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What is Cat Paralysis

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Janet Johns
What is Cat Paralysis

Cat Paralysis is something that should worry you whenever you see it in your cat, no matter how temporary or fleeting it may be. It is always a sign of an underlying disease, illness or long-standing condition in your cat and shouldn't be ignored. You need to take it seriously and get an experienced and professional opinion in the way of your vet. This is the best way to ensure recovery from temporary cat paralysis. If you do not do this, you run the risk of permanent damage or injury to your cat. Cat paralysis occurs when your cat can not control their legs or they are temporarily paralysed in their hind legs. It can also mean complete lack of mobility in legs, neck, tail and other body parts. It can be both painful or numbing for your cat, but either way incredibly uncomfortable. Partial paralysis is exactly as it sounds, where some body parts are affected and that can result in lethargy, extreme slow motion and twitching.

Cat Paralysis Symptoms

There are a range of different cat paralysis symptoms that can make it difficult to spot. Some may be subtle while others can be completely obvious. Feline paralysis is serious, and it can be sudden and unforeseen, so here are a few things to look out for.

  • Inability to use parts or full body
  • improper or stumbling gait
  • Cat stepping on its own toes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Uncontrolled twitching
  • Extreme slowness/lethargy
  • Lack of or delayed reaction to pain
  • Difficulty eating and drinking
  • Inappropriate urination
  • Dribbling of urine

Causes of Cat Paralysis

Cat Paralysis, at the heart of it, comes from damage to the central nervous system of your cat. In that respect, it is no different from when the condition impacts humans and other mammals. Nerves are connected to the brain and the way you can tell what muscle is causing the cat paralysis is by locating the damaged nerve. Common causes of cat paralysis include:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Bone/muscle tissue infection
  • Slipped disc in back, which can occur when your cat jumps from a great height
  • Inflammation of the muscles surrounding the spinal cord
  • Tick Paralysis caused by tick bites
  • Tumours on spine or brain which put pressure on the nearby nerves
  • Malformation of the spine or vertebrae
  • Chemicals or toxins that can cause permanent or temporarily stop the communication between nerves and brain
  • Embolism, which inhibits proper blood flow to the affected limb<

Diagnosis of Cat Paralysis

To diagnose cat paralysis, your vet will need to do a full physical examination. This will require you to supply a detailed medical history for your cat, such as any recent injuries, illnesses, traumas and underlying conditions that could play a role in the temporary paralysation if your cat and in particular damage to your cat’s spinal cord. As well as this, you’ll need to inform your vet of the severity of the symptoms and whether they are constant or fluctuating, because that can really say a lot about how damaging the cat paralysis really is. As part of the diagnosis, your vet will attempt to manipulate each individual limb to see if it moves, which will be particularly crucial if your cat’s back legs are paralysed. Depending on the severity, the tests may also range from basic blood and urine samples to x-rays and CT scans. Occasionally, the x-rays will be done with contest, a certain dye that reacts with the images to allow greater detail.

Treatment Of Cat Paralysis<

The way cat paralysis is treated entirely depends on the underlying cause of the specific condition. Most cases see the vet prescribe antibiotics or if the injury is something that will heal over time, anti inflammatories. There are also home treatments that you can do, such as not leaving your cat in the same position for more than two hours and may need assistance with going to the toilet, plus make sure their paws are still healthy and they can stand up. Gentle manipulation and massaging of the muscles will also help. But you should definitely get some cat insurance to cover yourself.

Recovery From Cat Paralysis

Some cases of cat paralysis are not able to be fully recovered from, but those that are must be done properly. It is vital you follow a rehabilitation process closely; overall, the process should take between one and two months.