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Old March 28th, 2009, 04:01 PM
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Unhappy Cat suddenly has extreme weakness in hind end and can't walk

Hi,

I just registered to this site and would love to hear from others who may have experience with what my cat is going through.

My cat, Dillon, is 20 years old but is in great shape! She jumps around like a little kitten and plays with string, a little mouse laser light, etc. Her weight is good (9 lbs) and her only medical issue is that her thyroid level is on the high end of normal. Last week I noticed that she was getting a little weak in her hind end but nothing major. Four days ago she was laying around a lot and sleeping. Within a day it eventually progressed to not wanting to eat so we thought she had a hair ball. Two days later Dillon had extreme weakness in her hind legs. I rushed her to the vet and they took x-rays and did blood work. Nothing remarkable appeared on the x-rays, except the vet said Dillon's lungs looked a bit "cloudy", which is not unusual for a cat of her age. Her blood work was normal. At that time she could still walk but only on her hocks. Dillon doesn't seem to have any pain and she has good circulation in her back paws because they are pink and warm. The vet kept her overnight, gave her a cortisone injection and was prescribed Dexamethasone 5mg. Now that she's home she's gotten progressively worse. She hasn't had a bowel movement but she is urinating. Eating is "iffy" and Dillon only wants tuna or chicken. We give the medication in cream cheese which gets the pill down.
Her right hind leg is weaker than her left and she can only prop herself up slightly for a few seconds. Basically she drags herself on her right hip. I've been putting her in bed with me at night, stroking her, kissing her and making sure to give her lots of love all day long. My husband will hold her all night while watching TV. I don't think Dillon is uncomfortable except for the fact that she's very confused as to why she can't walk. Our vet said to wait the weekend for the meds to really get into her system before making the decision we've been dreading. Dillon is my animal "soul mate" and I can't stand to see her like this and I don't have much hope. Still, I'm praying for a miracle that she's just injured herself and will come around. Thanks for any thoughts you might have.
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