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Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian
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Our 17 year old "outside" cat suddenly lost all se of her

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Our 17 year old "outside" cat suddenly lost all se of her legs and cannot lift is head.
Noticed night before a little "wobbly" but still ate his food. Did not expect him to last the night.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.


I am sorry to hear you are worried about Minky. My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.

It sounds like he may have had a stroke, or could have an infection or tumor affecting his nervous system. Check him for ticks; tick paralysis could cause this and removing the tick would reverse the symptoms.

If I could, I would listen to his heart, feel his pulses, check his reflexes, etc. to see if this could possibly be a condition that is treatable or reversible. Some of these paralyzing conditions will gradually get better with time, but you have to do good nursing care: good bedding, turning him from side to side every few hours, feeding him and keeping him hydrated. However, sometimes these conditions will eventually paralyze the breathing muscles as well as the leg and neck muscles, and then suffocation will kill him.

I hope you can continue to keep him comfortable. Taking him to a veterinarian may confirm whether he has a chance of getting better or not. Please let me know how he is doing and what other questions I can answer.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

I hope you were able to see what I wrote. Let me know if I can help with or answer anything else. How is he doing now?