Help! Back legs are giving out!

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Watts 93 - 06 In Loving- Memory

Purred: Tue Jun 20, '06 8:09pm PST 
Watts started having trouble jumping about a year or so ago. Instead of jumping on the bed or the couch, it got to the point where he was pulling himself up with his front legs. The vet thought it could be a number of things including possibly a stroke or a tumor. She put him on pred and then one of his pupils became enlarged. This led her to believe that it was a brain tumor. Then the poor little guy got a very bad cold from a kitten that we were taking care of. Watts went on antibiotics and the cold went away. Miraculously his eye went back to normal and he was jumping like a pro again. So he was off meds and things were looking good until this past winter when he started losing his appetite and became very skinny. After a sonogram showed no cancer, and other blood tests ruled out most diseases, the diagnosis was fatty liver disease. Back on the pred he went. The meds worked well and he was munching away and gaining the weight back. The coast looked clear until a few weeks ago. I noticed his jumps were getting weaker again and he has rapidly been losing mobility in his hind legs. He now wobbles around and can't walk more than a few steps without swaying or even falling. The vet is basically stumped. Two different vets said the only way to know for sure if he has a brain tumor would be for him to have a very expensive MRI and that the treatment would be Pred anyway, which he is already on. She prescribed antibiotics because it strangely seemed to work last time. But it doesn't really seem to be helping. It is breaking my heart into pieces watching him wobbling and falling. And the weird thing is that he is still in good spirits. He's eating and pooping and purring like an angel. I am so worried for him and frightened that we're out of options. If anyone has any insight it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!

Arthur (Miss- You!- '93-'09)

Bucket of Fuzz

Purred: Tue Jun 20, '06 9:10pm PST 
I wish I had some good advice to give you! :-(

My family and I will be purring for you! We hope your condition improves soon!


I'm bringing- sexy back
Purred: Wed Jun 21, '06 9:36am PST 
Watts, we also fon't really have any experience with this sort of thing but wanted to let you know that we are purrrrrrrrrrrring for you to feel better soon.

Have you thought about seeing another vet for a second opinion? It sounds like your people are doing everything they can.

Feel better soon sweet kitty!


Lazy, Lazy, Lazy
Purred: Wed Jun 21, '06 10:31am PST 
I was wondering if they tested the blood glucose levels to check for diabetes. Often times when a cat's diabetes isn't controlled, they become weak in thier hind end. Maybe double check w/ them.
I really hope you can figure this out. My thoughts and purrs are w/ you.

MorganThePi- rate in- heaven

You Gotta Love- Me, I'm a Pirate
Purred: Wed Jun 21, '06 10:45am PST 
I was thinking exactly the same thing! I would definately get the sugar levels checked, and also the pancrease.

When Morgan's blood level was super low, he started getting the wobbly legs. That was a shock to even the vet, since his levels have always been super high.

Please keep us posted, we hope the little one will be ok.


Orange kitty!- (who's single- *wink*)
Purred: Wed Jun 21, '06 11:22am PST 
I'm sorry, but we don't have any advice, we hope you'll be ok

Orca The- Killer- Kitten

It's a tux thing
Purred: Wed Jun 21, '06 4:11pm PST 
I don't think I can give you much advice. Just hope you get better. I would like to ask you couple questions. Do your eyes have any specks or little dots in them? You said you were pooping normally and still in good spirits have you had any accidents or unable to control your bowels?

Watts 93 - 06 In Loving- Memory

Purred: Thu Jun 22, '06 9:24pm PST 
Thank you all so much for your warm wishes and input. The vet has ruled out diabetes and other organ malfunctions. She has suggesed that we see a specialist (an internist and possibly a neurologist), so I guess that's the next step for us. Cross your fingers for us and we'll keep you posted.


Lazy, Lazy, Lazy
Purred: Fri Jun 23, '06 10:24am PST 
Good luck w/ teh specialist. If you don't know where to go, here is the place to check.