Why do ragdoll cats go limp



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Why do ragdoll cats go limp?

I've only recently started getting these 'ragdoll cats'. But, one thing has been bothering me. Do they go limp because they don't move as much, or is it because they've stopped breathing? If the latter, what's the best thing to do if you want them to come back to life?

Re: Why do ragdoll cats go limp?

The most common "why do ragdoll cats go limp?" question gets asked. It's not a question that gets asked all that often, however, because of the frequency with which cats go limp. The number of cases of cats going limp in a shelter are fewer than the number of cats that get hit by cars, by far.

A cat does not go limp because he is not breathing, he is either anesthetized for medical examination or surgery, he is sleeping, his mouth or nose are not breathing, he is unconscious, or he is dead.

Re: Why do ragdoll cats go limp?

There are many reasons a cat might go limp. When he goes limp it is almost certainly not going to be a simple matter of no air. Some cats go limp because they are suffering from a neurological problem such as spinal injury. It may be a simple spinal problem or it may be caused by an injury to the brain or spinal cord. There is a spinal cord injury called Cauda Equina syndrome in which one of the nerves that originate in the spinal cord is damaged and this impairs the ability of the hindquarters to move. It may be a simple spinal injury, though the Cauda Equina syndrome is a rare condition and usually a cat that is limping or acting strange has some sort of spinal problem. Usually it is very easy to tell if a cat is limping because of a spinal injury, because the hindquarters will be splayed apart. A cat that has suffered a spinal injury would also most likely have an extremely high temperature, an inability to move his hindquarters or his back and his hind legs will usually be stiff. The cat will also most likely have very sensitive hindlegs and the cat may try to get up because his hindlegs hurt. If you notice that your cat is limping or behaving strangely, and his temperature is high and he has poor movement in his hindquarters and his hindlegs are painful, I would certainly think it was a spinal injury. You could put your cat on a heating pad, apply ice to the affected area, and hold him until he recovers. I am also sure that your vet would take a look and see what they could do for him.

Re: Why do ragdoll cats go limp?

There are many reasons a cat might go limp. When he goes limp it is almost certainly not going to be a simple matter of no air. Some cats go limp because they are suffering from a neurological problem such as spinal injury or they are also have kidney or liver disease. These conditions can cause a cat to go limp because his blood chemistry and electrolyte balance have been affected by the disease.

Re: Why do ragdoll cats go limp?

The fact that this is the case is sad. Sometimes owners don't know a cat has an underlying disease. Also, I would think your vet should be aware of it because he deals with it everyday.

I know this isn't much help, but sometimes animals just don't want to move their legs. It seems silly, but you might have to hold them until they get in a little better mood. My cats sometimes limp if they can't get into a comfortable position.

The vet and I believe that my cats have a neurological problem. They had a long history of seizures that the vet treated with a series of seizure drugs that didn't work.

So, I'm a little frustrated. I have a vet that I trust, but he is out of town until next Wednesday.

Re: Why do ragdoll cats go limp?

Originally Posted by bmahler

The fact that this is the case is sad. Sometimes owners don't know a cat has an underlying disease. Also, I would think your vet should be aware of it because he deals with it everyday.

I know this isn't much help, but sometimes animals just don't want to move their legs. It seems silly, but you might have to hold them until they get in a little better mood. My cats sometimes limp if they can't get into a comfortable position.

The vet and I believe that my cats have a neurological problem. They had a long history of seizures that the vet treated with a series of seizure drugs that didn't work.

So, I'm a little frustrated. I have a vet that I trust, but he is out of town until next Wednesday.

Good luck.

I have experienced that with my dogs too. They get lazy and fall asleep and I have to wake them up and coax them to stand up.

Last edited by Cat Lover, December 24th, 2011 at 12:05 PM.

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Re: Why do ragdoll cats go limp?

Originally Posted by Cat Lover

The fact that this is the case is sad. Sometimes owners don't know a cat has an underlying disease. Also, I would think your vet should be aware of it because he deals with it everyday.

I know this isn't much help, but sometimes animals just don't want to move their legs. It seems silly, but you might have to hold them until they get in a little better mood. My cats sometimes limp if they can't get into a comfortable position.

The vet and I believe that my cat might have had a stroke, but we were not able to find any evidence of it. I thought it was just from old age and too much catnip. The vet says my cat could have had a brain tumor. He is on prescription meds, but the meds are still wearing off after 6 months.

"If you're going to be a hypocrite, you'd better be an expert in lying. " - William F. Buckley, Jr.

Re: Why do ragdoll cats go limp?

My cat was also in a similar situation. After 2 months on meds (it's a steroid), his vet said that he was never going to get better. The vets I saw told me to take him off the meds, but I decided to hold off on that.

I finally was able to find a vet that was more open to medication, and we were able to figure out a plan that worked for him. He no longer limps, he's still kind of tired after a long day, but it's manageable. We still have to keep an eye on him, but we've put in a big effort to figure out what's going on.

I'd tell you to keep him happy. Keep him off the couch, or at least make sure he can get comfortable in his bed (he still has problems getting in his bed at night, but we have a solution that works). Try



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