Hind Leg Paralysis in Cats
You will find number of illness which cause paralysis in cats, and mostly are serious in such case you must immediately visit your nearest vet.
- Paralysis can start out as weakness in the hind legs.
- The front legs will still work and the cat can appear to drag the half part of its body.
- This can happen to cats of any age and breed.
Back Leg Paralysis in Cats Symptoms
- Unsteadiness on back legs
- Falling off or stumbling a lot
- Not walking on the pads of the hind legs
- Not moving around a lot
- Inefficient gait
Causes and Treatment
There is a wide variety of possible causes of hind leg paralysis including:
- Neuropathy – This is associated with diabetes and is a result of poor circulation throughout the cat’s body.
- Constipation – Low fiber diets can affect a cat’s bowel movements and constipation can cause them to walk odd with their hind legs. This is common in cats that suffer from a chronic form of kidney failure.
- Blood Clots – These can cause acute paralysis and are very dangerous in cats because in addition to the loss of limb function, they can lead to fatal strokes.
- Heart Enlargement of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy – This is caused by the poor functioning of the heart.
In addition to the above, here are some more possible causes of hind legs paralysis in felines.
- Parasitic infections
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
Rear Leg Paralysis in Cats Treatment
- Treatment for this condition is going to depend on what its underlying cause is.
- Depending on the cause, surgery may be necessary.
- If blood clots are the cause, cats may be given blood thinners.
- If it is an infection, treating the infection will usually reverse the condition. In viral problems, cats may have to ride the disease out till the virus has run its course.
- In most cases, the paralysis can be reversed, and owners may get to see their cats return to their normal behavior.