My cat Felix is 1 1/2 years old indoor cat and has a brother that lives and eats etc. the same things and is in great shape. Last week, suddenly, he lost the strength in his hind legs. I first noticed when he pulled himself up into my lap with his front legs, dragging his rear ones. When he tries to walk, he walks on his "hocks" with his feet kind of pointed out at angles. He's only able to take 2 or 3 wobbly steps before having to sit down. Yesterday he defacated outside of the litterbox. I've read on the internet that other cats with similar symptoms have done that too because its easier for the cat on a flat surface.
He eats regularly Turkey Gerber baby food, Iams "Active" dry cat food, and 'hairball control' and 'shiny coat' treats in the morning and before bed. He has stopped meowing though when he's being petted and laying down he doesnt seem like he's in pain - like when he's trying to move.
âˆš He tested negative for FIV/FELV
âˆš The vet examined him and ruled out the thrombosis, blood clot possibility because he thinks he has a strong pulse in his feet.
âˆš From his x-ray the vet confimed that Felix has no broken bones etc.
He does thinks the problem is a bacterial infection in his spine because there were two tiny darker areas in the x-ray on his spine that might be the infection. The vet proscribed 1/2 tablet Cephalexin 250mg 2x/day.
I'm concerned because there are many similar stories from pet owners on the internet to Felix's symptoms, and none of them have to do with a bacterial infection in the animals spine.
One issue that I havent seen compared to other people is the eating of litter. I did see him lick the inside of the cat box, however.
I've read that a potassium supplement might help.
Please, please, will anyone with some expertise provide me with any answers.
Three or four days later, all of his legs were giving out. When he fell, even his neck would not let him lift his head. He started having neck spasms and by the time I got him to the vet an hour or so later he had a full seizure. The vet injected him with valium and decided to do a blood test for epilepsy. Soon after Felix had gone blind and had further seizures before the vet euthanized him.View Thread