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can cats have ms?

Monday, September 02, 2013

if you've been following my past blogs this year, I don't need to introduce you to my treasure georgie (see wallpaper), who started falling off the closets and showing other drastic symptoms until I took him to vets no. 1, then 2, then 3.

glaucoma? vestibular disorder? an infection? epilepsy? a brain tumor? it was all on the slate. no. 3 was getting ready to put him down, I swear it was the antibiotics from no. 2. hey! not my George.

so the latest theory is ms, but I couldn't find any info at all on the internet about ms in cats. and I've been through nos. 4/5/6 as well, all I get is bills and trouble, I've had it with them all.

only thing that seems to crystallize out of all his symptoms is that it's definitely a neurological disorder, and that vets can't do anything about it anyway except write bills and cause more trouble.

it's up and down; when it's down he seems to be able to compensate.

so if anyone has any sort of experience like this, i'd like to know: can cats have ms? what's the outlook? he's about 16 so anaesthesia for any reason is out of the question. i'd rather leave well enough alone.

but i'm looking for some kind of definition of the situation. what can I do for him? what can I expect? what should I watch out for? he's my boy.
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    I just found this post when searching on "can cats have MS?". I have a male domestic longhair named Samson who developed what appears to be a neuromuscular disorder when he was about 5 (he is now 7). It began with his walking on his "hocks" in his hind quarters, swaying a bit like a skunk, and slipping on slick surfaces. I took him to the local vet and then to a vet school where he spent the best part of a day going from department to department for exams and some elementary testing. Also took him to a feline neologist who didn't think an MRI would show much. Bottom line was it was probably a distal neuopathy but they couldn't diagnose for sure without some pretty invasive tests with the result only being a diagnosis with no treatment. I declined and took him home and have watched him very slowly progress in this disease, whatever it is, but seeming to enjoy a good life otherwise. He can jump from the floor to up to 4 feet and as long as there is something to grip at the top he is fine. His walk has deteriorated but he can run pretty well (looks like a rabbit, kind of hopping). I am wondering -- because of the late onset and slow progression - is this might be something like MS. I love him dearly and he is very loving in return -- he gives wonderful hugs and kisses and spends a lot of time attached to me purring and sleeping. If you have found out anything more since posting your message, I would love to hear more.
    1478 days ago
    Try getting in touch with the folks at Cat Fancy Magazine! The are bound to have some info!

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    1655 days ago
    Such a handsome boy.... give him a hug for me!
    1661 days ago
    Thinking about you and Georgie and hoping you find answers to the dilemma.
    1662 days ago
    I sent you the only article I found, but maybe looking under irradiated cat food???
    1662 days ago
    I did some searching and under Multiple Sclerosis in Cats found some connections to MS and irradiated cat foods. The cats that displayed MS-like symptoms in these studies were pregnant, so they were not handsome boys like Georgie, but the symptoms seem similar.
    I think the article are worth the read. Be sure to use Multiple Sclerosis and not MS in your search and I used Bing as my search engine.

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    1662 days ago
  • NHES220
    I did not find anything about MS, but did find this link with neurological conditions. Not sure if they ruled out any of these:
    I would also say it sounds like cerebral hypoplasia, but cats are usually born with it and do not develop it.
    Good luck with Georgie, I'm sure it is frustrating not knowing what is going on.

    1662 days ago
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