"my 3 sons" Quincy, Milo and Tritan
I am owned by three Maine Coon cats. They range in age from 8 years down to 5 years and having been a cat lover and owner all my life, have never received so much joy and love as I receive from these, "my boys". I do have a question for anyone who may be in the know. My middle Maine Coon, is 7 years old. He is the brown tabby in the picture. He fell ill with a sudden paralysis of his lower limbs - from stumbled gait to being unable to stand, walk or even sit up within 24 hours.
During this period, he had to carried from place to place, put into the litter box at regular intervals and so on. His mind was not affected at all. He was seen and treated by a veterinary neurologist and diagnosed with "lower limb paralysis" and treated with high doses of Prednisone. This happened in January of this year (2009), it is now almost the end of May and he is still on the Prednisone, but is being tapered off because the neuro felt this may be a "recurrent" type of condition. He is now quite mobile, does stairs and so on, but no longer can run or jump even low distances. He uses pet stairs to get up and down from my bed.
My regular vet had no idea what was happening with him when he first fell ill, and even the neuro was puzzled, both saying that they had never seen quite this thing in cats, only dogs (humour point, they both thought of "coon dog disease" I have never heard of it before since I never owned dogs).
My question...has anyone else seen this or had it happen to any of their cats? Does it recur? What was the outcome for your baby? I would love any feedback anyone can provide as we are still going through this at present and he is still being followed for recurrence.
Thanks for any help or comments.