On October 4, 2009, one day after we got Tommy (aged 8) back from the animal hotel, we saw for the first time that he was lifting his left foreleg every once in a while, as he was sitting down. In the beginning we thought the problem will get solved by itself, but after a week we saw no improvement. As a matter of fact, it got worse. Not only was he sitting now and then with his paw raised, he also began avoiding using his leg while walking, so we took him to the vet for a check-up.
Tommy got a shot against the pain and we were advised to keep him in a cage, so that he can rest his leg.
After 14 days of rest there was no improvements, so we took him back to the vet. After anesthetising him, the vet took some x-rays and gave him another type of painkiller. She concluded from the photo that Tommy had arthritis and gave him Sasha’s Blend as a treatment.
But Tommy’s situation seemed to deteriorate, so we went back with him to the vet, who changed once more his painkillers. Again, we saw no results.
A week later, we returned to the vet for another change of medication. Following this new visit to Tommy’s doctor, we were advised to try acupuncture. He underwent the treatment without a problem. The first visits had an effect on him, so we were hoping to get the problem resolved, but unfortunately, the symptoms returned. Special food supplements for arthritis such as glucosamine and Evening Primrose oil also yielded no results.
January 12, his situation deteriorated even more. He was walking on two legs only and seemed miserable. We were at a loss. The advice of the vet was to put Tommy (4.7 kg) on a diet, to make his arthritis less painful. We have another cat and we were used to place food for them so that they can eat whenever they wished to. Obviously, we had to change that and the two cats had to eat under supervision. Tommy got only 35 grams of dry food per day.
In the beginning of February, the vet told us that treating the pain is the most important thing for Tommy at that point, and so she gave us a new form of painkillers, in a tablet form. She also said that a manual therapy can be an option and she suggested Dr. Aharon. She pointed out that we should first wait and see if the medication helped.
Losing weight did not improve Tommy’s situation, nor did the tablets. In short, there was no positive change and we were starting to despair. The x-rays were sent to an x-ray specialist for a second opinion, but he also did not have any solution to offer. On the 17th of February, we were advised to make new x-rays but we decided against it. Tommy had to be put under for this procedure, and last time he was anesthetised, his condition deteriorated.
We decided to call Dr. Aharon and made an appointment for the 26th of February. We travelled with Tommy one and a half hour in the car to Nooorden. Dr. Aharon noticed that a number of vertebrae in his back and neck were not well positioned and she corrected that immediately.
After the treatment, she gave instructions for us to follow at home. Along with the medication, we also had to massage him and make him do exercises, so as to train the muscles in his legs.
Our next appointment was for the 17th of March. We noticed a slight improvement, but Tommy’s situation was still not good. According to Dr. Aharon, it was clear to see that he was doing better than the last time.
Two weeks later we made another appointment, in which we concluded that Tommy’s condition was constantly improving. We agreed to get in touch again in July.
In the end of May, Tommy made a little trip to the flat roof of our house, after which his condition got worse again for a small while.
Since the beginning of July, Tommy is back to his old self, and after a check up in October, he was pronounced a fully recovered cat.
We are very happy that we finally encountered Dr. Aharon, so that Tommy can have again a pain-free life.
Michel and Françoise