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 Post subject: Neuropathy?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:26 pm 
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Hello everyone,
It’s been a long time but my Bengal has been experiencing some rather uncomfortable days for about 2 months, so I came to seek some advice..

After doing some research, it seems the Bengal breed is somewhat susceptible to displaying signs of neuropathy. It started in mid January, & it seems she has good days & bad days. The first signs of it were actually in October of last year, when she began limping on the left hind leg. After a trip to the vet, we found nothing broken or displaced, & simply thought that maybe she had a rough fall from her cat tree. They prescribed some anti inflammatory& after a few days she was back to normal. T

This leads us to mid January, her limping came back but now the right side, & little by little started to effect both legs, & eventually her front legs & paws. She has days where it’s pretty bad & difficult for her to move comfortably. Another trip to the vet was more intense, with blood work & xrays & still nothing causing the issues.

I then stumbled across neuropathy in bengals & from what I’ve read, seems it kind of clears itself up over some time & things get back to normal. I’m not 100% sure she is dealing with neuropathy but it seems to be very similar.
Question is have any of you owners experience this & how long did it take to clear up..
Also she has been on steroids as well with not much reaction
Thanks so much for any info


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 Post subject: Re: Neuropathy?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:07 pm 
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I should also mention that she just turned 3 Years old. I have an appointment set up with a specialist vet but couldn’t get in until April 1. I’m hoping to narrow it down with the help of the specialist. For those of you that experienced neuropathy, was the vet able to pinpoint exactly what was going on? It seems like it’s not very common in Bengal cats but enough cases to bring up some studies.

She is being very brave throughout this tough time. She even continues to try to play with her toys within her capabilities. It’s tough seeing her like this, I really wish I could do something for her


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 Post subject: Re: Neuropathy?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:26 pm 
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I am so sorry your baby is having to deal with this. Thankfully, there are vets who specialise in neurology and will be able to help you. My cat has suffered from this a few times. We will be walking and suddenly, he can't operate one of his front paws. Within minutes, it has gotten one of his back paws and I have to pick him up and carry him -- straight to the vet. By the time we get there, the symptoms are gone and he is back to normal and we leave without any medication. I'd say this happens about twice a year and at all other times, he is fine. I believe the fact that bengals are hybrids and the early (and continuing) inbreeding has caused a lot of these health issues bengals have.

I'm sure the specialist will offer a diagnosis and treatment. I know getting in to see a specialist takes a while, but the wait will be worth it. Good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Neuropathy?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:10 am 
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Shoot, sorry to hear about your ill kitty. Neuropathy is something that quite a few members have dealth with here on the forum. Definitely use the search functionality and read some of the old threads (if you haven't already). Like this one:

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=21496&p=239148&hilit=neuropathy#p239148

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 Post subject: Re: Neuropathy?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:39 pm 
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Thanks for the input! I have searched & read about a few instances on these forums. It’s a great way to hear directly from Bengal owners.
I was luckily able to get an earlier appointment for March 21 at a different specialist vet that’s a bit further away, but it’s well worth it to me. I’ll post back with the findings.

Thanks again for responding!


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 Post subject: Re: Neuropathy?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:37 am 
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Hope your appointment goes well and you will keep us posted.


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 Post subject: Re: Neuropathy?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:12 pm 
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I have some updates, first off she is beginning to show signs of improvement, for the past few days it’s been limited to only her rear right leg off and on.
After a consult with the neurologist today, he is suspecting that my cat is not dealing with neuropathy. After some clinical testing he was pretty convinced it wasn’t neuropathy. I even showed him some videos of her at her worst.
He is thinking she isn’t dealing with spinal issues and recommend I see their orthopedic doctor if things continue.
What do you all think?


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 Post subject: Re: Neuropathy?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:47 pm 
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Did any of the doctors suggest Prednisone (or Prednisolone)? I've had Dachshunds with spine issues and similar symptoms and a week on those meds took care of it. Happened a few times on one dog and avoided $5,000 surgery. She lived to a ripe old age. I'm not a doctor, just thought it might be worth asking. Hope it helps and good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Neuropathy?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:18 am 
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mellowyellow wrote:
I have some updates, first off she is beginning to show signs of improvement, for the past few days it’s been limited to only her rear right leg off and on.
After a consult with the neurologist today, he is suspecting that my cat is not dealing with neuropathy. After some clinical testing he was pretty convinced it wasn’t neuropathy. I even showed him some videos of her at her worst.
He is thinking she isn’t dealing with spinal issues and recommend I see their orthopedic doctor if things continue.
What do you all think?


Thanks for the update. Sounds like potentially good news. Fingers crossed.

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