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Do cats get pins & needles?

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Hdris88, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. Hdris88

    Hdris88 PetForums Newbie

    Jan 29, 2020
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    Hi! I didn’t really know how else to title this.
    It sounds like a ridiculous question but... I’ll put it into context.
    One of my cats just lost the use of this back legs for no longer than a minute, then returned back to normal.
    Nothing like this has happened before and it was only brief. It reminded my of a humans get “dead legs”.
    This episode happened about 30 minutes ago and he has eaten and no change in himself. Just a tad concerned.

    Vet “Google” tells me to fear the worst with strokes and other things!

    Ziggy is
    8 years old
    Had since 8 weeks old
    Indoor cat
    No previous medical issues
  2. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

    May 31, 2010
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    I would advise a vet visit for the morning to have this checked out , (personally I would have been on the phone as soon as it happened)
    It may or may not be serious but not worth taking chances.
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  3. Tigermoon

    Tigermoon PetForums VIP

    Apr 2, 2013
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    Sudden hind limb paralysis smacks of cardiac issues, and given he is spot on the right age for this, I'd be getting him to my vet asap for a full health check.
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  4. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

    Nov 22, 2010
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    @Hdris88 - I agree with the others, I would have your cat seen as possible by the vet. It could well be cardiac issues.

    A few months ago I had one of my cats die suddenly from Saddle Thrombosis (blood clots in his back legs). He had only just reached his 10th birthday. There was no warning at all that anything was wrong before it happened and he had seemed fit and well to me. If there had been any signs beforehand (e.g. temporary paralysis in his hind legs) the vet might have been able to save his life with blood thinning medication.

    Please do not delay getting your cat to the vet. It is urgent.

    EDIT: intermittent hind leg paralysis is also a symptom of untreated Diabetes. At 8 yrs of age your cat could have developed Diabetes Mellitus. Please ask the vet test for this.
    #4 chillminx, Jan 30, 2020
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2020
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