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What is Loss of Balance?

The condition takes place when a disease or injury disrupts the vestibular apparatus in the inner ear. The vestibular apparatus is the area that controls the balance and coordination in your cat. There are several causes of vestibular disease, but the disease is usually considered idiopathic because the cause is not always known.

A loss of balance commonly occurs when a cat is suffering from vestibular disease. Your cat may experience issues with standing on all four legs, and you may even notice your cat leaning or falling over at times, which can be a frightening sight.

Symptoms of Loss of Balance in Cats

Once you notice your cat is having trouble standing up, it is important to watch for the other signs of vestibular disease. A cat who is suffering from loss of balance may also display the following symptoms:

  • Trouble standing
  • Falling down
  • Stumbling when walking
  • Head tilting to one side
  • Moving in circles
  • Rolling on floor
  • Weakness of limbs
  • Continual eye movements
  • Painful vocalizations
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Vomiting or lack of appetite

Causes of Loss of Balance in Cats

There is not always a known cause to vestibular disease, but the following problems can play a part in this condition:

  • Middle-ear or inner ear infections
  • Disease or injury of the spinal cord
  • Damage or disease of the central nervous system
  • Neurological disorders
  • Cancer
  • Tumors in ear canal, especially in aging cats
  • Exposure to specific drugs or toxins

Diagnosis of Loss of Balance in Cats

The symptoms of vestibular disease may be related to another condition, such as an inner ear infection or head trauma. A physical exam is usually performed to check the overall health of your cat. This includes a neurologic exam and an otoscopic (ear) exam. You should also expect to answer questions about the cat's medical history and current symptoms.

Your veterinarian may run a number of tests to check for an underlying cause of your cat's loss of balance or to rule out other conditions. Your veterinarian may order a blood test, urine test, and ear cultures to check for diseases that may cause a loss of balance. Your cat may have to undergo an MRI, spinal tap, and head x-rays to check for injuries or infections that may have caused the condition. The tests also allow your veterinarian to ensure the loss of balance has not caused a more serious condition, such as injury from falling down.

Treatment of Loss of Balance in Cats

Treatment options depend on whether or not the loss of balance is idiopathic. Your veterinarian will treat the underlying cause if it is known, and they will focus on relieving the symptoms if there is not a known cause.

Treating the Underlying Cause

The loss of balance may be caused by an ear infection, tumor or exposure to toxins. When this is the case, your veterinarian will treat the underlying cause of the condition. Your veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics for an infection or induce vomiting for drug toxicity. The type of treatment depends on the underlying cause itself.

Treating Idiopathic Vestibular Disease

If the loss of balance or vestibular disease is considered to be idiopathic, your veterinarian will focus on treating the symptoms and bringing comfort to your cat.

Dizziness can cause your cat to lose its appetite or vomit, so your cat may prescribe medication to treat the vomiting, nausea and motion sickness. Your cat may require help with feedings, fluid administration, and changing position during recovery from this condition. Your cat may be restricted to cage rest in a well-padded area to avoid injury when trying to stand up or walk. The good news is the symptoms usually disappear in about two weeks and rarely reappear.

Recovery of Loss of Balance in Cats

Your veterinarian can treat the underlying cause or symptoms of the loss of balance, but it is still important to schedule a follow-up appointment after the treatment. A follow-up appointment allows your veterinarian to make sure the underlying cause has been treated or eliminated. Your veterinarian will also make sure your cat has not become sick or injured due to the loss of balance.

It is important to follow the instructions given by your veterinarian, from assisting with feedings to administering medication. You may need to continue to restrict your cat to cage rest until the symptoms have completely disappeared. Your veterinarian will tell you when to discontinue the treatment.

The underlying cause may be treatable if it is caught early, and idiopathic vestibular disease usually disappears over a short period of time. 

Loss of Balance Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Whitey
Domestic shorthair
17 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

off-balance
leans to one side
Loss of Appetite
Lethargic

Hi! My cat is about 16-17 years old. One day she was suddenly wobbling around and off-balance. She also refused to eat. The night before she was just fine. So I took her to the vet, who gave her a shot to help nausea and fluids. The vet said that she didnt think my cat had cancer, and suspected it was an issue with her inner ear. She gave me a syringe to feed her with in case she still didnt eat.

Anyway, its been about a week, and I've been feeding her 25cc's of cat food mixed with warm water. She will go drink from her water bowl, but when I put a plate of food down for her to eat, she will just take a few tiny bites and leave the rest. Normally she would eat the entire plate.

She still wobbles and is moving around the house slower than normal, and seems more lethargic than normal. I can't afford to go back to the vet for blood tests for a few weeks. How serious do you think this is, and what can I do to help her until I can afford teh blood tests at the vets?

After getting the fluids my cat seemed slightly better.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
Without knowing the specific cause for the symptoms, it is difficult to give you any indication for treatment; in this case until you can visit your Veterinarian again it is just a case of continuing to feed wet food with water by syringe to keep hydration and for some ‘solid’ food intake. There is little else we can do if we don’t know what we are treating. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Delilah
American Shorthair
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Stiffness
Falling Over
Lethargy
Disorientation
Stumble
Vomiting

Hello - I am hoping to get a better idea of what issues my cat may be having. I just adopted her from someone in my apartment building (who had to move) about 5 months ago. She is a 12 years old female calico cat who has periodic periods (usually 12 hours) of lethargy and severe unbalance, where she will try to walk but fall over. Sometimes if I pick her up in this state she will get really stiff and appear unable to move her head or spine. By my research, I think it may be some kind of degenerative neurologic disease. The strange thing is she will be like this for a day, and then the next day wake up 100% fine - able to walk and jump and act like her normal self. She has experienced these symptoms since I first took her in, but I'm concerned as these bad spells seem to be coming on more often. I don't know any of her medical history. I also am not willing to spend lots of money for a vet visit as I know they are very involved with lots of tests ect. Especially since she is an older cat, I'd prefer to let nature take its course and make her as comfortable/happy as possible. If I begin to see her in pain, I would certainly take her in. Appreciate any insight you may have.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
464 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. It was nice of you to take Delilah in when your neighbor moved. It is possible that she has an infection causing her neurologic signs, or some other form of neurologic disease. Given her age, it actually would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian, just for a good examination. A veterinarian will be able to look at her, listen to your description (it will help if you can video it), and give you some possible alternatives. It may be something that can be treated without spending a lot, and she may be able to live a more comfortable life. I hope that everything goes well with her.

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Murphy
Domestic shorthair
15 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Wobbling
Wobbly
trance
Twitching

Hi there,

My 15 year old cat occasionally wobbles and very slightly twitches his head. This normally occurs when he is either laying, or standing still. It’s almost as if he goes into a wobbly trance. Sometimes he will topple.

This currently happens a few times a night. It happened a year or so ago over a period of a few weeks, but then almost completely stopped. He had a few random wobbles that lasted a second or so. A few days ago it started again and seems more regular.

I took him to the vet last year and again this year. All bloods and physical checks came back clear, he is in good health and a very happy cat.

I can not afford an MRI scan at the moment and anything that throws up may not be treatable at his age.

Due to his symptoms I think it must either be something neurological or inner ear based. I’m going to go back to the vets a third time to see if they can find anything else before making up my mind on an MRI scan.

Strangely the loss of balance and very slight head twitch lasts only a few seconds and he is totally fine afterwards, almost like he didn’t know it happened.

The most interesting part is that it is possible to bring him out of the “trance”. When he wobbled last night he moved backwards into two mugs of tea that clinked together. This noise immediately made him jump and he was brought out of the wobbly, twitchy trance. Similarly when he wobbles and I’m near I will go over and hold him just in case he falls and this is enough to bring him round. If I do not do this he will return to normal in a few seconds anyway.

I just don’t understand how it could go away almost completely and how it’s something he can be snapped out of.

We adopted him at 12 and he did not do this at all for the first year or so. He has no other medical conditions except he is on ‘fibre response’ food as he gets a little constipated on normal dry food.

His appetite is as ravenous as it always had been, he is just my perfect happy, sleepy boy most of the time. I just don’t see why I haven’t seen symptoms anywhere else on the internet.

I really hope someone can help.

Kind regards
Jack

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
464 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without seeing the episodes that Murphy is experiencing, or examining him, I can't really comment on what might be causing them. I do think, however, that as cats get older, neurologic events start to become more frequent. Oftentimes, if the cat is comfortable, eating and drinking well and generally doing well, we decide that pursuing the cause isn't always as important as making sure that they are comfortable. I would suppose whether you decided to have the MRI might depend on what you would do with the results - what would be your course of action if he does have a brain tumor? Your veterinarian would be able to treat him for a possible inner ear infection if they feel that that is a possibility, and otherwise, if he seems to be thriving and doing well otherwise, you can discuss whether you pursue further diagnostics. I hope that Murphy continues to do well.

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CowKitty
Idk
11 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating Outside Litterbox

Hi. I’ve had my cat for around 10 years now, I do not know an exact age as I had gotten him when she was already a few years old. Within the last week, he’s lost mostly all of his weight and is just skin & bones and will hardly eat, only canned soft cat food and still won’t finish it. He’s been laying around in the same spot and when he tries to walk, it almost looks as if his back legs are giving out on him and he stumbles around. I’m not sure what to do being afraid of the vet costs. I’m also afraid it’s just old age & there’s nothing a vet can do for him. He randomly meows as loud as he can continuously then lays back in his same spot and doesn’t move for hours. He also uses the bathroom everywhere but the litter pan which also started recently. This morning it was in my boyfriend’s slippers, other times, it’s the couch, or a blanket. I just don’t know what it could be or what I should do. I’m only working part time & struggling so a high vet expense isn’t really possible at the moment. Please help.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
Whilst I understand your financial situation, it is difficult to make a diagnosis based on a post online; given the severity of the weight loss and lack of appetite a few possible causes like cancer, liver disease, kidney disease, dental disorders among many other causes may be causing these symptoms. There are charity clinics and non-profit organisations which may help with the financial burden of veterinary care, unfortunately apart from recommending to encourage eating and visiting a Veterinarian for an examination there is little else I can tell you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.aaha.org/pet_owner/lifestyle/cant-afford-critical-veterinary-care-many-nonprofits-can-help!.aspx www.felineoutreach.org/organizations.html www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Paleng
Philippine cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

has trouble standing steadily
falling while walking
looses balance

My cat is loosing its balance.. i think its because when she was just a kitten her head (right part) was bitten and hat's why her head is no tilted.. My question is loosing balance or having ataxia fatal for cats?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
Losing balance and ataxia are symptoms, whether or not they are fatal is dependent on the underlying cause. If the underlying cause is due to liver disease, kidney failure, poisoning or severe infection then it may be fatal but if the cause is due to vestibular disorders or mild infections then no. You should have your Veterinarian check her over to be on the safe side especially if the history of trauma. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

my cat's head is also tilted and she now has a good condition however she sometimes get dizzy..

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Sunshine
Japanese Bobtail
16 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

My cat has only recently began to tuck her ear near her head and tilt it to the side that has the tucked ear. I'm starting to notice that she will 'slip' or even miss he footing entirely. She doesn't act like her ear is bothering her to bad when her ear is in the normal position but when it is tucked, she doesn't like me touching it. If there is something wrong with her, is their any home remedys that could be done since cash is short.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout seeing Sunshine, I can't really comment on what might be causing this problem, but possible reasons might be infection or cancer. It would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, as they can assess her and determine if any treatment is needed. I hope that she is okay.

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phoenix noel
short hair
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

phantom pain
leg locking

my cat lost her right back leg 10 months and 8 days ago today. and now all of of a sudden its locking up on her, just started today at about 12:30pm, she was falling over and mewing in pain. she wold get up and then start circling around trying to get her balance and fall over. shes 3 years and 3 months and 3 weeks and 4 days old today. i know shes not had any head trauma or anything of the like, cause i don't let her go out side no more since she got hurt, i think it has something to with with her amputation and the hip bone or what ever it is called were the leg use to be at before she lost her leg. and idk what i should do. or if its this "PHANTOM" pain i read about coming back to her. i know for a time when she was able to walk again she she would do this as well. cause she still thought the leg was still there. she would get up and start yowling and fall over and i would watch her very carefully and closely and watch her nub like move up n down like she was having trouble with it. not like she knew it was gone but like it was locked up on her. like when we get Charley horses. i mean could that be what it is? i mean as i said it just started and right now shes lying under an old chest on the heater vent but what should i do? would her pain meds help i still have some left over from when she lost her leg or should i talk to my vet n bring her down and wast 20$ i dont have right now? shes happy and healthy for the most part. but idk what to do cause this hasent happen to her in a long long time. and i dont get paied till the 3rd-4th so i can taker her in and i dont want to wait a few day should it be something more then a stupid "PHANTOM" pain or a Charlie Horse. i know when i pressed on it gently she grumped about it witch she never did before. so i know somethings HAS to be wrong. what should i do?

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
464 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Phoenix Noel may be having phantom nerve pain, or muscle twtiching. It would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian to determine whether she would benefit from medication to help her. If you are able to video the episode for your veterinarian it may help them in examining her. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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midnight
alley
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

passing out

What can be wrong with my cat she sits and just fall over or fall forward as if she going to roll over head.She be walking and fall over she act as if she passing out but dont it come over quicck and passes quick...She had blood work done nothing wrong they say my cat is ok.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
464 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without examining Midnight, I can't say what might be going on with her, but if you are able to video one of her episodes, it may help your veterinarian figure out what might be happening, if it is a neurologic event or otherwise. I hope that everything goes okay for her.

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Kali
Mancoon
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

temporary
Trouble Walking
cried loudly
pooped

my cat walked into the room crying loudly, had trouble walking on first her front legs then her back legs, then pooped and peed. she was fine after a while and has never done that before. also has been fine since. thoughts?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
Without examining Kali during an ‘episode’ can it be difficult to determine the specific cause is; spinal disorders, vestibular disorders, poisoning among other causes. Keep a close eye on Kali and see if this issue recurs, if it does have your Veterinarian give Kali an examination to see if they can find a cause for this behaviour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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satan
found as stray
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eating less
Sleeping more
Falling Over

Why can't my cat stand? I found her 2 days ago limping so I brought her inside and since then she's been laying in one spot. When she tries to stand up she just falls back over. She didn't eat the first day but starting eating a little yesterday and drank water.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure what might be going on with Satan without examining her, unfortunately. She may have had a trauma, or be suffering from a systemic or infectious disease. There are so many hazards to cats outside, it is hard to know what might have happened. It would be best to have her seen as soon as possible by a veterinarian, as they can assess her, determine what might be wrong, and give her appropriate treatment. I hope that she is okay.

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Millie
Calico
19 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wobbly

Medication Used

subcutaneous fluids

My 19 year old cat seems to be having balance issues, to the point were she doesn’t want to get up. She does have low level kidney issues but she’s been great, though I noticed that her hearing had diminished significantly if not completely in the last couple months. I was thinking this might be a middle ear thing, thoughts?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
Both balance and hearing are usually inner ear issues; infections, tumours, injury or toxins may cause issues. Liver or kidney disease may cause issues with balance if they are failing but you should have Millie checked over by her Veterinarian to see what the underlying cause is and whether or not it is manageable or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Coal
Long Hair Tuxedo Cat
7 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty Jumping
Wobbly

I got my kitten back on January 6th from a local shelter and they said the only issue he had was a common cat cold and had been treated with antibiotics. When we picked him out, we noticed he was wobbly but assumed it was due to the whiskers on the left side of his face being cut or pulled out and were growing back slowly.
Since we have had him, he has gotten a little less wobbly, but not much, and still can't balance correctly whether siting or standing. I've also noticed he can't really jump. He can jump about half a foot off the ground, then has to climb the rest of the way. He has difficulty jumping a gap between a counter and couch when they're only about a foot apart.
I'm concerned he may have some underlying issue also. Any advice? It doesn't seem to effect his day to day life, I'm just concerned their may be something going on we don't know about that could have an impact in the future.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
464 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without seeing Coal and assessing his neurologic function, I'm not sure if this problem may be a visual one, or a neurologic problem, or whether it may affect him in the long term. It would be best to have him examined by your veterinarian, as they can look at him, assess his condition, and determine what might be going on, as well as if any treatments might help. I hope that he does well!

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Seamus
longhair cat
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
spot in ear
cat acne

Loss of balance, cat acne, and circular discoloration in my cats ear: My cat Seamus has had cat acne for several months (was diagnosed by a vet), and I used sialic acid wipes to treat it, but it never got better or worse so I stopped using the wipes.
For the last month, someone was cat sitting him in a house hold with an indoor cat and an indoor dog. Seamus is also an indoor cat. I got Seamus back about a week ago, and he had a couple of scrapes but seemed in great shape.

Yesterday, I noticed a spot in his ear that is discolored (blackish)m though not inflammed, and he didn;t seem bothered when I touched it. Today, he has displayed loss of balance. He can walk just find, but isn't landing any jumps. He has a normal appetite and is drinking water.

I have a vet appointment scheduled for Wednesday, but am wondering if I should take him sooner and if there is anything I can do for him in the mean time.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
464 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. If Seamus is eating and drinking normally, and his signs don't progress between now and Wednesday, you should be okay waiting to have him seen until Wednesday. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, see if the discoloration in his ear is related to the loss of balance, or if there is something else going on, and recommend treatment for him. If he becomes more unstable between now and then, or is unable or not interested in eating or drinking, he should be seen sooner. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Ishkabibbles
Calico
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Not Vocal
Peeing in the house
wobbly when walking
lack of appetite

My cat is an indoor/outdoor cat and about a month ago, her inner eyelid wouldn't open all the way in her right eye. After about a week I took her to the vet and they told me she had suffered from a blow to the head. She was prescribed three medications and none of them seemed to help her eye. She has slowly but surely been recovering (when she first received the injury she was always sleeping and is now awake more, and eating a bit more, her eyelid will now open all the way). However, she is constantly peeing on furniture, she hardly eats and doesn't seem like she has great balance when she is walking.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
464 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that that happened to Ishkakibbles. There are so many things that can happen to cats outdoors. Without examining her, I'm not able to assess her nerve or eye function or see what might be able to be done for her. It would be best to have a follow up appointment with your veterinarian and have her rechecked to see what further therapy might be available to her to help her continue to heal from what must have been a fairly traumatic blow to her head. I hope that she is okay.

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Lucy Jane
Burmilla
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

Yesterday my cat must have jumped off the bed, I heard her and when I looked she couldn’t walk. Her eyes were fully dilated for a while but didn’t take long for her to start walking normal. Then again tonight she jumps off the bed and can’t walk for just a little while. She is eating and drinking fine.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
I am concerned that Lucy Jane has sustained a head injury if you noticed dilated eyes and a wobbly gait; I would keep a close eye on her and have her checked by your Veterinarian. Try to prevent her from jumping up and down from places to ensure that she gets plenty of rest. Since she has difficulty walking two times in a row after jumping from the bed I would recommend a check up by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boots
domestic short hair
5 Days
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

My cat had kittens 5 days ago all the kittens are feeding and getting fat how ever 1 has no balance just tips over to one side really concerned what could it be the other kittens are moving fine he gets around but struggles to stand

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
464 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Boots may be suffering from an infectious disease, or a birth defect of some type. Cerebellar hypoplasia can occur in kittens - it would be a good idea to have your veterinarian look at him and see if there is any treatment necessary to help him, as he may have problems eating with that problem. I hope that he is okay.

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kyko
japanese calico
9 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Weight Loss
Loss of Balance
bathroom problems
lack of appetite

Hello, my sister's cat has lost all her weight, will barely drink water, will not eat, and cries out. She can hardly walk and when she does it is for a few seconds and she lays down. The walking situation just started yesterday. it I a very scary situation since this has started. So my question is what can we do to help the cat?

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
464 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Kyko needs to see a veterinarian. Without examining her, I cannot say what might be going on with her, but she sounds quite ill, weak, and needs medical attention. Your veterinarian will be able to examine her, run blood work if needed, and give you an idea as to what might be happening and what you can do about it for her. I hope that she is okay.

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Pepper
long hair
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance in Back Legs
back leg weakness

My kitten is around 4 months old and just recently started developing weakness in both of her back legs. No loss of appetite at all and she doesn't act like she isn't feeling well. She's pretty petite, but I just started noticing that shes getting thinner. Shes long haired so its hard to notice. When I bring food up she practically runs to jump up on the counter to get it. She doesn't seem to be able to jump very well though and needs to jump on a chair first and then to a table to get to where the food is. When she jumps she loses her balance and stumbles. Still very affectionate and moves fairly quickly. Her back legs also wobble when she walks. I've got an appointment tomorrow at the vet, but would like some advice prior. No idea what her breed is, but she has fairly long hair and very long whiskers.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
464 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. That is unusual behavior in such a young cat, unless she had a history of trauma. Possible causes may be weakness due to intestinal disease, neurologic disease, infectious disease, or muscular disease - your veterinarian will be able to tell you more as far as what might be going on once they have examined her and tested her nerve function. I hope that she is okay.

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Corky
Orange tabby
10 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss

My grandfather passed away a couple of years ago and I adopted his (rescue) cat (Corky) , so he wouldn't end up back at the humane society. As he was my grandfather's cat, I am unsure of his exact age, but I know he is at least 10y/o. Since that time, he has always been more vocal than most cats I've had before,but recently it increased even more so. He was, also, always a thinner cat, but his weight loss over the last week has been frightening. This last WK he has also exhibited a lack of balance/dizziness and has had a couple of slight falls because of it. He seems moderately wobbly(and keeps his back slightly hunched) when he walks. I have been able to get him to drink water once in awhile, but it seems he is having trouble eating (chewing?) I increased his wet food(as much as he will eat) along with giving him think cuts of raw chicken (which he ate about an oz. total). Today I tried canned salmon, however, all he did was take a couple bites, but mostly licked it and then laid back down. He also seems to be struggling to meow when he first gets back up(a very soft, pitiful cry compared to his usual loud bellowing at me), dehydrating? I've checked his ears, they present no outward signs of drainage or redness, but I have noticed him shaking his head from time to time(usually after taking a drink, or trying to eat?) I would love to be able to say that, financially, I have every ability to spend whatever I like to help him, unfortunately, I am disabled myself and what little I have usually goes toward mine, the animals, and the rest of my family's food for the month. I am just hoping you might at least be able to give me some thoughts that would better help me know if what I'm observing with him is treatable,(ears/infection) or if he is simply entering his end stages of life( kidneys/cancer etc). Thank you in advance for any help you are able to give.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
The symptoms you are describing are a little general and may be attributable to numerous different conditions; if you are registered disabled or can show low income there are charity clinics and nonprofits which may be able to assist with some or all of the cost of veterinary care, it is just a case of taking the time to find and reach out to them (see links below). If Corky is eating some wet food (try to stay away from raw chicken) try to mix a little water with the food to boost the water content; check hydration by pressing on his gums until they turn white, let go and it should take less than two seconds to go pink again any longer and he is dehydrated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.avma.org/public/YourVet/Pages/Financial-assistance-for-veterinary-care-costs.aspx www.felineoutreach.org/organizations.html www.paws.org/cats-and-dogs/other-services/help-with-veterinary-bills/

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Sita
Cat
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

balance
balance lethargy spasms won't eat

On this 9th or 10th day into this cycle my cat's behavior is different and balance is off. Sita Kitty first presented weakness to jump up & loss of balance when doing so or misjudging distance (maybe because of weakness), this went on for maybe 4-5 days. We are now on day about 10. On 5th day would explore food but not eat it, behavior was lethargic, warmth and comfort seeking, rallied with forced oral fluids and food for walking around and urinating in box, has seen two vets who say she doesn't present with a lot of fecal matter on palpation, but I now know she has not pooped in 4-5 days (I have 3 cats so was hard to tell until she was isolated to one area). Blood worked showed slightly high on kidney and something on thyroid indicating to the second vet that she might have beginning stage thyroid problem and is caught in not eating cycle. Last night Vet have subcutaneous electrolyte fluids and He gave her a shot to make the intestines not irritable and when that didn't work has given me "entyce" in super tiny amount (normally for dogs) to give to her tonight to see if she will eat. I have given the cat forced feeding 1-2 times per day last 4-5 days. She has been able to swallow. Now she walks around the house only when I get her up (has been the case the last 4-5 days and was most alert on Vet visits in new environments) and presents with balance issues, not falling over but wavering, avoiding most objects but bumping into a few. Irritable with the other cats and not sure how much she is recognizing her own sister cat. Is not biting or clawing, temperature has been normal, she just now while laying upright seemed to spasm a little in her neck and fell over backwards while I was looking her in the face. Her tongue has been thrust slightly forward, no drool or saliva. This seems neurological or could she be poisoned from intestinal backup? Didn't present with vomiting like normally would with back up or from eating tinsel or string as her sister did this Christmas, who puked it up and was ok.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately without seeing Sita or her bloodwork, I cannot examine her or comment on what might be causing her signs. Since you have been seeing her veterinarian, it would be best to continue to follow up with them abotu her worsening situation, as sometimes as a probelm progresses she may be showing signs that give her veterinarian more of an idea as to what might be happening with her.

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misty
Persian
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Loss Of Mass
Loss of Balance
Head Pressing
Loss of Appetite

My cat is 7 years old but she was fine until she started losing her appetite,mass and does the head pressing every time.what is happening or at least what are the possible illnesses that's causing this and how can we treat it?

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Misty, I can't comment on what might be happening with her or how to treat it, but it does sound like she needs to see your veterinarian and have a good examination. Neurologic disease and systemic diseases can both cause the signs that she is having, and she may need testing to try and determine how best to treat her. I hope that she does well.

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Tigger
tabby
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Balance, throwing up, weight loss
Balance, throwing up, loss of weight
Balance, throwing up

My cat is drinking tons of water. He eats more food than the average cat. He lost weight over night. He is a ver old cat. I'd say around 12 years old. He is falling over to the left side more than the right and his back legs won't hold him up. He can walk for maybe about 10 min but keeps falling over in between. What could this be? I thought it might be neurological but he's drinking alot of water and eating more than he used to. I'm confused on what this could be.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
464 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Tigger should be seen by your veterinarian, as there are systemic diseases that can cause those signs, such as diabetes and kidney disease. Your veterinarian will be able to figure out what's wrong and discuss treatment options with you. I hope that everything goes well.

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Sue Lee
Siamese
18 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My cat vomits and sometimes (but not all the time) falls over on her right side after drinking water. She has kidney disease. What do you think could be causing this?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
There are various causes for a loss of balance and in a cat Sue Lee’s age there may be issues with the vestibular apparatus which is causing her to fall over when she lifts her head (like in humans when we get dizzy when we stand up quickly). Other causes may be an accumulation of waste products in the body (from the kidney disease), liver disease among other causes; you should have Sue Lee monitored regularly by your Veterinarian at her age especially with the kidney disease. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Marleau
Egyptian Mau
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head Tilt

Medication Used

tresaderm
Convenia

Took my cat to the vet with a head tilt and couldn't walk without falling over. Took to vet and diagnosed with ear infection and cleaned all the buildup in the ear. Gave a shot of convenia and ear drops for me to administer 2 times a day. It has been 72 hours and he still has the head tilt, stumbles when he walks, and eyes twitch side to side. He eats and uses the litter box fine. No more buildup in his ear anymore. Should i take him to another vet for a second opinion? I don't want this head tilt to be a permanent thing with him. Thank you for your help.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
464 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. For a cat that young to have such severe signs from an ear infection, I have to think that his ear drum was perforated? If he had trauma to his ear drum, it may take time for him to recover although he should. You may want to call his vet in the morning, ask about the fact that he still has decreased balance, and see if that is still to be expected based on what they found on exam. If you aren't sure, it is never a bad idea to get a second opnion, as more heads are always better than one! I hope that he recovers normally.

Another side note, after I give him his ear drops, he gags like he is going to throw up and tits his head even worse for about 15 min. Does the perforated ear drum cause this gagging? Thank you

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Shirley
Long hair tabby
17 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Loss of Balance , growths

My cat has become increasingly vocal and clingy and has on two occasions that i know of rolled with loss of control. Once on the ground and last night she rolled off the couch when i caught her,her right leg was tensed up to her neck still could move not stiff but like a nerve or tendon in it was tight. She still eats and drinks well. Sometimes she pees on the edge of the two litter boxes and gets most of the pee on the floor. She has arthritis but gets around well, she even catches birds and voles but only eats the birds. She sleeps alot but our other cat who is just 6months younger than her does the same so i think thats normal. We just went to the vet 3 weeks ago and she was fine even a healthy weight for her age, only had a small growth on nose doctor popped it and it bled, it hasnt increased in size.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
464 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. While I can't examine Shirley, it is very common for cats to becoe arthritic, and start to have problems with urination, mobility, and comfort. She may benefit from pain medication, and there are many effective pain medications and supplements available through your veterinairan. They will probably want to check a senior panel, if they haven't already, to check her general systemic function, but it would be worth talking to your veterinarian about. I hope that she does well.

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Bocu
Maine Coon
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

Hello ;

I have a 6 years old male cat. a very energetic cat which makes it hard to belive he is 9. during last week he had 2 unusual behaviours which last a couple of minutes each. he looks like he is getting hard time being able to walk, but he walks in a slow manner. he streches his arms like he is passing over an object although there is nothing ahead. Rear legs looks to be better. His head looks to be a little tilted left and a little push of finger causes him to fall slowly. He looks conscious and communicates, responding to our speech with his ears but not meowing. No sign of muscle spasm, the muscles seems to be relaxed, he looks confused but not like he is in pain . Drinks, eats, sleeps no toilet issues. After said couple of minutes everything seems to be fine. Thank you.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
464 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. That is strange behavior that Bocu is displaying for sure. Without examining hiim, I can't diagnose anything, but it would be a good idea to have a thorough neurologic exam, and possibly some lab work. It sounds like it might be a partial seizure, but your veterinarian will be able to tell you more once they've examined him. I hope that he is okay.

Thank you for your help. We took him to veterinary and he made a full blood test. Liver, kidney functions, blood sugar, and other things which i dont know about is said to be fine and average. He also performed toxoplasmosis test, and it came out to be positive. He said the test can look back for past year and 4 months both results were positive. Being a healthy 9 years old he was suprised that bocu has toxoplasmosis. Do you think that the symptoms explained can be a result of this? We are on antibiotics for 3 days now and the symptoms happened for the 3rd time today. Besides he looks to be healty and fun.
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Burak

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No name
Unknown
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have a stray cat who has been hanging around recently. This morning I woke up to go outside and feed the animals and he was laying in the garage. This cat has never let me touch him until today he could barely walk. I thought maybe he was freezing so I wrapped him in a blanket picked him up and put him in a warm area of the house. He seems to have just gotten worse. Every time he hears me he just meows non stop and now cannot stand up at all. He is very stiff. I offered warm milk, food, and water which he showed very little to no interest in. I don’t believe he will make it until tomorrow when an actual vet could look at him? Any suggestions of what may have caused this?

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
464 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. i'm sorry this is happening to this poor cat. Without examining him, I have no way of knowing what may have happened, but he could be suffering from an infectious disease, trauma, infection, age related problems, parasites, or any number of other problems. If you have an emergency clinic near you, they may take him as an act of kindness.

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Shiitake
tabby
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Imbalance
balance
Tired
Wobbly
Not Eating

My cat is 8.5 years old and she fell or jumped from our 3 story balcony and she seemed fine up u til now. Almost 2 months later and she's wobbly and lost her balance and won't stand for more than 3 minutes. She hasn't touch hee food today. What's wrong ?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
Some effects from trauma may be delayed; brain injury, spinal injury and other issues may take some time to present themselves. Given the severity of the symptoms and the height of the recent fall, you should visit your Veterinarian for a neurological examination and x-rays of the spine to look for signs of traumatic injury which would explain these symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Casper
Dont know
14 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tilting, losing balance

MY cat is around 14 yrs old. He is a house cat that goes outside every day for a few minutes. he has been showing that he is losing his balance but he eats and does things he always have been doing. Just the balance thing is new. He does have a snotty nose. But it does not smell or is out of the ordinary. He is loveable and still hops in my bed in the am. He just tilts. his appetitate is good. No problems with going to the bathroom or anything. What could this be? Thank you John

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
Given Casper’s age, we need to consider that he may have vestibular disease which can cause a loss of balance, head tilt, falling over and other symptoms which may be idiopathic, caused by ear infections or other causes; other causes for a loss of balance may be caused by liver disease, kidney disease, head trauma among other causes. See how Casper goes, but it would be best to have your Veterinarian check him over especially considering his age. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you Doc. He is acting typically normal with food, going to the bathroom, wanting to go out, ect. He is just not balancing right. I will make an apt with his vet in the am. Thank you, that is what I was thinking.

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Casper
Calico
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Losing weight
Stink

My cat is 11 1/2 years old, he is also a very large overweight cat. Recently I have noticed he is losing some weight and he started having a bad smell about him. His ears started to look dirty, so I cleaned them out an put ear mite drops in them. I did it again tonight. The smell is still there and tonight I noticed him starting to fall over, or run and just fall down. What could this be?!

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
Issues with balance may be due to a few causes, an inner ear infection is a common cause of balance problems if the vestibular apparatus is affected; other causes may be due to vestibular disease, head trauma, liver disease among other causes. Continue to treat the ear mite infection and look for signs of improvement; if you don’t see any improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cindarella
Calico
10 or 11 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite
Stumbling
Loss of weight
wobbly legs
leans to one side
tilts her head
falls when she walks
trouble standing

What could be a reason as to why my cat is losing her balance? She is an older cat, around 10 or 11, she can also not stand or walk for more than 5 seconds before she falls. When she walks freely around the house, she will meow constantly.Her weight has dropped to where you are now able to feel her spine and ribs easily. She also has a loss of appetite and only eats a few bites then walks away from the food.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
A loss of balance may be caused by vestibular conditions, liver disease, kidney disease, heart condition, poisoning among other causes; with the loss of appetite and loss of balance I would be more concerned with liver or kidney disease which should be checked by your Veterinarian. Blood tests along with the physical examination are a minimum required in this type of case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Can this kill her?

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Chubs
Domestic shorthair
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Poor eyesight, loss of balance

Medication Used

Hill's kidney care food, cosequin

I've noticed my cats eyesight is starting to deteriorate, with that he's stopped going to the bathroom in the litter boxes (we have 2). He also loses his balance quite a bit. He has kidney disease and has had it for 2 years that I know of. I'm concerned for him and want to help him as best I can. What can I do for him and what is wrong with him?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
The blindness and loss of balance is most likely attributable to the kidney disease, an increase in blood pressure can cause blindness apparently overnight. You should return to your Veterinarian and have a checkup along with blood tests to determine whether there has been a progression in Chubs’ kidney disease. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Misty
American Shorthair
10 Years
Serious condition
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I have a ten year old spayed, in-door cat who started loosing her balance and losing weight and throwing up. We took her to her vet almost two years ago when this first started and they did all kind of tests, including diabetes and thyroid, but couldn't find a problem including any inner ear problem. Her vet thought she might have something like Irritable Bowel Syndrome and we tried all kind of different, special diet and sensitive tummy-friendly foods which she would turn her nose up at most of the time or would eat for a couple of days then quit. She acted like she was starving and cry for more food but either wouldn't eat any, or a little and she would throw up at least every other day. Could a balance problem cause her to throw up? We experimented with everything to try to get her to eat....when we exhausted all kinds of cat food we tried giving her canned tuna, oiled or water packaged, fresh chicken or fish I would cook for her and even packaged deli-sliced baked turkey (it had to be a certain brand and deli-sliced and had to be turkey and torn in little bits that I had to hand feed her or she wouldn't eat it). Her vomiting increased to almost every day and of course she is very underweight. She was still wobbly on her feet and would sometimes fall if she tried to jump up on something. Another trip to her vet a year ago because we were so concerned and her vet did X-rays and said she had never seen intestines like that before, they were a mess (I'm sorry, my fiance was the one that took her to the vet that day or I would have a better description than 'mess'). He said the vet seemed to think it might be cancer and suggested we take her to the veterinary department at the University of Georgia for additional testing and a possible MRI. She said it would cost @$2,000-$3,000 and he refused to do that because we don't have the money. That was a year ago so I don't think it is cancer because she is still here and her situation hasn't gone down any further, although she is still very skinny, she has lost one more pound from a year ago, still throws up (although not quite as much) and acts like she is starving all the time. She has even jumped up on the kitchen counter and tried to claw into a loaf of bread to eat. We learned, through trial and error, that she can't eat any dry food at all or eat very much of anything else at a time or she will definitely throw up. We have found a certain type tiny can of cat food (Fancy Feast Creamy Delights, Chicken with a creamy sauce....the only flavor she'll eat) that she likes, at least for now. I have to space it out and feed her small amounts four times a day. She still throws up but not as often. She cries pitifully for more and I feel awful not feeding her as much as she wants at a time but she will lose it if I do. She doesn't seem to have as much trouble with her balance now for some reason (could these be separate issues?) and she seems normal in every other way, she doesn't appear to be in pain, she grooms herself and plays with her toys. I just feel like I'm starving her and there must be more that I should be doing to help her. She has ruined a lot of things from vomiting and I am constantly cleaning up after her but I refuse to put her down as long as she isn't in pain and her vet hasn't told me to do so for her sake. Can you offer any suggestions or tell me what might be wrong with her?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
It is very difficult to say what could be going on here with Misty as there is a chance that the balance issues are causing nausea but then the vomiting and picky eating are more consistent with dietary issues. The description of the intestines being ‘a mess’ is not helpful diagnostically and may be related to too many different descriptions. If you are having difficulty in determining a cause for Misty’s illness, I would suggest consulting with a board certified Specialist; the best way to do this would be to get copies of Misty’s medical records and x-rays from your Veterinarian and contact PetRays for a consultation, they will review the notes and x-rays and give you some insights into Misty’s condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pharaoh
Unknown
4 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

No balance, underweight, no energy

Hi! My cat is probably around 4 months old and he is super underweight, refuses to eat dry food and he has absolutely no sense of balance. His eyes are very foggy so I'm worried hes going blind too. He has never played with other cats or toys and he seems to never have energy. Ive started feeding him wet food so that might help with weight gain. I took him to the emergency room and couldn't afford blood work. What do you think is wrong? Please help!

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
It is possible that Pharaoh has a malabsorption disorder which is not allowing him to absorb any or many nutrients which would account for his poor weight; without further testing it isn’t possible to say what the specific cause is but you could try to feed some digestive enzymes along with the food to see if there is any improvement in condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Benny
Bengal
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance, head tilt,

Medication Used

Clindamycin Hydrochloride

6 weeks ago my cat started falling down. His head tilted to the right. He leaned to the right when walking. Took to the vet. Ears looked fine. He had a low grade fever. Put him on antibiotics. Everything I read online said it should go away on its own. It’s been six weeks and his head still tilted. He still can’t jump up on anything without falling. He has been eating the greatest but doesn’t seem to be losing weight. Peeing and pooping fine. He has never had Nystagmus. He used to be very active but he doesn’t run and play anymore. These past two days I have noticed when he sleeps his right eye doesn’t shut like the other. Is there anything I can do to help? We don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on him 😢. Thanks for your help

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
There are a few different causes for a head tilt in cats which may include vestibular disease, ear infections, head trauma, poisoning (chronic), liver disease, kidney disease, tumours among other problems. The issue here, is that it can be difficult to diagnose or treat this condition since it is difficult to determine the underlying cause so we don’t know exactly what is going on; the eye problem may be related to an infection in the middle or inner ear which can affect nerves passing through there which innervate the face. Without more information, I cannot recommend anything else apart from supportive care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

i think its a lack of vitamin b or d. nervic syrup was what my vet prescribed, and another time bevon syrup was prescribed.two drops twice daily.beware of overdoses.ask ur vet if these meds could help, and also the correct dose.

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Fluffy
mixed
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Tired
Vomiting

My cat hasn’t seem like herself lately. She usually is always wired and like to play. For the past 3 days she has been vomiting and just recently I picked her up to move her so I could get my sweater, when I put her down she seemed like she completely lost her balance and her head was shaking a little bit. She was stumbling for a good 5-10 seconds then regained balance and walked away. She also has trouble jumping onto the couches as well. She jumped onto the couch this morning and she stumbled into the side of the couch. The jumped onto the arm and almost stumbled off. The one big thing that worries me is that she always bites and scratches people when they touch her lower back, now she doesn’t care if you do. She seems like she knows what you’re doing, but she doesn’t do anything about it. I don’t know if this is very serious, I’m just worried about my cat.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
There are a few possible causes for the symptoms you are describing including vestibular disorders, infection, spinal disorders, internal diseases among other issues; keep an eye on Fluffy for a few days to see if she is eating, drinking, defecating etc... and to see if there is anything different that has changed around her. If you see no improvement, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sylvester
Tom cat
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Stumbling

My cat got outside he was missing for about a week I saw him in that week and tried to bring him into the house but we live in the woods so any noise scared him away but he was fine he was walking but this morning I heard a meow and went to check he came in and was unable to walk he was basically hauling his back legs behind him I brought him in amd warmed him up fed him and gave him water now his back legs are working but hes stumbling and falling over he doesnt seem to be in any pain but he does have slight frost bite on his right back paw he has it a little worse on his left back paw and slightly on his front and a tad on his ears and nose I live in canada so it was -20 over night

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
If Sylvester has frostbite you should take him into your Veterinarian to check the affected areas as well as checking him over in general and offering any pain relief. I am more concerned with the frostbite than the walking as it seems like he is improvement steadily with his gait; make sure that he is warm (but not too warm) and ensure that he is hydrated. I still believe after an ordeal like this he should be examined to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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princess
orange
3-4months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

balance

I recently took in a stray kitten about 3 to 4 months of age ...she has extra thumbs on both front paws..she seems to be eating well but pooping rightvafter eating ...she has a hard tine balancing herself...and her hair seems kinda stragly...what coulf thus be .pleas4 help

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
There are various conditions which may affect a cat’s balance including ear infections, vestibular conditions, cerebellar disorders, liver disease among other issues; if these issues continue you should have her examined by a Veterinarian and also if you haven’t already get her vaccinated and start anthelmintics and flea/tick medications. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hurricane
short haired manecoon
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite
Stumbling
Cloudy eyes
Loss of energy
Loss of Balance
Weakness

Hi my cat is 14 years old. recently I have noticed that he has lost a lot of weight and doesn't want to eat wet or dry food. Today I noticed he was having trouble walking. He has trouble standing, walking, any moving is very unbalanced. Im not sure what to do, I know he is old, but I just wanted to know if it was most likely because of his age and I should let him pass freely or bring him to a vet. He doesn't cry just seems like he has a loss of energy, appetite, balance, and his eyes are beginning to get cloudy.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
There are a few reasons for a cat to lose weight and to lose interest in food, many times in older cats dental issues may cause discomfort when eating which in turn causes a reduction in food intake. Other causes may be again due to aging and include liver or kidney disease, foreign objects, tumours, hormonal conditions among other causes; I feel that a visit to your Veterinarian would be valuable so you can determine if there is anything which can be done to treat or at least manage the condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Clover
BSH
16 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My very active cat had a very high temperature and rapid heart rate on Saturday. Visited vet who gave her antibiotics and an anti inflammatory via injection. Her temperature and heart rate have both returned to normal as far as I can tell. However she is still struggling to jump and wobbles slightly when walking. She is barely eating or drinking and complains when picked up although doesn’t seem to have any specific areas of pain. Should I take her back or wait a bit longer?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
It is important to try to keep Clover hydrated and if this behaviour continues you should visit your Veterinarian for a once over to be on the safe side; it may be just her recovering from her illness, side effect of medication or something else. Best to get it checked out if you see no improvement over the next day or so. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harpo
Himalayan
16 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Loss of Balance

My cat has just recently started falling over with accompanying drooling. It only lasts for about 5 seconds, then he can walk around normally. Is it maybe little seizures? Vet just did senior blood panel and urinalysis. All came back good. What is causing this? And what can I do to help him?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
If Harpo’s blood tests came back normal, it would rule out conditions like hepatic encephalopathy which may cause drooling and incoordination in cats. Other causes may include infections, head trauma, age, cervical spine disorders among other issues. Given Harpo’s age, it would be best to offer supportive care and look out for any other symptoms which may indicate what may be going on. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harley Taylor
Ragdoll/BSH
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of balance back right leg

My cat randomly lost balance on his back leg on one side, he jumped off the bed and couldn't stand up, it lasted around a minute. There have been no other symptoms at all, he's eating/drinking/going to the toilet, and he's an indoor cat so I know he's not been injured outside. It's happened only once the other day, and nothing since, and he's not acting any differently either. I'm unsure what to do. He doesn't seem poorly either, he's got no cold or snotty nose, he's completely normal, but still this incident happened and it's never happened before

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
I wouldn’t get myself stressed out about a one time occurrence, but you should certainly keep an eye on him for the time being. It is possible that he was a little stiff or unsteady after laying down which may occur randomly; I cannot say for certain whether or not there is something medically wrong or not, but it it happens again I would take him into be checked over by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiger
Mix
12
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

My cat recently went missing for 24 hours and since coming back can't seem to walk for more than 3 seconds, or stand for longer than 40 seconds without falling over. It seems like it is his back legs that are giving way. He doesn't seem to be in any pain as he is purring still and hasn't made any unusual noises. He also doesn't seem to be put off of his food. I have also felt his back legs and he doesn't pull away / show any signs of being in pain. Is this something we should get checked out immediately, or should we wait and see if he improves over the next couple of days?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
This would be something that you should get checked out immediately, just because no pain is exhibited doesn’t mean that there is no signs of trauma; also poisoning is also a strong possibility which may cause neurological problems. Unfortunately the 24 hour period is a blind spot and we do not know of his interactions, what he ate or what injuries he may have sustained. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Our cat is experiencing similar symptoms of not walking straight or not being able to stand without falling because her hind legs give away. She was fine the night before but in the morning we discovered that something was wrong. Wondering if you found out what happened or found a treatment that helped your cat?

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