My (almost 13yrs old) cat has been deteriorating over the past couple months...and I wonder if he's enjoying life anymore... Micio has lived outside most of his life and has been a pretty tough kitty. He's been scratched up bad by foxes, dogs, etc...but has always survived. About 3months ago or so, I began to notice a slight change in his gait. Something like a wobble. Over time, it became more noticeable. Almost like his back legs would collapse and he'd fall over. Now, he's basically partially paralyzed in his back legs. I can pinch him between his toes and pinch his tail and he doesn't respond (if I did that to our other cat, she'd go crazy). That said, he still can retract his claws and he tries to scratch himself sometimes. While he lies around most of the day, he still enjoys being petted and some days I'll take him out and put him a special sling that helps him walk. He will try to put his back legs up and stand up, but there's something about his tail that prevents from being able to move his back legs properly... when he falls over on his back and can't get up by himself he gets really scared and tries to scratch. it's so sad He tries dragging himself to the litter box everyday...although he doesn't always make it. He also has a little bit of head tilt....I don't think he's in pain..but I don't know.... we haven't taken him to the vet because we're not exactly in the best financial situation as it is... I feel so bad for him...I wonder if I'm just making it worse by being afraid to let him go... f.v.