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Old April 9th, 2014, 10:28 PM
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You said your cat is walking like he's drunk & tipping over? I experienced this dame sudden onset with 2 different cats within a few years time. In both instances it was a stroke. No cause was ever determined as borh cats were relatively young (5 & 7) and very healthy & active & indoor only. It came on suddenly, one while sleeping the other while sitting on a chair gazing out the window. Sadly, for us, the only option was euthanasia because cats do not recover. I wish you well with your cat & pray for a curable cause for his problem.
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Old April 16th, 2014, 03:30 PM
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Hi CCM, thanks for your reply and so sorry to hear about your cats. But fortunately, my cat has had a miraculous recovery. I can only put it down to an alternative vet who gave her laser therapy, or if not that, well, I really ahve no idea. My girl is running around and being her usual demanding self again. Unbelievable as I really thought she wouldn't recover. So happy!!
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Old September 27th, 2014, 01:06 PM
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We found this thread useful when researching the issues with our kitten.

After months and months of visits and several bouts of periodic near lameness in our 1 year-old Siberian, we finally got the right diagnosis, and it's something that I haven't yet seen mentioned in this thread.

Mallow came to us at 10 weeks old, and was doing a lot of sneezing early on. He also had some eye discharge.

At around a month in, we noticed that his gait was a bit off, which progressed into him walking low to the ground and then to the point where he would just take 3 or 4 steps and then stop.

We took him to the vet, where he got some anti-biotics and pain medicine and an x-ray. Everything looked fine and they couldn't explain it. He got better gradually and was back to 100% after about 10 days.

About 4 weeks later, his 2nd eyelid got irritated and the whole process began again. He went downhill until he couldn't walk.

Other issues we've seen: he can't handle dry food well. He tries to swallow it whole, but ends up spitting it back up and then eating it when it's softer.

We took him to a surgical specialist and the had no diagnosis for us.

The vet also pointed out that he was dealing with stomatitis and was telling us to consider having his teeth pulled.

We were pretty much ready to do that when we figured out the real issue on our own.

We contacted the breeder and she asked her own vet and within 24 hours he had a possibility: FCV (calicivirus).

Our vet discounted the idea, but we asked him to test for it. The test involved putting him under while he scraped the back of his throat, and scraped under his eye, so it's not something that can be done with a simple blood test.

Mallow is up to date on vaccinations, so he HAS been vaccinated for FCV, but he still has it anyway, so if you have a cat with these symptoms, make sure to have them test for FCV.
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Old September 27th, 2014, 02:01 PM
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I had forgotten about this forum until I just got a notification for this thread. Glad your cat is ok now wbaccus. Its important we get this info out there isnt it - I find vets haven't a clue about some issues.
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Old November 29th, 2014, 11:21 PM
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Unhappy Glad I found this site and sad because my girl kitten, The Baby is ill.

Hello everyone,

I am so glad to have found this site as it has let me know that I am not alone when it come to this illness. Today I noticed that my otherwise healthy 7mth old kitten could not hardly walk on her hind legs. It's as if the right foot is hurting and she seemed to flintch whenever she tried to walk on it causing her to limp. I didn't think much of it at first, until I went to the store and when I returned home it seemed she was flinching on the left foot, and as I watched her walk more she started actling like she her front paw were hurting too. This is when I started wondering if she had been hurt when I went to bed the night before, but how and with what. After I fed her, she used her litter box and then she made her way to my bedroom and got up on the bed and went to sleep. She stayed in there well through dinner and I had to go get her out of the bed and take her to her food bowl. She did eat, dry food and then she went back to my room for more sleep. I pray that she is better tomorrow as I recently got her dry cat food today, that she had ran out of. I did not have anything for her to eat on yesterday, so I fed her ham. Now after reading this site and doing a little more google digging I've found that ham is bad for cats in large quanitities. I'm prayerful that getting her back on her regular diet she will snap out of the lethargy and her limbs will heal and she will be her usual playful self. Till the morning that's all I can do. Thank you for being here, I will monitor her progress over the next couple of days and report back.

Thank you all.
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 10:58 AM
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Hello, I am new here... like others, I came across this thread via Google and found it very helpful! My cat Frip started displaying hind-leg weakness about 3 months ago, at age 11 months. He didn't appear to be in pain but seemed lethargic. I took him to the vet who did an X-ray that came back normal. The vet said he might have fallen or injured himself. He prescribed an anti-inflammatory medication. After a few weeks, Frip seemed perkier, didn't seem in any discomfort, but the hind-leg weakness was still there. At the suggestion of friends I took him to see an osteopathic vet (we live in France, and that's fairly common here). This vet said he detected "blockage" on Frip's spinal column. He did a chiropractic-type manipulation, and said to expect improvement in a week or so. Instead the opposite happened: within 48 hours Frip was almost completely paralyzed, became incontinent, was so weak he could barely lift his head over the edge of his food dish. So, back to the first vet. This time he did a full battery of tests including blood workup and scans of heart and abdominal region. All came back normal, with two exceptions: elevated globulin in the blood, and a mass in the abdomen which turned out to be a very enlarged lymph node. Since Frip is partly Maine Coon, we also had his DNA tested for spinal muscular atrophy. That came back negative also. While waiting for the results the vet gave Frip an antibiotic injection; then when the results came back he gave an injection of cortisone. Frip is definitely much better, can walk around, go up & down stairs, eating normally and no more incontinence.... but the hind leg weakness is STILL there.
I've read over this thread pretty carefully ... it seems as if possible avenues to pursue might be:
1. Deficiency of potassium and/or Vitamin E or some other nutrient
2. Neurological damage perhaps related to chemical exposure (e.g flea treatment which we apply every 6 weeks or so, as he does go outdoors into our small, walled-in garden)
3. Neurological or other damage from some injury that we still haven't detected.
4. Lyme disease. We found a tick on Frip about a month after the hind-leg weakness first appeared, but it hadn't burrowed in and we promptly removed it. This seems like a longshot, as I don't think there's much Lyme disease in France.
I'm taking Frip back for a checkup next week and would be most grateful for any additions to this list or other suggestions of things to discuss with the vet. By the way, Frip's diet consists of dry food (Royal Canin brand, for sterilized cats) and a daily dollop of plain unflavored yogurt which he loves. Many, many thanks for any help you can offer!
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Old March 7th, 2015, 09:29 PM
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Hello everyone,

I read through this thread as my cat was having the same problems that many of you listed. However, what ended up being wrong with my cat I did not see mentioned in this thread, so I wanted to share and help others.

My cat is 16, he was a beast when he was in his prime, muscular, energetic, he ruled the house even though he lived with three dogs!

Recently he has lost weight even though he eats. He, had lost a noticeable amount of weight and muscle. I chalked it up to old age as he was 16.

Then his back legs became real wobbly. He had trouble walking, he was wobbly, he'd almost fall over walking, when he jumped from the bed to the floor he literally fell on his face because his legs could not take the impact of his landing, he could not stand on three legs to lick his front paws or he'd fall over. His back legs were very wobbly.

I was very nervous that something was seriously wrong with him. I read all thru this thread the night before I brought him to the vets and my biggest fear was that we would do a ton of testing at the vets and still not know what was wrong with him.

So, the next day I brought him to the Vets, he had an exam and only weighed 7 pounds, he was frail. We did bloodwork, the results came back and he had a hyperactive Thyroid. My vet said this was good news considering what else it could have been (Cancer, diabetes etc.....) He said a hyperactive Thyroid will cause a cat's body to want to go go go all the time.... Meaning it will cause a cat even if eating a lot to burn thru all his food, then fat, then muscle quickly, causing weight loss and loss of muscle, and the loss of muscle was the cause of his wobbly legs.

The fix was simply changing his diet. The vet said not to give him anything, no snacks or anything other then the new Thyroid healthy food that he was going to suggest. I bought a bag, it wasn't anymore expensive then his normal food. It's a prescription diet food to restore Thyroid health.

My vet said it would take a few weeks to a month for him to look and be back to normal.

So I have been feeding him only the Thyroid health cat food, and just One week later my cat has put on some weight, I can see it in his body, he looks heavier and healthier already, and his legs seem much stronger. He is no longer wobbling, and has even put some muscle on, and it's only been a week. He has had a huge improvement.

My vet said his 16 year old cat had the same issue, and has been on the food successfully for 3 years.

So for my cat it was good news. Only one trip to the vets, one round of bloodwork, he didn't need any meds. All I had to do was change his food.

I wanted to share this as I know how emotional an issue like this can be.

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Old March 9th, 2015, 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by pats205 View Post
The fix was simply changing his diet.
And, in case anyone reads this post and thinks a diet change is the best way to treat hyperT in cats (hint: it's not), here is an article by an endocrine specialist explaining better options: http://animalendocrine.blogspot.ca/2...edium=facebook

I'm glad your cat is doing better, but I hope your vet explained the pros and cons of going the prescription diet route and didn't just tout it as the holy grail of treatment. The ingredients are so totally wrong for an obligate carnivore. While it may indeed help lower T4 levels, at what cost to the rest of the cat?
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Old July 3rd, 2015, 05:18 PM
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I wanted to provide a follow up on my previous post regarding my cat as there may be some hope and direction for other pet owners out there. Since my original post, we spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out what was wrong with our cat.

Our pet would cycle up and down. He'd seem to be improving for about a week or two and then he'd crash hard and revert back to some of his bad symptoms. Specifically he was extremely weak, had tremors, stiff limbs, and weird body twitching, was defecating on the mat in front of the litter box, refused to roll onto his back either for play or attention (which had previously been his favorite), was very withdrawn and often could not climb the stairs without stopping to rest. His weirdest symptom was that he felt like he didn't really have muscle in his limbs, but instead just had floating bones. He could be maneuvered into weird body positions without any sort of natural resistance. He cycled up and down several times over the course of two months and we'd exhausted the resources of the vet we use for primary care.

After a particularly bad cycle, we decided to "call in the big guns" and take him to the local veterinary teaching hospital in the last week of October. We're lucky enough to live next to one of the top 2-3 in the US so we felt like we'd at least isolate something. We went in with the full expectation that they'd want to do a MRI to look into the neurological symptoms. Both our primary vet and another vet whom we're friends with both suggested a neurological issue that would probably require a MRI to isolate.

We brought him in and spent about 5 hours with their neurology department. I believe that every vet in the neurology department who was present that day looked at him. They spent the majority of the examination (that we saw) testing his physical abilities.

They decided that no MRI was needed due to his specific combination of symptoms (saving us serious $$$). They felt that he either had a disease of the nerves or a disease related to where the nerves interacted with the muscles. They could definitively state there was no spinal cord injury, brain injury, neck or back injury, breaks, etc.. They could isolate which one by doing a biopsy of his nerves and muscle tissue if we wanted to.

Isolating the exact one would have been great, but would have cost considerable money and would have required anesthesia. We instead opted to try the long term treatments which would have been prescribed for many of them. Should they not work, we were going to take him in for the biopsy, another bloodwork analysis, etc..

Our cat's bloodwork that our original vet took did not show low levels of potassium, but did show elevated white blood cell counts. All the symptoms that our pet had seemed to point to hypokalemic myopathy, except for the one blood test which should have correlated with a the low potassium level. Our cat is a young Burmese (currently 1 year old) and this is a disease that rarely shows in young Burmese.

To make a long story short, the vet prescribed Vitamin E supplements as a treatment any nerve issues and potassium supplements in case he had hypokalemic myopathy. We give him a small scoop of potassium (your vet will typically prescribe it for liver failure so most vets should have it) in the morning and evening paired with a tiny dab of baby food (make sure that it's one that does not contain a toxin to cats). We have small 100u gel caps (orderable through CVS) that we cut open and take the contents out of. We do that in the evening and mix it with the potassium supplement and baby food.

It's since been six weeks and I'm cautiously, optimistically, able to say that this seems to have cured him. His personality has returned to his kitten levels. He's getting stronger each day. Today he completed a jump up to a bar stool that he'd never even completed before his first incident. He no longer twitches, has no tremors or stiff legs, sprints up the stairs like a track star and no longer feels "weird" to the touch. He's in the process of re-estabilishing himself as the "Alpha" cat in our house.

We're happy to have our cat back and are tickled about the low cost options (vitamin E pills are around $3 US for a 2 month supply and the potassium is $16 us for a month's supply). This seems like a very manageable, low cost solution long term.

One last thing to note -- I'd be very cautious if you're feeding your cat Wellness Brand Seafood dried cat food. Before the first incident started, we'd switched from Science Diet Kitten to Wellness Brand Seafood. We'd picked up one bag of the seafood and one bag of the chicken and were feeding our cats the seafood. Naturally when the first incident happened, we'd felt that it was probably linked to the food change. We tried reverting back to the old food, but could never stabilize him with the diet alone. We've since switched to a mix of the Science Diet Light and the Wellness brand Chicken to go along with the supplements mentioned above. One day we tried mixing in the Seafood again and he had his worst day on his recovery. We noticed a slight stiffening of his back left leg (which was his initial symptom). We pulled all the seafood pellets back out of the mix and he's not shown this again.

I was going to wait until the end of January to post this as I did not want to lead other pet owners astray. At the same time, I saw recent activity on this thread and feel like this might help people out. I'll check back on this thread in late January and provide a 3 month update.
I registered just to thank ryebread for this post, because it saved my cat!

He was five months old when he started to show the symptoms described above. Our vet couldn't find anything wrong with him (nothing on X-rays, etc.), so I was getting pretty desperate and started to look for similar cases online.
After reading this post, I decided to add more meat to my cat's diet and he actually started to get better! It makes sense, since he was growing rapidly at that time. So, in my case, the solution was very simple, I just regret not figuring it out sooner and wonder why my vet didn't ask me about my cat's diet...

Anyway, even though I know you won't read this, I just want to say I can't thank you enough, ryebread. You saved my slightly-overgrown-but-now-very-content cat's life.
Love you :-*
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I'm so happy you got such great results for your cat, gratefulcatlady!
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Old May 14th, 2016, 11:16 PM
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My cat Tony

I'd like to thank everyone on here for the support. You guys helped me keep my cat very comfortable and I thought I would create an account to add my story. On January 1st, 2016 my 7 month old kitten/cat named Tony started acting very strange. Normally he was very extroverted and loved meeting new people but at our New Years party he went into the bedroom and hid in a corner most of the night. The followed days he was quite lethargic, anti-social, and developed a problem where his 3rd eyelid was pronounced/showing inappropriately. We took him to the vet and were given antibiotics.

A week passed and his eye had improved, but he had a brand new symptom. He was crouching while walking and seemed a bit off-balance. We took him back to the vet and a blood panel was taken (with a test for bacterial and viral infections). All of his nutritional results came back normal (along with potassium like many users mentioned in this post), however coronavirus was detected in his titer at a 1:12,000 dilution and he had a very mild fever.

At this concentration combined with the weird walking/balance issues, the vet diagnosed Tony with Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). I did quite a bit of research on the subject and wasn't completely convinced with the diagnosis, but it appears that cats with neural symptoms and a titer greater than ~1:4100 have a 75% chance of correctly being afflicted with FIP. You can read more in-depth if your cat is suffering from CNS issues and are suspected to have FIP here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2748294/ .

In the event that this could be toxoplasmosis causing the neural issues, I convinced the vet to prescribe Clyndamycin. Additionally, prednisone was prescribed to hopefully help out with any inflammation. Tony seemed to get a little bit better, but after a few weeks he became more unbalanced.

Over the following months, Tony's balance got better and worse and better and worse, but overall it was going downward. If I could describe the balance issues more succinctly, it was as if his hind legs had lost it's ability to withstand moderate weight. Around mid-March, I swapped his food to wet cat-food from high quality dry in hopes of increasing liquid intake and improving nutrition. I also purchased "Tomlyn High Calorie Nutritional Supplement, Nutri-Cal for Kittens" paste and "Nu Cat-Chewable Supplement" to help supplement when he would not eat very well. He all-of-a-sudden started walking much more than he usually was and his balance almost returned to normal. I thought perhaps this was a nutritional issue all along. I also purchased Potassium Gluconate in the event he would need potassium supplementation (however things never got to that point).

From mid-April to early-May, I thought that Tony was going to get back to normal. The vet was astounded and thought that maybe FIP was the incorrect diagnosis. I was really fighting to get him back into tip-top shape, but then some odd behavior arose. On Thursday May 12th, I came home from work to find two randomly placed urine stains, diarrhea outside of the litter box, and some vomit on a blanket. I cleaned everything up and took extra care for Tony. He was still walking decently and seemed like he could go to the litter box on his own later that night, so I went to bed hoping for the best. The next day I noticed his head ever-so-slightly bobbing in circles. I thought it was odd, but had to leave for work.

I came back home to some bad news. He had peed outside of the litter box and on a blanket he was still laying on. I cleaned him up and immediately tried to hydrate him. His head was bobbing back-and-forth much more frequently and his balance was terrible. I took him to the vet and found out he had lost about a pound since the last visit a month before. He was surprisingly not dehydrated, however the worst news was when the vet looked at his eyes. The were sort of flickering back-and-forth like when you spin a lot and stop suddenly. The nail-in-the-coffin was the detected anisocoria, also known as unequal pupils. Those two problems were clearly some severe neural issues. The vet said it was probably some FIP development and nothing could be done other than keeping him comfy.

The following day (today/Saturday) I woke up to find that he had urinated on himself and could not even make an effort to get up. He seemed a bit disoriented, but was fine when he remained laying down. I had to pretty much force feed him liquids/food because his head bobbing was very severe. It was at this point that I knew that FIP had developed too far and he needed to get some rest. I had little 11 month old Tony euthanized around 3 PM today after his incredible 5 month battle with FIP. He was the best cat (of the 8 I've had) and no one will ever replace him.

My goal with this post is to hopefully give some info to those going through a similar ordeal. I was really hoping the nutrition/potential potassium changes would save him like it did many others in this thread, but it turns out that the FIP diagnosis was right on the money with Tony. If you have any questions, I will try to keep track of this thread in the upcoming weeks. Thank you all for your advice and may your cats stay healthy!

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I'm so sorry about Tony, Erosis

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