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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

meu
Bangladeshi
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations

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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Lola
Calico
1-2
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
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
1978 Recommendations

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
0 found helpful
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
1978 Recommendations
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
1978 Recommendations
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
0 found helpful
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
1978 Recommendations
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
0 found helpful
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
1978 Recommendations
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
1978 Recommendations

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
1978 Recommendations

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
1978 Recommendations

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
1978 Recommendations

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
0 found helpful
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
1978 Recommendations
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
0 found helpful
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
1978 Recommendations
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
0 found helpful
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
1978 Recommendations
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
0 found helpful
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
1978 Recommendations
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
0 found helpful
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
1978 Recommendations
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
0 found helpful
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
1978 Recommendations
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
0 found helpful
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
1978 Recommendations
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
1 found helpful
Serious condition

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
1978 Recommendations
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
0 found helpful
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
1978 Recommendations
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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Serious condition

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
1978 Recommendations
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
1978 Recommendations
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
1978 Recommendations
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
1978 Recommendations
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
1978 Recommendations
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 ....

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
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
1978 Recommendations
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
1978 Recommendations
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
1 found helpful
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
1978 Recommendations
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
1978 Recommendations
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
1978 Recommendations
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

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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
1978 Recommendations
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
0 found helpful
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
479 Recommendations
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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Serious condition

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
1978 Recommendations
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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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
1978 Recommendations
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
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

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
1978 Recommendations
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
479 Recommendations
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
1 found helpful
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
1978 Recommendations
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
1 found helpful
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
1978 Recommendations
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
0 found helpful
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
479 Recommendations
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
1978 Recommendations
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
1978 Recommendations
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
1978 Recommendations
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
1978 Recommendations
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
1978 Recommendations
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
479 Recommendations
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
1978 Recommendations
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
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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
1978 Recommendations
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
1978 Recommendations
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
479 Recommendations
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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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?