wondering if there are any supplements I can give him which would help his joints/bones, or if you have any suggestions that would help him gain strength.

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Taylor
Calico
8 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

Up untill afew months ago...i rana small ca rescue out of my home...im a single mom n hit financial difficulry and am now in the process of closing but..an 8 month old cat of ours got out last week and was attacked by dogs. The vet I was able to take her to said she is permanently paralyzed and will never regain the use of her back legs. I will be caring for her for the rest of her life. They didnt give me too much instruction. I've been reading some cats need help eliminating and some don't. How do I know if I need to do this n if so...HOW do I do it??? I want to give Taylor the Best life I can.also...some people say I should raise funds to get her a wheelchair while others say its not good for her...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I noticed you asked two questions on our site, so I will answer both in the same question. There is no set way to care for a paralysed cat, but whether or not she can void her bladder and bowels herself you still have a clean up job on your hands. I wouldn’t recommend a wheelchair for a cat as they are more suited to dogs. The link below gives some general advice on caring for a cat with paralysis but for more specific information about Taylor’s condition and severity you should discuss with your Veterinarian and have them show you certain techniques to use. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://animalwellnessmagazine.com/12-tips-paralyzed-animals/

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Munni
Indian
6 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Trauma

Our cat is around 6 months old. Owing to a negligence it was under attack by the stray dog yesterday. However, quickly it was noticed and the cat was rescued. Although there doesn't seem any physical injury, but the cat is lying lethargic without any movement. The rear half body is relatively less responsive on impulses. She doesn't eat and is neither showing any signs of recovery. We tried to feed her milk but she doesn't drink. It's been a day since the incident. Please advise!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various possible injuries which may occur when a cat is attacked by a larger dog including injury to the spine, whilst supportive care is good (unflavoured Pedialyte is better than milk) you should visit a Veterinarian for an x-ray of Munni so that the spine and internal organs can be checked. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cornflakes
Mixed Persian
8 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
inability to control poop

Medication Used

Home remedy

My 8 month old cat suddenly went limp in the hind legs. At first I thought it was only a minor sprain due to falling from a 1.5 feet height. It has been one week already and he couldn't poop in the poop box anymore. He poops where he lies down. There is no indication of him in pain though because he still eats and drinks water like normal. I have to bathe him in warm/hot water everyday though because his poop smudges all over his hind legs. Another thing, his rear area (poo area) seems to be bloated and when I brush it he cries and tries to move away.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given Cornflakes condition, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and an x-ray to determine if there is any spinal damage; although Cornflakes may have only fallen a short distance it may still have caused some trauma to the spine. Without examining him I cannot give you any specific advice apart from restrict movement and ensure that he is hydrated and eating. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nori
Domestic cat
9 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

paralyzed tail
Paralysis in hind legs

Our cat was operated yesterday (sterilisation). After she came home she was still a little bit dizzy. I looked away for a moment and then I saw her downstairs. I don't know for surely but I think she had fallen down. At that time everything seemed right. But in a couple of hours we checked up on her but she couldn't feel her behind legs and her tail. She also can't control her peeing. We took her to a vet and she got some shots against swelling (medrol, metacam). We took her home and settled her between pillows and brought warm water. Now it is the next day. She still doesn't feel her legs. The vet checked her again and did a rentgen scan and said that her spine isn't broken. They said that they assume that one of her nerves (on her spinal cord) is being encumbered by a small swelling. Is it possible that her legs are paralyzed because of a swelling? What do you think asumming on my description? So the vet said that if she doesn't move her legs till Monday we will have to think about euthanasia. We really love our cat so please tell us your opinion about our treatment and what can we do besides that. Sincerely, Domen.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling can cause paralysis as pressure in the right place can render limbs paralysed. Your Veterinarian has prescribed steroids to decrease inflammation and a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug to try to reduce the swelling. If the spinal has no anomalies, it is a positive sign (in general); give the prescribed medication time to work, if after a few days Nori hasn’t regained use of her legs, a choice has to be made about offering her nursing care (carrying and cleaning her etc…) and euthanasia. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat had baby's about 3/4 weeks ago she was hiding until she had them I moved and she can out and I got her back and only 1 survived both of the kittens legs were dragging she can only use her arms so i wash her up every 2 days and pick the flees off of her i see progress but 1 of her legs are getting a grip on my hand she moving 1 leg but the other leg las no movement how can I treat this cat I can a ford it and have no money to take to the vet what's a cheep way to cure this 4 week old kitten

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Nori
Domestic cat
9 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

paralyzed tail
purpel(ish) paws
Paralysis in hind legs

Hello. Yesterday I wrote to you about my cat. Now I have some more questions. The vet is giving her steroids. How long does it usually take for the cat to show any signs of improvement. She has been paralyzed for 2 days now. Her hind legs are also getting more harder (if you feel them) and paws are not so pink anymore(they are getting purple). Is that the sign that it will never get better? Did you ever experiance anything like that in your career? If you did, did cats get better or worse? She also doesn't feel if her vet pokes her with a niddle. Is it posible that a swealling causes that? Sincerely Domen.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with these types of cases is that the severity and response to treatment isn’t the same for every cat. Improvement (if any) will be slow, even if the swelling decreases the damage to the nerve may take a while to resolve if at all. The hardening of the limbs is probably due to muscle spasms and the change of colour of the paws could be due to poor circulation because of the lack of venous drainage due to muscle rigidity. I cannot comment on the prognosis as I haven’t examined Nori. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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rosa
Egyptian Mau
8 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Incontinence

Medication Used

Vitamin B injection
homeophathy

Hi!
about spasm in legs...
I am so happy to find page like this, thank you for your great work!
so I am living in egypt but from really from finland. I have cat about 8 months and I got her 6 months ago when she was only 6 weeks or so. herhint legs weren moving but after vet check they told me that nerves are still working and she has spinal injuryand nerve damage. she is also incontinent. when she was tiny she was standing for short while but not anymore without support. she hasnt improved a lot but I am not giving up for her. she has nopain and she is happy.
I like to ask about her "kicking" spasm, she is doing that with hint legs quite often. is there anything I could give her for that or can it go away it self and what does it really means?
She is getting acupuncture noand it might have helped abit. and she get maggage and physiotherapy (I support her to walk) and her legs are taking steps when I help her. so I still think there is hope but it takes loooong time ;)
she get vitamins and vitamin b-shots, anything else what could help?

we don´t have any specialists or alternative treatments here. But I was lucky to find acupuncture

Thank you and greetings from luxor

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Spinal injury and nerve damage can be very unpredictable. The leg kicking that you are seeing would most probably be due to spasming due to nerves being trapped in the spine which may for a split second cause a pain response and a kick. Unfortunately, there isn’t a treatment to stop the kicking medically, but surgery may stabilise any area that is causing the trouble. There is a Veterinary School to the north of Luxor in Qena which may have Teaching Specialists which may be able to help more. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.svu.edu.eg/faculties/veter_medicine_e/

thank you so much!! I didnt know about school,great to know. wehave taken x-ray fromspine it looks normal. so i keep giving massage and contact school.

My kittens only a couple months old and I got home and she will lay down and whimper but she is keeping her back legs eased and her tail seems to be misplaced and higher up and just in found her back dips a lot

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Hugo
mixed
2 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis in hind legs

Hi, Our cat he can't move his back legs. he does have two marks on his foot which we think could be a snake bite. Previously we have spent a lot on him after a snake bite & can't afford to do it again. What can we feed him? We are giving him water through a syringe & hoping he will pull through.
Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with snake bites is not just the venom which can be deadly, but also secondary infection. Hugo should be receiving antibiotics, anti venom (if appropriate) and supportive care. To feed him you should get some smooth (not chunky) wet food and mix it with water until you get a smooth paste that is easy to lick up; this will cover food and hydration; but I recommend you visit your Veterinarian regardless of cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

You either have the cash to take him to the vet,or you don't. I can barely keep up with the bills.I feed and take in stray cats as I live in a rural area.One stray cat that I took in because she was pregnant delivered four kittens. Every one of the cats had flu like symptoms: runny nose and eyes,and no appetite,although the mother seemed fine. I gave them Amoxicillin. I bought Fish Mox online and diluted. A vet tech told me that they needed a capsule of L Lysine as well and gave me the proper dosages based on weight​.I fed them kitten formula mixed with Pate canned food every hour or two with a syringe.The mother stopped nursing them at about four weeks.They seemed to be thriving,with shiny coats.Their symptoms all went away,but one by one they developed paralysis starting in their back legs,then also the front and a vet put the second one down. He had no idea what it was.Over six mos time,all of them developed sneezing and flu symptoms several times and I'd retreat them.The third died at about five mos.,the last is not going to make it either. I've never seen anything like this and have taken in many.Its a horrible disease,but doesn't seem to be contagious as none of the others have contracted it. Hopefully this helps someone.They were walking fine,then the paralysis started suddenly and they'd die within a month. If anyone has experienced this and knows what it is I'd really like to know.Ive gotten all of the stray cats in the neighborhood spayed or neutered so hopefully that ends it.Thank you.

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Molly
Maine Coon
10 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lameness
Dragging hind leg
Drowsiness

My 10 week old kitten just got his first vaccination and ran away while the needle was still in her skin. When the vet got it out she was immediately paralysed on the right side of her body. Her eye started drooping and she is dragging her hind leg. The vet tested her responsiveness but didn't find anything, she uses the muscle in her leg but doesn't really walk on it. What could be wrong?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is an odd reaction to a vaccination and a needle being left in the skin when an animal runs away; there are some cases of polyneuropathy which have been associated with vaccination (especially with rabies vaccine) which caused paralysis but the effects were seen after a few days not immediately. Your Veterinarian would have a better idea about what is happening as they are able to examine Molly and saw what happened. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiger
Orange striped
5 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Not growing and possible stroke

My kitten i believed had a stoke at a month old hes been fine since..his mom is an outside cat i brought him in after it happened. Can it stunt his growth? Hes almost 5 months now still very small. Eats good acts normal. But still very small could it be from the stroke?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for a stunted growth which may include congenital disorders, infections, malnutrition, brain injury (growth hormones / pituitary gland etc…) among other causes; continue to give Tiger supportive and supportive care as well as making sure he is parasite free and up to date on vaccines etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophie
Kitten
10 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Can’t stand on back legs
Shaking

My 10 week old kitten was walking perfectly fine and then I gave her a bath and she can no longer use her back legs. After the bath she was left in my room for about 3 hours and there is nothing very tall in my room that she could junp off and hurt herself. But when we got home she came running to me dragging her back legs behind her. What could have caused this? We’re very worried that this could be a permanent issue.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what could have caused a sudden hind limb paralysis in Sophie, some shampoos can have some ingredients in them (like flea shampoo) which may cause neurological symptoms if licked during the bath. A fall (even small height), something falling or a congenital issue may be the cause; a visit to your Veterinarian is required for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nova and Apollo
Siamese
5 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking one hind leg
Shaking one hind leg can’t walk on

Hi I have 2 kittens that are 5 weeks old and one of them was meowing and couldn’t stand up on her hind leg It was at 10am and then 3 hours later I saw that it was shaking and then at 3pm one of she other siblings was having the same trouble. What is going on I called to make a appointment but I won’t be seen until Wednesday

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various issues which may be affecting Nova and Apollo, it isn’t easy to say for sure what the cause is but ensure that they are both getting an adequate amount of food and are kept warm. Whilst you cannot get to your Veterinarian until Wednesday, I would recommend visiting an Emergency Clinic if things get worse. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tigerlilly
Ossy Cat
5 Weeks
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Twitching sneezing hiccups paralisys
Twitching

I woke up early hours this morning to find my 5 week old rescue kitten twitching and not breathing,after trying to bring her back a few minutes passed and I could hear her meowing. She started breathing very labored and hiccuping. She was fed from a bottle because her mom abandoned her, what could have caused this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms which you have described may be attributable to infections, head trauma or congenital anomalies but without an examination I cannot say for sure; keep a close eye on Tigerlily and look out for other symptoms like tremors or other neurological issues, it is also important to make sure that she is getting enough nutrition. If there is another episode like this, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Punkin
Calico
4 weeks
Critical condition
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Critical condition

My kitty had points during the day where she would stare and it almost seemed seizure like (she would not move when you got in front of her and gave her stimulation). The next day she climbed in between our elliptical and we found her in the morning paralyzed from the waist up. She was pushing herself with her back legs. Her face was almost flattened from drool. She definitely would have been able to get out from where she was. We found Punkin under a table at a salon at 3 weeks old. She did have worms. We ended up having to put her down, but we're never given a possible reason why except rabies. She was tested and did not have rabies. Would you by any chance have a clue to what may have been wrong?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various issues which may affect kittens from poor brain development to other issues; cerebellar hypoplasia is just one condition which comes to mind where the cerebellum is smaller and underdeveloped than a usual kitten which can cause issues with walking and coordination, this conditions varies with severity but either an MRI, CT or necropsy would diagnose it. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baby
Orange tabby shorthair
1 month
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I have a stray that I have been feeding and caring for she was pregnant when she showed up in my yard and she had 3 healthy kittens the kittens are about a month old tonight I found one of them out on the road about 40yards from pur house. It has been injured and having trouble using back legs. It did have a bowel movement there was no obvious blood in, or on the stool. I can find no obvious puncture wounds or gashes. I did see what might have been dried blood on it's tail Bought it in to give it some KMR and keep it warm and quiet. Not sure what else to do tonight will take it to vets in the morning. Any advice to help it through the night? Should I attempt to syringe feed it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should try to at least keep the kitten hydrated and warm but apart from that you would need a visit to your Veterinarian to determine the extent of the injury so that treatment may be given. Without examining the kitten, I cannot say specifically any course of treatment; but for now rest and water would be good. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Brody
Female
I don't know
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

It seems like the lower part of my cats body can't move any more it's like the lower part of his body has melted to the ground and he doesn't eat any more please help I don't know what going on?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Brody I cannot give much of an indication to what is going on, most likely there is some spinal injury which has caused the lower half of the body to be without muscle function. I would highly recommend visiting a Veterinarian for an examination and for an x-ray to determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sassy
Simese
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cat fell from the top of her scratch climbing toy and hit the end table and ran into her room, we didn't think nothing of it but the next morning she was like wheezing and fluid coming from her eyes. Then she was acting like she was pushing air out of her mouth then gulping so we took her to the vet. They gave her an x-ray and said her vertebra was bruised and that was all she looked good other wise, in which she has never had any problems at 7 years old. The vet gave her a steroid shot and we brought her home but now it has been 24 hours and she still wont eat or drink and she still acts like she is struggling to breath and to be honest I don't think she has slept but I think that is because she keeps like pushing air out like almost she is dry heaving but not to that extent. Do you have any suggestions on what that bruising would of caused for her to still be having issues or what can I do to make it easier for her. Also, she just vomited yellow bile but I am guessing that is because she hasn't ate.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The vomiting is because her stomach is empty, the trauma to the vertebrae can cause problems with breathing if the thoracic vertebrae are affected as each time she breathes it may slightly move the muscles around the vertebrae causing pain; also, pain can cause general changes in breathing as well. I would concentrate on keeping her hydrated more than eating but would recommend on returning to your Veterinarian for another check because of the pain that she is in. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pocko
Domestic shorthair
6
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Paralysis in back legs

Our 2 cats were fine for 6 years.Got the two sisters ChiChi and Pocko the day the shelter was going to put them down.Totally indoor cats their feet have never touched the outdoors.In one weekend ChiChi vanished from my home.She never had interest in going outside.Never once ran out an open door.She has been gone for a month.The same weekend she vanished my daughter woke me up and said Pocko was hurt.That she fell off the upstairs Bannister and hit her back on it.(cast iron approx.16')She did walk on it occasionally and we would quickly remove her,so she wouldn't fall.Pocko sustained a badly broken back up near her neck and hasnt used her back legs.Has been to the Vet weekly since it happened.She is on Meds and confined.I have spent 12 hours a day with her for 25 days.We are hoping for a miracle.My question is this..could she have gotten so badly injured this way from the fall? (I would have heard her fall, it was 4:00 am and I sleep next to where my daughter said she found her. Could she have been kicked or hit with a baseball bat? My daughters new male friend stayed over that night.I don't know him.He could have been jealous of her cats? I hate to write this.It s just too much for me not knowing how she really got injured and what has happened to the other Cat ,ChiChi.I can't make the accusation because I sound crazy but its too bizarre that for 6 years everything at home was hunky dory.He came and one weekend one cat vanishes and the other has a broken back and is paralyzed.Am I crazy and paranoid or is a broken back typical from falling? Today my daughter woke me and said Pocko isn't breathing right. What do you think.Please,I can't stop crying for my babies.I love them so .My life isn't the same.What do you think ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is a very difficult question, I cannot see why someone would do what you are suggesting; it is possible that a fall can cause paralysis especially from the right height and across a banister. I cannot say without examining Pocko if the injuries were from a fall or other trauma, even then it can be impossible to tell. You may have reservations about your daughter’s male friend, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that he has done something to your babies; I cannot really answer your question but must suggest if Pocko is having breathing difficulties to return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gizmo
Domestic cat
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

As above

Medication Used

none

I noticed this morning that my cat was walking oddly this morning. He was walking like he couldn't put his back legs down properly. He has been back to normal the rest of the day until tonight. He ate his food ok then started walking funny again. He walks with an exaggerated step to his back legs and like in slow motion. He seems ok in himself ie eating ok and purring and still wants to play. Ive checked his joints to see if he is in pain and checked for breaks and slipped disk but he is not in any pain and I cant feel any abnormalities. I haven't found any ticks either. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Changes in gait may be caused by muscular pain which may cause an alteration in the placing of the paws whilst walking; it would be best to rest Gizmo for a few days, place in a cat carrier if you need to so that movement is restricted. If the issue is still presenting after the weekend I would get her checked over by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luke
Maine Coon
6 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Dizzy
total temporary paralysis

Medication Used

Prednisolone

Hello Dr. CAllum, I hope you can help me figure out what my cat has. It all started a year ago, one day suddenly my cat stopped move his legs, both the front and the back legs went straight and paralyzed. He stayed like that for days, with no reaction, he didnt have the strength to eat, drink water or use the litter box.
I took him to 2 vets and both of them after a clinical examination had no idea of what the problem was, only had a big suspicion about being a neuro problem. After that I took him to a Neuro vet that also was not able to give me a diagnosis. I was told that probably my cat didnt have much time and it was something degenarative and he will get worse and worse. The other hypothesis was that in case of trauma if he lives he will get better and it would not happen again.
Well, my cat got better, started to walk again (slowly and dizzy) and each month he seemed to be recovering of what happended, but after 3 months that he was ok, everything happened again, and during this year the same happened 3 times already (it seems to be something that happens periodically, without warning, he is fine and out of the blue he gets paralyzed).
I also thought that may be something cardio, but today I discarded this option after a consult with a cardio vet the submit him to exams and everything with the heart was just fine.
One thing that I dont know if has connections, but the only signal that I see that my cat will get worse is that every time he has a relapse, he begins to refuse to use the litter box.
The vets I went to said that a good exam to know what he has is a computed tomography, but I dont have money to do that, so I'm really in need of any clue or treatment that may help discover or prevent relapses.
My cat already did a blood exam and an echocardiogram and everything was ok.
The only treatment that he did was with an anti-inflammatory, but I didnt see much results. He got better using a medicine based on prednisolone, but he also went worse in the same time he was using, so maybe this medicine was not the ideal for him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Determining an underlying cause for Luke’s episodes will not be easy and it seems like the goto treatments of antiinflammatories and corticosteroids have already been tried with little to no success. This type of paralysis may be due to infection, inflammation, degenerative disease, spinal issues, tumour (won’t know if there is anything affecting the brain without CT or MRI), parasites, autoimmune disease (corticosteroids should have helped) among other causes. I am assuming that blood tests were full and included biochemistry and that x-rays were taken to check the spine (particularly the cervical spine) to look for any anomalies which may be causing these symptoms. Apart from this, I cannot think of anything else to suggest; trying corticosteroid treatment again (in consultation with your Veterinarian) to see if there is any improvement could be tried with caution, but I really cannot say. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Crackers
tabby
6-8 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Imbalance
can't walk
Cold

Hello, two days ago we rescued a female kitten. It had a puncture in it's shoulder which was oozing which we managed but other wise was happy and energetic if a bit undernourished. The kitten was doing well and my daughter took to sleeping with it in her top bunk of her bunk bed and it evidently fell between the bed and the wall during the night.

We thought it had escaped until we found her on the floor, somewhat jammed between the bed and the wall. It wasn't a tight fit or anything but it was somewhat restrictive. She was very cold and covered in urine. Now she's catatonic. If you hold her and turn her body left or right, her head tracks like a spinning dancers might and her back legs move and want something supporting them. We warmed her and she's regained some movement but is still very wobbly.
We only just discovered her about 45 mins ago so the situation is still unfolding.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to clean Crackers up, get her warm and to ensure that she is hydrated when she starts responding; if Crackers body temperature got too low, it may have passed the point of no return. There is little else to do at home apart from offer supportive care and unflavoured Pedialyte; placing her in yours or your daughter’s lap with a blanket over will allow Crackers to warm up over time, but I would suggest visiting a Veterinarian for a once over if you don’t see any sign of improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
No Recovery
Treatment Cost: $None
Unfortunately, crackers died about 5 hours later. We kept her warm with a blanket and heating pad (when necessary) tried to get fluids into her but she just got worse and worse. If you stood her up to walk, she would walk forward like a wind up toy, running into the wall and just stand there, head against the wall. Eventually, she became too weak to stand up and died later that afternoon. Thank you for your advice. I believe that there wasn't anything to be done, that there was neurological damage of some sort - a hematoma or ICP that was contributing to her steady decline.

**UPDATE** She's upright, not purring and only wants to walk forward. She'll walk forward until she hits something and stand there, head against the wall. Not head pressing, just like a wind up toy. Seems neurological. I don't know if this sort of thing resolves itself ever or if any hope can be had that she'll improve?

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Ferdie
Bengal
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Hi, my mothers 6month old Bengal kitten got on the counter and swallowed about an inch of a skewer then has a seizure that last for 5-10 seconds. We rushed him to the emergency vet and emitted him for 48 hour care they said his whole left side was paralyzed. 3 days later it seems his back legs are more paralyzed. The vet called 4-5 times saying he has been making improvements but he isn’t able to do much of anything on his own. The vet thinks he is going to recover because of his age we are just looking everywhere for opinions and advice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Ferdie, I cannot say for sure whether or not a recovery is possible and I generally stay on the guarded prognosis side when giving an indication of recovery. If your Veterinarian is optimistic, I would lead with that as they have seen Ferdie and seeing the daily improvements too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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pepi
Maine Coon
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

not mooving

my cat was hit by car I found her on the other side of the road lot of blood from her head , and her two feet runned over she had her eyes closed and mouth open , lying there unresponsive, how do I know if I can recover her ....

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot recommend any other course of action apart from visiting your Veterinarian; there is no type of home treatment that I can recommend for this. You should visit your Veterinarian immediately who will determine whether Pepi may be saved or if euthanasia is the best for her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Romeo
Bombay
4-6 months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not walking

My cat stopped walking a few days ago. He must be brought to his litterbix and held up, or he will fall over. He just can’t walk, however all his legs seem to be in no apparent pain... what is going on?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sudden paralysis in a kitten should always be a red light moment; trauma, cerebellar disorders, spinal issues, poisoning among other causes may lead to sudden paralysis. You should visit your Veterinarian immediately for an examination to determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
Bengal
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My kitten has some neurological problem I guess because he poops in every five minutes. The xray is normal. The stool test has some pus rate rating from 00-01 and RBC from 00-01. He does not know that he is pooping and peeing. There has been very problematic situations. When we showed to one of the he said that he has got some fracture near tail bone which has made his nerves numb and is one of the reason for his paralyzed tail (though eventually it will be amputated). The other vet told there is no such fracture and his nerves has got numb. The other vet has given some medicines to regenerate the nerves back. Please help me out. If you want I can send his stool report and x ray. Please help me out. It's been a very tough time for us till now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Spinal fractures or spinal cord lesions may cause a variety of issues with the hind legs as well as with continence; if you are looking for a second opinion on x-rays I would recommend you contact PetRays as they have board certified Specialist which would be able to examine the x-rays and case report and offer you a detailed report. The different diagnoses from the two Veterinarians doesn’t help, but again sending x-rays to PetRays should be able to help with that. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Missy
Not sure
3-5 months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

Needing a little help here. My husband found a baby kitten not far from our house and we decided to keep her. She is somewhere between 3-5 months not exactly sure on how old she is. While my little brother was over visiting yesterday he decided he wanted to play with his sling shot. It's a cheap one but comes with little metal balls you can shoot not sure if you are familiar with them or not. Accidentally while he was shooting he ended up hitting the kitten and now she is paralyzed in her back to legs. Everything was fine with her until then I believe the metal ball hit her lower back not 100% sure exactly where though. She acts like she wants to walk but unless you kinda help her hold some of her body weight up when she tries to do it herself her feet end up going criss cross. She is now pulling herself around with her upper body strength. But she also still has feeling in her tail as well as both legs because if you hold her and try to stretch her legs out straight she'll pull them away from you and bring them back to her. My little brother is so upset he loves this kitten with all of his heart. Do you think that with her still having feeling and trying to walk on them she will regain the ability to be herself again or will this be permanent? What can I do to help her get better if anything possible?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I am very familiar with those types of slingshots and others which many children use to shoot at animals (I’m not implying this is the case here). Without performing a physical examination I cannot give much information but your description of how she is walking it sounds like spinal walking which is where a paralysed animal may ‘walk’ based on reflexes and consists of walk crossed legged; you should really visit a Veterinarian for their take on this since I cannot give you any specifics without an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I took her to the vet. He gave her a shot to help with the swallowing that may have been cause to the nerves he said nothing is broken and everything is in the right place. He said there is a chance she may never walk again but feels that she will be able to with time

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Tigerbomb
Devon Rex
About 3months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

What am I gonna do with my cat? My cat had an accident last saturday. He still walks until sunday, but now, he can't even open his mouth. I'm worried that he'll not make it. Help me please.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Tigerbomb may have some delayed cerebral swelling which would be attributable to trauma, it is important that you visit a Veterinarian immediately for an examination and treatment; it would be irresponsible for me to recommend anything different. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Keana
tabby
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lifeless tail, bottom drooping low
swollen behind

Hello. My cat has been outside for a few weeks, then just a few days ago we found her with a huge bump right under her tail. & her tail looks lifeless. & she walks with her behind kind of dragging low. Are these symptoms of a disease or was she kicked & now paralyzed?? :(

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Trauma is a common cause for what you are describing, I would recommend getting Keana’s Veterinarian to look at her to determine whether a caudectomy (tail removal) is required or not. Trauma from fighting, kicking, falling, stuck in a door among other issues cause cause this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Yesterday my healthy 1 year old cat all of a sudden could not control his left legs he was trying to move them but was difficult it lasted about 1 minute then he was fine. He has been fine since what could it be his pupils were fine he was alert and not drooling or seizing

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Little one
Mix
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Belowing cant walk
Belowing

My cat all of sudden is meowing and can't walk I don't have vet money what do I do he's 8 yes old it happened one before he had a abscess on his back paw but nothing there this time

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Little One I cannot determine a cause for the paralysis and therefore cannot recommend a course of treatment; try to keep Little One calm and rested for now. However, you should try to reach out to charity clinic or nonprofit for assistance; check the links below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.aaha.org/pet_owner/lifestyle/cant-afford-critical-veterinary-care-many-nonprofits-can-help!.aspx www.felineoutreach.org/organizations.html

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Nikos
Siamese
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Lameness
Limping
raw skin
Licking

I suspect my cat has some sort of peripheral neuropathy. My cat has had a rough year. Beginning of year he had a tumor (fibrosarcoma was most likely) in his tail. After diagnostic tests, biopsies, bloodwork, ended up getting his tail amputated. Surgery was successful, cancer was fully removed, took some chest/abdominal scans, everything checked out clear. 6 months after the surgery he developed a limp rather abruptly, I thought maybe he hurt himself rough housing with my other cat, so I waited a few weeks. After no improvement, I brought him back to the vet. They took some x-rays and they diagnosed him with "severe arthritis in his hips", recommended some supplements and sent me on my way. A board-certified radiologist said the x-rays don't show any evidence of any cancer developing (Since a recurrence was my main worry). I started giving him Cosequin immediately. Fast forward a month later, minimal improvement but at least not getting worse. The cat seems to have started licking the dorsal aspect of his right foot to the point of licking all the fur off and excoriating his skin. I have him wearing an e-collar most of the day so he'll stop licking his foot. At this point, I am frustrated and I also don't think this is related to arthritis anymore. He can't move his right foot, can't flex his foot or toes, seems to have no motor function from his hock down. I think that was what's causing his limp, not the arthritis. Brought him back to the vet, they took an x-ray of his foot, say nothing looks unusual, and they basically tell me they don't know what it is and there is nothing they can do for me, and told me they can refer me to a specialist. I'm at my wit's end with my cat, I've easily spent several thousand dollars in medical bills for this cat. I feel bad for him. He doesn't seem too out of the ordinary otherwise, he eats, he urinates and defecates normally. Plays a little with the other cat still. Just limping and insane licking. He is also less active, presumably because it's a chore to get up and moving. I've been reading about vitamin B12-Methyl and how it can be beneficial for neuropathy. I just don't really know what to do, I don't want to drop another few grand on an MRI then what if whatever it is isn't treatable? I'm just taking time to look at my options before calling a specialist. He's had bloodwork drawn a few times this year and nothing was really too out of normal limits. Last set of bloodwork a few weeks ago yielded a slightly elevated blood glucose of 124, but vet said most likely stress of vet visit caused that. I don't know if he is diabetic or not. He does drink more than my other cat and pees a few times a day, very strong appetite (but both my cats have a strong appetite, and both are big cats, 12-13 lbs each), but nobody ever mentioned anything about diabetes after bloodwork was done.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. While I haven't examined him and can't diagnose anything, there are a couple of things that I might be able to bring up. A blood glucose of 124 in a cat that is in the clinic is not markedly high, and I also would not consider that cat a diabetic, as stress will increase blood glucose levels slightly. The other thing that I'm not sure about from your email is whether Nikos has ever been prescribed pain medication for his arthritis. Joint supplements are great for long term joint support, but they don't actually control pain. There are different prescription medication options for actual pain control, and if he was diagnosed with 'severe arthritis', he may need pain control. If he hasn't been prescribed anything, that would be worth talking to your veterinarian about , as arthritis pain can be quite debilitating for both people and animals, and can cause marked lameness. I hope that he is okay.

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Tarabithia
Housecat
6 Weeks
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Lethargy no muscle control
Lethargy

My 6week old kitten was fine all day yesterday and has never shown and issues. Last night she suddenly locked up all her muscles and just went kind of limp like she was having a seizure. Since then she's breathing fine but has been very lethargic. Her left side seems like all the muscles are not working. She moves her legs periodically and will occasionally use her front paws to scoot around but her left back leg is drawn up. She hasn't opened her left eye at all since it started.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For these types of symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination, I cannot say what the specific cause is without an examination and I certainly cannot recommend any treatment options. These types of symptoms are uncommon in a young cat so infections, developmental anomalies, head trauma, poisoning and other causes may cause these symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sweetie
stray
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cant Get Up

My cat had a big cut on the left side of her neck.in the process of healing she now has paralysis the left side seems worse but she really 5 can't wslk on any of them.Could the 2 things be related?I can't afford a vet

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The two may be related, but without an examination by a Veterinarian we cannot be sure of anything; there are many charity clinics and nonprofits which can assist with the cost of veterinary care especially in cases like these, you should check the links below for more information. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/ https://iheartdogs.com/cant-pay-for-your-pets-needed-care-these-12-programs-can-help/ www.paws.org/cats-and-dogs/other-services/help-with-veterinary-bills/

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Brown
Siamese
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
in both legs
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

septran
arinac

hey, today Brown (my cat) went totally paralysis, he can't stand properly and if i try to make him stand he would immediately lay down on the spot.
5 days ago he was totally fine except for gagging alot, though no vomit and licking himself. so i took him to the vet and he percribe an anti-bacterial/antibiotic and antiallergic because doctor told me that he got tonsils, and his body temperature was abit lower. He have not been eating properly since his med started, only a little bit in whole day.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Brown has sudden paralysis, he should be seen by your Veterinarian immediately; trauma, medication, spinal conditions, poisoning among other causes may lead to paralysis. You should take Brown to your Veterinarian for another examination to determine the cause and to see if the paralysis is connected to the earlier symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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billie
Street cat
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Paralysis

my cat's 1st kitten died,,, he's one back leg was paralysed 1st then another back leg also ,, after it his back also paralysed means he wasn't able to move his legs and back and then from his legs to his mouth all body parts were unusable and he died,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and now my another cat may also suffering from the same thing. My another cat is not using her back leg ... i need a strong advice for this ,, already missed my one kitten,,, i dont want to lose my cat ,,, because she is already mother of 6 kittens ,, ,,, please please please help me... I dont wanna loose my cat.what i should do.. and one thing is that I am from INDIA.Here its winter and too much cold and my cat's home is on open roof of my home. my name is saket game ,, from INDIA ,, my contact no is 91-9423181112..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for the symptoms you are describing, without an examination I cannot give you any specific advice however I highly recommend you visit your Veterinarian for an examination given the symptoms since infections, poisoning and environmental factors may all be contributing here. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Storm
stray
12 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Can’t walk on hind legs

I found a kitten in the middle the road after she was hit by a car one week ago. since then every day she shows more and more progress. She wasn’t able to move her back legs at all wasn’t using the bathroom either. Since then every day she started by pooping, then peeing, crawling with her front paws, eating and drinking, talking more, and has been moving her Hind legs more and more reacting to the water touching her when given a bath, stretching, etc. she just hasn’t been using them to walk yet. Will she be able to fully recover? Is there anything I can do to help her? Will she ever be able to use a litter box to go potty instead of just letting it out whenever her body wants to and wearing her bowels and urine?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Poor girl, I am glad that you were able to help her. Without examining her, I cannot comment on how she will recover. She should be examined by a veterinarian to assess nerve function and get a better idea of chance for recovery. It does sound like she is making progress, slowly! I wish her the best.

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Bittu
Indian breed
6 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

My Felin 6 month old felt from 3rd story roof, Vet doc told that cat has fractured spine , his both back legs and tail has paralyzed , while trying to move he just dragging back portion , entire two nights shaking and crying with pain , Doctor has lost hope and suggested euthanized , plz suggest ,

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given the severity of the fall from a third story roof, the level of paralysis isn’t surprising and it isn’t unusual for a Veterinarian to recommend euthanasia. Most likely, there is no course of treatment apart from pain management and helping Bittu go to the bathroom etc… I cannot recommend anything for you at this time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Plz suggest if we keep Bittu in same condition what will be the consequences

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Bittu
Indian
6 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Both back legs and tail paralyzed ,

Medication Used

Only pain killer and steroids

Dear Doctor
Y.day I also asked relevant questions ,
Bittu our 6 month old male feline fell down from 3rd floor roof,
His both back legs and tail got paralyzed ,
No urine and litter since last three days ,
All nights keep crying with body shaking ,
Trying to drag his body with front arms and crawling with pain ,

Doctor told spine fractured and suggested spine surgery or euthanasia ,
My vet doc given him full sedation and tried to fix his vertebrate but later he refused by saying that it is not working,

(1) I wish to know that
Without X ray can a doctor diagnose a fracture ??

( 2) spine surgery will work or just a process to satisfy us

( 3) if we keeps feline without surgery - what consequences will happen ??

( 4) in given situation with normal medication how long feline can survive

Your advise and detailed information will help us to come on a decision

Plz help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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We cannot know for certain without an x-ray if there is a spinal fracture but it suggestive based on paralysis and nature of trauma; spinal surgery may work in some cases but it depends on the overall severity of the fall and the severity of the injury (fracture, luxation etc…); if no surgery is performed, then the chances of recovery are minimal (remember I haven’t examined Bittu or seen x-rays so I cannot comment fully); a cat with severe spinal trauma, assuming no other injury, can life a long life but would require continuous nursing care to clean and bathe him. The lack of defecation and urination would be related to the spinal trauma and would need to be drained/emptied by your Veterinarian whilst you decide if you want to continue or go for euthanasia. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks Dr. Callum

Your response and details really giving us satisfaction and a ray of hope ,

My sincere gratitude and Regards

Sad to inform
Our vet tried to fix his Ribs after giving him sedation,

Later our vet told that his urinary bladder has stops receiving signals from brain hence Bittu was unable to urinate ,

Doc helped him to evacuate his urine from bladder ,

During sedation he could not revive and expired silently ,

May God Bittu Rest in peace

Left us crying and in grief

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Saba
Himalayan
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

My Cat fall from 5 feet on back and got injury on Spine
I took her to the hospital
They took Xray but there is nothing in it
They said she got paralised and either treatment will heal her
Or she will be paralised for ever
Please help me to get her recover
Please

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that that has happened to Saba. Without knowing more about her case, which medications she is on, and how her reflexes are responding, it is difficult for me to comment on how to help her recover. It would be best to talk to your veterinaria, as they know more details abotu her case, and ask what physical therapy and medications, if any, will help her recover. I hope that she makes it through this.

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MaJong
ginger
12 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

I found this cat almost near my apartment almost 3 months ago paralyzed in his hind legs. I've been taking care of him since then, but he hasn't fully recovered. For the time being, he has pain sensation and some reflexes in both legs (left leg better than right). I'd like to know the prospect of recovery and how I can help to accelerate the recovery.
Thank you so much!!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining MaJong I cannot give you an indication of recovery, it is encouraging that there is some pain sensation but without an examination and an x-ray I cannot say with any certainty. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and x-ray to assess the extent of any injury and treat accordingly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Brownie
Siamese
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Unable to move hind legs. Dragging

A street cat whom we used to give food on a daily basis today took a fall. It is unable to move it's hind legs which are just seem tilted towards one side. It is dragging itself if at all it wants to move a bit. And it's breathing heavily since the past 13 hours. Will it survive?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Brownie I cannot determine the extent of the trauma or see if there is any internal bleeding; if Brownie is unable to walk and is in pain you should take him to a Veterinarian for an examination and possibly an x-ray to determine the extent of the injury. Until then, you should ensure that Brownie is hydrated and clean the faeces and urine if he is incontinent. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
Cat
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

Hello. My cat was diagnosed with a saddle thrombus 6 weeks ago and has paralysis in both back legs. His paws went black. He can pee and poo by himself and is up and walking but dragging his feet badly. His paws have now returned to pink. He still has no feeling in toes but has feeling to part of the foot/his tail is normal and has feeling in hind legs. It is just the walking that concerns me the most. He has lost muscle tone. He takes asprin every other day and an a inflammatory.
Will his walking get better? What can we do to help? Would boots help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot say whether or not Charlie will improve or not as there are many variables involved in these types of cases, but the recovery so far looks good; you should continue with the current therapy regimen and try helping Charlie with some passive leg movements to try and build muscle tone. Working with a Physiotherapist may help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ceasar
Persian
9 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

not drinking
Hind leg paresis
Lethargy
Not Eating

Medication Used

Steroid

My 9 month old cat is experiencing hind leg paresis after being given Comfortis flea medicine. Seems to be getting worse and this is day 12. We have seen two vets, blood work is normal. Started a steroid today. Due to the trouble walking my cat is hiding under bed, won't eat or drink without sticking it in his face, and has only urinated 3 times in 12 days. I hate to know my fur baby is suffering. No one is able to tell us why he had this reaction to the flea meds, but how long until we know if this has done permanent damage? I hate to put him down if he will come out of it, but we don't know how long to let him suffer. Is it rare they begin functioning normal again? Front legs and tail seem to be fine.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In these cases it is important to have contact with the manufacturer of the product (your Veterinarian may have already) and it is really a case of waiting a few weeks to see if this adverse reaction continues; during this time supportive and symptomatic care is important but there is unfortunately nothing else I can recommend. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://assets.contentful.com/fistk1blxig0/snw8ayPwzYAuOkai08wqw/9d17a84dfed3629c66281779f1a8fb68/088146A_03B051_Comforits_Vet_Mkt_Outlined.pdf

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Browny
stray
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Paralysis attack

My cat is about 8 to 10 months old. He gets a temporary paralysis attack. He gets normal in about a minute. He gets paralysed only in his hind legs and not in the front legs. He's a stray cat. I want to know why is this happening to him and is this a serious condition. Your advice will really be appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This sounds like a serious condition, any condition which affects an animal’s ability to move or stand should be considered serious; without examining Browny I cannot say for certain but issues relating to the spine, traumatic injury, brain disorders, hip disorders among other causes may be attributable. You should have your Veterinarian examine Browny and have an x-ray done to look for any anomalies which may indicate a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
British Shorthair
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Walk Unevenly

My cat (she is 8 months old) was in a cold environment yesterday. She likes to go in the other room where the heat is not turned on since we don’t use it. I was at work and when my husband found her she was on the floor unconscious. My husband had to resuscitate her and she finally woke up. Since I’m pretty sure that room was too cold for her, we started warming her up with blankets and putting her in front of the heater. Today when I checked on her I saw that when she walks she can barely use her back legs. She walks to her box but her legs are trembling and I want to know if that has anything to do with what happened yesterday. :( please help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that happened to Lucy, that's terrible for her. Without examining her, I cannot determine why she isn't using her back legs - given the trauma that she has gone through, it would be a good idea to have her examined by a veterinarian to see what happened, what needs to be done about it, and get her some treatment. She is such a young cat, I hope that this is not a long lasting injury.

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Rex
normal
8 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Legs not moving
Clot

We found our cat lying outside in morning and when we went to pick him up, both his back legs were sort of frozen and he wasn't moving them at all. As he was cold we wrapped him up and mass him warm and took him to VET. They say he might have clot and paralysed and chances are Slim. He was fine when he went out. They said if medicine don't work we might have to put him down. Is there any way we can help him recover from home.
We don't know if it was because if he was simply cold.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that happened to Rex. If he had a thromboembolism, or a clot to his femoral artery, the chance of recovery from that is very slim. It tends to happen very quickly as the clot lodges in the artery, and the prognosis is very poor. It would seem that your veterinarian would be able to tell if he was hypothermic by taking his temperature, but since you are giving him a chance, and medications, you can certainly monitor him for recovery. If he did have an embolus, those can be painful, so make sure that he is comfortable. If he is painful, and not recovering, you need to have him reassessed by his veterinarian, and may have to make very sad decisions for him. I wish you both well.

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Chiga
Mavis
4 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat got paralysed from the lower stomach region to the legs.But her upper body is complety fine. what kind of a medicine or treatment does you suggest.She moving by dragging her lower back.She is a four weeks old cat,her mother doesn't care her much.I'm alone now and my parents had gone to job. I can't take her to a vet now so could you suggest a medicine for her, so that I can get it from a medical shop.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It isn’t so simple as going to a pharmacy and giving one medicine which is a cure all for paralysis; the underlying cause needs to be determined and x-rays would be required. Trauma, spinal issues among other issues may be causing paralysis and an x-ray would be useful to determine a cause; once a cause is found treatment can be directed, I cannot legally recommend a prescription medicine for an animal I haven’t personally examined. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hania
Short haired domestic cat
7 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Cant Move Legs

My cat is fine and good but then all of a sudden her eyes grow wide and she doesn't move at all for about 15 seconds. What is this condition because it never happens before and it's new? And how can I treat it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for pupil dilation in cats and there is no one stop treatment, any underlying cause would need to be identified and treated; high blood pressure, head trauma, brain tumours, neurological conditions among other causes may cause the dilation of pupils. I would strongly recommend you visit your Veterinarian for a thorough examination and at a minimum blood tests. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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RonRon
domestic short hair
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Eye Clouding
Weight Loss
Paralysis

This started when my cat's left eye changed like it became cloudy or there's something white in his eye and it became darker. After that incident he began to lose his balance. His smell is not that good already, his back legs are twitching and he can't balance himself. He can't stand up now what to do? he seems so weak now, we're the one who's feeding him now because he can't stand properly and it seems like his appetite is not that good now. We don't have enough money to take him on vet is there any temporary home remedy to relieve him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In a case like this I would highly recommend seeking the help of a charity clinic or non-profit to help cover the cost of veterinary expenses; without determining the underlying cause I cannot give any guidance on a short term treatment. The links below are to resources on getting help with veterinary bills put search your local area to see if there is a clinic which works in return for donations etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.paws.org/cats-and-dogs/other-services/help-with-veterinary-bills/ www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/ www.felineoutreach.org/organizations.html

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Kitty
DOMESTIC
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Hello, my cat's name is Kitty and she's 1 yr and 2 months. Kitty was badly attacked by a pitbull around christmas time and sustained severe injury to her spine and has now left her unable to walk, play or for that matter anything but drink, eat and sleep all day everyday. She's been given metacam for pain relief and that seems to really help. At time's I can get her to stand on her own and slowly walk but then other times she can't. It's hurting me so much to see her like this. The vets have said that Kitty is pretty much paralysed from the bottom half of her body as when they stuck a needle in her spine, there wasn't any reaction at all.Unfortunately i'm on benefits at the moment so i'm unable to afford to have her the right treatment and x-rays that Kitty badly needs. Please could you tell me what the best thing is for me to do? There must be some kind of charity's that can help me to get a thousand pound together so that Kitty can have an operation to fix her spine so she can walk again. There must be some way of getting the treatment she needs even though i'm on benefits?
Thank you for your time. Have you any GOOD ADVICE that can give me back my Kitty that she once was before the horrific attack?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, if her spine was injured that badly during the dog attack, she may never recover. If you are able to encourage her to stand and try to strengthen her muscles, she may be able to maintain the level of function that she currently has, but it wouldn't be expected to see any more healing at this point. There are no charitable organizations that I am aware of to help with surgery costs, but most clinics to offer CareCredit to help with unexpected expenses. If she does not have any feeling in the bottom half of her body, without knowing more about her specific situation, I'm not sure that surgery would cure her problem, and it would be worth having a conversation with your veterinarian about the expected outcome of that surgery, if they think it would help or not. If she isn't going to be able to recover, the surgery may not be something that you want to put her through. I'm very sorry that happened, it is very sad, but you may have to come to terms with the fact that she won't recover from this trauma. I hope that you are able to keep her comfortable and give her a quality of life.

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Phyllis
Calico
9 Weeks
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

unresponsive
limp

My cat is very lethargic and not moving she’s all the was stretched back like if she were to be tended up and she is just not responsive to anything no meows and no movement.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Phyllis is unresponsive and limp, you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian immediately for an examination as I cannot give you any specific information without examining her first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harry
Russian Blue
2 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Unresponsive to scissors on paws
Pain
Meowing in distress
Not being able to get up
Laboured breathing

My cat got bitten by a dog and was put down. The owner of the dog picked up the dog and ran away. The dog was not on a leash and did not have a muzzle. The vet said that my cat would have some sort of paralysis as he wasn't responding when the vet tested his paws. His breathing also became laboured within an hour and the vet said there was nothing she could do so put him down. No x-rays/tests were done. I am hurt and don't know what to do, I saw my cat 3 hours before and he was fine - is there any way I could have kept my cat and not have the vet put him down? And how could a dog manage to hurt a cat so severly that he ends in paralysis? Is there any way the dog/owner can be prosecuted?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I am so sorry for the loss of your Harry. Unfortunately, dogs can cause significant spinal trauma to cats, and if Harry didn't have any pain or feeling in his limbs, the decision was probably best for him, as sad as it was. As far as the owner of the dog, if you know who the dog is, you can report them to animal control in your area, and they will follow up with the report, or you can call the non-emergency police line to find out more about by-laws in your area. I am sorry for your loss.

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Simpie
Cat
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sad

My cat all of sudden can't move his back legs as if he is paralyzed it's been like 3days but I noticed he got bit on his neck by something I think he got a infection so my husband would clean it after 3 days later he got a little better wanted to go outside then he disappeared idk where when he got back my husband found my cat simpie outside and he told me he couldn't move his back legs I'm so sad idk what to do and I'm not working I want to take him to the vet but I don't have the money for it 😩

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible causes for paralysis in cats and without examining Simpie myself I cannot determine the specific cause for the paralysis; trauma, spinal conditions, blood clots, poisoning among other causes may lead to paralysis which is why it is important to see a Veterinarian for an examination. You should visit a charity clinic or contact a nonprofit for assistance with the cost of veterinary care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Indy
Ragdoll
7 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

Came home to kitten walking funnily and would sit very arched. Sh’s Managed to drag herself around a little but her legs are paralysed. Had her at the vet. Blood tests are clear. X-ray is also clear. Vet is stumped. Had a Chiro look at her spine also gave to all clear. Feeling in legs. Can still swish her tail. Eats and drinks fine. Had to be placed in the litter box but pees and poops on her own whilst lying down. Just wondering if there is a small chance of recovery due to the fact that she still has feeling.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some sensation is better than no sensation, but without knowing the specific cause of the paralysis we cannot think about prognosis or any statistically probability that Indy will walk again. Further diagnostic imaging may be required in order to come to a diagnosis which may include myelography, CT scan or MRI. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lemon
Dragon Li
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

Why is my cat not eating. She only drinks and she had partial paralysis in her hind legs and now it has spreaded to her whole body to the point that she can no longer move. What should i do

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that Lemon is having these problems. Unfortunately, without examining her, I am not able to offer much insight into what might be going on with her. She needs to see a veterinarian today, as they will be able to look at her, determine what might be happening, and recommend any testing or treatment that she might need. I hope that she is okay.

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Lucas
DOMESTIC
5 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not moving, bloated stomach, pupilsenlarg

My kitten is not moving, I just fed her a while ago and she was fine and playing,now when I came to check up on her I saw her lying in her box,bloated stomach, pupils enlarged and paws sweating, there is not vet near right now.please help me. Is it because of gas, should I feed her zymopet the gas medicine now??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunatley, without seeing Lucas, I cannot determine what might be going on. It may be trauma, infectious disease, parasites, or a foreign body. She needs to see a veteirnarian to determine what might be happening and get her any treatment that she may need. I hope that she is okay.

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meu
Bangladeshi
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pararalysis
Paralysis in hind legs

More or less the whole body is paralyzed , can't walk easily about 2 months,temp. normal,appetite & eating also normal. What type of treatment we can give ? We have given Inj. Neurobion, Multivitamin+Multi nutrition syp. and Syp.Barbit .Am I right? or what we can do now ? I'm a vet. this treatment I given today. but I want good suggestion from you Thanks.. My web.www.petcareclinic-bd.com

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dr Khan, as you are aware there are many causes for paralysis; have you performed any x-ray of the spine? With myelography? To look for lesions or instability that may be compressing the spinal cord leading to paralysis. Other causes of paralysis may be due to infections, tick paralysis, poisoning or tumour; I feel that further diagnostic tests would be required like x-ray (as previously mentioned) and blood tests (to look for an anomalies in the results). Treatment you have administered is phenobarbital and B vitamins which may help in some cases, but other cases would require treatment based on the outcome of further tests. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have many cats
One of them has all of a sudden vomiting convulsion Beeing in her self salivation and she recovers but the attacks repeated every day
After 4 days my little kitten has weakness in her rear limb and cannt jump what is the most suitable cause
It could be viral infection

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Oreo
Kitten
2 Days
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

My GSD attacked several newborn kittens. 3 of them did not survive. I noticed that one of the survivors is unable to move it’s back legs. I’m not sure if this was due to the dog attack or if it was born this way. They were only 2 days old at the time of the attack. Is there any chance the kitten will recover from this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Oreo I cannot determine if the injury was due to the attack or another causes; also without examination I cannot determine severity of the injury or what exactly is causing the paralysis so I am unable to give a prognosis. You should have Oreo checked by a Veterinarian who may be able to give you more information. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bolang
DOMESTIC
10 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

Medication Used

Oral Meloxicam

My cat was attacked by the wild buss cat. His front leg and hind leg in the left side was injured, he wasn't eat or drink at all. The next morning he started to eat, drink, pass the bowel and urine but his legs still sore. We took him to the vet because if he got any internal injuries, the vet couldn't find any fracture and he was given pain killer injection and oral medication. The next day he was much better until I gave his medication around 6pm and about 7pm suddenly he was screaming meow loudly, his hind legs and tail was paralysis and cold, he also got a short breath and fast heartbeat. We was worried about him, I encourage him to drink a water and he did walked to kitty litter to passed urine. We straight away took him to the same vet that we went the next morning, the vet said maybe there's internal or spine injured then the vet referred us to the other vet to get x-ray. The vet was examined him and took the x-ray but he couldn't find any fracture in the spine, but the cat could feel his tail but not his hind legs, in our area there's no thick that cause paralysis so the doctor think it might be something wrong with spinal disk or nerve problem. The vet suggest us to hospitalized him for further examination. I was wondering what happen to him because he was fine before, I'm really worried about him

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm very sorry that this has happened to Bolang. Without seeing him, I am not sure what might be going on with him, but it does sound like he either sustained an injury to his spine when he was attacked, or he may have had a blood clot that has lodged in the blood supply to his back end. I hope that your veterinarian is able to determine what is happening with him, and resolve it. It is best that he is under veterinary care now so that they can try and figure out what happened. I hope that he is okay.

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needy
Calico
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head held low and draging hind leg
Head held low

my cat was fine last nigh but this morning she was hanging her head down like it weighed too much, and moving very slow. We took her to the vet and when she was let out of the carrier she acted normal. The vet gave fluids and said to watch her for 24 hours. But when she got home she laid down and didn't move for 4 hours, and the symptoms seem worse, she isn't eating or drinking. It could be possible that she got into my medications, Triamterene HCTZ but i am not sure.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Many times, animals hide any signs that they are showing when they are at the veterinary clinic, as it is a different environment and they are stressed to be there. Needy sounds like she needs more care than the fluids, as she is not improving and might be deteriorating. It would be best to take her back to the clinic, let them know that she may have gotten into that medication, and describe in more detail what she is doing, that she isn't eating or drinking, and that she is lethargic. They may want to do some testing to see what is going on with her. I hope that she is okay.

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xxx
dsh
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Seizures
Dialated pupils

My cat is almost two years old. A few weeks ago, he started exhibiting anti-social behavior by hiding under the couch and not moving much during the day. We took him to the vet, they took his blood/ran some tests but couldn't find anything. Few days later, he couldn't walk, so we brought him back. He had an MRI and was diagnosed with a middle ear infection and was sent home with antibiotics. 3 days later, his condition worsened and he started having seizures. Now the doctors don't know what it could be and have been doing many tests, while my poor kitty goes untreated. Any thoughts?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm afraid that I can't shed much light on your cat's problems without seeing him, unfortunately. It seems that you have a good team of veterinarian's trying to figure out what is wrong with him, and it seems if an answer is there, they are doing everything that they can to find it. I hope that they are able to provide some relief for him.

What do I do if it is a heat stroke how could I treat it from home

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Mila
Cat
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lame,

Medication Used

Medrol 4mg tabs

Last night (friday night) our neighbors came to us and told us that our 6 month old female kitten looks like she was hit by a car. She was about a meter from our driveway when we got to her. She had been crouching in the street for heaven knows how long. She appeared to look like she was in shock and twitched, and continued to stare out in front of her and not notice us at all. She pooped herself and I immediately got the car and drove to our 24/7 veterinary clinic. The dr took scans and put her on oxygen and drip, and they could not see any problem at her spine, or any broken bones at all. They did however see that there were air around her lungs which looks like her lungs got hurt. Today they took another scan and the same goes,but she has not walked or gotten up at all since last night. I had 2 options which was take her home and see if she improves, or have her put to sleep. The dr said it seems like she got a head injury and there is neurological damage that is why she is not responsive. When I got to her today to make the decision she immediately recognized me and responded to me. I took her home but she still seems lethargic. I tried to put her in the sand to wee and she tried to sit up and walk but her paws does not want to. The left side where she has a bruise on her lower lip from last night (we suspect she was hurt with blow to the head rather than car hitting her), the left paw looks completely powerless. She looks weak and it appears that she is drugged, that is how I can explain how she looks when moving. So my question is, how do I go about to help her gain strength, and also what this could be. I am so confused and just want to help my poor baby.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that Mila has suffered a tremendous trauma, and she may not recover. This is a situation where time will tell if she is able to regain the use of her limbs and her normal mental state. All you can do in the meantime if she suffered such a blow to her brain or spinal cord is to provide supportive care, medicate her, and monitor her, sadly. I hope that she is able to recover from this and is able to stay inside where she is safe.

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Frack
tabby
7 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

unresponsive

I have a 7 week old kitten that got caught in a closing refrigerator door. Initially he flailed around and got very stiff I couldn't move his legs or neck, tail . Now a day later he doesn't seem as stiff but other then a few movements in his paws and a silent meowing he has done a few times he is basically comatose. I'm worried he will die but also worried there's nothing that can be done for him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should take Frack to an Emergency Veterinarian immediately, delaying treatment may lead to a grave prognosis. Without examining Frack I cannot give you any guidance in a critical case like this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Michaelangelo
Persian
7 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Incontinence

I work at a veterinarian clinic as an assistant and someone brought in a beautiful little Persian cat and he acts like he can feel his back legs but doesn’t really use them. But he doesn’t drag them he picks them up and occasionally hops with them. One of the vets here at my work said he was about 6-7 weeks old. He doesn’t poop very well but he does pee. I am worried that if I decide to keep him alive he will be miserable because of his pooping problem..idk what to do and some at my clinic say to put him to sleep but others say he will be okay. If he isn’t dragging his legs and him not pooping a lot isn’t going to make his life horrible I want to keep him. I just need to know how to help him poop easier or better. I tried stimulating his butt and it doesn’t seem to help either. I just don’t want to make this cats life miserable.. help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without examining Michaelangelo, it is hard for me to assess his neurologic function or health status. Sometimes, with certain birth defects or injuries, euthanasia is the kindest thing for a cat, bu tit is hard if you are attached to them. Since you work in a veterinary clinic, it would be best to ask a veterinarian that you trust to give you an honest opinion on his quality of life, and make a decision from there.

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Catallica
Domestic long hair
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Paralysis numbness

My cat was kicked by a cow, and as a result has a cracked pelvis, major bruises and small lacerations on the rear left leg, and no pain sensation in the rear right leg. She is not using either rear leg, apparently due to the pain of using the left leg. According to the x rays, the right leg is not injured, and there is no visible damage to the spine. My vet advised that the bruised leg should heal with time, and we agreed to keep her confined, hydrated, and manage her pain until she has a chance to heal. We decided to also give the right leg time, to see if the nerves were able to repair themselves. She has been hospitalized for three days, and my vet is already talking about amputating the right leg. I want to wait to see if nerve function returns. How long is it reasonable to wait for her nerves to regrow? Will it hurt her to wait? I feel like he's really rushing the amputation.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Nerve damage may take a while to show improvement and in some cases it may be an unrewarding wait, your Veterinarian may be looking at amputation early to get Catallica mobile quicker and adjusted. This is a decision you need to make, but as I mentioned nerve sensation may never return. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bowie
stray
5 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not moving, or meowing.
Not moving, or meowing. Eyes close.

I stepped on my cat accidentally yesterday. I don't have an access to any vet near 450km. He is lying lifeless but breathing and I forcefully make him drink some water. His eyes are closed. In the state of paralysis.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without veterinary care, Bowie may not make it, from your description. Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done at home for that kind of trauma. he should be seen by a veterinarian for care. I hope that he is okay.

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Charlie
stray
4 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Suckling Genitals
Lethargy
Loss of Appetite

Hello. I am fostering kittens and one of them is in bad shape. She is the smallest and is 4 weeks old. She started off with diahrreah. We got them dewormed so that is probably not the issue. But just today she became very lethargic and difficult to feed. She became paralyzed in her left arm and can't move her body very well. She only wants to sleep. She has been constantly suckling on her siblings genitals until I found out how dangerous it is. So I separated them. Can the urine she ingested have poisoned her and caused her to get this illness? We have been peeing her and she is not dehydrated. We have to almost force feed her because she isn't inerested but we get enough food in her. Please help, we don't have money for a vet and the rescue shelter vet is not there until tomorrow morning.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that this is happening to Charlie. It isn't likely that she actually ingested any urine, so that probably isn't the problem. Kittens are susceptible to many infectious diseases, unfortunately, and that may be her problem. If you are able to keep her hydrated until the morning to see the shelter veterinarian, they may be able to help her. Until then, other than feeding her and keeping her hydrated, there isn't very much that can be done for her at home. I hope that she is okay.

My mom bought home a little kitten which she found by the road. We named him kookie, kookie could not move his lower half of the body. We feeded him with a pillar (little tube like thingy). We took him to the vet and he told us that kookie was paralyzed and there were only 50% chances of recovery. He poked kookie's leg with a needle and he didn't respond to the pain. Recently kookie started to move. Using his hands he started to crawl everywhere. We even tried to lift his legs up and make him walk but it didn't work. Now kookie is starting to lose his hairs on the lower part of the body. ( legs and lower part) what is the reason for kookie losing his hair?

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Poppy
stray
4 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling
Abscess
Lethargy
lack of appetite
Paralysis

Hello. One of my kittens got an abscess and had to stay T the vet because it got quite bad. I am keeping them in my bathroom and there are daddy long legs spiders and ones similar to those in there. Could that have caused the abscess? I was also thinking that it might have been caused by the other kittens playing too rough? What is most likely? I want to make sure that none of the other kittens get it. Thanks in advance.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many things that can cause an abscess, and if there are spiders that can bite in their environment, it would be best to get rid of those spiders. It may have been caused by playing with another kitten, as well. I hope that everything goes well for Poppy!

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Miracle
dsh
5 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
uncontrollable urination
Calicivirus

I work with a cat rescue. A good Samaritan found a small kitten about 4 weeks old. When she brought her to me, she had calicivirus and multiple sores in her mouth. She has been paralyzed since the day I got her about a week ago.she can't move her front legs at all, and just recently started moving her back legs, and the sores are gone in her mouth. She can barely move her head. And has minimal use of her tongue, but can cry and meow just fine. We have been stimulating her manually, and she is being tubefed. We massage her everyday and stretch her legs.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Paralysis may be caused by a variety of different causes which may include traumatic injury, developmental disorders, poisoning among other causes; without examining Miracle I cannot say whether or not she will improve or what the best course of action would be. I would recommend you reach out to the Veterinarian which deals with the cats at your rescue or a charity clinic for assistance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bear
Kitten
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

A kitten who walked perfectly fine until about 11 weeks of age began falling down and not using legs. He was on metronidazole to treat cryptosporidium (also runt and very small and was on this for 3 weeks because diarrhea wouldn’t stop) so 1st vet thought maybe this was the issue and hoped it would resolve. After the kitten got a bit worse a second vet did blood and stool tests and checked body for injury and ruled that out now thinking kitten as Cerebellar hypoplasia. I joined a group to learn about it and see if I can help the kitten and so I posted telling them what happened and now the kitten I hardly walking at all and not able to use the litter anymore. In 3-4 weeks he has gone from being a normal kitten to getting worse every day. The vet is referring us to neurologist who wants a CT scan to the tune of $3000-$5000 that I cant afford. All other kittens in litter are fine. Any thoughts or suggestions? Also has a strange bad breath smell.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately cerebellar hypoplasia may only be confirmed with a CT scan or an MRI, without these imaging studies we can only make a presumptive diagnosis based on symptoms. Other possible causes may be other developmental disorders, poisoning, infections, head trauma among other issues; without examining Bear myself I cannot really weigh in on whether the diagnosis is correct or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kono
N/a
8 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Stumbling

Hello, I just got this cat from my friend, she said he’s about 8 weeks old, and he is having trouble walking on his own. I have to monitor him eating and drinking, sprightly holding him so he doesn’t fall. Are payment options available if he has to have some type of X-rays or anything down to him?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Most clinics offer CareCredit as a form of payment for unexpected expenses, and you can apply for that online. There are some clinics that are able to offer payment plans, but for the most part, payment is expected at the time of services. I hope that Kono is okay.

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Alex
tabby
11 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

Medication Used

Convenia injection
Buprenorphine

I took my adult 11 year old neutered male tabby to the vet because he was crouching close to the ground and acting weird. Well an cray showed severe impaction in his stools. After 3 days the vet was able to get his stools moving again. However he now drags his back legs. That was not happening before. The doctor doesn't really know what to do and my cat seems in good spirits and not in pain. Could this be a pinched nerve or is he paralyzed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what is causing the paralysis, you should return to your Veterinarian for an examination to check reflexes and possibly to get another x-ray to see if there are any changes. Without examining Alex, I cannot start to narrow in on an underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lydia
stray
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

My cat is an outside cat and just recently she stopped using her back legs and seemed to drag them around, they seem to be pretty sore and she won't let me touch her. She in bad pain. She also looked like she has poop stuck to her. I don't know what to do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that Lydia needs to be seen by a veterinarian right away. If she is outside, and not able to walk, she is in danger. A veterinarian will be able to examine her, determine what might be going on, and if there is any treatment for her. I hope that she is okay.

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Rico
Calico
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cat went missing and when she came home she couldn't stand on her back legs your walk. She uses her front legs to move around and drags her back half. She doesn't seem to be in any pain and nothing looks or feels broken.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Rico was outside unattended, any number of things may have happened to her. She may have been hit by a car, beaten, or had a blood clot that is keeping her back end from functioning. She needs to be seen by a veterinarian right away to have an examination, and to determine what might be going on with her. They'll be able to give you a better idea as to whether any treatment may be possible.

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kittens
bobed tail kittens bread with non
4 Weeks
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

I have 2 kittens and i have researched on what is happening they are using their front legs but will sorta use the back legs. They were born on the 18th of apirl,2018 and i was wondering if their are any at home prcedures that i can do to fix this

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the kittens I cannot say what the specific cause may be; however it is possible that a developmental condition affecting the cerebellum is responsible, but other issues like trauma, poisoning, infections among other causes may also be at play here. It is important to have them examined by your Veterinarian to help narrow in on a possible underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blue
Blue Russian
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Paralyzed from the waist down

Hello, I need some advice on what to do, my kitten just randomly became paralyzed from the waste down and I just want to make sure she is well, she walks with her front two legs and doesn’t seem in pain and eats and acts normal all except just out of nowhere able to move her leg.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sudden paralysis may be attributable to spinal trauma, aortic thromboembolism (a bit too young for it) among some other causes; you should visit your Veterinarian for a thorough examination to help determine the specific cause and whether any treatment may be effective. Without examining Blue it is difficult to narrow in on a cause or recommend anything specific. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bagerra
Domestic shorthair
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Cant Get Up or walk, pain in back
Cant Get Up or walk,
Cant Get Up

Medication Used

Antirobe Aquadrops,

What could be possibly wrong with my cat? Can he be cured or helped? I'm disabled and don't work so I can afford a big bill is this going to be in the thousands?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Bagerra I cannot say what the underlying cause for the paralysis is or offer a prognosis; trauma, embolism, spinal disorders among other causes may lead to paralysis or leg weakness. You should try to visit a Veterinarian for an examination, charity clinics and nonprofits may be able to help you with the cost of veterinary care (check link below). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

Please help my cat

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Simba
Maine Coon
18 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Immobility

Past 24 hours my cat has not been able to stand or walk on his own, granted he is 18. Also thus morning he had a minor seizure. I can't afford to have multiple test done. He's eating and I've been giving him cosequin for almost a week to aid in walking but that doesn't seem to have helped. I honestly don't know what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for weakness and paralysis in a geriatric cat and without examining Simba I couldn’t favour one diagnosis over another; you should visit your Veterinarian regardless as they may have a better idea based on a general examination without needing multiple tests. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sky love
stray
8 Weeks
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble Walking

Kitten 8 weeks old suddenly started to drag her legs . Was taken immediately to a clinic X-rays were clean . Then hospital and 3 vets . Was given steroids and inflammatory also B 12 . However kitten is able to move her back legs and tail just not using them to walk . Currently on meds for warms

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Common causes for back leg paralysis in kittens include trauma, blood clots, inflammation, poisoning, infections among other causes; however recovery from any injury or issue may take time and may not fully recover. Without examining Sky Love I cannot say what the specific cause of the paralysis or weakness is; but for the time being keep a close eye and ensure that she is well rested. Follow up with your Veterinarian if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Alyssa
tabby/siamese
9 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

dragging back legs

Back in November, Alyssa sneaked outside and was gone for a month. She is a tabby/Siamese mix, 9yo, and very sweet! Someone finally called me after seeing my flyer, and I was able to bring her home. She seemed fine, but two weeks later, her gait became wobbly and she was lethargic. More than $500 later, I learned she had Toxoplasmosis. After three or four days of Clindamycin HCL, she perked up, and after three rounds, she started walking again... sort of. She has continued to have a slightly wobbly gait and doesn't jump up well. Lately, tho, I've noticed her dragging her legs a bit. Now, she doesn't jump at all. Stays on the ground. Is it a relapse of Toxoplasmosis? She seems alert and happy. Appetite is intact. Bathroom abilities ok, but she no longer goes in the litter box (just wherever she is at the time).

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Recurrence of Toxoplasmosis is uncommon in cats, however this may occur due to immunosuppression among other factors; also other conditions may affect balance especially in an older cat which may include vestibular disorders, ear infections among others. You should visit your Veterinarian for a checkup to be on the safe side and to determine the specific underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pluto
sphinx kitte
7 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

I have a sphnix 7 week old kitten i took him to the vet and they say he has parvo so they him a shot of antibiotics and fluids and sent him home they did test leukemia test it was negative and glucose test came back low and temperature was 91 as soon as i left my kitty started looking better meowing eyes are open and alert but he can’t move his back legs why?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pluto is severely hypothermic if the body temperature is 91℉, he should be keep as an inpatient with your Veterinarian and stabilised; the paralysis may be caused by various factors including low glucose, low body temperature viral disease among other causes. You should return to your Veterinarian immediately for treatment and stabilisation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Noni
Don't know
Two Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weak, and

A neighborhood stray cat had 4kittens last night and now I see only three and out of three one is dragging his behind legs as if his half body is paralyzed. I am not a permanent resident and can't keep them and there are no local shelters here.Also I have no money to take them to the vet. What should I Do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible reasons why a kitten may not be using their back legs, you should keep the kitten rested and restrict movement for now; however in the long term you need to find them a permanent home if you are unable to take care of them all. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Care to tell me what possible reasons those are cuz doctors can’t seems to help me or have ideas . More specific please !!!!

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No name
Feral
1 Month
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Don't eat , don't move

Hi I have a kitten have pain in her tail and her Back legs when I touch her accidentally she scream literally and she don'tmomve at all and if she did she scream too
I took her to the vet and he gave her antibiotics inflammatory injection but it doesn't work
Please tell me what can I do for her please

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You already asked a similar question under our Head Tilt page and I assume you’re referring to the same cat. Without an examination, it is difficult to determine the cause or severity of any injury or condition; a thorough examination and an x-ray would be best but as I mentioned I cannot give any further specific information apart from return to the Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/head-tilt

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Ohgie
None
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not walking

Our 6month old kitten won't walk. He crawled out from under bed was kinda bunny hopping with his back legs and now won't walk. He's been fine all day until now. What could be a reason this happend. He's not in pain or meowing when we touch his legs.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Oghie isnt using his back end, he may have had a trauma or other event that caused damage. Unfortunately, without seeing him, i can't comment on what might be going on, and he should be seen by a veterinarian who can examine him and determine what might be happening.

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Little Guy
Maine Coon
Four Weeks
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

No movement

We have a kitten a few weeks old and just earlier today he started acting way too lethargic. Currently he has practically all symptoms of paralasys, unable to move himself, wont eat, jaw clenched shut, cold body, but he has steady breathing. He was completely fine prior to today and nothing traumatic has happened to him. He has minimal control of his head and keeps trying to flip from side to side on occasion. Is there anything we can do to act fast?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that is happening to Little Guy, that is very sad. Without seeing him, I'm not able to determine what is happening to him, but from your description, he should be seen by a veterinarian right away to see what is going on and what treatments might be needed for him. I hope that he is okay.

I took her to the hospital and two vets x rays looks good they don’t know what to do

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Tigger
Not sure
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

no other symptoms

Our kitten is about 6 months old. He will be neutered next week. He disappeared for a day and a half this week but when he came back this morning he had a limp tale. He can only control the first inch or two. I suspect that his disappearance had something to do with him becoming sexually active. He does not complain nor is his running or jumping hindered. He eats well and has normal bowels. He just cannot get his tail to move and it just bobs behind him. He is also not as wildly playful as he was 2 days ago. If I stroke his tail, there is no reaction from him and when I lift it up and let go it just drops to the ground. Should I be worried or can this limp tail just be temporary due to his sex-capades?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that Tigger had an injury to his tail, and he may have had nerve damage. That is not a normal problem after breeding, no. . It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian to determine the extent of the damage and see if medications may help regain some of the use of his tail. Sometimes, with these types of injuries, the tail actually needs to be amputated, and your veterinarian will be able to give you a better idea as to the best course of action for him.

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Little Guy
MaineCoon
4 Weeks
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Head movement only

My 4 week old kitten was doing fine last night then we woke up today and he was very lethargic looking. Cold body. No movement. His eyes were open all the time but now there always squinted or he closes them and goes to sleep. They almost look completely black. He can raise his head and look at us when we pet him. He is breathing fine sometimes really fast or slow. He's just very weak.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Little Guy, it is not really possible to determine a specific cause for these symptoms; from the severity of the symptoms I wouldn’t wait before visiting your Veterinarian for an examination as there is unlikely any at home treatment which would be effective given the severity of symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Berry
domestic short hair
1 Month
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hello I wanted to ask about my kitten.He started limping a few days back after a mop fell on him,since then he hasn't used his hind legs and uses only the front ones to move.There is no pain or swelling.What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should give Berry plenty of rest, but without examining him myself it is difficult to say what the specific issue is; injury to the spine may cause swelling, subluxation and other issues which may affect movement. You should visit a Veterinarian for a physical examination and possibly an x-ray to determine the specific injury and treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

X rays showed nothing

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Chittens
Domestic Ginger
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

My cat began having 'episodes' a little while ago which involve a very sudden loss of control in movement with him clumsily walking in circles and dropping and front legs tensing and stretching above his head, while consistently purring through the whole episode which only lasts a minute or two maximum, he seems incoherent and dazed, he has numerous health problems, heart murmur etc that we ate unable to take him for mri or blood tests to find out, what could this be? Otherwise he is a very active inside cat who is underweight yet eats more than he should, thank you for reading

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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These episodes that you describe could be partial seizures, or a brain lesion, or another neurologic problem. Without seeing her, I can't say for sure what might be happening, and it may be a good idea to have Chittens seen by a veterinarian to make sure that he is okay.

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potash
Indian white colour
10 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

inactive lower portion of body

a semi stray baby cat was injured by dog and his spinal position was injured which is the just upper portion of his tail and after that his back two legs are inactive and tail also not moving,his lower portion is paralysed. There is no vet near my place.After one day of his injury he is drinking milk ,fish as usually but not able to walk .what to do.please help and give me suggestion .

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, there aren't any home remedies for spinal trauma and paralysis from trauma. Potash may never regain the use of his back end, and he may not be able to urinate or defecate normally. This may not be a kind situation for him to live with. It would be best to find a veterinarian that can help you assess him and make any recommendations for him.

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Darius
Fer
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Walking with poor coordination

I’m an animal rescuer. For 3 weeks I was trying to catch 3 month old kitten with very bad eye infection.
I couldn’t use trap.One evening using net I was able to take her to my home only 1 block 30 sec fast walk.
When In my backyard she pooped and stopped moving/breathing.After 12-15 sec she come back.2 days later kitten is eating well,
meowing but movement is not well coordinated
Looks like some paresis. Able to walk.
I feel terrible.
Will recover and how long will take,what to do ?
Thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Darius, I'm not able to see what happened to her, or how she will recover, unfortunately. She may have had a pre-existing problem, the net may have traumatized her, or she may have something else going on with her. If you aren't able to get her in to see a veterinarian, you may just need to make sure that she is eating, in a safe place, and watch her to see how she is progressing.

Thank you

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Prince
Siberian
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Unable to move legs

Hey, my name is Vanessa and I have a kitten now sure how old but maybe 3 or 4 months. Yesterday he accidentally went outside and a dog bit him from behind. He has like a bump in his lower back/stomach and is unable to move his back legs. He is also im pain, since he cries when we try to touch his back. I don't know what to do and i don't have much money to take him to the vet. Can you help?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that happened to Prince. Dog bites can be extremely damaging to kittens, and he needs to see a veterinarian. They will be able to help him and tell you if he is going to be able to recover from this. Many clinics do offer a free or discounted first office visit, and there may be a low cost clinic in your area that can help.

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Maddie
tabby
8 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Claws retract & come out irregular
stiffens front paws
Urinating on herself

Hi! I have an old cat I took in as a stray a few years ago & she’s started going downhill in the lasts two weeks. She stays outside & most times I only see her a couple times a day but she went missing for two days which isn’t unusual & we finally found her in our floor vent!!! She was frail, wobbly & since has taken spells where she’s semi ok & mobile one day to can’t move the next. Will eat wet food sometimes. Is alert, doesn’t really seem in pain burn she hides it. Shallow breathing at times. Now Ian paralyzed in front legs. WIll walk w if I support her front side but stiffens front legs. Seems like she is telling her body to move & even tries to get up but can’t. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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We really don’t know how long Maddie has been in the floor vent and how dehydrated or injured she is; it would be irresponsible given the severity of the symptoms and the situation to recommend anything other than to visit your Veterinarian for a thorough examination, to ensure that she is hydrated and stable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
Unsure
7 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Wobbly walking
Diorreah
Wobbly rear gait
Wont eat or drink
Heavy Breathing
Meowing

My kitten is seriously hurt and I'm worried she'll die, I can't afford a vet, she is only 7 weeks old maybe younger, and I think my neighbours dog may have got her, she was all slobbery when I found her and unable to walk, she won't stop meowing and it sounds so bad, it so looks like she is losing her vision she lost bowel control and won't eat or drink and when she does try to walk she is very wobbly and unstable

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Kitty was attacked by a dog, she may not survive that trauma without veterinary care. If there is a clinic that offers free first exams, or a low cost clinic in your area, it would be best to have Kitty seen as soon as possible.

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Cid
Cat
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bile, paralyzed

My cat is 2 years old. Yesterday he was meowing weird and stumbling. Today he's throwing up bile. Not able to move his entire body. Not eating or drinking. Peeing or pooping. And his breathing is very shallow. I'm broke and can't pay a vet bill on the spot. I'm not sure what to do and I'm scared. He's my baby boy. I've had him since he was 2 months old. I need help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cid really sounds like he needs medical attention right away, and there isn't anything that I can do over an email, unfortunately. There are many clinics that do offer free or discounted first office visits so that you can at least have him seen and know more what might be going on. There may also be a low cost clinic in your area that can see him. I hope that he is okay.

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Tiger
Mix
Two Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen annus
Disorientation

Hello,
One of my cats has recently had two kittens. We have been unable to spot the mother for the 2 week olds. We have been taking care of them, however one of the kittens seems off. It eats very well but he seems to have lots of difficulty moving. His annus is really swollen and we’re scared it might be contagious to the other so we separed them. Any advice to what to do to save him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tiger it is difficult to say specifically what is causing the difficulty moving and the pain around the anus; you should ensure that the anus is kept clean and that Tiger isn’t having difficulties defecating. The moving difficulty or disorientation may be caused by cerebellar disorders, head trauma among other issues; it would be best to visit a Veterinarian for a once over to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Flipflop
Mix
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

My cat can't move her back legs, is shaky and cant stand on her own. She has been that way since birth. She also flips around. Her claws on her paws are always extended and she can't retract any of them.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should take FlipFlop to see your Veterinarian to be on the safe side, if she has been this way since birth there may be a congenital birth anomaly (cerebellum) or another cause for these symptoms. Without examining FlipFlop I cannot give you any specific insight but you may need to visit a Neurologist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Midnight
Cat
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not ea
not drinking
Not Moving
sleeping
Tired
Not Eating

my brother stepped on my cat and now he's struggling to stand up. I fear his back may be broken. Also, my cat enjoys going outside to wonder around and catch mice. I fear that he may have eaten a mouse that ran through poison. What do I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Midnight I cannot say what the cause of the symptoms are, however if your brother stood on Midnight I would recommend visiting a Veterinarian immediately for an examination to determine the severity of any injury and if any rat poison has been ingested it may cause an issue in trauma cases if it was an anticoagulant. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Wild
Simease
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Lethargy
Labored breathing

So we were given a feral kitten to tame. At first he was hissing and bouncing all over the cage like you would expect. Then all of a sudden he flopping from side to side not being able to stand on any paws and labored breathing. Now he is calm his breathing is normal but he still cant move, but is alert because when you walk by his eyes will dart quickly to fixate on you and follow you. The vet is closed due to an emergency. What could make a kitten of maybe 8 weeks act like this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for sudden paralysis including trauma, blood clots, infections, parasites among other causes; you should keep Wild calm for the time being and visit your Veterinarian or another Veterinarian when they open. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
I don’t know
4 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

What is wrong with my 4 week year old kitten? He can’t move his front left leg at all and won’t really drink his milk from the seringe. We force feed him his milk. (they were taken away from their mom at a young age and we have been feeding them). He never wants to eat and mostly spends his time sleeping while his siblings are playing and want their milk. He hasn’t been putting pressure on his foot since yesterday morning and hasn’t been wanting food for a few days. Any idea what is wrong with him? Should we bring him to a vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many conditions which may affect kittens which may be congenital, acquired etc… without examining Leo I cannot say specifically what the cause is for these symptoms but would suggest an examination by a Veterinarian especially if he isn’t feeding properly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tigress
Egyptian Mau
9 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Shivering
Weakness

I've accidentally driven over the kitten, she's not using her back legs, she's shivering and she's weak, what could the problem be? She's not my kitten as her mother is a cat that has just strolled in and has given birth to her, so I do not know what to do. Please help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The problem might be that Tigress was run over by a car, and she may have had internal injuries or a broken back. Without medical attention, she may not make it. She needs to see a veterinarian if you want to try and save her.

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Nero
Cat
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

After possible piosening my cat Nero was treated by the vet with Vit K, anti-biotics, steroids and sc fluids. Sent home and we carried on with fluid treatment. Paralasis in the hind legs, severe depression and no appitite. Did not urinate for more than 40 hours but then the urine was clear with no blood. Stil paralised after 5 days and then we took him for X-rays and blood tests. X-rays showed no lesions but the blood test revealed very low RBC. Treated with sc B12 vit, steroids, and Tramadol at the moment. Has started eating a little after 7 day but is still not using his hind legs. Some twiches and always lets us know when nhe has to urinate so we can help him to the sandbox. How long can we expect until the paralasis to last?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no way to know exactly how long this paralysis will last or if it will improve since it is not clear what the underlying cause is (we don’t know what specific poison if any), without an underlying cause we cannot give any indication of recovery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Diamond
Unknown
9 Weeks
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Not walking with back legs
Twitchin

My new kitten got shut by the door, but not by a slam just by someone pulling the door shut. It was an accident by my friend, but she started twitching after. Now she isn’t using her back legs. But she is still purring and breathing fine. What should we do if we can’t afford to go to a vet?

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Lady
Unsure
4 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

curling back paws when walking

my cat was attacked the other day while she was outside and wasn’t using her back legs when she walked. I took her to the vet and the vet found two small puncture wounds and she thought a dog might’ve gotten ahold of her, she said it was probably something neurological going on. she gave me some medicine to give to her and said to keep her on cage rest and bring her back if she was iffy. she seems to be doing a little better but i’m not sure how long to keep her on bed rest or if she will fully heal? the doctor didn’t give me much information. when she walks she curls her back paws now so she’s a little better but i’m not sure. she has peed but hasn’t pooped.

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Bullet
Unknown longhair
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Seems nervous
Crying more than usual
Leg twitches
Tail dragging

My kitty is dragging his tail whenever he walks around, and whenever he holds still, his legs twitch. He cant sit down due to that. He had no interest in a glass of milk on my table, which he always tries to drink or knock over (despite my best efforts), and crawled under my bed. Hes always been a crier, but it's more than usual. My dad does not want to take him to a vet, but hes my baby, and I dont want to lose him. What do I do??

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Asher
Cat
5 Weeks
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

We dont know

My cat fell and hit his head, he started to bleed from his mouth and now he wont move...We laid him in a box and he is still breathing but is laying there like he his dead. Can someone please anwser this for us we are worried and dont know if he will ever recover or not

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Marie
black calico
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis in the back leg and tail.

We live out in the country. Surrounded by bugs, stray dogs, and stray cats. One day a new cat came in, she is tamed, friendly with humans, and also pregnant. Since we have had many litters of kittens before we knew what to expect/do. So she had her kittens behind a bush in our front yard. Which was extremely filled with mosquitoes, fleas. and many other bugs. Mosquitoes would be flying around them 24/7. So she gave birth to 5 kittens. one of them unfortunately passed away before it opened its eyes. Then we later found of that one of them had cataracts. And now we have Marie. She was the most playful kitten out of the bunch. She would always jump super high and attack her siblings like how a normal playful kitten would. She would jump super high, climb up you pant leg, and attack anything that moved. But then just now today we went outside to see that she was dragging her feet as she climbed around. We gave her some evaporate milk (Which had not been the first time we had fed her). She can't use her back feet or tail. Which to me sounds like normal leg paralysis in kittens. She is scared and shaking whenever she is awake. We need advice, we cannot take her to the vet because we know that they would charge us an "arm and a leg" to save her. Please tell us what we can do. And please hurry.

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Salem
mixed siamiese
18 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis back legs

Cat went to ER on Saturday and could walk. Stayed because not eating or drinking and pancretitus and kidney disease. When we went to visit next day she could not walk. Ask why they did not know. Ask more than once but no good answer.

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Baby Sally
Kitten
3 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No control bladder or colon

In the course of doing cat rescue, mainly spay/neuter a 4 week old kitten was dropped off to me. She had some traumatic injury to the lower spine. Couldn't use rear leg, now it's fine. No feeling in tail. Nerve damage to colon. Drips out urnie and fecal matter. No control over relieving herself, otherwise playful, loving, gets along fine. It is constant cleanup of her lower body area and floors to keep up with her.
Bathed with oatmeal feline shampoo daily, balm put on sore area, homeopathic colon drops, massage of spine with helycrism essential oil. Physical therapy. Seen 4 traditional vets and 3 holistic vets. No MRI yet. 2 X-rays taken. Pelvis a bit crushed, nothing major according the vet that could feel it via internal exam with her small finger

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Mavis
Cat
3 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Loss Of Balance
Paralysis
Mavis had gotten out of the house a few times over the last couple weeks and would stay out over night ( usually strictly an inside cat) I got a call from my daughter while at work and said that mavis was laying on the sidewalk and couldn't move.. when I got home she had her in the house and on the bed... she must have heard me come in the house because I heard a big thud and when I got to her room mavis had made it to her doorway but wasn't standing... so I love on her and tried looking her over.. I thought I would get her food and water but she had no interest... she then tried walking through the laundry room ( her litter box in on the other side of that room) but she could t use her left front leg.. she got to the litter box, used it and laid down in it as if she did not have the strength to get out.. so I got her out and cleaned her off... I looked her over and found two ticks in which I coated with oil so as to make the extraction easier and there are two decent size holes on her neck... should I give her antibiotics??
Pepper
Cat
4 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Paralysis
Our car has paralysis front left leg possibly from an acute trauma although not sure he lives outdoors mainly he is able to get around although the leg is limp and bent excessively at the paw ankle area he is eating and drinking also relieve himself normal we took him to the vet it may be from a fight the vet noticed a few puncture wounds the cat has no response to a pinch test very little feeling no x rays were taken although the vet started him on antibiotics and anti inflammatory meds and said give it up to 2 weeks any supplements that would help?
Bagira
Domestic Long Haired
8 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Stiffness
Paralyzed Tail
My cat got bit in the tail by the spine several years ago when he was about four or five. We took him to the vet and he was supposed to be put to sleep, but he recovered. He lost almost all of his nerves in his tail and has trouble walking in his hind legs. Every yeat it gets worse and worse, i am very afraid for him and i need help.
Sammy
Domestic Short Hair
Serious
Has Symptoms
Partial Paralysis With Dragging Of Hind Limbs
Paralysis
My cat had a spinal injury. Her back legs were numb as well as her tail. The vet took x-rays and determined nothing was broken. He started her with a steroid injections and I've been giving her steroid pills daily. I am also taking her to the vet daily for laser tx. After day one she got feeling back but no movement. After 10 days her legs started shaking but she can't walk yet. I am hoping that this means her nerves are regenerating. Will she walk again?
Bobo
Siamese
15 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Vision Problems
Paralysis
15 year old, neutered 18lb siamese cat; found prone, responsive but unable to lift his head emergency animal hospital performed all primary diagnostics: blood test, x ray, abdominal sonogram, urinalysis: nothing abnormal after 24 hours at hospital, they started him on steroids and antibiotics; 48 hours later, he is scooting around, able to raise and hold his head up and eat/drink; still can't get up upon release, he continues to show improvement on third day, but still unable to stand up vets have no idea what it is hoping my dear boy recovers I'm with him 24/7, feeding him, administering meds, and keeping him clean his vision is compromised; he reacts if a hand comes towards him suddenly, but will not make eye contact he does not seem to be in any pain
Kitty
Domestic Short Hair
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Paralyzed Tail
My cat went missing one evening and came home in the middle of the night dragging her tail and seemed to be in some pain. I took her to the vet and he performed a probing test which my cat didn't respond to. We took an X-ray and her spine and tail vertabre are all fine. She is on Prednisone for the next two weeks to see if there is any progress. She let me look closer at her tail after her vet visit and I noticed a large gash which has already started scabbing over. She is black so I couldn't tell before bringing her to the vet. And there was no bleeding that I noticed when she came home. If she has no progress with movement, the next step is amputation. I'm trying to help her any way that I can. Giving some massage and warm compresses to help with blood circulation. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
Twerk
Bengal Cat
Unknown
Has Symptoms
Paralysis
My cat suddenly experienced paralysis in his back legs. No traumatic injury and blood tests normal. 5 hours later he is walking fine. Can this spontaneously resolve?