A few days ago, Cat #1 injured himself landing badly off the cat tree at ass o’clock in the morning. I have no idea how he managed that since it’s the same one we’ve had for several years and he’s not a clumsy cat. Crash > traumatized cat scooting under the couch > panic and a trip to the vet ER immediately when I realized that his back end wasn’t working right. :eek:
They couldn’t find any obvious breaks or internal injuries, and transferred us to a specialty hospital that has a neurologist on staff. After more tests it turns out that he has a “high velocity disk” (whatever that is) at around L4-L5 and a badly bruised spinal cord. His prognosis is supposed to be very good for a functional recovery with PT, and they’re supposed to be releasing him today. From what I’ve been able to tell, he can eat and evacuate (at least #1) – hopefully he won’t run into litterbox issues later because he can’t position like he used to. He has a history of FLUTD as well, so anything related to plumbing worries me.
Dopers, if you’ve had pets with similar injuries, what were the outcomes? I could use some reassurance.