You might consider a ramp or something like that so he can continue to get on the bed with you. If you acclimate him to it now, he can decide to use it on his own.
On Jul 23, 2010, at 4:23 PM, Lorrie wrote:

Amy, I've had several FelV cats with back leg problems, and
they seem to know when it's time to stop climbing stairs or
trying to jump up on things.  I'd let him do what he thinks
he is up to doing. To restrict him would stress him, and
this is always bad for FelV cats.

Lorrie


On 07-23, Amy wrote:

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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