Check out myonecrosis. Coco (FeLV-) had this. Her back legs were weak and
she was having trouble eating (tongue issues). There are several causes -
one was toxoplasmosis, one was that she had gotten into some toxins and the
third was nutritional. They attributed hers to a lack of Vitamin D,
Selenium. I was pouring her dry Wellness food into Tupperware containers. I
was told that allows too much oxygen to get to the food and it depletes the
food of those nutrients. We switched to canned and she survived. Another cat
taken to the ER that same day with her same symptoms, but more advanced, was
not so lucky.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Sharyl
Sent: Thursday, June 24, 2010 10:06 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Weakness in hind legs

Amy did they check Wolfie's potassium level?  Low K can cause back leg

--- On Thu, 6/24/10, Amy <> wrote:

> From: Amy <>
> Subject: [Felvtalk] Weakness in hind legs
> To:
> Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 10:22 PM
> Just wondering what sort of
> experience people have had with leuk positive cats getting
> weak in the back legs.  My cat, Wolfie, is 8 and has
> been positive since we rescued him 6 years ago.  He's
> been pretty healthy other than the last year or so. 
> Last September he was diagnosed with non-regenerative anemia
> but has been fairly stable since then.  I recently took
> him to the vet as I noticed he was getting weak in his hind
> legs, walking differently and avoiding putting weight on
> them for long periods of time.  His HCT is down, WBC
> and RBC are a bit lower than usual.  Chemistry looks
> ok.  
> I've had 9 cats die from this disease and only ever saw one
> with leg issues.  She woke up one morning and had lost
> all use of her back legs, no warning.  This is
> different from that situation and just wondering what could
> be going on.  We did an ultrasound today.  No sign
> of lymphoma or anything pressing on the spine.  No real
> loss of muscle mass on physical exam.  We are putting
> him on doxy/pred in case hemobart is causing the
> anemia.  The specialist at Cornell mentioned it could
> be something with the leukemia affecting the muscle or
> nerves directly but she couldn't find any literature on
> this.  I told her I'd post here and see if anybody has
> had a similar experience or has anything to add on what
> could be going on.
> Thanks
> Amy
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