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My cat's back legs wont work.

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Today, I noticed my cats back legs were not working at all, He can't even get up, So I took him to the vet, They took a x ray and found no broken bones or anything of that nature, They also did a diabetes test, and it came back negative. The vet told me that it's possible he might of had a "mini stroke" which she said he'd gain his back feet over time, She also said it could possibly be sprained, will, None the less she prescribed my cat some pain medicine, I hope he's not in pain, but just in case, I got him covered. I really hope he get's better over time. I took the day off work to bring him to the vet, I will never ever let a animal suffer, If anyone has any advice, Please let me know, And I ask one thing keep my cat in your prayers. His name is Gator, and he's about 7 years old. I really hope he over comes what ever problem he is having.
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Welcome to TCS. I am sorry Gator is having this problem and hopefully it is just a strain of some sort. Lots of healing prayers to Gator that he is better tomorrow, it is so hard on us too when our furbabies are having a problem .
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Welcome to TCS. I am sorry Gator is having this problem and hopefully it is just a strain of some sort. Lots of healing prayers to Gator that he is better tomorrow, it is so hard on us too when our furbabies are having a problem .
I'm 19 years old, kind of a tough person.. It broke my heart to see my own cat not able to walk. I cried for a long time. He's part of my family, and I'll do what I can to help him. Currently I have to give him 2 liquid based pain medicine, and gotta open his mouth up to do it.. It's hard to do, but its for the best.
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If he cannot walk, can he use a litter tray? If his whole back is paralysed after a stroke or injury of some soret, then you might be looking at some very difficult ddecisions. I am sorry you are going through this with Gator and I hope it is only a temporary problem.
post #5 of 8
Welcome to TCS and I'm so sorry that Gator is going through this!

Sudden loss of use in their back legs could also be a sign of a thrombosis, caused when a blood clot is dislodged in a cat that has cardiomyopathy (heart disease). It is the most common in middle aged male cats (usually age 8-9). Did you vet carefully listen to his heart for a heart murmur?

This happened to my 8 year old boy Tigger. They were stymied by it at first because he was otherwise healthy. They thought he injured himself from a fall or that he might have developed a neurologic problem, but he showed no sign of improvement after a few days. While they casually listened to his heart on the first vet visit, they did find a heart murmur on the second when I asked them to listen very carefully for it. He had no previous history of any problems.

Some cats respond very well to medication for this disease. It all depends on the type of heart disease and how advanced it is. If he doesn't show any sign of improvement quickly, I would get him back to the vet for further testing.

If it were a stroke, it wouldn't affect his back legs. Strokes typically affect either the left or right side of the body, not the front versus back.

Sending healing vibes your way....
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Yeah the vet checked for a heart murmur and she said he did not have one. She checked for a pulse in his back legs, and he has a pulse back there. Today he seems like my cat, I saw him eating and drinking his water (Crawling) so I take it that's a good sign. And I'll say his name, and He'll go "Meow". he was not like this yesterday, All he did yesterday was just sit in the corner.. So I think he is coming back, I'll make sure to let you guys know on whats happening, and his progress.
post #7 of 8
My first thought was also a blood clot, though warmth and a pulse speak against that. Just listening to his heart may not reveal cardiomyopathy. Your vet can do a proBNP Test and/or refer you to a cardiologist for an echocardiogram to rule out heart problems.

Lots of for his recovery.
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Today, I noticed my cats back legs were not working at all, He can't even get up, So I took him to the vet, They took a x ray and found no broken bones or anything of that nature, They also did a diabetes test, and it came back negative. The vet told me that it's possible he might of had a "mini stroke" which she said he'd gain his back feet over time, She also said it could possibly be sprained, will, None the less she prescribed my cat some pain medicine, I hope he's not in pain, but just in case, I got him covered. I really hope he get's better over time. I took the day off work to bring him to the vet, I will never ever let a animal suffer, If anyone has any advice, Please let me know, And I ask one thing keep my cat in your prayers. His name is Gator, and he's about 7 years old. I really hope he over comes what ever problem he is having.
Ask the vet to check your cat's potassium levels. That was the problem with my cat - low potassium makes them weak - and adding potassium supplement to his diet has helped ALOT. Good luck. Let us know.
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