Most cats walk on the tips of their toes. But getting your cat regulated is the only final solution.
Kidney failure itself can also cause weakness.
. Taxoplasmosis feline infectious peritonitis Cryptococcus and tick-borne diseases. Neuropathy is the result of the high levels of glucose affecting the nerves in your cats legs and paws. Diabetes occurs in female dogs twice as often as male dogs.
Peripheral means at the extremities of the body and neuropathy means that the nerves that control the leg muscles have been damaged or do. Although leg weakness can occur in dogs it is much less common than for cats. Peripheral neuropathy is a recognised complication of diabetes mellitus in cats.
Noisy or laboured breathing decreased or absent appetite difficulty swallowing confusion lethargy unkempt appearance weight loss decreased or absent urination and bowel movements odour drop in body temperature restlessness urinaryfecal incontinence. Most diabetic cats are older than 6 years of age. Septic blood Diabetes Saddle thrombi Most cats will eventually suffer from kidney disease towards the end of their life.
Old age can be tough on an elderly cats joint health. It is not uncommon for cats with diabetes to experience hind leg weakness. With appropriate veterinary.
In cases of feline diabetic neuropathy weakness occurs in the hindquarters as a result of chronic nerve degeneration. Several diseases can affect the brain leading to hind limb weakness notes Dr. Kidney diseasefailure Trauma - hit by a car or had a bad fall fights with other animals.
Approximately 10 percent of chronically hyperglycemic diabetic cats develop the complication. A feline wheelchair supports your cat so the can stand walk and run so they can regain their independence. Diabetes organ failure and neurological problems can cause the gradual weakening of a cats rear legs.
Jules Benson BVSc chief veterinary officer with NationwideDVM a pet insurer company. In technical terms the leg weakness is often called peripheral neuropathy. So to that - are you hometesting.
This could be a sign of too much insulin. Acute kidney failure in cats can be caused by. Cat wheelchairs allow disabled and paralyzed cats to run play and allow them to get the exercise they need.
Just like dogs cats can experience sudden paralysis or rear leg weakness and a cat wheelchair is the perfect mobility solution. Just walking on the hocks is usually neuropathy. Aside from the causes of mobility loss in cats that we have mentioned above ataxia is also one possible cause of back leg weakness or loss of balance in cats.
If hes older and overweight hes at higher risk of developing the disease. This is by no means an exhaustive list but covers some of the more common conditions says Dr. There is also direct motor muscle damage causing further weakness of usually the hind limbs.
This is a rather uncommon case as around 10 percent of chronically hyperglycemic diabetic cats can develop this specific complication called diabetic neuropathy which affects the femoral nerve. Occasionally however a dog whose diabetes has not been controlled will have weakness in the hind legs poor reflexes or muscle wasting. Diabetes Diabetes is no fun to deal with whether youre a human or a cat.
Diabetes does seem to occur more in some breeds of dogs than in others. Trauma As a Cause of Sudden Rear Limb Weakness in an Old Cat. The development of this condition its pathogenesis is somewhat complex but the high level of blood sugar associated with this type of diabetes damages the nerves that supply the muscles of the hind limbs.
Thirdly your cat may be dehydrated and is weak enough that he is having trouble with his back legs. Infection May Cause Progressive Back Leg Weakness in an Old Cat. Other metabolic diseases such as kidney disease can cause weakness which can present as rear leg weakness.
A rare condition known as feline diabetic neuropathy can manifest itself in weakness in a cats back legs. The most common symptoms of feline diabetes include increased appetite thirst urination and weight. Hiding confusion social.
If your cats hind legs suddenly stopped working this can sometimes signify a blood clot infection or stroke. Your cat will experience muscular weakness and deterioration of muscle tissue. Being hit by a car falling from a height or being accidentally struck or stepped upon can cause a senior cats back legs to suddenly become weak says Dr.
Although rare feline diabetic neuropathy is a serious condition that can cause weakness of the hind limbs. Weaknesses in a cats hind legs can normally be pinned down to one of the following reasons. Here are some of the reasons why your cat may have suddenly developed weak back legs.
Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease. Are there other symptoms. As a result cats will walk weird with their back legs which will be weak unsteady and wobbly.
Metabolic diseases such as feline diabetes mellitus can cause unusual signs such as a neuropathy causing a plantigrade stance of the hind legs which may present as the collapse of the back legs. They may have diabetic neuropathy. Hind leg neuropathy might be the first sign and certainly the most obvious sign that your cat suffers from feline diabetes mellitus.
Once affected your kittys potassium levels often drop which cause her back leg weakness. This is something that must be determined by a vet though - the supplement type and dosage must be prescribed for your cat. Rear Leg Weakness in Cats Diabetic Neuropathy.
Cats can have difficulty jumping abduction of the pelvic limbs and weakness when standing. In addition to walking unsteadily diabetic neuropathy left untreated could lead to complete loss of movement. He or she will also develop a peculiar gait that is distinctive of feline diabetic neuropathy.
Cats can also develop weak and wobbly legs due to injurytrauma or falling from a height. This occurs when the rise in blood sugar level associated with feline diabetes as a result of low insulin production in the pancreas causes. Low potassium levels can also cause hind leg weakness - if your cat is drinking a lot and urinating a lot due to kidney problems or diabetes it can flush too much potassium from her system causing weakness.
It is caused by trauma infection or disease like cancer. When your cat falls down wobbles back and forth or begins to stumble make sure to protect him from any additional harm. Cats usually have a symmetrical distal limb polyneuropathy and a plantigrade stance paraparesis distal limb muscle atrophy and pelvic limb hyporeflexia.
You might have noticed that hes also drinking a lot and flooding the litter box as well as losing weight although his appetite is good.