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turner.nigel
December 20th 05, 12:19 AM
Hi,
My cat had a sudden loss of mobility in both front paws.
Our Vet says it is not a clot as she still has partial use of both paws
and pulls away when you pinch her toes.

She seems to have problems moving her legs toward her head. They seem
to want to go towards her hind legs which makes her fall flat on her
face.

She has cronic Hyper-Thyroidism and is on medication for that.

The Vet does not seem to know what the problem is and is suggesting
putting her to sleep.

Any ideas as to what may be happenning?

Thanks you.

Gail
December 20th 05, 12:22 AM
See another vet ASAP.
Gail
"turner.nigel" > wrote in message
ups.com...
> Hi,
> My cat had a sudden loss of mobility in both front paws.
> Our Vet says it is not a clot as she still has partial use of both paws
> and pulls away when you pinch her toes.
>
> She seems to have problems moving her legs toward her head. They seem
> to want to go towards her hind legs which makes her fall flat on her
> face.
>
> She has cronic Hyper-Thyroidism and is on medication for that.
>
> The Vet does not seem to know what the problem is and is suggesting
> putting her to sleep.
>
> Any ideas as to what may be happenning?
>
> Thanks you.
>

Joe Canuck
December 20th 05, 12:36 AM
turner.nigel wrote:

> Hi,
> My cat had a sudden loss of mobility in both front paws.
> Our Vet says it is not a clot as she still has partial use of both paws
> and pulls away when you pinch her toes.
>
> She seems to have problems moving her legs toward her head. They seem
> to want to go towards her hind legs which makes her fall flat on her
> face.
>
> She has cronic Hyper-Thyroidism and is on medication for that.
>
> The Vet does not seem to know what the problem is and is suggesting
> putting her to sleep.
>
> Any ideas as to what may be happenning?
>
> Thanks you.
>

Your vet is incompetent. Seek 2nd opinion, immediately.

Willow
December 20th 05, 05:58 AM
No clue about what it might be... but I think I'd see another vet. I don't
like the "I don't know what's going on so you might as well put the cat to
sleep"

Sounds iffy to me.. Could it be poison?Could the cat have gotten into
something? Sometimes reactions to toxic stuff are very weird..

Or is it a balance issue? ear problem?

--
Will~

"... so that's how liberty ends, in a round of applause."

Queen Amidala, The revenge of the Syth.


"turner.nigel" > wrote in message
ups.com...
> Hi,
> My cat had a sudden loss of mobility in both front paws.
> Our Vet says it is not a clot as she still has partial use of both paws
> and pulls away when you pinch her toes.
>
> She seems to have problems moving her legs toward her head. They seem
> to want to go towards her hind legs which makes her fall flat on her
> face.
>
> She has cronic Hyper-Thyroidism and is on medication for that.
>
> The Vet does not seem to know what the problem is and is suggesting
> putting her to sleep.
>
> Any ideas as to what may be happenning?
>
> Thanks you.
>

Judy
December 20th 05, 05:59 AM
"turner.nigel" > wrote in message
ups.com...
> Hi,
> My cat had a sudden loss of mobility in both front paws.
> Our Vet says it is not a clot as she still has partial use of both paws
> and pulls away when you pinch her toes.
>
> She seems to have problems moving her legs toward her head. They seem
> to want to go towards her hind legs which makes her fall flat on her
> face.
>
> She has cronic Hyper-Thyroidism and is on medication for that.
>
> The Vet does not seem to know what the problem is and is suggesting
> putting her to sleep.

If your vet does not know what is happening, he/she should refer you to a
specialist. Vets are the same as GP's and when they can't figure things out
they should provide you with the option of seeing a specialist.

Just curious, how old is this cat and has she been monitored while on the
medication?

turner.nigel
December 20th 05, 07:56 AM
She is about 13.

She has had her tyroid checked fairly often and it is currently
slightly elevated.

The Vet did say it could be her thyroid or even soome kind of lympthoma
which does not really make sense.

I have a feeling she jumped off a chair and got her claws stuck and
maybe did a face plant.

They have given her a steroid as per my request and are keeping her
overnight.

We have already lost 2 dogs this year so I hope she will recover.

Thanks to all who have replied

December 20th 05, 08:04 AM
turner.nigel wrote:
> She is about 13.
>
> She has had her tyroid checked fairly often and it is currently
> slightly elevated.
>
> The Vet did say it could be her thyroid or even soome kind of lympthoma
> which does not really make sense.
>
> I have a feeling she jumped off a chair and got her claws stuck and
> maybe did a face plant.

That wouldn't result in the symptoms you describe. She is having
neurological problems and/or a stroke.

>
> They have given her a steroid as per my request and are keeping her
> overnight.
>
> We have already lost 2 dogs this year so I hope she will recover.
>
> Thanks to all who have replied

Sounds more like a stroke to me. How did the vet rule out blood clot?
Just based on poartial usage? That doesn't sound right to me. I
would see a feline specialist ASAP.

-L.

December 20th 05, 08:04 AM
turner.nigel wrote:
> She is about 13.
>
> She has had her tyroid checked fairly often and it is currently
> slightly elevated.
>
> The Vet did say it could be her thyroid or even soome kind of lympthoma
> which does not really make sense.
>
> I have a feeling she jumped off a chair and got her claws stuck and
> maybe did a face plant.

That wouldn't result in the symptoms you describe. She is having
neurological problems and/or a stroke.

>
> They have given her a steroid as per my request and are keeping her
> overnight.
>
> We have already lost 2 dogs this year so I hope she will recover.
>
> Thanks to all who have replied

Sounds more like a stroke to me. How did the vet rule out blood clot?
Just based on partial usage? That doesn't sound right to me. I would
see a feline specialist ASAP.

-L.

Spot
December 20th 05, 11:42 PM
I have to agree this sounds either like a clot or something neurological. I
would take her immediately to another vet for a 2nd opinion and see if you
can't find some definate answer.

Celeste


> wrote in message
oups.com...
>
> turner.nigel wrote:
>> She is about 13.
>>
>> She has had her tyroid checked fairly often and it is currently
>> slightly elevated.
>>
>> The Vet did say it could be her thyroid or even soome kind of lympthoma
>> which does not really make sense.
>>
>> I have a feeling she jumped off a chair and got her claws stuck and
>> maybe did a face plant.
>
> That wouldn't result in the symptoms you describe. She is having
> neurological problems and/or a stroke.
>
>>
>> They have given her a steroid as per my request and are keeping her
>> overnight.
>>
>> We have already lost 2 dogs this year so I hope she will recover.
>>
>> Thanks to all who have replied
>
> Sounds more like a stroke to me. How did the vet rule out blood clot?
> Just based on poartial usage? That doesn't sound right to me. I
> would see a feline specialist ASAP.
>
> -L.
>

J. dvm
December 21st 05, 03:34 AM
"turner.nigel" > wrote in message
ups.com...
> Hi,
> My cat had a sudden loss of mobility in both front paws.
> Our Vet says it is not a clot as she still has partial use of both paws
> and pulls away when you pinch her toes.
>
> She seems to have problems moving her legs toward her head. They seem
> to want to go towards her hind legs which makes her fall flat on her
> face.
>
> She has cronic Hyper-Thyroidism and is on medication for that.
>
> The Vet does not seem to know what the problem is and is suggesting
> putting her to sleep.
>
> Any ideas as to what may be happenning?
>
> Thanks you.
>

I hope your cat has shown some improvement overnight. It's difficult to
guess as to what is going on with her. Possibilities include weakness,
trauma or a neurological problem and the latter seems more likely to me.
I've seen strange weakness syndromes in cats with low potassium levels but
that should have been detected when blood tests were run (were blood tests
done?) Neurological problems occur due to lesions in the spinal cord or the
brain. A spinal cord lesion affecting the front legs would also affect the
hind legs therefore in her case it would more likely be a brain stem injury.
Possibilities that come to mind include a blood clot, fibrocartilaginous
embolism (FCE), feline ischemic disease, FIP, cancer and perhaps
toxoplasmosis. Your vet can send blood for toxoplasmosis titres. You may
have to consider seeing a neurologist and having an MRI and spinal tap
performed but this will be expensive. Feline ischemic disease and perhaps
FCE may resolve with time so if she's not painful and eating you might want
to give her some more time.

J. dvm

meumar
December 31st 05, 09:36 PM
Hi:

My cat is 19 years old, and about a year and a half ago (when she was
18), she had what we suspect to be a stroke. At around midnight the
night before,
she emptied her bowels on the carpet and then suddenly ran to the couch
where she curled into a tight ball. My brother saw this, but just
cleaned
up the mess and didn't disturb her. The next morning, instead of
demanding food as she usually does, she was still curled into a ball.
When we
put her on the ground, we discovered that she couldn't move her hind
legs.

We took her to the vet - she couldn't figure out what was wrong but
suspected that it was some kind of problem in her brain (like a
stroke). She also
told us that she thought my cat was blind. So we just took
her home and expected that she wouldn't live very much longer (my
grandfather died after never recovering from stroke).

However, she was still eating normally throughout the entire ordeal,
and she actually recovered almost all mobility within a week. At first
she was just dragging
herself around, and then she started forcing herself to walk.
Gradually (over the course of the week) her walking improved. The next
time we took her to the
vet, the vet was shocked, and also told us that she seemed to have
recovered most of her eyesight. She seems fine now.

So perhaps your cat is also experiencing something like this - please
don't consider putting her to sleep too quickly.