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my kitten cannot use back legs

post #1 of 12
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My thanks to the experienced member of the forum who suggested I start a new thread on this problem after my initial post this morning . I have a five week old kitten who was in a litter that was rescued. My daughter has taken her to the vet and had her exrayed and there seems to be no obvious reason why the kitten has no use of her back legs. Her little back feet are limp. She can "sit" up and she pulls herself forward by her front legs. The vet calls it neurological and has no suggestions. Does anyone have any input on this? I am feeling very sad over this little kitten.
post #2 of 12
Pregnancy Forum: 2 week old kitten with splayed back legs

You should read that thread, although yours sounds like a different situation.

That's very sad though, I hope there is something that can be done more then a teeny tiny kitty wheel-chair .
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by jeanannemarie View Post
My daughter has taken her to the vet and had her exrayed and there seems to be no obvious reason why the kitten has no use of her back legs. Her little back feet are limp. She can "sit" up and she pulls herself forward by her front legs. The vet calls it neurological and has no suggestions. Does anyone have any input on this? I am feeling very sad over this little kitten.
Has your doctor considered Diabetic neuropathy or nerve damage? Take a sec and look around on the following sites I have included. Very interesting info. Please note that the B-12 methylcobalamin can be used for more than just diabetic neuropathy. I have heard one lady treat her kitten with megacolon and also with a cat that had damage to his tail end from a car accident. He could not jump up at all. After taking B-12 methyl for a couple of months he began to be able to jump up onto the couch.

http://laurieulrich.com/jasper/

http://laurieulrich.com/jasper/methy...inarticle.html

http://www.delano.com/ReferenceArtic...cobalamin.html

http://www.delano.com/Articles/Methy...etic-pets.html


I hope some of this may be of help to you!
Good luck and vibes for your sweet little kitten!
post #4 of 12
jeanannemarie, I sent you a private message.
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
I would like to thank all of you so far for your suggestions. I am busy reading all of these suggestions. The Diabetic Neuropathy is interesting. At least I don't feel like I am in this alone. Thanks
post #6 of 12
I would also suggest getting another opinion. Try to find a cats only practice. These vets only see cats and could be more tuned in to their needs. Poor baby, please keep us informed.
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Originally Posted by Farley View Post
I would also suggest getting another opinion. Try to find a cats only practice. These vets only see cats and could be more tuned in to their needs. Poor baby, please keep us informed.
I see that you live in a rural area...
do you have an animal hospital with specialists in your area? They can be very expensive but are generally best at diagnosing a complicated issue because they have doctors from different medical disciplines.

Sending hope and love that you find answers for your sweet kitten.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Yes, this is a rural area. Most people with unusual problems end up at Ohio State University. However, I am pleased to report that "Francie" is using her right leg now to push forward, turn, sit up and then reverts to her little seal type motoring. My daughter and I are very hopeful. We are giving her a sort of physical therapy as the vet suggested. I still want to try the B vitamins. Our family business dictates me being out almost 24-7 until the end of October, so I don't even have much time to check this site. In the meantime, Francie is eating and eliminating, her tail has movement and at this point it seems her left leg is the worst. It seems as if it is double jointed in that long bone between her little elbow-knee area and her toes, very weak and bendy. Otherwise, you never saw such thick shiney healthy fur and sweet disposition. She plays with her sibs and seems so normal! The vet said in the xray of such a small kitten the growth plates of the bones have many lines that look like fractures which can make for some confusion. At least for now I can report progress and hope for ALL input any of you have. I have had many, many cats over the years and have never seen any thing like this. I am having a hard time losing the resentment toward the country neighbor who moved and left her fertile cats to take up residence in my outbuildings and leave me holding the bag of CATS! I have always kept my cats neutered and spayed and have about 20 of my own! Sorry for the vent! Thank you.
post #9 of 12
No apology necessary...
your rant was well earned.

I am sending mega vibes that this innocent baby, under your loving care, continues her recovery and begins to thrive.
Francie
post #10 of 12
Does she kind of curl her back feet under so she pushes along/walks on what is essentially the top of her feet?
post #11 of 12
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Does she kind of curl her back feet under so she pushes along/walks on what is essentially the top of her feet?
No, at first she literally dragged both legs behind her as if she were a little seal. Thankfully, since yesterday she is trying hard to use her right leg. She is using it quite well and tonight I saw her trying to use the left. She is still most comfortable zooming along by pulling with her front legs. But it is progress. Such a strange situtation! She is putting weight on the right leg as she rests now, also. This is giving me hope.
post #12 of 12

I do see you post is a few years old, but figured I would still give it a shot.

We found a kitten the other day. She is about 5-6 weeks old and  she has no use of her back legs. Her hips and back legs just seem to flop back and forth when she tries to walk. We brought her to the vet and were basically told the same thing as you it is neurological and not much they can do. I was just wondering what ended up happening with your kitten. Please get in touch.  Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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