Thursday, August 23, 2007

Can you offer any ideas or suggestions?

I just met a new neighbor who was out on her front lawn wth her brown tabby named Kay. She told me the saddest story. A month ago her cat became paralyzed. She can't use her back legs. She showed me how she can only try to pull her body along with it's front paws and claws. She really couldn't move at all.

The vet was no help. He said she may spontaneously heal. My neighbor doesn't know if she should put her down or not. She said that she doesn't appear to be depressed. Then she told me that Kay is a member of her family.

Has anyone ever heard of this happening before? Know of any resources like maybe a cart or have any advice at all?
Where can I find a prayer list so that I may add Kay's name to it.

I started crying when I saw how disabled the sweetie is. Any help at all would bring much comfort to her mom and dad.

Thanks,
Tyler's mom, Lynn

14 comments:

Dragonheart said...

Poor little kitty. :( My mom has heard of many kitties living long, happy lives with paralyzed legs, so hopefully Kay will be the same way. They have little carts for dogs that have missing or paralyzed hind legs, so I'm sure one of those could be adapted for a cat's use. We have seen one very tiny dog with one, so that size would probably work for a cat too.

I will keep your neighbour's kitty in my prayers.

The Crew said...

I think a lot would depend on the cat's age and what caused the paralysis to begin with. If she's not in pain and can still use a litterbox, is eating well, etc. If it was my cat, I'd get a second vet opinion and maybe see if a small dog cart could be adapted for her.

The Crew said...

Sorry, I meant to leave you this link for the Pet Prayer & Praise blog. Contact them to add Kay's name.

http://ppandpblog.blogspot.com/

Also, you might post you inquiry to the Cat Blogosphere where more owners would see it.

Pearl C. Pritchard said...

Hi Tyler...

so sad about the kitty with paralyzed legs. I agree with the crew. I'd get a second opinion and then, if Kay isn't depressed or distressed at all, I'd just get her one of those contraptions with wheels so that she can get around.

Daisy said...

Do you know how old the cat is? I am very surprised that the vet could not offer her any assistance. If the cat is young and otherwise healthy, maybe she can look into some sort of cart. I will purr for little Kay.

Chairman Mao said...

Awww, poor little Kay. But as otherkitties have said, it sounds like she could still live a long and happy life. I like Dragonheart's and Daisy's ideas about the kart -- that would be superduper! I've heard of karts for doggies, and maybe they make 'em fur kitties, too.

Me and alla the Ballicai will purr for sweet little Kay!

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

Gretchen said...

That's really sad. Isn't there someplace to get kitty wheels? Like the doggies have when they've lost the use of their hind legs? My bean says she's seen things like that on TV. I hope some help can be found...meantime, kay has my purr-prayers.

Hugs...G

The Cat Realm said...

Oh, this is bad. The maid's friend in NY has a dog ( a BIG one) who lost the use of his back legs and pulled himself along with his front legs. It was so hard to watch, the maid cried when she saw it first. Then a year later the dog can't move at all. You have to pull him up at the behind and then he manages to get up in front and then you have to walk him out and help him poop and pee. But he is still in good spirits and even plays... So there is no way the friend is going to put him down. We never heard of it in a cat...
Thank you Tyler for your suggestion, we had a local communicator work with Anastasia yesterday but $ 75 later it seem as if she just gave us false hope....
The maid wants to try it again but the budget is low... so we'll have to see. We are out of hope, things are not good here at The Cat Realm. Except for all the support...
I will check back with a post to everybody tomorrow morning.
Karl

The Cat Realm said...

P.S. there are wheelchairs for dogs, a small one will probably fit the cat. We think if you google it you'll find it - if not tell us then we ask the friend in NY who got one for his dog...
Karl

Parker said...

I think a second opinion is in order.

michico 小芥 said...

Tell her could consider this: http://www.supervr.net/catbbs/topic.cgi?forum=33&topic=135&start=15&show=

Please see the second picture, I think that might work~!

Forty Paws said...

Oh yeah, definitely get a second opinion. And there are carts for cats with hind end paralysis.

Luf, Us

Samantha & Tigger said...

When we did the COTC, we saw this video at this blog. It's about a cat named Charley. Here is the address it might help! The video is under the Hello Kitty wanna be picture.
http://www.sbpoet.com/2007/08/friday-cat-blog.html

Jellicles said...

hello there. i stumbled upon this by accident.

would your neighbour consider homeopathy? there are some homeopathic remedies that will heal a cat towards recovery. hypericum, for example, will help with paralysis..many animals hve walked after being on hypericum. but agian, it depends on the cause of paralysis...causticum is another homeopathy remedy for paralysis. please do consider trying it.