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Nerve Disorder Affecting Multiple Nerves in Cats



Animals can usually be treated on an outpatient basis. However, cats with acute polyradiculoneuropathies will have inflammation at the roots of the spinal cord nerves, and are at risk of respiratory failure. They should be hospitalized for observation in the early phase of the disease to prevent this. Cats with dysautonomia should be hospitalized to receive fluid therapy and/or administered (parenteral) feeding.


Cats with hyperchylomicronemia may spontaneously recover after two to three months of being fed a low-fat diet. Cats that have been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus should have their blood glucose and diet closely monitored.


An excellent related treatment for patients with peripheral polyneuropathies is physiotherapy, for encouraging restoration of the affected musculature and nerve memory.


Living and Management


It is important to understand that the cause of many polyneuropathies can never be determined, and treatment of the primary cause of polyneuropathy may not cure your cat. In some cases, the peripheral nerves will continue to deteriorate, and your cat's disease will worsen.


Cats that have been diagnosed with congenital or inherited forms of polyneuropathies should not be bred. Generally, it is advisable to neuter a cat that is suffering from this condition to prevent accidental breeding.



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