Paralysed Cats

Paralysed Cats

by Michael

As is the case for all disabled cats, whatever the disability, there can still be a life. It just depends on the humans because cats don’t have self-pity. They’ll just get on with it and won’t even notice that they are disabled.

Blind and deaf cats are often referred to. A cat’s acute senses are able to compensate for these cats provided we give then a secure home and a familiar routine.

Paralysed cats are different in that movement is restricted and some are incontinent. Accidents of all kinds can paralyse a cat. Examples are car accidents, being trapped in doors, being walked on (by a human), falling down from a height etc.

Other specific causes are: rodenticides such as Bromethali can cause temporary paralysis. Black widow spider bites can cause early paralysis. Coral snake bites cause paralysis but some cats survive. Rabies can cause paralysis and thereafter death. A blood clot on the brain can lead to paralysis on one side of the body. Brain injuries from which the cat recovers may leave the cat partially paralysed. A cat stroke (cerebral haemorrhage) can cause paralysis as can a disease of the spinal cord. Inherited metabolic diseases can lead to degenerative changes in the central nervous system and paralysis. Paralysis of the tail can be caused by the tail being run over by a car or the tail being caught in a door. This is quite common. These are examples.

There is a Facebook group called “Cats With Paralysis“. These are good people.

I am sure many paralysed cats are euthanised. The video shows how good life can still be. There is a hidden benefit. Your cat won’t be able to chase out of the house and get lost etc. Think about adopting a paralysed cat.

Associated pages:

My cat seems to be paralysed on one side.

Cat Wheelchair

My mother’s cat came home yesterday with his tail hanging down

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Mar 23, 2012
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Cats are wonderful NEW
by: Edward

Cats are wonderful at accepting their fate and people could learn a lesson from them to make the best of what youve got and not moan.

I hate it that people say cats dont know their toe ends are axed off so its alright to do it.
You might as well say its alright to hurt a cat on purpose because they never complain so they must not know.
We dont know what cats think.
Ed


Mar 23, 2012
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Cats NEW
by: Mom of 5 cats

Paralysed(or de-clawed)cats aren’t daft,they know they’re different but what else can they do but carry on living as best they can.
They don’t sit and ponder their fate like humans do,they just get on with their life.

AND that is why de-clawing goes on,because cats CAN’T and DON’T complain,so ignorant idiots think it hasn’t affected them.

It makes me angry to see the good people here giving their disabled cats happy lives yet on other pages people who have their cats de-clawed justifying their cruelty.


Mar 23, 2012
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I admire them NEW
by: Mrs M

I admire very much those wonderful cats and the people who care for them.
They deserve to have their life just as paralysed people do, to be cared for by those who love them.
I have to agree though that they do know they are disabled but accept it without complaint.

Declawing must affect cats the same way, they have to accept what happened to them, what they don’t know is that the person they trusted had that done to them.

What a difference between the people who ensure that their cats who had accidents have a good life and the people who ruin a cat’s good life by the amputation of healthy parts for selfish reasons.


Mar 22, 2012
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Ropa’s Mom NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for sharing our video! My name is Holly and I am Ropa’s mom. I can, without any hesitation, tell you all that she is living a wonderful life. She is absolutely remarkable! I do not agree completely that she views herself as disabled. She climbs the furniture, runs under the furniture, manages to maintain a speed of 60 MPH when she desires, charges me when I open the screen door because she has decided that she is going outside, and continually manages to irritate her able bodied sister to the point that she is hissing and growling at her.

I can’t speak on the de-clawing issue because in my 21 years of owning cats, I have never had one declawed. But I can say this. If you walked in my house, she would run up to greet you. She is not damaged, she is amazing!

Thanks again Michael!!


Mar 22, 2012
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Ropa NEW
by: Ropa

Thank you so much for sharing our video! My name is Holly and I am Ropa’s mom. I can, without any hesitation, tell you all that she is living a wonderful life. She is absolutely remarkable! I do not agree completely that she views herself as disabled. She climbs the furniture, hides under the furniture, runs around the house at 60 miles an hour. She plays with her able bodied sister and it is her sister that growls and complains. When I open the screen door, if I’m not paying close enough attention, she charges me and runs right outside. She does not treat herself as disabled, so I refuse to treat her that way. In my opinion, it would be disrespectful.


Mar 22, 2012
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Quality of life
by: Cat lover

Yes quality of life is the most important and those cats look to have that, but each case is different and that must be taken into consideration.

I agree with Ruth, cats certainly do know they are disabled, whether by paralysis or declawing, they have no choice but to accept and adjust.

Pro declaws use as an argument that cats don’t know they are disabled where in reality it’s those people who don’t know cats.


Mar 21, 2012
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Great article
by: Barbara

I’m Fluffy’s human. She’s the black cat in the video. She was injured as a kitten and is now 6 years old.

Quality of life is essential. As long as they are healthy and not in pain, there’s absolutely no reason these cats cannot lead a happy, long life.

Thank you so much for posting this so that others can be educated.


Mar 21, 2012
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What AMAZING Teachers: These Kitties!!!
by: Jo Singer

Thanks Michael for posting this. These cats are absolutely remarkable. And I must say that the folks who share their lives with them are just the best!

Fluffy- the black kitty- is my adopted “niece”. She has inspired me so much.

I think these cats are remarkable teachers, showing us that it’s ability that counts- and not to focus on disability.

Thank you again. The video is awesome.


Mar 21, 2012
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Good article Michael
by: Dorothy

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I love the little cat wheelchair. These cats are wonderful, as are the humans who care for them. Cats have amazing spirit.

Good to know there is support out there for those who will consider taking in a special needs cat.

Dorothy


Mar 21, 2012
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Cats do notice
by: Ruth

The cats in the video all look happy enough, they’ve obviously adjusted to being paralysed and their caretakers look after them especially carefully.
But I wouldn’t say cats won’t even notice that they are paralysed, I’d say that they are so very stoic they accept whatever fate brings them and adapt as best they can.
We all know of people who have had their cats deliberately disabled by declawing and who say the cat doesn’t even notice his claws have gone and doesn’t miss them.
Of course he notices they’ve gone and misses them, but what can he do?
He has to adapt and live his life as best he can without them.
I think the main thing is that a paralysed cat has good quality of life and is not being kept alive if he is struggling and unhappy.
Cats are very dignified creatures and not all would accept wearing a nappy and being bathed.

Kattaddorra signature Ruth



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