We came back from a day out to find him not looking himself and rather quiet. Initially we thought he was just under the weather but soon discovered that he seemed to be unable to walk properly. He hind legs just didn't seem to work and he was almost dragging himself along. Anyone who has had a cat into old age will know that this can be the beginning of the end. We were naturally worried.
The next day he was taken to the vets. We had a few suspicions but they were just that. Had he fallen? His favourite spot is upstairs, on a small table overlooking the banister. We wondered whether he had fallen from here and damaged his back or legs? As he had a few scuff marks on his ears, had be been fighting above his weight with his older and much larger brother? Had he sustained an injury as a result? The last thought was that perhaps he had suffered a mini stroke - not as uncommon as you'd think even in a young cat?
At the vets he was given the once over. It was felt the best course of action was to give him a strong anti inflammatory and see how he was in a few days. After this if anything he seemed worse. He was off his food, not particularly going to the toilet, still dragging himself along (only when he had to) and generally staying in the same position for hours on end.
A second visit to the vets saw him being x-rayed as a precaution and another anti inflammatory given. We actually thought the worse and Mrs Orange and I had the dreaded conversation about what we would do if he didn't improve. He looked terrible and upset, perhaps as he is usually a blur of movement and life always up to mischief and rarely sitting still. He is the most athletic cat I have seen and to see him more than a shadow of his former self was not pleasant.
Thankfully, as the days past he seemed to improve slowly. The current state of play is that he seems more or less back to himself. Whatever caused the above, we are still very much in the dark. I doubt if we will ever know? We are just glad he seems back to normal by getting into trouble and being at the root of all that is naughty.
I know that the Maine Coon is very popular in the USA so perhaps some of my American readers might be able to cast light on what might have gone on here?