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H weber

I think my cat had an episode last night. He fell and his legs were stiff and he howled. Once he got up he appeared fine and has been eating, drinking and going to the bathroom fine. My previous cat died from HCM. Both are Maine Coon. I am not sure about treatment and we are unable to afford x rays and scans. I am not sure what to do but do not want to see him in pain.

Heath McNutt DVM

@H Weber
You need to get your cat in to his vet and have a conversation about what is going on with him. X rays and scans are great diagnostic tools but they only come after you have a plan in place. You could be dealing with any number of conditions and talking to someone online does not replace a complete veterinary exam.

Shawn Brown

Our 12 y/o female DSH had an AT (her first) 10 weeks ago. The first 3 days had supportive tx at home; asprin admistered twice/q 3d. as well as pain mngmnt. I opted for no vet visit, as my previous exp as technician has involved a handful of cases in which I was able to gather enough evidence and experience to choose to treat her at home.
She did, as expected, temporarily lose the use of her left hind to regain full use 10 days later.
Eighteen days ago, she suffered another and, as expected, much worse. She lost use of both hind limbs (left, of course, being much worse). She is now, again with home tx, begining to walk the house again. However, she is only walking on her hocks but as the days progress, she is slowly stretching them out.
I considered Heparin tx, but the risks outweighed anything. I was willing to try her treatment myself and have - so far - been successful.. Mentally she is one happy cat! I do know that her prognosis is poor, sadly, and I am prepared to deal with this ... but for now she is doing great. She's beaten the odds!

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