What Is Narrowing Vertebral Canal Of Cats?

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What is Narrowing of Vertebral Canal in Cats? The cat 's spine is composed of seven cervical vertebrae in the neck, thirteen thoracic vertebrae in the upper back, seven lumbar vertebrae in the lower back and three sacral/coccygeal vertebrae in the pelvis and tail region. Each of the 30 vertebrae has discs in-between one another, which absorb shock, hold the spine together and act as a joint in order to help the spine move. The spinal or vertebral canal is located in the vertebra, protecting the cord from injury. When this vertebral canal narrows, a neurological condition known as lumbosacral stenosis or cauda equina syndrome results. Lumbosacral stenosis puts pressure on the nerves in the spinal canal between the lumbar and sacral vertebrae, damaging them. The condition is rare in cats but can cause pain and lameness in cats who are affected. Symptoms of Narrowing of Vertebral Canal in Cats Symptoms typically develop slowly as the vertebral canal narrows. These symptoms include: Tail weakness Tail paralysis (tail drags on ground behind cat and is no longer able to be lifted) Abnormal tail carriage Hind lumb lameness Pain in the lower back in the lumbar and sacral spinal regions Pelvic limb weakness Muscle atrophy Ligament hypertrophy Urinary incontinence Fecal elimnation problems Reluctance to jump or climb There are two types of lumbosacral stenosis: Acquired, where the condition develops on its own Congenital, where the condition develops during fetal development

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