Cat struggling to walk, may have nerve pain
Hello, I have a 10 year old cat named Lily and he has been struggling to walk for almost a year. Last year he was dealing with serious pain that couldn’t be identified and the first vet I went to wasn’t the best and assumed he had pancreatitis based on his hunched posture. At the time I trusted my vet and fed him pancreas supplements and baby food along with his kibble. He slowly started getting better again and was able to walk a short distance. He seemed okay for a while except his hind legs would stick outwards and he couldn’t run or jump. He didn’t seem in serious pain so I didn’t feel the urge to go see another vet especially since Lily would get seriously nervous when he’s forced outside.
Fast forward to a month ago, my cat started showing signs of pain again. He wouldn’t eat or drink and his walking started getting worse so I went to a different vet and this time I was told he has a nerve issue most likely in his spine because his hind legs wouldn’t respond when pinched. The vet did a physical examination and took a blood test and X-ray. Both tests came out fine and he didn’t have any issues. The vet didn’t have a solid solution but recommended steroids to see if his body would react to it. I took the steroids for Lily and after a couple days he started eating and drinking again. He seemed to get better after about a week on steroids however his hind legs have not improved much. I do believe that the steroids helped because he was able to move his legs again and walk a short distance like before however that’s the best that his legs can get as of now. Currently I am doing the tapering process and I am debating on what I should do next for Lily. I have been considered looking for a specialist or find some home remedy for nerve pain. I was recommended Assisi Loop which is a device you can use at home to relieve pain/inflammation for cats but I have yet to really decide. If anybody knows or had a similar experience I would like hear about it. I am worried about Lily having a relapse once he’s off the steroids.