Little John is a Maine Coon cat who was brought to me after seeing the vet for an injury to his back that resulted in difficulty walking. He was dragging his hind legs behind him with only a small amount of control left in the muscles of his hind legs. On the hardwood floors he slipped along half dragging and half walking, he did a little better on carpeting but not considerably. He had some difficulty urinating and defecating, as is fairly common in paralysis (complete or partial).
Video of Little John sliding his back end behind him. He was unable to move his tail at all.
Little John is one of the most agreeable cats I’ve ever met but he was quite sore after his first adjustment. He hissed when lifted off the table the first time. He improved slowly over the first few days though and began to walk more normally.
Video of Little John after his adjustment.
After the second adjustment he got up, stretched, shook his tail, and sauntered off.
Little John still comes for regular adjustments, especially after a rambunctious day or a slip and fall. He still walks comfortably and uses all four legs equally. He had some pain near the base of his tail which was greatly improved after a few adjustments.
To date, he is the third patient I have seen with paralysis. We’ve had two dogs and this one cat, two exhibited hind limb paralysis (1 dog, 1 cat), the third dog was completely unable to walk. All three patients are walking today, only one has some residual damage and limps slightly.
(Chiropractic is not guaranteed to cure paralysis, but it may be a viable treatment option.)