Amy, I've had several cats die from this. First they get weak
in their legs then they can't stand up at all and they soon
lose bowel and bladder control.  It seems to be fairly common
with FelV cats.  Lesions or tumors on the spine I believe.  

Wolfie has been very fortunate to go 6 years with no problems,
and since his ultra sound was okay perhaps he will not get any
worse.
 
Lorrie

On 06-24, Amy wrote:

> 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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