just wondering if anyone has ever had a cat that has all of a sudden become ill? My cat is 17 years old and this morning she was absolutely fine, her normal happy self meowing for your attention and wanted up, myself and my family went out and we were gone for 5 hours at a push, when we came back home we were greeted to her laying on the kitchen floor curled up meowing so when I picked her up I thought nothing of it so I put her back down where she was and she just collapsed over, I poked her up again and she was okay, but one of her back paws was limp and just hanging there, I tried moving it but she has absolutely no feeling in it. She cannot walk well anymore she is just dragging that paw along the ground, but it doesn't hurt when it's touched, she still try's to walk but can't do it well, anyone know what this can be? Vets are all shut and keeping a close eye on her. She's also an indoor cat.
Reply To: zoerhiain96
Hi, I don't know how long ago you posted this but I assume you took your cat to the vet and everything's been sorted out? In case it's worth telling you what I think may have been the case I'll just say that I've had a similar problem happen to my cat Flamey some time ago. She became suddenly lame in both back legs one afternoon, regained some feeling after a day but was wobbly listing from side to side, after we'd taken her to the vets. They'd thought by telephone it was an ear infection causing imbalance at first but when they saw her quickly amended that to a blood clot obstruction from the heart chamber to her veins or blood supply to her legs. Apparently, this happens to cats and dogs when a heart murmur or slight enlargement problem can cause a build up of stale blood in one chamber that erratically gets fired out suddenly, catching somewhere down the blood supply near the spine. I think that's what happened. Anyway, Flamey got better over that summer. Walking and then jumping was difficult at first, like an articulated lorry swerving from side to side then gradually becoming a slightly crouching walk but two years later we realised you could not tell that she'd ever had a problem, she could run and jump up as high as ever.During this time I was anxious as the same thing could have happened again perhaps causing permanent paralysis but it didn't and she passed all the vets' tests pretty healthily. When they checked her out comprehensively again about four years later during a look at her teeth and gums they did tell me her heart had lost it's murmur too. Whether I misheard some bits or something, it looked like she'd got much better and never had any more of that trouble. She was around 14 years old when this happened so I don't think it would be an issue for young cats.
With her being a older cat, could she have had a stroke ? With her being a indoor cat she couldn't have gotten hit by a car so that's not a possibility? Food for thought I guess.
I have heard that stress can be very difficult on pets. A friend of mine was saying how she recently had to put one of her two dogs down because of old age, and it took the other dog a long time to adjust. She thought he was sick, but vet said that he thought it was because he wasnt used to living alone. So sad:((((
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