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Paralyzed cat loved and guarded by loyal Dachshund — 13 Comments

  1. I noticed that too, Ruth, especially her right rear leg. She does struggle, but it looks like she succeeds in getting where she wants to be for the most part. Her vet says that there are more tests to be run on Ruth, but she believes that she has a degenerative muscle condition that may progress. I hope not.
    Such a sweet pair.

    • I hadn’t thought about muscle weakness, rather than just being uncoordinated, Dee. Perhaps because I didn’t want to think of it. Degenerative diseases of muscles are often very bad, whereas a neurological issue probably would not shorten her life. If it’s something like polymyositis in humans (literally, inflammation of many muscles)that would be fatal eventually. Are the muscles of breathing and the heart muscle affected? That’s the scary part. That little cat may have a very short life ahead of her. But at least she is loved– by humans and by a dog.

  2. I saw what appeared to be voluntary movement of her back legs. Is she actually paralyzed or is it profound ataxia, with the back legs more affected than the front? Even the movements of her front paws seem uncoordinated. If it is ataxia instead of simple paralysis she may not be able to benefit from any type of wheelchair, as some cats can use when their back legs don’t work. It looks like hers work, but aren’t functional. It seems to be neurological, probably originating in the brain, rather than in the spinal nerves. My guess is if you put her in one of those little carts she’d tip herself over, or if she could stay in it, she would have only slightly more mobility. Her right front paw keeps tucking under, like she can’t bring it forward properly to take a step. I’ve seem video of paralyzed animals drag themselves along, and she seems to be having more difficulty than she should be. I’d agree that it probably is congenital or something happened to her causing permanent brain damage. Luckily, she has people who attend to her needs and a friend in that little wiener dog, who seems to understand how helpless she is.

  3. A magical relationship and something really good that was created between animals.

    Well done Hollywood Houndz for creating a home for them.

    I’ll now play devil’s advocate: are Hollywood Houndz using this popular and highly publicised relationship as a promotional tool?

    Answers in comments, please!

    Thanks for the article Elisa.

    • I don’t believe Hollywood Houndz started out trying to get publicity. It just happened after social media started reporting about it. At least it’s good publicity.

      • I think you’re right, Elisa. I think the clientel went went nuts over these two and the word spread.
        It’s hard not to live in Central Florida and not hear about Hollywood Houndz. They have a decent reputation and perform a number of services.

        • Dee, Florida seems to be one of the states where cats are particular well liked. Am I right? If so, is it because there are more than the usual percentage of retired people living in Florida?

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