First of all, kudos to you for being so careful with him. This can't be easy for you and from your posts here, I know you've been exploring many options to assist Wolfie.
Others may have conflicting opinions, but I'm thinking Wolfie will tell you when he longer feels comfortable on the stairs. There's no need for him to use them if he doesn't feel confident, as you've made everything available to him on one level if he needs to stay on one level. My two cents! Sara -----Original Message----- From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Amy Sent: Friday, July 23, 2010 11:27 AM To: email@example.com Subject: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs Wondering if people would offer an opinion. My cat, Wolfie, has rear leg weakness that is getting progressively worse. He's been seen by numerous vets and it's not going to get any better. I'm guessing the leukemia is finally getting the best of him. Anyway, I'm just wondering how much I should let him do. Initially my vet said not to restrict him, that letting him use the muscles was good for them. He is now starting to stumble or sit more often. He doesn't totally fall over or anything, just gets a bit wobbly or sits down. If he's on linoleum, he has much less control of his legs. He is still jumping up and down on my bed, eating, purring, laying on my chest, going up and down stairs, etc. I don't want him to get hurt and him doing the stairs makes me so nervous. On the other hand, I don't want to restrict him out of fear. I talked to the receptionist at the vet and she said if it was her cat, the stairs would be off limits. This will be so tough because I have 3 other cats, 1 very shy one that hides in the basement and only comes out when my son is sleeping. I would have to force her to stay in the basement or out of the basement (as opposed to having access to the cat door in the basement door). The last thing I want is to see Wolfie get hurt but I can't seem to think that if he gets to a point where he can't do the stairs, he will stop doing them. Is that foolish? He is such an opinionated, strong-willed cat and I know he will not be pleased if I restrict him in any fashion. Oh and he doesn't have to do any stairs. He has food, water, and litter on all floors. He just chooses to. Thoughts? Thanks Amy _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org __________ NOD32 5306 (20100723) Information __________ This message was checked by NOD32 antivirus system. http://www.eset.com _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org