Amy, I don't have much input on restricting activity. In general it seems to me that once a cat realizes his limitations he'll limit himself. I am not big on limiting them. They generally do that on their own. I guess it's a personal opinion. Certainly something could happen, but something could happen to any of us.
I really wanted to see if you would be interested in trying a tonic. It is a tonic meant for treatment of cancers, but it has properties and benefits that extend beyond this. It has helped various people and animals in various way. Noone has ever reported any significant negative side effects with its use. It is an herbal tonic consistenting of four plant derivatives. I was wondering if it could help a felv cat. It would be fantastic to see a reversal of neurologic symptoms. I don't know that it would help, but it has done wonders in many settings. If you're interested I can send you the list of herbs and how to prepare it. On a different note, I have seen some amazing things with acupuncture and alignment on dogs and cats. If the weakness is not due to felv, these procedures may help. You'd have to go to an alternative vet for that though. I don't know it was just a thought and I figured I put it out there. Jenny On 7/23/10, Amy <awilkin...@yahoo.com> 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 > > > > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org