I picked Kahekili up from NC State Vet School yesterday afternoon. Poor guy was miserable. I felt really bad for putting him through all that, because he really looked like he'd been through the wringer.
They shaved his neck to do the spinal tap. He was shaking like a leaf when they brought him out to me, really groggy from the anesthesia and his eyes were all watery and dull looking. To top it off, he had pee'd on himself. He just looked compeletly ill.
Kind of broke my heart to see him that way, but I had to get him checked out. I apologized to him profusely all the way out to the car.
Don't get me wrong, they treated him like a gem there. The tests they did on him are just no fun at all for a cat. The Vets and the staff there were very professional and kind.
But, unfortunately, with all that "kitty torture" he endured, we still know nothing, other than he doesn't have any of the things the doc's suspected.
Right now he's got a clean bill of health with a big giant question mark as to why he even had his paralysis episodes.
He has some minor atrophy to the muscles in his back legs from the 2 weeks of inactivity, but everything else checks out fine.
For us, this is good news and bad news. He's had this paralysis problem twice now in a span of 3 months and we still don't know what caused it. He is currently checking out as a normal cat with normal activity levels and reflex response, which we are over-joyed about, but I keep thinking about this thing coming back.
We'll take what we can get though...he's healthy right now. One day at a time.
Thanks for all your support and well wishes TCS members!!
It helped me a great deal to be able to talk about Kahekili here and share our burden a little bit. You're all the best!