My cat can’t stand up. He seems to be paralyzed on one side. He is 16 years old and has always lived indoors.
He seemed to be alright yesterday. He eat good yesterday but not today. What could possible be wrong with him?
Hi Pam… thanks for visiting and asking. A vet is the only person who can diagnose.
What I will do is throw out some ideas, no more than that as even a good vet would not reliably diagnose on the basis of what you have said.
You cat is old and he is not eating properly. It is probably fair to make a presumption that the problem is age related.
The first possibility that comes to mind in a feline stroke. Signs come on fast. A cerebral haemorrhage is the usual cause. This causes loss of brain function in part of the brain concerned, which in turn causes signs that indicate neurological damage. Importantly, one side is usually affected. This concurs with your cat’s symptoms.
Other signs are spasms of the face and limb muscles, loss of coordination and paralysis.
The problem may also be caused by an injury to your cat’s spinal cord. One condition that produces limb weakness or paralysis is arterial thromboembolism. The cat’s pulse will be reduced. You can check a cat’s pulse in the groin.
Older cats can suffer from ruptured dics which can rarely cause weakness or paralysis. This is a possibility.
Another possibility is spinal arthritis, which is called spondylitis. This condition is characterised by spurs of calcium on the back-bones which can put pressure on the spinal cord which it turn can cause limb weakness.
Of all these I favour the feline stroke.
Whatever it is, it is serious and I am afraid an immediate visit to the veterinarian is a must…
Hope this helps a bit.
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