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


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From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Amy
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2010 11:27 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
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


      

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