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Unhappy Smokie limping!!

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Heres the story. About a month ago, Smokie(1yr 1/2) went in for his annual checkup and vaccines. He only had rabies and distemper.(my cats are all indoors only) He had a very bad reaction and got pretty sick that night. My vet said keep an eye on him and I said he was doing alot better that next day, eating normal and etc. About 2 weeks after that, I noticed he wasn't walking right, he was limping on his right back and front paws, and looking like he felt pretty lousy. I went to the vet again the next day and he had a 104 fever and she thought maybe his back end was still very sore from the shots and maybe his right front was a coincidence injury(ie: he got in a little scuffle with one of the other cats and got a little wound we couldn't see and it got a small infection) B/c he had a fever and was feeling lousy. She gave us some antibiotics and a shot of an antiinflammitory med and we were on our way. She said to call 2 days later and let her know how we were doing. He improved so much after that shot! The next day he was limping some, but the day after he seemed alot better. She said since he was better we could wait on the CBC, and keep her posted. She put on his chart no more vaccinations in the future. period, too risky since he has this reaction.
Well we finished his week of medicine, and he was doing great, not 100%, but was walking better and seemed back to his old self. Now on Friday (almost 2 weeks since we were there last again) all the sudden he started limping his back LEFT? I called and they said bring him in before we close. We did and they did a CBC and his blood work all came back beautiful. He had a slight temp of 103 , but he was a very mad kitty so it was to be expected lol. His white count was great no sign of infection at all. She felt his legs and back and nothing seemed injured. She said he didn't want his back end touched at all and she concluded that maybe he had a spinal cord injury, some soft tissue damage that could've happened and we didn't know it. I said what does it keep switching limbs? She said his front hurting last time couldve have been a seperate injury and the infection cleared up and for his back legs switching, if he has a back injury, it does that when putting pressure on the spinal cord when walking. She gave him another shot to relieve his pain and for us to start the prednizone on Sat. Call back Monday and let her know how he is.
We will go from there if we need an X-ray, but she said they don't always show soft tissue damage.
I am at a loss here. He was great again after the shot she gave him, and is so much worse now again. The prednizone is doing nothing for him. It brings me to tears seeing him try to walk, holding his left legs out crying and meowing in pain. He won't let you touch his whole back end. I don't get it, I have to take him back tomorrow then. Does anyone have any ideas of anything else? I don't know if there is some rare case that this could be some reacton still to the shot, or he hurt himself. Im glad the blood work is normal, I just don't know what happened. He could've hurt himself, but then why was he better the past 2 weeks and then it came back in his back left??? Has anyone ever had anything like this happen before? Im sure we will be getting an Xray done tomorrow, I'm just so nervous. I feel so bad for him, he takes a few steps and has to lay down. He is eating fine and still active in that he's alert and wants to sit on your lap, just can't walk alot.
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It definitely SOUNDS like a spinal cord injury, but you never know. I'd opt for the x-ray and try to keep him quiet and confined in the meantime.

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I second that. If his bloodwork came back ok (good news) then I imagine it's an injury of some sort. Good luck and keep us posted on Smokies progress.
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poor thing! I hope he will be okay!
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poor Smokie! I hope you get to the root of his problem quickly and I wish him a speedy recovery!

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Thanks so much guys! I will let you know how it all goes tomorrow! I feel so bad for my poor Smoks! I guess its kind of hard to keep him isolated in a house with 2 other cats and 3 dogs huh, lol. We are trying to be as careful as we can. Actually, they are kinda leaving him alone thou, animals can probably sense these things. Poor little guys a trooper, he tries to start fights while he's laying on the ground! He's still got his usual spunk that's for sure!

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awww- I know what you mean about it being hard to keep them isolated! I just went through this with one of mine when she was pretty seriously injured.
I set up a litterbox in the bathroom in my bedroom - food and water bowls nearby in a corner on a few towels- and put her on her favorite blankies on my bed. It worked great - until she got the bug to go roaming through the house again!!

My other cats and the dogs left her alone. I think they could sense she was hurt. They were more curious than anything and just wanted to carefully sniff her.

I hope everything works out for you, I'll keep Smokie in my thoughts.

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Oh poor baby. Hope things go well too. I'll say a special kitty prayer for Smokie. Give him a head rubz and kiss from me would ya?
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Thanks guys for all your support! Well here is what has been going on. I didn't post back on Monday when I went b/c I didn't really know anything for sure.. We got the Xray done and we looked at it.. the vet said there was this little tiny spot on his leg and it looked to be on the bone, we compared it to the other leg. We could see what appeared to be a tiny growth like thing in comparison. His back, spine, and pelvic Xray were all fine. She was at a loss, but her first thoughts were it could be a bone tumor! I almost flipped out right there, but I held it in. She said its so very rare in cats, especially him only being 1 1/2, but anything could happen. Or it could be some other type growth, infection or arthitis, but again since he was young, arthritis was rare too. So, she said from here we can send the Xrays to a specialist and he can give his professional opinion. Then a possible biopsy. We said go ahead and send it off. She said in the mean time try 1 whole pill of prednizone instead of only half. SO we waited, I have been so nervous, Brad said we need to take it one day at a time, and be positive. I tried the whole pill Mon nite and a few hours later, he was running around!! And playing with my other kitties! Yesterday, same thing, he was walking much better, and I didn't need to give him another dose. I gave him one a little while ago, b.c he looked a little stiff, but still alot better. And I just got a call from the vet... She said it was good news,she got the fax back from the specialist and he saw no abnormalities what so ever! Nothing abnormal, no hairline fractures. So, she said we now know its nothing "boney" and all his other Xrays look beautiful. He noted there was some type of growth plate, in other words I took it as his bones are still growing and she said that was completely normal for his age. I don't know if that had to do with his real issue, but she told me that. The bad thing is, now we don't know whats wrong, and still may have to see the specialist. We know its not a tumor, or fractures, but then..what? Im wondering if its nerve related. For now she wants me to give him the prednizone once every other day for a week, then go down to every 3 days, and call her in a week to let her know how he is. We will go from there.
Thanks so much again guys for all your thoughts and support! Smokie thanks u too!

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Glad to hear it's not a tumor. Hope things turn out well for Smokie. Will keep saying kitty prayers. Luvies to Smokie.:heart2:
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Smoks update

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Thanks for all the kitty prayers...just an update... Smokie is doing so much better. He had the prednizone last Wed and Friday and didn't seem to need it Monday!! He was walking almost totally normal. I called my vet on Wed and she said she wants me to give him prednizone 2 x a wk for a month and call her back. She said it could be still possible it is a soft tissue injury of some sort(we can't see on the Xray), and call her back if we run into any issues. I said "Well it seems like I already call you once a week with 3 dogs and 3 cats!!" I hope we don't end up at the specialist again, poor baby. She was so pleased he was doing well though. We already had Jasmine there a few months ago. Sooo thanks again for the prayers and thoughts!

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Yay Smokie! Great to hear he's doing better! You must be so relieved! I'll keep you both in my thoughts and send good vibes for Smokie to keep up the good progess

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Yup, me too, will keep the Smokie healing thoughts going! Hooray Smokie!
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