Paralyzed Cat Questions
What causes paralysis in cats?
Paralysis in cats can occur for a number of reasons. CLICK HERE to find out more.
How can I care for a paralyzed cat?
If you're caring for a paralyzed cat, it will require dedicated efforts from you in order to maintain a good quality of life.
Another problem of cat paralysis is that the cat may not be able to groom itself effectively. Help your cat to stay clean by gently brushing her coat daily. If your cat is a longhaired breed, you may opt to have the coat trimmed to a shorter length, especially if the cat seems painful during brushing sessions. Use a dry shampoo that is formulated for use in cats to clean the coat and remove elimination odors.
Paralyzed pets can develop sores on pressure points of their bodies when too much time is spent in one position. You can help to prevent these sores by providing your paralyzed cat with an orthopedic bed, which is designed to reduce pressure. Be sure to select a bed that your cat can drag itself onto without having to step over a high side. If your cat is completely paralyzed, reposition her frequently so that she lies on alternate sides.
Cats that are paralyzed in the rear legs will often attempt to walk with the front legs and drag their rear half along. If your cat is able to do this, a slippery tile or hardwood floor can be prohibitive and frustrating. Place bathroom throw rugs that have rubber backings on these surfaces along the cat’s preferred paths. The rubber back of the rug will grip the floor, and the carpeted surface will provide your cat with better traction. Examine your cat’s rear paws, knees, hips and the inner legs to make sure that the dragging activity is not causing scrapes or sores.
Many paralyzed cats adapt well to using wheelchair-like carts. If your cat still has motor function of the front legs, a cart will be helpful in enabling the cat to move to the food and water bowls and to other areas of the home when the cat is seeking out family companionship.
How can I help my paralyzed cat with incontinence?
There are several methods to help a paralyzed cat who is unable to control their urine or defecation.
Does Advocates 4 Animals have a paralyzed cat in their rescue?
We do! Her name is Alex and all of her information can be found HERE.
Do you know of any online groups that can offer information about paralyzed cats?
We highly recommend the Facebook Group Cats with Paralysis and Mobility Challenges