Dear all

A co-worker asked me if I had any idea what might be wrong with her cat
as the treatment hasn't fixed the problem. She clearly loves her cat and
is very upset. I said I  didn't have an answer and would ask you
wonderful guys. (Altho' my Caramel's rear legs also stopped working,
Caramel was FeLV pos, tho, and it happened right before the end. My
co-worker's cat is negative.)

Here's her description of the problem. Thanks very much for any info or
ideas you may have for her, Kerry M.

The first inkling I had that something was wrong with Goomba was several
weeks ago when I observed him attempting to jump up on my bathroom sink
(which he usually did while I was getting ready in the morning) and he
didn't make it. He never has tried again. Subsequently, he stopped
jumping up on my bed at night to sleep and his demeanor became
increasingly irritable. And so it was for a couple of weeks. Meanwhile,
his appetite remained good and he still showed interest in going
outside. My concern increased when I noticed his gait becoming wobbly
and he groaned loudly when ascending steps, and hissed at any attempt by
me to help him. At this point, I took him to the vet, Monday, March 31. 

Goomba was not a happy patient, but I left him there for some tests.
They sedated him, of course, did a blood test and took an x-ray. All
measurements of the blood test were within normal range. The x-ray
showed his spine to be in perfect condition (I had thought the problem
might have been an injury). It also showed that he has a small kidney
stone, which the doctor indicated should not be causing any problems.
The problem the x-ray did reveal was inflammation around his heart, so a
test for heartworm was also done that test ultimately came back
negative. To alleviate his symptoms, they also gave him a shot (I do not
know for sure, but I believe the shot he was given was a corticosteroid.
I can call and ask if such information will help.) Unfortunately, it's
making him think he's mightier than he really is! I was also given three
syringes of medication to be administered every other day (I believe
that was for pain). He came home, was rather peppy for the following
week, and even got up on a love seat one day for his nap. His last dose
of this medicine was given on Saturday, April 5. He was feeling pretty
good, but his condition deteriorated over the course of the week until
when I came home on Friday, April 11, I thought he might be dying. His
rear legs were weak, he was collapsing on them and literally dragging
them along at times. This continued through the weekend, seeming to get
a little worse each day.

But he persists. His appetite remains strong as does his desire to go
outside. On Tuesday, April 15, I got more medicine from the vet and gave
it to him that morning before I left for work. When I came home, I could
tell that he felt better, but his legs were still not working as they
should. And that brings us to today. This morning he wanted to go
outside and he ate a full meal. Following breakfast he went downstairs
to use the litter box, flopping down one step at a time. It's
heartbreaking to watch him work so hard; his will is so strong yet.

To eliminate the possibility that this is a neurological problem, the
vet suggested I perform a couple of screening tests. Based on Goomba's
response, I don't think the problem is neurological.

Goomba was diagnosed with fatty liver disease a couple of years ago,
from which he seemingly recovered rather quickly. That was his only
life-threatening illness. He is about seven or eight years old; I got
him when he was an adult so I'm not exactly sure. 


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