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My poor cat isn't doing so well. Menchi is my siamese-ish girl I got from someone that was going to make her an outside cat. (Shes declawed and handicapped, so that wouldn't have been good for her.)

She has a deformed back leg, and I noticed the other day that she wasn't using her good leg, either, she was dragging her hindquarters behind her. She didn't seem to be in pain, and she was ok with me messing with her leg, but she wouldn't use it.

I got her to the vet, and its a new vet that I totally love. He says that she is a stumper of a case, and not something they see everyday. I was there for 2 hours as he and the other vets poured over books, talked amoungst themseleves, and did all kinds of tests on her.

It turns out that she has high blood pressure (hypertension), which has caused her to go blind, and possibly caused a blood clot that is blocking circulation to her hind legs. From what I read, this is a painful condition, but she shows very little sign of pain (she wiggles a little when you massage a certain spot in her back). She also has a deformed vertebrate in her back, which might be causing neurological problems.

She is on 2 meds, one for pain and the other for reducing the swelling around her deformed vertebrate. It may or may not help. At best the swelling will go away and she will regain control of her back legs. More likely, the meds won't do much, if anything.

She still seems happy, but she seems to be getting worse. At first, she would use the litter box in my closet, then go back to her kennel on the other side of the room. Last night she slept in the closet, and she hasn't come out since then. She dosen't seem to want to move anymore.

I'll give the meds a few weeks to work, but if she gets much worse or seems like she has given up, she may be put to sleep. I don't want to be cruel and allow her to suffer, but I want to give her every chance I can to allow her to get better.

I'm not sure why I am posting, other than I am sad and no one around me seems to understand that I can be so heartbroken over a cat.

My Menchi:

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...h/IMG_2882.jpg

Shes only 2 years old.
 

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She's very pretty. Considering her disabilities, I am especially glad she went with you, a kind hearted compassionate person. I know you will make the right choice for Menchi. I would be heartbroken too.
 

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Someone was going to make this cat into an outdoors cat?, sheesh.

Nevermind that I am not of fond of outdoors cats in cold climates.

Good luck to you.
 

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I am so sorry! I can totally understand why you would be heartbroken over a cat, esp. this cat! She's so pretty, I really hope she pulls through. Please keep us updated on your little girl.
 

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Thank you for the support, everyone. Today has been rough- Menchi seems to be going downhill.

She seems to be in more pain. If I even touch her back at all, she jerks her head around and puts teeth to my hand. When I go to pick her up, I have to pick her up just right and not move her spine much because it hurts her. I have not missed even one dose of meds with her, even though I had to make a calender saying which med she got when because it is confusing.

I think I will call the vet tommorow and see what he thinks, but unless he is against it or has a different treatment option or something, I will probably make the appointiment to let her go. She is in pain, she is no longer wanting to move at all, and she dosen't seem happy anymore. Shes not to the point of feeling completely miserable, but she certainly dosen't seem happy anymore, and I don't think she will get better.
 

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I'm so sorry. I know that is a horrible decision to have to make. You tried your best for her, and she has been much happier with you then with the owner who would of just put this cat outdoors. Good luck to you and your kitty.
 

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I'm sorry to hear about Menchi. She sounds like a very special kitty, and she's very lucky to have you watching out for her. It's very difficult to witness a pet you love go downhill, and even harder to have to decide when to end the pain for good. My condolences to you, and purrs and slobbers from the furry friends over here.
 

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sorry to hear about this
could it be Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy? they'd likely have to do an ultrasound or something to find out for sure but my cat is at risk of getting/having this so i read up on it and blood clots can definately be caused by it.

ask your vet about it anyway because it is treatable if caught early enough. here's a site with some info about it and other heart problems. http://www.portlandvetspecialists.co...tdisease4.html

because of her disability they may be so focused on what they already know is wrong that they might be missing something else completely.

good luck
 

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I am so sorry about Menchi. I have been in your shoes and I know how hard it is. She is a beautiful girl and you are both in my thoughts. Keep us posted.
 

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I'm so sorry to hear about Menchi.
She is in a better place now. I wish I knew the right words to say. It's so hard to lose a pet.
 

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I'm so sorry! I know how rough it is! I wish there was something more I could say or do it help you.
You're in my thoughts.
 
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