cant walk, and dragging back legs

by Terry
(Rock, WV)

I have a 6 year old male neutered cat, all of a sudden he couldnt walk and was dragging his hind legs, and now he cant control his bladder, he has gotten worse over time this has been going on for about 2 months, we have been to several vets, and they seem to think it is a spinal tumor, I really would appreciate some help, I am thinking about putting him down, but i really cant stand the thought of it, he is part of the family and we love him very much any help would be appreciated thank you Terry Hale P.S. This happened all of a sudden, he didnt have a injury that i am aware of


Answer by Kate
Hi
i am terribly sorry to hear of your cats condition, it really can't be easy for any of you.

I am troubled by the fact that the vets don't seem to be able to tell you for sure what the problem is, after all i would assume that they would have done tests and x rays etc to determine the cause and then be able to give to a correct diagnosis and course of action to take, ie surgery.

Without knowing for sure what the problem is it is impossible to say what you should do.

if he has an injury which has caused this and not a tumor then there are ways to help a cat live a normal life. there are many cat owners out there with disabled cats with similar problems.

http://www.our-happy-cat.com/three-legged-cat.html

also you may want to contact these people who can give you some more advice for how to look after a disabled cat.

http://www.messybeast.com/disabled.htm

You really do need to ask your vet what the cats prognosis is and what they would suggest is the best course of action to take. If there is hope than there are always people out there that can help and advise further ie messybeast.

best wishes Kate

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