Living with a Paralyzed CatPublished March 29, 2012
Fluffy, a paralyzed cat: Laurentha
Paralyzed as the result of an injury and presumed abandoned, Fluffy, a tiny black kitten, was adopted by my friend Barbara six years ago. Paralyzed from the waist down, this diminutive ball of fur needed a considerable amount of extra care since she lacked almost all feeling in her hind end.
Although the veterinarian suggested euthanasia, this feisty, courageous kitty with a huge zest for living, had completely captured Barbara’s heart. Without a moment’s hesitation Barbara made a life-long commitment to the baby kit, giving Fluffy a permanent, loving home.
Today this beautiful black cat continues to rule the roost and has proclaimed herself as a spokespurrson for all pets that are disabled; proving to the world it’s ability that counts. While she might be aware that she is somewhat “different” than her feline and canine brothers and sisters, she continues to be a mischievous rabble rouser. Even though Fluffy often wears a diapers since her hind end paralysis makes her incontinent, she gives her furry companions a run for their money. Fluffy is a happy and healthy cat who simply requires extra loving care.
What causes feline paralysis? According to PetMd.com , in order for a cat to move optimally, the precise coordination is necessary between the cat's brain, nerves, muscles and spine. Any injury to any part of these pathways can cause a lack of communication between the brain, the nerves and muscles resulting in an inability for the cat to coordinate its body. When interference in the communication between the brain and spinal cord occurs, this can result in paralysis.
There are many types of paralysis that can affect cats, such as injury to the spine, infection in the bones of the spine or an inflammation of the spine, infection of the muscle, Feline Infectious Peritonitis, and certain types of cancer, to name a few.
Symptoms of feline paralysis can range from an inability to move the rear legs, dragging the rear legs, inability to urinate, defecate or control defecation.
Should paralyzed cats be euthanized? In the majority of cases of feline paralysis there is absolutely no need to put a paralyzed kitty to sleep. With patient and prudent care, these special needs kitties can still enjoy a variety of favorite activities and an excellent quality of life.
Paralyzed cats are still capable of snuggling, eating, playing with animal buddies and toys. With specially designed pet wheelchairs available, once trained to use them, these kitties manage to get around beautifully.
With the compassionate support for guardians of paralyzed cats available on the Internet, many questions and concerns can be addressed by experienced folks who give excellent suggestions.
Learn more about these special needs kitties and their guardians. Check out the Cats With Paralysis Face Book Page .
Watch the educational and truly inspirational video created by hollysue30 to see how paralyzed cats are able to live relatively normal lives, and what amazing pets they can be.
Do you care for a special needs pet? Tell us about your life together in a comment!