Hello and welcome to Polly. Such a sweet cat. She sadly managed to damage her front limb and it was paralysed.
It's known as a brachial plexus avultion and is something we do see frequently. Cats can get this from catching thier leg when they jump out of a tree or being hit by a car or such like.
Some cases are amazing and can regain full use of the limb. But some are more severe and don't recover, meaning amputation is the only option.
So in order to give the limb the best chance, physiotherapy is essential. We can look after the limb during its healing. We help maintain circulation, muscle bulk, ligament strength and stop the contracture that occurs if it is left without any help.
We are so pleased to report that Polly had a short recovery time of only a few weeks. Sadly we didnt get a video when she first came in, but you can see her amazing walk below, with only a tiny limp seen. This limp was totally resolved by the end of our treatment time.
Well done polly, mum and dad! Its takes amazing dedication to get patients through paralysis or pareisis.
Hello and welcome to Marley. Such a sweet cat. He has been referred for physio because he is starting to show weakness in his hind limbs.
Cats are so resiliant that many seem to show no issues from the day they are born to the day they go. So it takes a vigilant owner to spot the problems.
It often seems like cats dont get mobility issues but they do suffer arthritis just like all animals. Spotting the signs can be very subtle. They may just go out less, sleep more, not groom themselves, not jump as often and such like. This can be such a gradual thing that you often forget how active your cat once was. But do remember, we slow down for a reason and thats often because we ache.
So we have done our exam and found that Marley is actually doing brilliantly and his mum has picked up on the signs very fast. This is wonderful as early treatment will be so effective and build him up for a happy future.
We have set Marley up with a strengthening program and done some massage to comfort his lower back.
Keep up the good work mum and Marley! We'll have you feeling better in no time.
We just wanted to show you how much cats love massage and physiotherapy.
We have shown videos of other cats enjoying it in the past. But this man was so cute we had to share it with you all.
Jasper had his femoral head and neck removed and very much appreciated his physio.
Hello and welcome to Widget. Such a lovely cat. He shares a home with our Smokey.
This little bean managed to escape thier garden through a hole a fox must have dug. Mum has an amazing safe garden, but foxes are fast workers and cunning!
Widget must have somehow managed to get home. He was seriously injured and the vet said it was most likely he had been hit by a car. Well done him getting home!
He had a seriously broken pelvis and spine. He had surgery at the specialists. They warned mum of the high risk of the procedure, but there was no real alternative.
Widget made the most incredible recovery! He now moves so well you would not know he had a hip joint removed and had so much damage.
Mum asked us to do an assessment and treatment to help him stay well and mobile.
We did identify some stiffness and low level discomfort in the sacrum. So we did a treatment and set mum up with some home stretches and massage to keep him comfy.
Keep up the good work mum and widget!
Hello and welcome to Smokey. Such a beautiful Brittish shorthair. He really is lovely.
His mum made such a huge effort to keep him safe and happy. Then he had an accident when he fell in his own home. He hurst his knee and had surgery at an amazing referal specialists.
Sadly there was a complication and vast amounts of scar tissue developed in the capsule of the knee. This meant he developed severe restriction in range of movement. This happened very quickly. She came for physio to see if it could help. Mum was wonderful and had seen a physio very early but it had not worked out, so she changed to us for help.
We tried a few things but sadly the scar tissue was very bad. The treatment that seemed to provide the most relief was the intrasound.
Sadly the limb deteriorated and the lateral hock ligament broke down. Ligaments are amazingly strong but require use to maintain that strength. Reduced use of the limb meant the ligament health reduced.
So Smokey is now going to have the limb amputated. This seems sad. But actually it will mean he is pain free and able to move without the difficult limb in the way.
Animals can do so well on 3 and Smokey will too. He will be far happier. He will join the amputee club. It has many members, including our own dog!
Physio is a wonderful tool but sometimes the body has other ideas.
Keep up the good work mum and Smokey. You worked hard to preserve the limb. But he will be fine without it.