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What is Spinal Trauma?

Cat owners learn from the vet that spinal trauma can develop from one of several causes—the agility and condition of the cat may not be contributing factors. Damage to the spine, spinal cord, and blood vessels can lead to a number or complications. Medications, surgery and supportive treatment may give the cat some relief as it recovers.

Spinal trauma is an injury to the spinal cord in a cat. This could be the result of disease, a fracture of the spine, a tumor located on or near the spine, or a significant injury such as a gunshot wound. Along with damage to the spinal cord, the cat may experience pain, sudden or worsening paralysis, and possibly respiratory failure. Because of the potential loss of vital bodily functions, when a cat owner suspects the cat has a spinal cord injury, the cat should be seen by a vet immediately. Quick treatment may improve the chances of recovery.

Symptoms of Spinal Trauma in Cats

If a cat suffers a spinal injury, the onset of symptoms is sudden and can worsen over time:

  • Limp paralysis
  • Rigid paralysis
  • Pain
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence (if the tail has been yanked on or injured)
  • Lethargy
  • Reluctance to play
  • Limbs are limp
  • Unable to stand or walk
  • Lameness
  • Staggering
  • Limp tail

If the cat doesn’t seem to be experiencing pain in the limbs below the location of the spine injury, its prognosis may be poor.

Causes of Spinal Trauma in Cats

Cats, especially if they are allowed to roam outside, can suffer spinal trauma from one of several causes:

  • Gunshot wounds on or near spinal column
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Bite wounds on or near the spine
  • High falls
  • Cats may also experience spinal trauma as the result of a physical or health problem:
  • Ruptured disk
  • Defect or malformation of spinal column
  • Neurological conditions
  • Birth abnormalities (e.g. tailless Manx cats developing spina bifida before birth)

Diagnosis of Spinal Trauma in Cats

Vets begin examinations of cats with spinal trauma with a full physical so they can decide whether the trauma is related to an injury or an illness. After the physical exam, the vet orders X-rays that help narrow down the area of injury as well as its cause. The cat may also undergo a myelogram, which uses a contrast dye along with X-rays or a CT scan to zero in on the spinal injury. A specialist usually carries these tests out.

Treatment of Spinal Trauma in Cats

Once the vet has made a diagnosis, it’s time for treatment. If the cat’s spinal injury and symptoms are significant, the vet may recommend surgical intervention. Surgery usually removes the cause of pressure on the spine, which may reverse limb weakness or paralysis. If the cat’s spinal cord has been lacerated (cut), surgery may be an option to help the cat recover some function.

Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to help reduce swelling and inflammation of the spinal cord, as well as surrounding tissues. Vets also prescribe antibiotics to treat or reduce bacterial infections, giving the cat a better chance at recovery.

After surgery, the cat will need significant post-operative care, which means it will be placed in a cage to reduce movement. The cat may also wear a neck brace to reduce stress and pressure on the neck, minimize unnecessary movement, and allow the cat’s spine to heal. The vet and pet owner will need to monitor the cat closely to make sure that the cat doesn’t develop skin injuries resulting from the snug bandages wrapped around its body.

Some vets and pet owners may choose to give the cat physical therapy, which allows the cat to “relearn” movements lost after the injury and regain some ability to move around. The cat may also benefit from complementary therapies, such as massage and acupuncture. Depending on the severity of the cat’s spinal cord injury, post-surgical treatment may go on for several weeks or months.

Recovery of Spinal Trauma in Cats

Depending on how soon a spinal cord injury was diagnosed and treated, the cat may recover fully or may continue to feel the aftereffects of its injuries for the rest of its life. For instance, a spinal cord injury resulting from a yanked tail may seem to be insignificant. But, because the tail contains nerve roots, the cat may lose the ability to move its lower limbs, as well as developing urinary and/or fecal incontinence, which will be a lifelong condition.

Milder spinal trauma cases have a better prognosis than acute injuries. Pet owners who carefully follow all veterinary orders give their cats a better chance at recovery and a more normal life. Each cat and injury is individual. While vets have a regimen of treatments they prescribe for cats with spinal cord injuries, the cat’s chances at recovery rely on the severity of the trauma and how quickly the cat was given treatment. Cat owners should take their cats to each follow up appointment, which allows the vet to determine whether an existing treatment is appropriate or whether another treatment should be started. If the cat has lost sensation below the location of the injury, its recovery outlook may be poor.

Spinal Trauma Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Little
Kalaco
5 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

My mom accidentally backed into a kitten while coming home from work last night. She still is moving but her back legs are limp and she just lays there. She did make a bowel movement when she was hit. And My friends kitten got stepped on and puked and had a bowel movement and laid down for like 2 day then he was up. Idk what to do. But i cant afford a vet.

Your kitten may have fracture or fractures in leg/s DO NOT let her move and keep her sit unmoved until see a vet for X-Ray taken, OTHERWISE, if she moves, the fractures will be moved to turn to broken legs for internal injury and worse! Please seek Vet help for immediate X-Ray. If something you cannot afford, have her Vet email me at [email protected] or call me at 512-709-1934 to pay him the fee for X-Rays, and till tomorrow Monday, keep your cat sit and unmoved, otherwise the condition will be worse and more costly to treat! Do NOT let the kitten stand to urinate NOR move legs until you see Vet to determine and treat the internal hidden cause.

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Beau
dsh
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trembling

My cat wss hit by a car 2 weeks ago went to the vet and no fractures or nothing broken but today ive noticed he is quivering/shaking in his back legs. He was hit and very sore above the pelvic region but has been getting heaps better in last week or so but just noticrd his shaking should i be concerned or is this normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Trauma affects each animal differently (due to the unpredictable nature of injury), you should restrict Beau’s movement to see if there is any improvement with rest (I find that a cat carrier is best); if Beau continues to have trouble you should visit your Veterinarian for another examination, some pain and discomfort is to be expected but you should review any pain management with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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pumpkin
Not sure
3 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

spinal

my cat got caught in a trap.. a wild animal one on a ranch.... i believe it's spinal but sure. he has control of everything still... he can walk around just while he walk he is very wobbly.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A wobbly gait may be due to pain from being caught in the trap or due to spinal injury from the trap. The best thing to do would be to visit your Veterinarian for an examination and an x-ray to see if there is any spinal damage and to prescribe some painkillers to make Pumpkin more comfortable; until you can see your Veterinarian try to restrict movement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello, just wondering what the outcome was for your cat?

My cat got attacked by a raccoon.

hello, my cat’s spinal cord has been lacerated (cut),she was lost for 3days before i found it in this bad condition, she is about 11 years old, my vet says there is no chance to live cause she can't do urine or stool without help and she lost control in her lower body, i can't post the x-rays here, what do u think? i cant't stand the idea of putting her down or watching her suffer 💔, thanks in advance

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Jasper
Orange and white with light green eyes
3 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Medication Used

Pain meds

If my cat has a lower back injury and can only use one of its legs could i pop its back into place? We dont have any money to pay for spinal surgery or for diagnostics test

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Please do not attempt to place anything back since without an x-ray we do not know the specific type of injury and if you try to manipulate the vertebrae back you may cause more severe irreversible damage to the spine; I understand that finances for some people can be tight but if you attempt this, there is a good chance of it costing more than a few dollars to sort out. There are many charity clinics and nonprofits which can help with the cost of veterinary care especially in critical cases like this, do a search in your local area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat is trying to walk but he have spinal fracture we got to know coz we took x-ray

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Emmie
tabby
7 months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
back pain

Hi, my 7 month old kitten ran out the door when my grandmother was closing it. She got hit a bit but seemed fine afterwards. She played outside, climbed some trees and then came inside. She spent the rest of the day sleeping. It's been 10 hours since and now she is crying only a little bit and her back is hunched especially near her bottom. She is limping a bit and is in a crouched position when walking. She looks tired and when she lays down her left leg is temporarily bent backwards (foot near her tail). We are very concerned and are wondering what to do until we can take her to the vet. Ps we gave her 50mg of ibuprophin

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly, ibuprofen has a very narrow safety margin in cats and shouldn’t be used unless under Veterinary direction as it may lead to kidney failure. You should take Emmie to your Veterinarian as soon as possible for an examination as all that you can do in the meantime is restrict movement and keep her comfortable. Sometimes inflammation may be delayed and can cause symptoms to present hours after trauma. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/ibuprofen/

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Mickey
dsh
4
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cats has had problems with his urinary tract after he went in this time for a catheta he came home and has since gone down hill he now can't walk and the vet says he has no or very little feeling in his legs we don't no what caused this the vet thinks maybe this has been his problem all along he gave him a high dose of steroids yesterday and says if no improvement he will have to b pts on Monday is there anything we can do he won't eat or drink is this really the end pls help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is very difficult to think what may be causing these symptoms as they are not common to one specific cause but vague and may be related to many different conditions. During this weekend it is important to get Mickey is drink and eat even if it includes mixing some smooth wet food with some water and syringing it into his mouth slowly. An x-ray may be useful to see if there is anything going on with his spine or hips, but if a diagnosis isn’t found then it may be a case of euthanasia. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hunter
Domestic Short haired
5.5 months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Back spasm
Lethargy
back pain

Medication Used

Anti-Inflammatory

They think my kitten fell and has a slipped disc or spinal trauma. They are hoping it isn't neurological. He is limping and not wanting to use his back legs. He is 5.5 months old. We are keeping him sequestered with minimal movement and on anti-inflammatory medication for the next while. Monitoring his symptoms to see if he improves. My question is, can I pick him up and hold him in my arms? Or will that aggravate his symptoms?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You can hold him gently and I am sure that body contact and love will make Hunter feel good during this painful time; it is just important to reduce his movement so he doesn’t jump around the house which would aggravate his spine. If there is no improvement, I would suggest returning to your Veterinarian for an x-ray to check the integrity of the spine. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Koda
short hair
4 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

As I was opening my bedroom door yesterday I accidentally hit my cat. It looked like she was stuck for a moment before getting out of it then moved away a bit. I picked her up and held her for a little while but since this has happened before I didn't think anything of it. As the day progressed she started wobbling while she walked and when I lay her down she refuses to get up or move unless I move her myself. I woke up every now and then last night to make sure she was ok and I found out she had thrown up on the pallet I had made for her on the floor. Her nose is cold, her eyes are normal and her tail is up so i'm not sure what is wrong with her. Could it be spinal trauma from the door?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Koda has some injury from the door, especially if she was stuck there for a moment as the pulling away can cause more harm than the actual door hitting her. I would get her checked out by your Veterinarian (also since she vomited as well) as I am unable to examine her and cannot say if she can rest it off or not. Spinal trauma can be delayed, especially when swelling occurs afterwards so she may have seemed alright immediately afterwards but the swelling may have lead to her becoming unsteady on her paws. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for the advice. I just got finished giving her some water using a syringe and she drank from it so that's good. I was messing with her legs to make sure they weren't hurt and everything seemed fine until I got to a spot just above her back legs. I messed with it and it seemed like it was moving, like cartilage in our legs when it get's hurt. Do you think it could just be sprained? I don't have the money to take her to the vet, otherwise I would. Can you recommend any home remedies for her?

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Sammy
Siamese
Six Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

My indoor, outdoor kitten drug itself home eight days ago. Town vet not available. 1-3 days no feeling in back end. 4-6 dragging one leg totally limp. Now tries to use. Can't feel any broken bones or displaced hip. Prognosis? He doesn't seem to be in pain. Lethargy has diminished. When he tries to put weight on limp leg it crumples under him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Sammy I cannot give an accurate prognosis, but if there is no access to a Veterinarian nearby the chance of any recovery reduces day by day; at this time all you can do is offer strict rest (in a cat carrier) and offer food/water as well as good nursing care (cleaning up faeces and urine). If there is another Veterinarian within a reasonable distance (i.e: two hours) go there. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tibbi
Ragdoll
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hi, my 10 month old Ragdoll has a confirmed spinal injury in her upper spine. She is able to drag herself around, is not in any pain, has some “spinal walking” abilities but has no bladder control (medications have not helped so I express manually). I currently do daily massage and physio to help with comfort but I was just wondering if there is anything else I can do to help her get around, make her comfortable or improve her condition at all? Any information is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any treatment would be dependent on the severity of the injury and if there is a lack of pain in the hind legs the prognosis for any recovery would be poor. All I can recommend is that you ensure that all her things are close by like food, water and litter tray (if she is able to do anything there due to incontinence). Ideally you should speak with your Veterinarian about the severity of the injury and options (if any available). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sara
None
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
urin incontinence

Hi! I took my cat to the Pets Hospital, they made a tomography in order to find some spine fracture, but finally the havent found anything. The Vet says that´s probably that the bone marrow is damaged, so its not possible to go into surgery. The cat has its hind legs paralized and has no control of urin or defecation. What can I do to help her and maybe recover some function?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Without more information, it really isn't possible for me to comment on her situation. It would be best to contact your veterinarian, as they have examined her, know her situation and her quality of life, and whether there is anything that can be done. From your email, her situation sounds quite dire, but without knowing her history, I can't say if anything can be done or not.

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EskimoeJoe
Persian
12 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Can walk, but smell is emanating

I believe my cats tail was yanked deliberately and the vet said he would have to have it amputated but he is waiting for 6 days to see if he is incontinent of urine and faeces as he said that he would have to put him down if he was. Today is Day 3 and I believe my cat to be incontinent. Can the tail be amputated and the incontinence recover so I do not have to have him euthanised, or would it be kinder to do so

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If he sustained nerve damage to the nerves that supply his bladder and anus, it may be kinder to euthanize him rather than have him live a life of incontinence - if the nerves were damaged but recover, he may just need to have his tail amputated if those nerves are not functional. Having his tail amputated if he is incontinent is not a cure. Since your veterinarian has seem him and assessed him, it would be a good idea to have that conversation with them, as they can assess function and give you an idea as to expected recovery. I hope that he is okay.

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Catface
American Shorthair
10 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wobbly rear gait
Slow to sit and stand
Tail twitching
Not able to jump up
Slow careful walk
Lethargic

I am taking her to the vet in the morning as it is 3 am here. I noticed lethargy a day ago but thought that she was just tired. Tonight she showing the symptoms I have provided. She is still eating and drinking, though I normally feed wet food on a cat tree. She was interested in jumping up and tried putting her front paws on the tree but was unable to use her hind legs to jump up. She is still purring and wanting to be petted but not as vigorous as normal. She is an inside outside cat and UTD on vaccines. Thank you in advance.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I hope that Carface is okay, and am glad that you are taking her to your veteirnarian in the morning. Being an outside cat, she may have had a trauma of some sort, may be affected by a blood parasite, or gotten into a toxin - your veterinarian will be able to examine her, see what is actually going on, and treat her for the signs that she has. I do hope that she recovers quickly.

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Lucina (Lucy)
Unknown
3 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble Walking
Spasms

My kitten was attacked by my dog. Unfortunately no vets are open on Sundays and I have not a clue what to do. She can move her legs, kinda, but it usually causes spasms in which she can't control. It's obviously painful and I'm not sure if she'll make it another 30 hours until the vet opens.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that that is happening to Lucy. Your veterinarian should have an after hours number to call in case of emergency, on their answering machine. Most areas have some type of emergency care, although you may have to travel a distance to get there - if you search 'emergency veterinarian' for your city, emergency clinic locations will come up. Unfortunately there may not be very much that you can do for her at home, and finding her veterinary care is the thing that she needs. I hope that you are able to find a clinic for her.

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sukie
Siamese
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

rearlegs not fonctioning properly
trembeling, seems lost,
Tired

my cat is trembeling and can't walk without falling again , she also seems to not recognise my touch , she shows some interest in food but can't eat much, she is prenant , we don't know what happened but i think she jumped from a high place . we don't have a vet nearby , what should i do?and that's wrong with her

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without examining Sukie, I really have no way of knowing what might have happened to her, or if she is going to be okay. She may be having complications with her pregnancy, or she may have had a trauma. Either way, I'm not sure where you are located, but there should be a veterinarian near you. It would be best to have her seen as soon as possible, as they can examine her, determine what might have happened, and recommend treatment if possible. I hope that Sukie is okay.

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Boots
Short hair grey Tabby
14 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

As stated above

My cat went very limp and coud not lift his head. I took him to vet the very next morning thinking he had a stroke. Dr took labs & x-rays. All labs, blood work n such are normal but found the 4 ,& 5 vertebrae out of alignment pointed at bottom of vertebrae where sticking out. Also showed what may be a small piece of broken off bone lodged between the 4th n 3rd. He sent him home after 4days & is on Prednisone. He also had to have an enema. Without further tests, we don't know anything for sure. he lays mostly n not able to raise his head. When he walks, not very far, he will fall to the left, his back legs r weak n left one will give out. I can love on his forehead only n very lightly on his sides n middle part of back. He eats but little. Dr was kind enough to make pymt plan w me but it seems impossible to get financial help with Grant for further diagnostics n possible surgery. My question is will he improve without surgery & I worry about his quality of life. He does not seem to be in any pain but know he's not right. Do you think he will improve w time? He is to be confined for 30 days so he can't climb or jump. I just need resources to help financially. I am my only income and am strapped beyond what I can afford and credit is not an option. Where do I turn to help n hope for this little guy? He is 14 yrs old.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Boots is having these troubles. Some clinics offer an 'angel fund' that is made of donations, but those are typically used in cases of emergency. It seems that he may improve with medical therapy to the point where he can live a comfortable life, and surgery may not be required. CareCredit is one option for assistance for unexpected expenses. Without seeing him, I cannot know if he will improve with time and rest, but your veterinarian will be able to give you a better idea as to how he is progressing and what to expect. I hope that he does well.

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Kodiak
Domestice shorthair
2 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

spinal injury
Lame

Medication Used

Amoxicillin
prednisone

My cat, kodi, was shot with a BB gun...three times. She was missing for two days and on the second day my boyfriend found her dragging herself up the driveway. It appears she was either unconscious because of the trauma for a day or was just hiding in shock after being shot. I immediately took her to our 24 hour vet office. I got x-rays done and one of the BBS unfortunately are on her spine. The vet said that they don't recommend surgery in her case because she does not appear to be in any pain, she was sensitive around the area where she was hit, but other than that she's acting normal. She was prescribed prednisone and amoxicillin and I've administered it as directed. She's on crate rest for 8 weeks. Her back legs appear to be functioning fine, she can move them and she's increasingly become more active with them. Her tail is limp and there was no sign of movement the first week and a half. Now there is some movement at the tip. Her back seems to be what needs to gain functionality again, from the BB down. She can control her bladder but since she can't move she just let's it out where she is. Same with defecating. I help her use it in the litter box by pushing her bladder and I stimulate her to make her go number 2 in the box. I adjust her legs to the "correct" position whenever she's lying down or eating. She's stretching her back legs and her toes so I know that it isn't just nerves making them move. I help her move them in a natural motion every night, each leg for no more than 5 minutes. She's responding well to it. The vet didn't indicate that it had PUNCTURED her spine and its very small. The vet told me there is very little chance she will walk again but she didn't want to count her down and out. I'm determined to help her and need to know if there is anything a vet might recommend aside from expensive therapy, I'm doing all the therapy I can do myself with her little by little. I need to know how to help her back, only time will tell...but if there is anything I could be doing to help her I want to know what it is. She's also taking a glucosamine supplement once a day.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. You seem to be doing a great job with poor Kodi. There isn't really anything else that you can do other than the things that you are doing. Passive range of motion exercises, making sure she is voiding often enough, and maintaining nutrition are all important. It will be important for you to maintain communication with your veterinarian to make sure the Kodi's quality of life isn't suffering, and get their assessment of her progression as well. I hope that she recovers from this trauma.

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Wubby
Siamese
9 Days
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

My cat threw up two mornings in a row, then didn't come home that night or the next. On day 3 I found her lying under a bush. Totally unlike her not to come when she's called so rushed her to the emergency vet. He couldn't find anything wrong, took blood samples and gave antibiotics. 24 hours later, she still hasn't eaten or drunk anything. I have syringed her about 20 ml water over the day, but last night took her back to the vet. The vet says it's a spinal injury in the middle of her back. She has normal movement and is a normal weight so he sent her home with me with pain killers x 2 (including NSAIDS) and gave her a pain injection. She immediately seemed brighter, is purring but not eating or drinking anything (four days now).
What do I do? How long do I wait? I can't bear to see her deteriorate. last night she tried to go in her kitty litter but produced nothing.
Thank you in advance-the emergency vet has not given a long term prognosis and didn't seem too concerned or interested - but it was 1 am by the time I saw him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Wubby, I can't give you an accurate prognosis for recovery, but if she does seem to be responding to the pain medication, there are canned foods that you can syringe feed to motivate her to eat, or you can offer her canned food or something that she may really enjoy to get her eating again. If she is not eating by tomorrow, she should have a follow up exam with your veterinarian, as they will be able to give you guidance on foods that you can syringe feed, or prescribe appetite stimulants. I hope that she recovers well.

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Tele
American Shorthair
8 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bump on cats back

Cat has new lump/bump on left side of back about an inch from spine. The spot is semi firm and fairly easy to move around. It does not seem to hurt him unless I was to say pull at it or try and feel the whole lump. It’s about an inch in size. Still unable to see from under fur. It appeared about a week ago. I noticed it when give him a massage. We got a new hair removing brush and it seemed to appear right around that time??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tele I cannot say what the lump is specifically; lipomas, cysts, abscess among other causes may cause a lump to appear. If it is not causing any pain or distress you should monitor it over the weekend and visit your Veterinarian next week if it hasn’t decreased in size or has gotten bigger. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Callie
Unknown
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain when touched

I just got a new cat as a rescue from a woman who surrendered her. I can't get into the vet until Wednesday but I got her home and noticed she had something wrong with her tail. The lady said she was born with a deformed tail but she seems to have possible problems with her back/hips. Not sure what to do but she cries when it is touched. I can feel nothing but bones so I'm not sure if it's just because she may be under nourished or not.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I do think that it is worth a good examination by your veterinarian, but it doesn't seem to be an emergency. Your appointment on Wednesday should be fine, unless she isn't eating, starts vomiting or having diarrhea, or is otherwise seeming in distress. I hope that all goes well for callie!

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Foggie
mixed
7 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No movement in hind legs and tail

Medication Used

Unknown

My cat we believe was clipped by a car on Monday, he has been in the vets for 3 days but no movement in his hind legs or tail
His vital signs are ok but besides that he does not seem to be improving. They have done X-rays and cannot see any broken bones other than quite a bit of movement in his sacral joint.
They were suggest MRI but have all of a sudden changed there mind as they have found he has some heart disease and are saying it's a possibley a blood clot and not much can be done. My gut feel is he may have heart disease but he's been clipped by a car.
They are suggesting putting him down, but to try blood thinners first as a last resort. I just think they are barking up the wrong tree, but I feel powerless, what should I do???

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Foggie has a saddle thrombus, or clot, there are fairly clear signs of that - these cats have no femoral pulses, and their back feet tend to be cold. If those things are occurring, the prognosis for recovery is almost non-existent, and euthanasia is the kindest option, unfortunately. If those are not the signs that he is showing, you can ask more questions of your veterinarian, or seek a second opinion. I hope that he is okay.

Thank you so much, your advise helped me understand what was happening to him, sadly our beloved beautiful cat Foggie passed away in the night.
Our heart our broken
But thank you
Xxxx

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Daisy
mixed
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble Walking
Humped back
Trouble Walking Humped Back

My cat Daisy has been experiencing trouble walking, her balance is terrible. She can’t walk without falling over. A couple months ago, when her symptoms first started showing, she couldn’t walk at all. After a week or so, her signs diminished and she seemed to be normal again. Unfortunately, a couple weeks later, her symptoms have now returned. We can not afford to take her to the vet, and my parents are considering putting her down. To your knowledge, is there anything I can do to help her? She has no problems breathing and when I touch her back and legs it doesn’t seem to bother her. Just very tired and unable to walk correctly... if there is anything I could do I would love your input. Thank you so much for your consideration.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without thoroughly examining Daisy and taking an x-ray or two I cannot say with any certainty what the underlying cause is, however it is possible that she has intervertebral disc disease (slipped disc etc…) or another condition which may vary in severity depending on rest and activity. I wish I could give you more specific information but without an examination I am unable to I’m afraid; I can only recommend to restrict any movement, keep her calm and if she starts to regain movement again to restrict her movement further unless a specific cause has been identified by a Veterinarian. You should also try visiting a charity clinic or contacting a nonprofit for help, see links below. 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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Yoda
Domestics short hair
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Unable to walk far, back leg injury
Unable to walk far,

Medication Used

Meloxaid

Hi there, hoping you can help. We’re currently seeing vets for our Cat Yoda. He’s about 18 months to 2 years old and he’s a house cat. Ordinarily he’s very boisterous, loves chasing the laser light, loves jumping on things and loves to sit on top of the wardrobe. A few weeks ago he hurt his front paw and couldn’t put weight on it, however that healed and he was fine. This Wednesday night he was limping but was managing to get around. Thursday morning he could barely walk and was stumbling around (almost like the wobbly cat syndrome videos you see on fb) he couldn’t even walk two paces without falling over so we took him to the vets that evening, they’ve check his limbs, front are fine, back left is fine, the back right leg is sore so he’s on a course of anti inflammatories- which has already seen a bit of an improvement. His reflexes, eyes and ears are fine. He had bloods done and his kidneys and liver are fine, we are still awaiting haematology results back though. When we took him this evening another vet is more concerned and has looked at his legs and neck and is doing “further reading” to see what it could be.... so my question is what could it be? What should I prepare myself for? Is this a spinal injury? Could he have hurt his leg or neck? Or is this something clinical? I don’t want to get my hopes up with his signs of improvement but I also don’t want to give up hope, I just want to do what’s right by Yoda and make him as comfortable as possible so he can get well. I should say also he’s eating, drinking, peeing, pooping fine.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Yoda, I'm not sure what might be going on with him. It would be a good idea to ask the veteirnarian who seemed concerned, what they were concerned about, as from your description, he seems to be improving. I hope that he recovers normally.

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Furball
Dlh
8 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Unable to urinate

Furball has a traumatic injury to the sacral area. He is unable to urinate, except for overflow. His tibia and fibula are also broken. I was wondering if acupuncture would be a viable option for the sacral injury. There are a lot of "ifs" in the equation...

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing the cause, severity, or duration of the injury, I really have no way of knowing if acupuncture will help. It can be helpful in acute cases, but it would be best to discuss the option with your veterinarian, as they are more aware of the details of Furball's situation. I am sorry that this has happened to him.

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Loki
Rescued tabby
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

limb weakn

Medication Used

Not jumping

A few months ago my cat, while running into the laundry room to eat breakfast, flung himself against a wall and ended up with a softball sized welt on his right hip bone and low back. He appears to have hit right on the point of the hip bone. He’s been to the vet twice. I feel like they really didn’t take me seriously each time. I knew this was more serious but I have been given medication and then I requested X-rays but nothing was found. My cat is still walking like he’s hurt, has back limb weakness, his left leg appears to be turned out in a weird angle, and he still isn’t jumping and climbing so something is wrong. I am calling the vet yet again also but wanted to ask for suggestions. What options do I have from here? Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Loki may have caused a bursitis with that trauma, or nerve damage. Ideally, an MRI would show the damaged areas, but he may respond to longer term anti-inflammatories, depending on what your veterinarian saw on x-rays and physical exam. Physical therapy may also help.

Thank you so much. Nothing was found on X-ray or physical exam so we’re going to do the MRI next and go from there.

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Jerry
DOMESTIC
10 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hind limb paralysis

Medication Used

prednisone

I assist a local sanctuary by taking the sickest cats and providing them with long term foster care until they are well enough to go to a new home. Today i took a cat which had been found on the roadside with hind limb paralysis and no control over bowel or bladder (aside from overflow) he has been to the vet and had antibiotics, anti inflammatorys ect. Tonight while expressing his bladder i noticed his anus was pulsating. This was happening with me just holding up his back end not applying any pressure. When i put him back in his crate i noticed his two hind legs were moving as if he was pulling them both upwards. They werent moving a great amount more like tensing and relaxing but im just wondering could these be signs of healing or are they normal occurances of paralysed kitties

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without examining Jerry and being able to assess his neurologic function, it is difficult to say whether what you are seeing is nerve function trying to return, or reflexive responses from the brain that mean nothing, unfortunately. Since you seem to be able to be patient with Jerry and give him time, it is worthwhile continuing to monitor his limbs, and doing passive range of motion exercises to keep his muscles supple in the meantime.

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Toothless
mixed
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cannot go to the toilet properly

Our cat had its tail dislocated at the base of his spine about a year ago this causes him to not be able to pee or poo properly. It didn’t stop it completely. The wee comes out in drips and the poo comes out in nuggets is the best way I can describe it so he’s not getting ‘backed up’ we’re just wondering if there’s any way to fix it or try and get the nerves fixed or something to help him. When he was injured he couldn’t wee or poo at all by himself but we got his tail removed. He was able to poo small nuggets but he couldn’t wee so we started to squeeze his bladder to relieve him as you would do for an incontinent cat but he started letting it out in drips by himself so we stopped. Oh just to add we don’t know how it was dislocated we assume he got it caught and pulled himself free. He doesn’t experience pain at all and as you can imagine the weeing in drips means we can’t cuddle him without a towel in our hands or he can’t sleep on our beds unless we put a pad and towel down for him. I just want to know if you think I should take him to a vet neureo surgeon even after a year to see if it will fix or help?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, that type of nerve damage is usually permanent, especially if it is still there a year later. It is unlikely that there is a solution for this problem, as there isn't any physical therapy available for those nerves.

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Raychel
Cat
4 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy, front leg immobile
Lethargy, front leg/legs immobile

Our four week old kitten Raychel had the front door shut on her accidentally last night. She seemed comatose at first, urinated and defecated on herself and was very vocal. She then quieted, and started moving around and we noticed she wasnt moving her front legs. She has tried to nurse but is unable to do so well so she is being fed kitten formula every 3 hours. Mom cat is still cleaning her bowel movements. Phoned vet, said she's too little for treatment and wasn't very friendly. I am not giving up on our girl!!!! Does this sound more spinal injury or front leg/legs to you? She's still very sleepy but does wake normally. Thank you for your time.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Raychel is not too small for treatment, and she may have sustained a significant spinal trauma. I would assume that there is more than one veterinarian in your area, and it would be a good idea to have her seen, and evaluated, to see what treatments might be available to her. i hope that she is okay.

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Yuki
white
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Arched back, incontinence

My cat is walking with an arched back and seems to be limping with her right foot. Shes also been incontinent of both urine and bm as of last night. Shes 2 and supposedly was fixed and has her shots, we just got her a few months ago from a friend who couldn't keep her. She seemed completely healthy the. No falls that I know of and is acting relatively normal aside from the back and incontinence. Please help. Vet doesn't open until tomorrow.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Yuki or knowing more about her history, it is difficult for me to comment on what might be going on with her. It seems that something happened to her, and if she goes outside at all, it is possible. Until you can get her in to see her veterinarian tomorrow, it might help to confine her to a small room, like a bathroom, and put her litter, food and water in there so that she isn't moving around too much and making her injury worse. I hope that she is okay.

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Cat
normal
10 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

can't walk

My 10 month old cat was hit by a car not a direct hit but a little hurt. Problems walking on the one foot and loss of bowel control as of right after does that always mean spinal injury

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Spinal injury is always a concern, but without an examination and x-rays we cannot say for certain; but it is highly suggestive given the severity of any hit by a car. Any accident where an animal has come into contact with a moving vehicle (no matter how slow), you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination since we also need to be concerned about internal bleeding (and other internal injuries) as well as brain injury. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Morty
Cat
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

My cat is a 3 year old male. I believe he was hit by car, so being an X-ray tech I rushed him and got full body imaging. There are no fx or dislocation of extremities, ribs or spine. He has walked on all fours but very slowly. When I palp him he has no pain until I palp where is lower back a tail meet then he growls and meows. I do feel swelling in this region and gave him low dose of baby Tylenol cause I had no other choice due to the vet not be open until tomorrow and I need to keep comfortable and get the inflammation down. He is resting in my bathroom on the floor mat he has urinated on hisself but I believe that to be due to is inability to want to move. Also there is no signs of internal bleeding(no bleeding from ears, nose, mouth or rectum), abdomen is also soft when palled. Please help so I can help him until Monday

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly, Tylenol (acetaminophen) is toxic to dogs and cats even with small doses with cats being up to ten times more susceptible to toxicity than dogs; doses of acetaminophen as low as 5mg/lb can be toxic. I would recommend visiting an Emergency Veterinarian to examine Morty and to look into any possible signs of toxicity from the Tylenol; apart from that keep him calm and ensure that he is not dehydrated (syringe water slowly into the mouth). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/toxicology/toxicities-from-human-drugs/analgesics-toxicity#v3352833 www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/acetaminophen/

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Knot head
Siamese
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

spinal

My 9 month Old kitty knot head has spinal injury and drags his legs...other than it being so upsetting for me to watch him he is a happy playful baby...my question is am I being selfish by not letting him go or do think since other than not being able to walk on his own he seems to be a normal kitty or am I just kidding myself and he is sufferin

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Each case is different and some animals respond well whilst others respond badly, there are many factors which go into considering the welfare of a case which may include mobility, pain, urination, defecation, secondary issues among other issues. You should discuss with your Veterinarian as they will be able to assess Knot Head’s condition and have an indication about welfare etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much for you response..I will reach out to my vet and see what he thinks is best for knot head ... again thank you so much

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zuni
mixed
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

spinal

zuni,my female cat was maybe thrown from 7th floor and i seem someone also beaten her badly.it has been 5 days that she can't walk.her back is totaly paralised and even she can't develop her urinary and lower limbs.her belly become fuller and she can't eat.in our country we don't have better treatment for pets.please i really need your kind attention.please tell me now what should i do?can she recover and walk like before?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Zuni I cannot give any prognosis, but with a fall from that height and the abuse she received I cannot see this ending favourably unfortunately; also there isn’t anything I can recommend for you to do at home apart from to keep her rested and to visit any Veterinarian for attention and if necessary euthanasia. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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zuni
mixed
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

spinal

zuni,my female cat was maybe thrown from 7th floor and i seem someone also beaten her badly.it has been 5 days that she can't walk.her back is totaly paralised and even she can't develop her urinary,stool and lower limbs.her belly become fuller and she can't eat.in our country we don't have better treatment for pets.please i really need your kind attention.please tell me now what should i do?can she recover and walk like before?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Zuni I cannot give any prognosis, but with a fall from that height and the abuse she received I cannot see this ending favourably unfortunately; also there isn’t anything I can recommend for you to do at home apart from to keep her rested and to visit any Veterinarian for attention and if necessary euthanasia. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat is 2 months old , had an accident due to which he lost both his hind limbs and cannot walk on all four. I took him to the doctor they said he has a spinal chord injury and his bladder and kidney have englarged . What are his chances of survival and will he be cured?

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Milo
tabby
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My cat was attacked by dogs about a week ago. He seemed fine until about 2 days ago. He started vomiting and stopped pooping in the litter box. Plus his back has started popping when he moves. But no signs of pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should visit your Veterinarian as Milo may have some spinal trauma which isn’t manifesting with symptoms of pain, cats can be quite stoic so don’t always show their pain. Without examining Milo myself I cannot comment on severity or any treatment; in the meantime try to restrict activity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Little So So
Feline
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

My cat has been acting noticeably different for the past week. We didn't really notice at first because everyone in my family has been sick. She has not been cleaning herself and sleeps most all of the day. She will get up to eat and drink and even go down our stairs to get food or water (although we have her food and water both up and downstairs). But she only does this about once a day. She is not using the bathroom or rarely uses it. Walks slowly. Meows if you touch anything but her head. I absolutely do not have the money for surgery or any special treatments...we barely get by paying our bills monthly. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Little So So it is difficult to say specifically what the cause of the pain is, it is possible that the pain is originating from the spine but abdominal pain may be confused for spinal pain so we cannot say for certain what the cause is. I understand that finances may be tight, but it is best to have her examined at a charity clinic or reach out to a nonprofit for help (link below). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Blu
Russian Blue
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Twitchy tail
Pain
Sleepiness
Lethargy

My cat Blu hit his bottom on our entertainment center when he was going to pounce on something while we were playing. Now he is sleeping a good portion of the day, won’t play, and only moves if he has to go to the bathroom or eat something. His tail is also twitching. He does cuddle still and will let me pet him, is it possible he could just be bruised?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that Blu injured himself when he bumped the entertainment center. If he continues to act this way, it would be best to have hi examined by a veterinarian, as they can determine if he is sore, or if something else is going on with him, and recommend any appropriate treatment. I hope that he is okay.

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Cutie
Domestic shorthair
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Wont bare much weight on hind legs
Can move and feel back legs

Medication Used

Buprenorphine

My cat cutie fell from a balcony and has a mild spinal fracture with seemingly no damage to spinal chord. She is eating and drinking and urinating and defecating but tomorrow i need to leave her alone whole I go to work. She has a kennel set up with litter and bed for tomorrow and I was instructed by the vet to move her by lifting under her ribs. Is there anything else I can do to make moving her into the kennel as safe as possible so as to avoid damaging her spinal chord?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think that you have all of your bases covered, as gentle treatment and confinement will be key to her recovery. I hope that she continues to recover normally!

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Bear
tabby
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Cannot move hind legs

My 14 y old over weight cat fell jumping on the couch. He cannot control his hind legs but can feel them receiving steroids now-What are the chances for a recovery?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Bear has feeling in his back legs, he may recover with rest, medications and time. Without seeing him or knowing more about his neurologic status, it is difficult for me to comment on his prognosis, but that is a reasonable question to ask your veterinarian, as they have seen him and know more about his specific condition.

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Lily
American Shorthair
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Spine injury-no elimination-hiding

my 10 year old cat fell about 12 feet inside the house. The vet x-rayed her and found a very obvious dislocation of her spine about 4 inches or so up her back from her tail. Ever since that time, the cat has gone into hiding, and cannot be coaxed to come out. She is eating, and we put her litter box right next to where she is hiding and we are keeping her isolated (from kids and other pets). She purrs when we stroke her and doesn't seem to be in obvious pain. But she's been hiding for almost a month now, and she hardly ever urinates or defecates. Any ideas on her prognosis or if we should be doing anything else to help her? The vet said there's nothing much to do other than 'wait and see.' I don't want to lose her, but I don't want her to suffer either.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Lily and seeing x-rays, it is difficult to weigh in with an opinion on this; however a wait and see approach is very common with spinal injuries. If you’re looking for another opinion it would be worth asking your Veterinarian for a copy of the x-rays and taking them with Lily to another Veterinarian to get their input to see if they notice or suggest anything different. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Goldy
Indian cat
5 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Dear vet,
Greetings!!
I m from India, picked up a kitten from street with spinal injury and it's seems quite long.No pains, all fine except unable to move rear legs.and she is crawling.

Appreciate your help
Regards jp

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With street cats, we have no history which makes making a diagnosis difficult; however without examining Goldy I cannot say what the specific cause of the hindlimb paralysis is but traumatic injury is a likely cause. If possible you should take Goldy for an examination to check reflexes and for an x-ray to check the integrity of the spine. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks for your valuable suggestion. It seems that it's an injury caused due to either falling from some where, I will take her soon for medical advice and update you on Dr opinion.
Best regards Jp

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Coco
Feline
4 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Back legs not working right
Pain
One leg out to the side

I was just btought a 4 wrrk old kitten that has been stepped on saying I had the best chance of saving her. However, I believe shr had a spinal chord injury and she won't nurse and has to lay in a certain postition. Her back legs also seem to not be working and I am not sure what I could do to save her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Coco and possibly having some x-rays done, it isn’t possible to determine the severity of any injury or if there is the possibility to treat or manage the hind leg paralysis. You should visit a Veterinarian (regular, charity, shelter etc…) for an examination to look at reflexes and other things. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mittens
Unknown
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Slow walking , discomfort

My cat ran outside and we couldn’t find her, she was in heat so we were concerned. She find her way home the next afternoon, now she’s walking really slow and swollen mid-way down her back won’t eat barley using the bathroom. I don’t know what to do !!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that mittens suffered a traumatic injury which would explain the symptoms; however without examining her I cannot determine the severity of any injury and would recommend you visit your Veterinarian immediately for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sam
tabby
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limp tail

My cat has a limp tail and cry’s when you scratch his back side. Not sure what happened
At first he wouldn’t let me touch him but now he is a little better he will let me rub him. He is not jumping up high but he can jump onto the sofa and chairs.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Sam, it is difficult to say what the cause of the limp tail is; trauma from being stuck (doors etc…) are a common cause for tail injuries. You should keep an eye on Sam for the time being and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Wuji
Raggdoll
12 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat is 3month old she felt from 2nd level and i sent her to hospital.Advice to do surgery but cost wise i decided to bring home.however a week from the injury she seems to regain back her sense of moving her feet move her tail,eating well and drinkbut still limping. Is there any chances that she will be fully recover?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I don't really have any way to answer that question without knowing more about Wuji and the degree of damage that she sustained. Cats can recover from fairly significant trauma, but it would be best to follow up with your veterinarian to see what her chances are for a full recovery.

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Sage
Tabby Cat
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not Moving

Hi my name is keili and my cat fell from a tall tree in our back yard and its not active, it used to play around but suddenly he stopped. The incident happened about half an hour ago. I had seen him fall and he hit himself in the abdominal area, what do I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should visit a Veterinarian for an examination to determine whether or not there are any internal injuries (internal bleeding etc…), head injuries as well as musculoskeletal injuries. There is nothing that I can recommend for you to do at home and I cannot give you any assurance that Sage will be alright or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Persian Moon face
Two Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Crawls

By cat fell from the 8the floor. I rushed her to hospital.. .xray showed no broken bones... But compressed spinal cords ( near the tail).
She is crawling...dragging her legs.
However she stretches them. And have a good reflx.
She is on daily injections to reduce the pressure or the back. But she is not eating... I have to force feed her with a syringe. Not pooping.. But maybe because I been giving her soft food.
She only fell two days ago.. .how long will it take her to be normal... Eat pee and walk.
Will she ever walk?
What else can I do for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Spinal trauma is a very difficult condition to predict, I am unable to give you any assurances that Bella will improve or walk again especially without being able to examine her myself; two days is still very early after the fall, you should follow the instructions from your Veterinarian and allow her to get plenty of rest. Encourage eating and try to stimulate defecation with a warm damp towel; if there is no improvement, return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Puss
Calico
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hind legs inactive with pain

My cat (female) is showing sings of spinal trauma from about a week. Her hind legs started to wobble and after couple of days she had to drag her hind legs to move. Now she cannot even walk and she became very weak. Took her to a vet and was given iv fluids. She is bit better and looks alert and occasionally sits up. But she does not eat or drink by herself so I am feeding her some food (dry cat food soaked in water or chicken broth) and water regularly. Normal Xray was done and there is no fracture or dislocation. Blood sample reports are also not indicating anything. I am not sure if these tests are sufficient to rule out injury to spinal cord. She feels pain in her hind legs and does not like to be touched around the mid point between the toe and hips. She has not lost any feeling in her hind leg toes. She also seems to be in slight pain if I rub on the spine about 4 inches from the tail and does not like to be lifted from her bed. The vet has prescribed vitamin syrup (Proviboost) and pottasium chloride syrup for a week, and Doxycycline for two weeks. She had fever so an injection was given to reduce fever. She was also given another injection for pain two days back. I want to know what are her chances of recovering, what further tests/scan should be done to determine spinal injury, what medication/surgery if needed, and daily care to help her heal faster. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to advise a course of treatment or prognosis when it seems all tests come back as being normal; I would look at going myelography (x-ray with contrast media) which may show some lesions in the spinal canal which may be causing some compression on the spinal cord. There are some parasitic conditions like Cuterebriasis or Toxoplasmosis which include paralysis as symptoms but normally present with other symptoms as well. If there is little information to go on, I would start to look at more alternative methods of therapy which may include acupuncture. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Yoda
DOMESTIC
8 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weak back legs

Kitten approx 8 weeks, rescued from outside. From the start he has been very sleepy and will let us hold him for hours, but was eating and would play and run. He has bigger eyes and ears than most kittens do and his front paws look somewhat deformed and point out instead if straight.

All of a sudden last week his back legs seemed weak, to the point that he was dragging himself by his front two legs only. Took him to the vet. Xrays show no signs of a break anywhere. He does not seem to be in pain. We can pet him and play with his legs and tail and he does not seem bothered. Vet gave him 10 days of antibiotics and antiinflammatory in case it was an infection causing the leg weakness. 5 days into taking meds he now can barely use his legs at all and can't hold his urine or feces. He used the litter box from day one but now just goes on himself where he is sitting like he can't control it.

Any ideas what to look for? He has been with us every day and while it is possible he could have fallen he has had no injury that we know of and is not crying or making any noises that would seem like he is in pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible causes for the symptoms which are presenting which may include infections, trauma, cerebellar disorders, blood clots, poisoning among other causes; it is difficult to pin down a specific cause sometimes, I would recommend however that you continue with the prescribed treatment and offer supportive and symptomatic care as required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
Kolkata
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted

Dear Doctor,
My cat fell from the 5th floor .
Both her fangs are broken.
She had injured her self at the spine.
The x-ray shows that the spinal cord is broken .

Pls suggest what should we do.
Will surgery be able to correct the issue.

She is only able to stretch her hind legs , and some time moves her tail.

She is passing urine but has not defecated since the last 2 days.

Current she is on saline

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Kitty has broken her spine, she may not be able to recover from that injury. Without seeing her, I can't examine her or determine the extent of her injuries, but it would be best to talk with your veterinarian to see if she has any hope for recovery, with or without surgery. You understandably want to do everything you can for her, but you do not want her to suffer.

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Star
Tiger striped
3 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Back injury

Medication Used

none

I found one of my kittens(3weeks old) lying on the floor unable to get up. She can move her back legs only, her front ones are kind of stiff and she cant lift her head. She trys to meow but know sound comes out. Her back is hunched over. We are feeding her every 4 hours and want to know if this is a spinal injury.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Star it is difficult to determine what specific issue is causing the front leg stiffness; infections (viral in particular), trauma, cerebellar disorders among others may cause similar symptoms. This would be something to visit your Veterinarian about to determine the specific underlying cause of the symptoms and whether there are any treatment options. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ginger
Marmalade
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Can’t support back legs.

Medication Used

Loxicom oral pain killer

Elderly stray can had car accident on Monday. Car didn’t roll over him but he took a bad tumble under it. Since then he is unable to support himself on back legs. He has movement of them and reacts to pain.
Vet examined on Monday and found no breaks.
Gave pain killer and antibiotic injections.
No improvement since.
Back to vet today.
Cat is in less discomfort today when being moved but still no improvement.
Vet examined again today.
Now on liquid pain killer.
Any advice or thoughts on possible issue and likely prognosis?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Ginger cannot use his back end, time will tell if he is going to recover. If he is able to feel and move them, and nothing is fractured, he may heal with time. Your veterinarian will be able to give you a better idea as to prognosis, as they have examined him.

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bleh
ginger
5 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis, breathing
Paralysis, breathing, not eating

Hi there,

Friend of mine has a ginger outdoors cat, likely 5 years + old. One day his hind legs became unresponsive and begun dragging them around. 3-5 days later he got better and begun walking normally. However, another 3-5 days later he reverted back to dragging his hind legs and begun hiding in deeper parts of the garden and not eating for 2 days.

We took him to a local vet, she briefly inspected him by hand for 1-2 minutes, advised his paws were not reacting to stimulus and we were told he has to be euthanized. He was also making loud (difficult?) breathing sounds which he did not do usually, might be caused by stress at the vet.

Wish I'd come across this page sooner, wondering if we should have taken him back home to recover or was euthanizing really the right call.

Thanks in advance

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes for hind limb paralysis and without having examined Bleh myself I couldn’t say if there was a treatment option for him or not; spinal injuries, intervertebral disc disease, nerve inflammation, blood clots among other causes may lead to sudden paralysis. I cannot say if the right decision was made, but many cases of paralysis do result in extensive nursing care or euthanasia. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jupiter
short hair
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Lesion
Paralysis

Medication Used

Prednisolone

My kitty is 8ish months and has seen a vet who said she has a cord lesion. I do not know what, if anything happened to cause it. Her back legs are limp and her tail has to feeling. She is taking steroids daily. My question is- she has been eating and drinking very little since this happened and consequently barely goes to the bathroom. Should I do anything?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to ensure that Jupiter is hydrated and would be good to encourage appetite as well; it may be good to mix some smooth wet food and a little water and syringe it drop by drop to get some nutrition into her and keep her hydrated, but you should also be checking in with your Veterinarian to monitor for any improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cutie
Wild
2 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

My 2 month old kitten was taken by wild dog for 10-15 min i rescue her after that she's very unconscious and after 1 hr we realize that she's not able to move her rear legs or tail in my city no veterinary clinic is available

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Cutie I cannot give you any specific advice on handling her condition, after an attack of 15 minutes the prognosis is not favourable; spinal trauma, brain injury, internal bleeding among other injuries are likely with an attack lasting this long. Legally I cannot prescribe any medication to Cutie and I recommend visiting a Veterinarian regardless of distance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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patches
tabby
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepiness

my cat is a tabby cat he a large liquid like bump on his right side it's next to his spine what if feels like he acting normal doesn't seem to be in pain but I'm still concern about it because it was smaller from the last time I notice and that was back in July of 2017 at that time it was no bigger then a dime or a nickel now it's big as a dollar quarter or a toy dispencer ball I'm wondering should I get him looked at or no

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should certainly get Patches examined by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side, with lumps and bumps (especially soft ones) we get concerned about trauma from scratching or other causes which may make things much worse. Without examining the area I cannot say for certain what it may be. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jeremy
American Shorthair
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Wobbly rear gait

Our (American Shorthair, I think, though not pedigreed) cat Jeremy tried to jump onto a two-drawer filing cabinet, slid off, and fell into a trash can. My brother picked him up out of it. Thereafter, I noticed his left rear leg having spasms, and he had difficulty walking, occasionally to the point of falling over. (We had been worried, because he had been losing weight, though his appetite seems good at meals.) We took him to a vet, and she prescribed doxycycline hyclate and maropitant citrate for the weight loss and robenacoxib for his leg problems. (I believe she x-rayed him, and found what she described as "a bit of arthritis"; she didn't mention anything else.) The robenacoxib prescription was for three pills, which are all used now; there is a fair amount of the doxycycline left, and I haven't given him any maropitant, since his appetite at meals seems robust. However, his leg shows no improvement, and, in fact, both his rear legs seem very weak now: rather than standing or walking on his rear feet, he stands or walks on his rear hocks, and in jumping up, he relies on his front legs to drag him upward. Should we take him back to the vet, and, if so, what should we tell her?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think that it would be a good idea to have him rechecked with your veterinarian, and to have some lab work done if that hasn't been done already. The signs that he is showing can be related to trauma, but can also be related to systemic disease like kidney disease or diabetes. Lab work will help determine what is going on with Jeremy.

Thank you, Dr. King. Oddly, though this question seems to have been answered some days ago, I received notice of the answer only just now. I am glad to say we anticipated your advice and had him rechecked, though with a different vet. They tested him for a thyroid/cholesterol condition, for diabetes, for Felv/FIV; the vet has expressed herself somewhat baffled, as none of the tests seem to have been positive. They have prescribed different medicine for him, Orbax, Lasix/furosemide, and ProPectalin, and asked us keep him under observation and to bring him back in about a week. We continue to hope for the best, though, considering his age, we are trying to prepare ourselves for the worst. Thanks again very much for your advice.

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Timothy
Wild
6 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

A dog brought a 6 week old kitten in its mouth. We took him down to the vets who x-rayed and ultrasound the kitten- no issues in either. However he has no use of the back legs. The vet administered pain killer and antiinflamatory. The kitten has a good appetite and seems fairly bright given that it cannot move around normally. If there was no damage to the vertebra and ultrasound showed everything normal what is the outlook and prognosis?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to know what the cause of the paralysis is, it is difficult to give any indication of a prognosis without an underlying cause; if your Veterinarian was unable to determine a cause, it would be a wait and see approach whilst monitoring for improvement and checking reflexes etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sticky Rice
Ragdoll
4 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Imbalance

My cat started to limp 2 days ago, he was examined by the vet to have some pain at the base of his tail meeting the spine. I realized it’s probably because I accident grabbed his tail when I tried to grab him from a corner because he was pulling out carpet fiber (fear that he would eat it). I know I didn’t pull hard, but his back legs are weaker now and would wobble. However, he can pee and poop just normally, always goes into the litter box. He still likes to jump on and off places although I’m having him stay in a small room where he can’t jump on anything. Still active, plays with his toys, rolls on floor, and darted out of his room this morning full on running. He seems like he’s doing okay, but the wobble is still concerning. Does his condition sound serious?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Sticky Rice, I"m not sure if his condition is serious or if he will recover, but keeping him confined and having him on anti-inflammatory medication would be the things to do to try and allow him to heal. Your veterinarian can help with any medications that he may need, and can give you a better idea on his prognosis, as they have examined him and know more his situation.

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Pippa
Ragdoll
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lameness
Lethargy

Our ragdoll kitten is 5 months old and suddenly started walking funny - wide gait and after taking a few steps will fall on her side - and lethargic. She’s had X-rays and extensive bloodwork done and everything came back normal. She’s still eating a lot, too and is a healthy weight. We aren’t aware of an injury incident, but it’s always possible since we aren’t home during the day. She doesn’t SEEM to be in any pain, but I know cats can hide pain well. Tonight her left leg was trembling/shaking on and off. Should we consider going to a specialist for more extensive imaging to see if there’s any spinal injury? Any advice or help is appreciated - we want our baby to get better!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for gait abnormalities and incoordination in cats and a thorough examination would be recommended, without examining Pippa I cannot say what the specific cause of the symptoms are but if all has come back clear so far it would be a case of visit a Neurologist for a specialist examination to help narrow in on a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rina
domestic short hair
10 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

full bladder
blood from penis
Back limbs couldn’t move,

My cat was missing for about 2 days. When we found him he was sitting in between a fence close by to the house, he couldn’t use his back legs, and had blood and stool near his back area. We took him to the vet and did x rays, the x rays showed a misaligned vertebrae, with the vertebrae touching against the spinal cord (vet claimed the cord to be severed). We did decide to put him down as the vet suggested due to permanent damage and no recovery. His bladder was full and he was still bleeding (from his penis). What could have been the cause for bleeding? And just wanting a second opinion if this situation was not recoverable? They did do deep pain testing, pressed on his tail and his toes and he didn’t feel it. Was unsure though if the pain relief by this point had anything to do with it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like from your description that nothing else could have been done especially with the level of trauma sustained; the bleeding would be attributable to the trauma. However without examining Rina I cannot give a proper second opinion, but the lack of pain sensation would be consistent with spinal cord injury since we would expect a response to stimulation even when on pain medication. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oliver
tabby
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Drag Back Legs
Pain
Wobbly rear gait
Hiding
Lethargy
Shaking

Medication Used

Gabapentin
Urinary so food exclusively
appetite stimulant

One day last week I noticed my indoor 9 yr old tabby was hesitant to jump up on a chair. Within 2 days he was lethargic and wobbly. His back legs turned in, his back hunched oddly and he could barely walk. My husband took him to the vet who said it was most likely arthritis and prescribed cosequin in caplet form (which had to be sprinkled in wet food),and took blood tests. The cat went downhill over the next few days and was unable to walk, or even move. We took him to the vet again and requested xrays. The bloodwork had come back clean but I knew it wasnt "just arthritis". Our happy go lucky kitty was a ghost of his former self. Just getting him in the cat carrier seemed to cause him pain. Xrays showed slight build up on T2-T3-T4 and they suspected his discs were slightly affected. They prescribed gabapentin. We got home and tried to administer meds but cat wouldnt eat (not even unmedicated food). This went on for 2 days until we called vet and they prescribed an appetite stimulant and a feeding syringe. Tonight we force fed the cat his 3 meds in "bisque"... very gingerly because hes obviously in pain. No noticable difference. Hes lethargic, cant barely move, drags himself awkwardly if he does move, isnt eating treats (he should be starving), has a bent back, and is obviously in pain. We were going to give it a week or so to see if the meds helped, but he is obviously in a great deal of pain we are wondering how accurate the diagnosis is and if we should bring him back to the vet and ask more questions (my request for xrays is what made them change diagnosis from arthritis to spine problem). Suggestions? Advice? Potential things to get vet to look for? Bloodwork came back clean (organs fine, no diabetes). Any and all suggestions welcomed!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Oliver it is difficult to weigh in, however if you have a copy of the x-rays I would recommend that you forward them to a telemedicine company (like PetRays which has a three hour turnaround time) so that a board certified Veterinary Radiologist can give a second opinion if there is pathological findings on the x-ray. Without examining him, all I can recommend is rest and pain relief for the time being. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://petrays.com/services/radiology

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Kiki
Mix
2 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Twisted neck, twisted back, rolls

My cat had a litter of kittens. Most of them came out with minor defects, 2 with twisted back legs and the other can not walk with its legs or crawl. It looks more like it's rolling and like it's twisted to one side. To me, it looks like the spine is curved along the neck to that one side. Would she ever be able to walk?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Kiki it is difficult to say whether there would be any improvement and an x-ray may be required to understand the issue fully; however it is possible that Kiki may not walk or may have difficulties moving in the future. If all the litter have some deformity you should get them checked over by a Veterinarian and consider spaying the mother. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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samson
mixed
13 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble waking on hind legs

Medication Used

Prednisolone

On Thursday when I left for work, Samson was fine doing all good normal things. When i came home from work he was having trouble waking with his back legs. I immediately took him to aemergency room which did not help at all. I took him home and watch him all night. On Saturday morning, he seemed to be improving, but not a lot. I took him to his vet who have me a prescription for steroids because it sounded more to her that he might have trauma to his spine. I have an appointment to have blood work done in a week. His waking does seem to be getting better, but is there a way to tell if he is feeling better? He is still eating, drinking,and using the litter box. I just think I am so worried that i am reading into every movement, but i don't want to miss any signs.please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Since we don’t have a concrete diagnosis (“sounds like trauma to the spine”) it is difficult to give a specific prognosis or guide you through what to expect. However, it is generally positive if Samson is eating, drinking and doing his business; but ensure that he is resting and not running, jumping or playing. Monitor him for any improvements and follow up with your Veterinarian if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nones as of now
Kitten
2 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Draging a le

Medication Used

none

I found a small kitten on the road. She maybe two months old. Her right leg just dangles and she drags it when she walks. She doesn't seem as tho it hurts her at all. However she has a small abrasion on that leg that dangles. I've had her for about a week and she really isn't pooping, and even stimulating isn't helping. I think she may have pooped once or twice after her tramp. I found her in the middle of the road dragging her lower body. She is defentley stronger now, but i just dont understand her leg. Please any advice wouñd be awsome.

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Meko
domestic short hair
6 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Weakness
Pain
weak limbs
Depression

My cat hurt her spine last week. I'm not sure how but I assume it was from a fall. She has been in a lot of pain. I took her to the vet right away and they X-rayed her. They said there was no fracture and that her hips were in place but that she probably had damage to her spinal tissue. Since then she has not seemed to get much better. Her limbs seem weak. She can walk ok but is obviously in pain and does not want to play and mostly just lies around in awkward positions, cries sometimes sadly, doesn't want to be held will nip at me if I try to touch the sensitive parts. I am so worried that she is still in some much pain. Previously she was VERY active and playful. What can I do to help her?

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