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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

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?!

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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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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Serious condition

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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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
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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

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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
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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

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1675 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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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