Proprioceptive Deficits in Cats

Feline Proprioceptive Deficits

Proprioceptive deficits are abnormal body positions or movements due to a lack of normal perception. Loss of proprioception causes abnormal placement reactions in the limbs (legs), abnormal limb position at rest (legs crossed or paws turned under), and abnormal wearing of the toes.

Loss of proprioception is a nonspecific indication of neurologic disease. Proprioceptive deficits may have little to no impact on the affected individual; however, its presence may represent severe or life-threatening illness, and therefore, should not be ignored and should be addressed if it persists or worsens.

General Causes of Proprioceptive Deficits in Cats

What to Watch For

Diagnosis of Proprioceptive Deficits in Cats

Treatment of Proprioceptive Deficits in Cats

Depending on the specific case or patient it may be difficult or even impossible to treat proprioceptive deficits symptomatically. If appropriate, there are several things your veterinarian might prescribe or recommend to treat your pet’s symptoms.

Home Care

Administer any prescribed medication as directed by your veterinarian. Observe your pet’s general activity and appetite, and watch closely for the worsening of signs, bringing them to the attention of your veterinarian.