My sphynx cat can barely move at times

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  1. tori2986

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    Recently my 3 year old sphynx cat started walking strange. He still eats like normal but has gotten to where he can barely move at times and often looses his balance if trying to stretch or move. I've taken him to multiple vet visits and blood work came back fine. Can sphynx cats get arthritis or has anyone had this issue with their sphynx? One day he seems like he's perfectly normal and the next he can barely move. The vet doesn't know what's going on with him and it breaks my heart.
     
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      I would seek a second opinion. Has your vet seen how he can barely move?
       
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        Yes, go to a different vet.
         
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        Welcoming you and Lorenzo

        Agree with a second opinion -
        Brainstorming ideas based on my experiences I would ask to rule out idiopathic epilepsy - mini seizures - they can happen without the typical body movements we all associate with seizures - sometimes they can have mild almost unnoticeable seizures like a focal seizure?
        and or to rule out the possibility of saddle thrombosis embolisms ?
        (My kitty had those - she was fine one minute then not and then when the clot passed she would go back to her normal activity.)
        Does lorenzo ever vocalize , lose bowels or seem pain in pain during the loss of balance?
        My girl did this sometimes when she had incidents but not all the time . She just acts off.

        You can ask your vet if he or she thinks it is neurological ?
        Have they listened to Lorenzo 's heart for any murmurs?
        I always ask the vet to take a good listen to the heart for any murmurs During any vet visits.

        @tori2986 , just wanted to share, not to alarm in any way , just thinking outside the box since the vets are stumped -
        Agree with a second opinion or referral to a specialist .

        Positve vibes sent you get answers

        Surely others will chime in too with suggestions

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        I appreciate your detailed feedback honestly I've been nonstop researching this. He's very vocal always has been. He is still vocal not as much tho. He still eats normal also. He just isn't active and sleeps all day until he eats then goes right back to sleep. He had GI issues a few months back where he had uncontrolled bowel movements and vomiting but he got 2 weeks of metronidazole and we haven't had any issues with him going to the bathroom since or any loose stools. The vet is trying to say they think it's still a GI issue but he eats normal and goes to the bathroom fine which makes me feel it's def not. He had a bout for 2 weeks within the last month where out of no where he was his normal goofy self bouncing off the walls like a kitten again and just a few days ago it stopped and he's back to barely being able to move. It does seem like he looses his balance easily at times but I guess I'll have to take videos of it to show the vet because they only see him still at the vet. I lightly rubbed his legs and hips like I was petting him and he didn't seem to be in any pain. I will def check into those conditions and get a second opinion with another vet and ask to check for those because I honestly don't think it's GI related like this vet is trying to tell me. Thank you again! I will keep you updated❤️
         
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          Do you have a video to share with us?

          My adult boys sleep more as they get older too
          Eat amd sleep by day then zoomies at night

          I did switch their food from Acana to Nutrisource cat and kitten in the blue bag
          no more poo issues or skin issues
          My IBD kitty does great on it too! Switched her from Fromm Game bird recipe

          Keep us updated often !

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          Is he on a Raw diet? Or kibble ? Just asking bcz if feeding raw need to make sure all nutrients and supplements are given
           
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          Hello. Sorry it's been a while since I have updated on my Lorenzo. Unfortunately not much has gotten better. I got a second opinion and they are at a loss as well. My vet did do all bloodwork they could test for. They even sent off antibodies to a special lab out of state and everything came back normal. They thought he had baronella which the antibody labwork would show but it came up negative. They even retested for feline leukemia and it was negative. So far the only relief he gets is when we have him on Clavamox. He seems to return to normal while on it but when finished he slowly Day by day gets back to where he can barely walk without falling over. They tried 3 other antibiotics as well and steroids which none seemed to help. They see no ear issues or dental and no infections in his bloodwork which is why I'm confused why clavamox treatment seems to help. They are saying it's neurological and he would need to see a specialist but I can only imagine the cost. I'm already almost $2000 in and have no answers. I feel so bad for my boy. He's only 4 he should be loving life


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            I am sorry it has been a tough go and no real answers.
             
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            Sorry to hear you didn't go real answers. Sending positive vibes to you