He had a few consultations with orthopedic specialists and work up and we discovered extra vertebra and prolapsed discs. Pain medication trials only helped briefly. In May this year he had deteriorated. We could barely touch him, he was crouched, and had slow reflexes in hind leg and took excessively long to urinate. We were considering the possibility of surgery. He had a CT scan which point we identified a few extra issues. He unfortunately was not a good surgical candidate. So we decided before giving up on him and considering euthanasia to attempt some other therapies.
Before we could do manual physio, we started laser therapy. He surprisingly was cooperative and we were able to complete a number of sessions and were convinced we saw improvement.
We are working toward this by getting him walking on a normal treadmill, as well as standing in increasingly deep water. Now we are in the treadmill at VSS pairing it with his favorite foods.
A key to his comfort and many visits to VSS - taking a dog with us. He very much loves his pups, so having a dog with him really does increase his confidence.
So we will keep on keeping on. I cannot thank Lindsey and Lisa from Animal Physiotherapy Solutions for working with us. We certainly have a much more comfortable cat and I am so happy to see his progress.
Lisa even had a cuddle with the once untouchable cat!!