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There is a wild cat that I have been feeding for over a year

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There is a wild cat that I have been feeding for over a year now and something has happened to him as it appears his pelvis is broken or his two back legs. He is in a lot of pain and cannot walk, he is crying all the time and I feel so helpless. Can anything be done for him as I could not afford to pay for expensive treatment? I would appreciate a call on XXXXXXXXXX if possible for advice. Regards XXXXX XXXXX
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Drew :

Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

Dr. Drew :

I am sorry to hear that Charlie is having this sort of trouble.

Dr. Drew :

What you are describing, may be a condition known as "saddle thrombus", where a blood clot forms, and blocks the flow of blood to the back legs.

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this causes the paws of the rear legs to become colder than the front paws,

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and causes significant pain, along with inability to move or support weight with the rear legs.

Dr. Drew :

This is not at all a condition that can be managed at home, unfortunately,

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and even with aggressive hospitalization and intensive care,

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the prognosis is quite guarded.

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Typically, there is underlying heart disease which is what increases the formation of blood clots in the bloodstream,

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and so even if the current clot dissolves, a new one may form in days, weeks, or months later.

Dr. Drew :

many cats with this condition are humanely euthanized, sadly.

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