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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

Angel
European short hair
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Wobbly

Medication Used

Prednisolone

It all started with vomiting more than usual for a cat, it became a day my occurrence although his appetite thirst and bodily functions was normal,then the weight loss started so we took him to the vet, he had full blood tests and the results were that he was healthy, his teeth seem to be in good condition as well.
We got sent home with oral antibiotics and for a few weeks he seemed not to vomit as often and gastro food.
Then the vomiting came back with a vengeance, he could not hold anything down and his stomach rumbles loudly,but no diarrhoea.
He finally gave up eating all together or drinking all together.
We took him back to the vet that gave him an anti nausea medication and steroids to do orally.
But it was not working he was still project vomiting anything we tried to put in his tummy.
Back to the vet he was put on an iv drip for hydration and given a steroid injection and another antibiotic one.
He has not vomited since and we are managing to do the oral steroids every 12 hours.
His appetite is back and he drinks water normally,he is on hypoallergenic food this time and plain boiled chicken that he gladly eats.
His stomach still rumbles horribly at times but on the last appointment he had put a little weight on and we are reducing the steroids
As the vet instructed.
For the past three days he wobbles when he gets up and seems to need to balance himself when trying to jump on the couch.
He has an appointment in 2 days, but I am just concerned and wondering where does this new symptom come from.
Any advice will be much appreciated.
Thank you.

My cat is wobbly she wasn't eating at first she is now and drinking water but still wobbly its scaring me because I'm in no financial place right now to take her to vet.I just want her to get better my 9 yr old 8yr old and 5yr old named her she was for them but has warm my heart over how is your cat doing now she isn't throwing up though

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Nicki
house cat
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Weakness
Wobbly
Wobbly rear gait
Blind

Nicki face planted when trying to eat. Her right paw kept curling under her. Next it would slide backwards under her. Put her on the carpet and she circled 3 times and fell on her back end twice. She also could not find her food. Her eyes respond to light. She still gets tangled on chairs and seems blind. Vet suggested a stroke. Gave her antibodies and pain meds. When she first ate she would curl her neck to the side. I had to hand feed her. She now can eat with a level head but I still have to hand feed her or her paw will curl under her. She is still off balance and wobbly.But now if I touch her neck on her right side she quits purring and hisses and growls. I think she fell and cracked something in her neck.A food bowl was spilled on the kitchen floor and it was right below the fridge. She gets on top of the fridge to eat my 20 year old cats KD food. Is it possible that she fractured something? Could that make her blind too? My vet does not think so but the weakness is on her right side and that is the same side she won't let me touch.

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Lynx
Not sure
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wobbly rear gait

I just noticed yesterday that my kitten was walking a bit funny. Even my cousin said that she's "drunk" by the way she was walking and fell. Then I noticed that she has trouble climbing on my bed and got worried. Just 2 weeks back I had taken her to the vet because she was vomiting and had lack of appetite and the vet gave her a B12 shot and Lynx was fine the next day. I tend to worry about her a lot because her mother abandoned her even before she opened her eyes. I have been trying to keep her safe and make sure that she eats well and apart from her being wobbly, she loves to play and cuddle!!

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Boo
Calico
20 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

My 20+year old cat has a thyroid problem ive put her on a special diet her name is boo just recently she's been losing her balance and her tail is straight up but pivots to one side and she loses her balance almost like she is having a seizure it's strange and frightening I don't have the money to bring her in for tests I don't know what to do

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Keno
Housecat
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of balance skinny cant stand

My poor kitten started falling over couldn't walk or stand she still eats and drinks but is very skinny why is this happening I just started a new job so dont have the money to take him to the vet at the moment but I love my kitty

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Jinxx
Cat
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

dehydration, lethargy, no appetite

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

I have a feral and stray cat colony that I feed and give fresh water to. One of my 4 month old kittens turned up on Friday with loss of balance and dehydration, he ran off when I tried to pick him up and usually he climbs in my lap purring. Saturday I found him hiding under my deck in the dark in incredibly bad shape. We crawled under and brought him inside. I am on a fixed income and my vet would not see him unless he is paid right away. I gave him pedialyte with some clear kyro syrup every 10 minutes for an hour and then every 2 hrs. He is still lethargic today and is getting antibiotics from a friend that has a cat rescue. Today he is thirsty but I have to hold his head up by the scruff so he can drink, he is still very weak and he seems to have a hard time seeing food in front of him but tries to eat on his own. He had an ear infection that was treated a few weeks ago and he seemed better until a neighbor decided to play vet and "cleaned" his ears. I also noticed that he has a few broken whiskers from being held against his will.

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george
tabby
18 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

my cat (16+ years old) was prescribed for ann ear infection. After giving him the medicine he became weird- like he was blind, bumping into things , seeming not to see me or know where i was. Really strange unseen behaviour. So i stopped the medicine, blaming that for the reaction. His ear seems better since then (not so much shaking head and itching it). A week later he is falling over to the right when he lifts his leg to scratch for eg. He seems ok he is eating normally and going toilet.He has fell over in the last few days, from a table he slipped onto bottles of makeup underneath.(he didn’t fall like a dignified cat- i put that down to him being old and a bit of a dope (he fell out the window when he was little). I would like a preofessional opinion as to whether the medication could have lasted on him to cause his behaviour or is it more likely to have been the fall and he had a bad leg from that? I have felt all his legs he doesn’t show much but i know cats are excellent at hiding their problems and pain. please help. Also the vets cleaned his ears out if that makes any difference, Tha k you.

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Brutus
Cat
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss

Hi, I have a 10 year old cat that started to lose weight and it was noticeable within a few weeks time. We took him to the vet he lost 6 lbs. labs were done, I collected a urine sample and he was found to have a low thyroid, high wbc count and low albumin level. His urine had crystals in it but no excess protein loss. He recieved an antibiotic injection. We went back for a follow up thyroid level was the same albumin (protein level) still low but wbc count was almost normal and his fever was gone. We did an xray, got an oral antibiotic and changed his diet. He is starting to lose his balance. He eats and drinks just fine and his stool is normal. They want to do a 800$ ultrasound not sure what that will help. We have already spent 1200$. The vet thinks its a protein losing neuropathy for which there is no cure but has never seen a low thyroid in a cat. I dont know what else to do? He is my world. Please help. Thank you

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Bella
Unknown
14 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Watering eyes
Rolling around
Running Nose
Sleepy

So Bella has had cold symptoms such as runny eyes and nose but has been eating,drinking, and using the litter box just fine. I’m in college so I don’t have a lot of money and can’t really afford to take her to a vet. She started acting lethargic about a month ago but I didn’t really think anything of it since she was still eating, dinking, and going to the bathroom. Then when I was home for thanksgiving break, she started walking wobbly and wouldn’t jump on my bed to sleep by me which is unusual so I had one of my family’s friends who is a vet look her over and he said that she had distemper. He gave her a shot of penicillin on Sunday evening and then another before I left to go back to school yesterday. Throughout all this she never lost her appetite. This morning I woke up to her rolling around on the floor quite intensely and then panting after she had stopped rolling around. She still wobbles but has her appetite and uses the litter box. She was fixed in August and my mom says they gave her all her shots. She has always been really skinny and lightweight. I found her abandoned on my parents property as a kitten and she was super malnourished. We nursed her back to health and she was fine. In this last month of May she had 4 kittens that were all healthy. Please tell me what I can do to help her.

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Nova
Maine coon cat
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

We have a Maine Coon Cat who is a little over a year old, very active and full of life. A few weeks ago we started noticing her not making her jumps, and losing her balance on her hind legs. That progressed to her falling onto her side from the imbalance in her hind legs, along with extreme lethargy. Brought her to the vet, she was pretty constipated and a temp of 101. Gave her 2 enemas and switched food- that cleared constipation. Since then, progressively worse. Bloodwork was then collected and mostly everything looked normal, but her Globulin level was 6.0. She is now not getting up at all, her eyes look blood shot. She’s been taking oral antibiotics for a few days. Vet says nothing else he can do, go to a specialist. She will still eat some food and water if put in front of her. Any insight on this situation? Lost a pound since the last visit to vet.

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Titty
Donskoy
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dizzy
Lost
Wont eat

I have an older donskoy. We got lackadaisical on bathing him and the other day he started losibg his balance and meowing like he is lost. Could he have gotten some sprt of inner ear infection from not bathing him and being hairless?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a loss of balance especially in an older cat which may include ear infections; however vestibular disorders, head trauma, poisoning, stroke among other causes may also lead to similar symptoms. If Titty is not improving, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine what the cause is and to prescribe treatment accordingly. 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
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

My cat was sitting up waiting for her food and she kind wavered a little bit, side to side. Then, last night, she lost her balance ended up on the floor and was raising her front paw in the air. After that she was fine for the rest of the evening. All other functions are normal. I.e. eating, urinating, drinking water, etc. She is getting older, too. She did suffer head trauma years ago when she was very young. My daughter was running around the corner and accidentally kicked her in the head. She went on just fine. My daughter said it was a hard kick though. Any symptoms of that as a possible cause are just now occurring in old age, however. I am taking her to the vet today,

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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
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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Jinx
DOMESTIC
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Vomiting,
Head Tilt

Our cat was totally fine then all of a sudden started walking sideways and got sick. He still is leaning to one side and we are letting him rest. He ate a piece of chicken normally and will let us touch him. He cannot seem to walk in a straight line.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining him, i cannot comment on what might be gong on with Jinx. he may have an inner ear infection, or a vestibular problem, or a brain problem. It would be a good idea to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they will be able to examine him, determine what might be going on, and recommend any necessary testing or treatment. I hope that he is okay.

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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
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

This sounds very similar to what is going on with my 13 year old cat. We are going to get an MRI sometime this month though I think, so if I find out anything I think might be helpful I’ll report back. If you found out any more about Misty’s condition I’d love to hear about it though.

Misty may have a hypo thyroid causing her to want to eat all the time. It happens a lot in elderly cats. Mine is 14 and has to take meducation 2/day but it helped. Hope she is ok

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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
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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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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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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
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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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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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

Could be a fungal ear infection, get meds to help the cat...

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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
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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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
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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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
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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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

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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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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
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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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
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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Penny
Don’t kn
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Insects bite
my cat got bit by spider she couldn’t walk or stand up I took her in she got injection from the vet, next day I can see only 30% of improvement I want to know if she needs fallow up and how long it will take her to be normal

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Improvement from spider bites this severe isn’t immediate and it may take a while for recovery to occur, the type of spider and the treatment given will have an effect on the overall recovery time; without knowing the type of spider and the treatment given I cannot give any time frame for recovery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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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?!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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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

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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Goose
Manx
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of balance, appetite,

Why would my cat suddenly get very lethargic and loose balance a lot? He hasn’t eaten or drank much all day. Took him to the vet, they found nothing that gave them a need for medication or bloodwork. He’s just laying around now, very unlike him. He tried to jump on the couch and couldn’t. He sort of whines or whimpers with breathing.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what may be causing these symptoms if your Veterinarian couldn’t find anything on physical examination; lethargy and a loss of balance are common with many conditions so it can be difficult to narrow down. Vestibular disorders, head trauma, infections, liver disease, poisoning among many other conditions may lead to similar symptoms; it is really difficult to say. You should keep an eye on Goose for the time being and return to your Veterinarian or another Veterinarian if there is no improvement or symptoms worsen. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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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?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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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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.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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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Shirley
Long hair tabby
17 Years
Mild condition
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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.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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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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.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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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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.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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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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?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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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.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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Sox
Not sure he’s all Black w/ white chin + tail tip
16 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Inability to walk or balance

I’ve never seen my cat do this before. He hunched over as if to vomit but never did and he cried as if he were vomiting. Then he tried to walk but his back legs turned out and he couldn’t balance. He kept tripping. A few minutes later he seemed fine, walked fine and even ate and drank a good amount. He’s old and we’re worried he may be coming to a point where we need to say goodbye.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A loss of balance and vomiting may be due to vestibular disorders, ear infections, poisoning, tumours, liver disease, kidney disease among other disorders; without an examination I cannot say if you should be concerned or not, it may have been just a one off moment of incoordination. You should visit your Veterinarian regardless for a health check given Sox’s age and have a blood test to determine blood counts and organ function. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Batt
Russian Blue
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

Last night I got home and noticed my cat wasn't walking right. She's losing balance and shakes her head a lot looking around like shes confused. I noticed her ear after that.. it's so gunky with hard wax sitting in the little crevices. I cleaned it up but i woke up this morning and it's back again. I was worried she maybe had a stroke but now I'm wondering if it has to do with her ear... help. I'm not sure of her age but i know she's old. She's also very vocal and very playful but she's been so quiet since I noticed this. Also shes been drinking and eating.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. An ear infection or inner ear problem may cause the signs that you are describing, as might a stroke or brain disease. It would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, as they can assess her neurologic function, determine what might be going on, and give her any treatment that she might need. I hope that all goes well for her!

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Corky
Orange tabby
10 Years
Serious condition
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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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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Shiitake
tabby
8 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
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 ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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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.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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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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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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kyko
japanese calico
9 Years
Serious condition
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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?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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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Boots
domestic short hair
5 Days
Mild condition
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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

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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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Sunshine
Japanese Bobtail
16 Years
Fair condition
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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.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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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.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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Ishkabibbles
Calico
1 Year
Serious condition
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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.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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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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.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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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Coal
Long Hair Tuxedo Cat
7 Months
Mild condition
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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.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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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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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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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.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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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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?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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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Paleng
Philippine cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
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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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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Shelvie
tabby
16 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Swelling

My family and I have been thinking that my cat is passing away. Lately (past few day) she has been going outside like normal but refusing to come in. She cannot walk straight when she stands it is very unbalanced. I have found many yellow what looks like larvae on her tail in different spots. And she is depressed. In the pass has been diagnosed with kidney failure. Face is also swollen

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Shelvie it is difficult to say what specifically is happening, but if you feel that she is getting to the end you should visit your Veterinarian to evaluate your options and to discuss any treatment or palliative care. I cannot really weigh in and give any suggestions without an examination first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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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

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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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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.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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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Ginger
Domestic shorthair
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

not drinking
Collapsing
Constipation
Not Eating

Lately my cat has been unlike himself. He’s been lying down constantly, not moving, hardly eating and drinking and he hasn’t gone to the bathroom so constipation to. This all started last night. And then this morning he lost his balance in all 4 legs. We went to the pet shop and they recommended laxative so we’ve used that but any other help would be greatly appreciated.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Ginger, I can't comment on what might be going on with her, as any number of things can cause those signs. Laxatives may not help, depending on what is wrong with her. She needs to see a veterinarian, have an examination, and get any necessary testing or treatment that she needs.

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Baby Floof
Long hair tabby
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

sleep walking
No balance
Snapped Teeth
Hatred of males
unabe to hold urine

Hello! So I am unsure of exactly how this all came about or what to do But my cat over the last few weeks has been acting strange, and none of this she used to do AT ALL.

She hides a LOT now, Is angered by any male. (animal or human to the point of hissing and spitting. loves any woman though) Is seemingly unable to hold her urine I find her smelling like pee and her fur is wet and wont clean herself. (she knows and does use the litter box when she can) Her two front top incisors are snapped in half and on top of all of this she cant jump or look up too fast or shake without falling over Even as simple as getting on a chair.

What freaks me out the most is that now she also cannot control herself while she is sleeping. She kicks and thrashes and can even get up and start walking sometimes before she wakes up.
I dont know what happend or if there is anything to help her. The only thing I can think of is maybe the sleep walking was going on before i knew about it and she walked off a shelf and fell..
Im not sure what to do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. it sounds like Baby Floof really needs to see a veterinarian. They'll be able to look at her, determine whether she is painful or what might be going on, and recommend any treatment that she may need. I hope that she is okay.

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Ash
Tortiose
14 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
balance
shakes
Hurt Ear

Hi. We left out cat indoors today for abouy 3/5 hours once we got home she was in No way okay. She is unstable on her feet and has 0 balance. She starts shaking when she over works and she has minimal movement.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Ash is having these problems. Without being able to examine her, or know what might have happened to her, I can't offer any advice on what to do for her. It would be best to have her seen as soon as possible by a veterinarian, as they can see her, determine what is going on with her, and give her any treatments that she needs.

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Naomi
Calico short hair
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance weight loss
Loss of Balance
Discharge
discharge in eyes

My cat recently started to lose her balance falling head first down stairs and shelves and counters , she started losing weight rapidly and discharge from her eye, I thought I cleaned her ear with a q tip and I hurt her ear drum so I bought drops and eye drops and digestion nutrients paste for her food and respitory problem paste so she takes all three a day ! But I rlly need her to gain weight and get better :( she’s my life. My work my back bone I can’t lose her and I’ve spent 4000$ already in all vet bill it’s cost 100$ just for andoctor to look at her and walk away it’s rediculous so I need the most help if I have to spend my rent money I will to keep her I just need help to know if it’s life threatening or she can get threw it

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You shouldn’t use a q-tip on cats, it is better to use a rolled up cotton wool ball as it is easy to go too deep and cause damage with a q-tip; if you believe that you have damaged the eardrum you should visit a Veterinarian regardless of cost for a check up and antibiotics to be on the safe side. The loss of balance may be related to an ear infection or similar issue. However, without examining Naiomi I cannot give any specific diagnosis or prescribe any treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
short hair
14 Days
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Unbalanced not eating diarrhea
Unbalanced not eating
Unbalanced

Hi there. My cat is 14 years old. About two months ago she lost a great deal of weight so we called a vet. By the way we live in Africa so pet services are very limited. Anyway, she wouldn't eat or drink. I am forcing both on her with a syringe. Today she couldn't walk as we wobbles and falls over or forward. The vet insists it's a parasite but we have been giving her the medication and she is still sick and now this new development of the inability to walk has occurred. She is also now sleeping with her eyes open. Please any advice would be great.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that this is happening to Bella. Unfortunately, as pets age, any number of metabolic and systemic problems can start to happen, and the signs that she is showing don't necessarily give any clues to one over the other. She needs to have bloodwork done to assess kidney, kiver and pancreatic function, thyroid disease, or diabetes. I'm not sure if you will have access to those services, but that would be the only way to really know what is going on with her. I hope that she is okay.

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Squeaky
tabby
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Constantly wants feeding
Slowness
Dribbling
Dehydration

Hi, my cat 16 and she doesn’t seem herself at the moment. She is constantly hungry, falls off of things when she is asleep and lately when running up the stairs she seems to slow down 5 or 6 stairs up that she ends up walking the rest. She also seems to dribble when sleeping and sometimes leaves her tongue just poking out of her mouth. She only goes outside when going to the toilet which is strange since she used to be an outdoors cat. Do you have any idea as to what might be wrong?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. As cats age, many things can start to cause problems. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to examine her, look at her mouth, assess her general health, run any blood work that might be needed, and determine what might be going on with her.

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MeeThreeThree
Blue Point Siamese
9 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss

My cat has had blood work done in the past months. His thyroid is normal and the tests and X-rays that were done all turned out to be normal. Despite this, my cat continues to lose weight and now looks like he is on the verge of death. He has always vomited since as long as I can remember but our vet never thought anything of it. My cat is around nine or ten years of age. We just recently put him on wet cat food. What in the world is wrong with my cat? He has lost an enormous amount of weight, has trouble walking or wobbly walking, little to no energy whatsoever, eye discharge, fluctuation in appetite, and he has been tilting his head to the side when he does eat.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that he is having these problems. It does sound like he may need further diagnostics to figure out what is going on with him. He may need a referral to an internal medicine specialist if your veterinarian is not able to find out what is happening with him. I hope that he is okay.

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Hope
Korat
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

I researched what could cause a cat to lose its balance but some of the answers were vague. Could you please tell me what drugs or toxins would affect a cat's balance?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible causes for a loss of balance in cats; but there are an uncountable number of possible medications, poisons and toxins which may lead to a loss of balance including heavy metal poisoning (like lead, mercury etc...), barbiturate poisoning, metronidazole poisoning, non-steroidal anti inflammatory drug poisoning, permethrin poisoning, vitamin D poisoning, bromethalin poisoning, castor bean poisoning, anthelmintics, alcohol poisoning among many others (this is not nearly close to an exhaustive list - just what came to mind from the top of my head). If you are suspecting poisoning in your cat you should visit your Veterinarian immediately for examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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majik
Maincoon
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

this has happened 3 times this year.my 16 yr. old male cat will stumble around,vomit and start panting. this lasts only a few minutes and then he seems fine but it's scary for him and me. what can cause this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what is causing these episodes to occur; head trauma, neurological issues, vestibular disorders, poisoning, heart failure among other causes may lead to similar symptoms. Without examining Majik I cannot say whether there are any possible underlying conditions like a heart condition which may cause some loss of balance at times; you should have an examination performed by your Veterinarian and a senior blood panel too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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April
American Shorthair
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bad smelling vomit
Wobbly gait
not grooming
Strange Meow
Meowing oddly and often
Lossing Fur
Lossing weight

Medication Used

none

My cat has recently started doing a number of weird things in the past few months.

She meows a lot more seeming like she wants food. When it's given to her, she eats but not very much and seems to keep asking for more.

She has been heavy for the last 10 years and has now lost a lot of weight and is very boney.

She has developed an odd gate and seems off balance but I haven't seen her fall.

Seems to want much more attention than normal.

Trouble retracting her claws and often gets them stuck in my pants or the couch.

Vomiting weird dark colored, watery substance that is horrid smelling.

She doesn't seem to be grooming at all.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For a wide variety of symptoms like this I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for an examination and possibly a blood test to check liver and kidney function; there are a few different issues which may be affecting April but without being to examine her and do a blood test I cannot say with any certainty. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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CeeCee
Cream Maine Coon
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Excessive meowing inbalance

I have a male cat,almost 1 yr old. Sprayed for the first time today and is now running into things, misses his mark when jumping and falls. What is going on with him?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining CeeCee,, it is impossible fot me to comment on what might be happening with him. Given the sudden onset of his signs, he should be examined by a veterinarian, as they can examine him, determine what might be going on, and how best to treat him.

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Edgar
Siamese
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Loss of Balance
Vomiting

Got a siamese cat who vomited, has diarrhea and has a kind of loss of balance. His eyes looks still and he doesn't want to move too much. I was back maybe an hour ago and found that she was acting weird. He still act normally but move slowly and strangely

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms which Edgar has present with may be due to an upset tummy caused by an infection, parasites, poisoning, hairball or another cause; any discomfort from the abdomen may have an effect on his behaviour. Without examining Edgar I cannot say what the specific cause of these symptoms are but would recommend to keep an eye on him to look for signs of improvement, however if you suspect that Edgar may have consumed something poisonous you should visit your Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

He ate dog food recently could this be a cause of all of this? He looks cold, he wants to sleep in my bed and normally only want to when its extremely cold, wich is not. How many time should I keep an eye on him and wait before going to a clinic.

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Pookie
tabby
10 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cat is 10 months old and he was fine days ago and suddenly he hlwants nothing to do with me. He will go to anyone else but me, he's also weak and stumbling. He can hardly walk up the stairs due to extreme wobbliness and confusion. He's very skinny. He had an Enucleation of the eye 2 months ago due to an infection. In his eye. He made a wonderful recovery and just suddenly he's very unwell looking. Almost like he has some neurological damage or possible infection? Please help, he's my baby and I can't stand to see him this way and not wanting me near him at all. This is so not like him as he is my baby and always by my side day and night!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without examining Pookie, I'm not sure that I can comment on what might be going on with him. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible, as they will be able to evaluate him, and recommend any necessary testing or treatment.

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magic
tabby
5 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

My cat is walking funny and keep falling over. He can’t walk without stumbling and keeps his legs spread to try to keep balance. He walks up against the walls for balance and cannot stand to eat. At first he seemed like he was hurt in one leg so I put him on my table and moved all of his legs to see if one was hurt. None were hurt. He looks fine and healthy. He has had all of his shots and had been fixed. He is a sweet cat and loves to run outside but today we noticed his loss of balance. We feed him twice a day so he is not starved. We also have another cat named callie and she is doing fine and they eat and do all the same things together. We also have a middle aged dog and they get along fine. They love to rub against each other and I have never seen them fight. Can you please help me so see what is wrong with my cat? We are very worried about him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Magic may have gotten into a toxin outside, or he may be suffering from an inner ear or vestibular problem. Since I cannot see him, it would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they can assess his neurologic status and see what might be going on, and if he needs any treatment.

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Benjo
Tuxedo cat
4 Months
Moderate condition
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My cat slowly losing her back legs and legarthy. I went to the vet for parvo test and it was negative since she s still wating n pooping normal poop. She look weak and cant walk properly. Is she suffering from loss of balance?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure if Benjo has a balance problem, or a weakness that is making her unable to walk properly. Since I cannot see her, it would be a good idea to have her seen again by your veterinarian, to try and determine what might be going on.

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Grayson
Im not sure
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Unblanced
Lazy

My 5 month year old kitten has recently in the past 2 days seemed to have had problems balancing with his back legs. And walks sideways and his front legs seem to be fine. And nothing else has seemed to change in him besides sleeping a lot and I think that had something to do with him not being able to walk good. He hasn't whined or anything in pain so I'm not sure what's going on.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Grayson may be haivng a neurologic, musculoskeletal, or systemic problem, and should be checked out by a veterinarian to make sure that he is okay. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Skitty
short haired
7 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble Walking
Dizzy
Stumbling
Foginess in eyes
Left leg goes out

My cat is constantly walking in a drunken state but she eats fine, drinks fine and has normal stool. I don't know what's going on? Our other cat runty died from the same symptoms and we took her in and all was fine until she passed away 5 days after we took her to the emergency room

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Skitty, I cannot determine what might be happening with her. Since she is showing similar signs to Runty, you should have her examined, and possible lab work done to rule out systemic disease or toxicities. I hope that she is okay.

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Ashaby
Persian
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

My Persian cat is now 8 years old and has been having balance issues that seem to have gotten worse over the past year. When he was 6-7 months, he had a couple of siezures but has had none since.
He also has some dental issues (we noticed bleeding gums a couple of times recently)
Also has become VERY picky with food; the last few days he has barely eaten anything.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Ashaby has been having issues with bleeding gums and has a loss of appetite, there is a high likelihood that he is experiencing pain whilst eating and is therefore reluctant to eat due to pain. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and Ashaby may require a dental cleaning and extractions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Deandra Mackenzi
DOMESTIC
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

scratching
Lethargy
Falling Over

My cat is usually active and she is very cuddly. But recently today she tried jumping from the ottoman to the floor. Not even 2 feet up in the air and she fell down when usually she jumps like it's her second nature. She has a cat tree and I've noticed she won't get to the very top like she likes to. She'll stay towards the middle and the bottom tier of her tree. She is about 8 months old and I haven't gotten her neutered. She hasn't gotten her shots either, but she's an indoor cat. I have noticed that she keeps scratching her head profusely and she keeps trying to rub her head on the bed and on books. Something she normally doesn't do. She seems to be eating a little bit less, but she seems to be losing her footing which isn't normal for her. In the past, she has fallen and she fell on her side. The first time I noticed this she had fallen from the fireplace on top of the tv and I guess she knocked her air out or something, she had stayed down for half a second longer than normal. I didn't think much of it at first and now I'm starting to think that maybe that affected her cognitive development. She doesn't want to cuddle the way she normally does before we go to bed and she tried jumping off my bed when I placed her on top, and she seemed hesitant as if she knew she would not land correctly. So she perches herself on the very edge of the bed just looking at the floor.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for scratching the head which may include ear mites, food allergies or neurological conditions (among other causes); given Deandra Mackenzi’s age we need to look into developmental issues like cerebellar hypoplasia due to her age and some of the symptoms (loss of balance). You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination, you should still get Deandra Mackenzi vaccinated even though she is an indoor only cat and get her spayed as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/cerebellar-hypoplasia

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Naru
European Shorthair
7 Months
Serious condition
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Naru started vomiting and her health declined altogether a week and a half ago after being spayed.She started having a fever and can't keep her balance.Because of her balance issues she can't seem to pick up food and eat.She wants to eat though.Since yesterday she stopped vomiting whatever she ate and stopped having a fever. We're currently waiting for lab results for felv and toxoplasmosis.She still doesn't have a proper balance and is keeping her head tilted to a side. She is currently lethargic and has loss of balance. What should we expect?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Naru or knowing more what is going on with her, I don't have any way to comment on what to expect, unfortunately. Since you have tests pending, it makes sense to see what the results of the tests are, as it seems unlikely that her signs are directly related to the surgery. The anesthesia may have caused complications if she had underlying health problems, but it seems that your veterinarian is covering any conditions that she may have. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Pussy cat
Seamis Shirazi
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Unbalance
Loss of Balance
Blood
Ear infection
pus

Medication Used

Otal
Bars
cefotaxime
Ear drops
antibiotics

My 13 years old cat had an ear infection about a year ago and i took her to the 3 different vets until now and they tried all different antibiotics as injections and all kinds of ear drops and still the ear discharges pus all the time and blood sometimes and about a week ago she started losing balance and walking like she's drunk and falling on her sides every time she tries to walk. i lost hope that she will be treated at all now because no medication is working, the cat still eats and drinks and excretes but i feel like she will die soon due to her unbalance and her left untreated ear infection i don't know what to do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Pussy Cat isn't responding to antibiotic therapy, it may be a good idea to have a bacterial culture done to see if there is a resistant infection, or an mri to see if she has a growth or tumor causing these signs. Your veterinarian can guide you as to the next best step.

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Dixie
Cross between domestic and persian
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Walking unbalanced after
Lying on side meowing distressed

I'm wondering if my cat may have had a stroke or if there could have been issues with his heart murmur.he walked to the hallway lined down then mowed like he was in distress and then when he got up he walked off not in a line almost drunk like to his food where he sat down and started eating he seems fine now even jumped onto the couch. He has a heart murmur for which is is not on any meds. He has had a recent check up and his heart murmur was fine at that check up 3 months ago

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different conditions which may be affecting Dixie which may include stroke or heart issues; but other causes like vestibular disease are also likely especially in a cat Dixie’s age. Head trauma, poisoning, infections, kidney or liver disease are also possibilities. You should have your Veterinarian take a look at Dixie to be on the safe side and to ensure that this isn’t something more serious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Emms
American Shorthair
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Wobbly
Refusal to eat or drink
Swallowing a LOT
Profound Lethargy

My cat is acting unusual. She is a senior cat with bad arthritis. She doesn't like strangers but loves me since I am her owner and live alone with her. She was abused in the past I was told when I first adopted her from an owner whose kids were allergic. She had also fallen 6 floors which I suspect why she has bad arthritis. She loves when I pet her and loves to lay on my bed on my PJ's. I was busy preparing for Easter so I didn't keep as close of an eye on her but noticed she was getting sick (not unusual for her) but it was all clear (just water - that is unusual for her as water doesn't upset her usually at all). Since she does get sick from time to time I just cleaned it up and continued with getting ready for Easter I was hosting in my apartment. It is typical of her to come to the Kitchen when I go in there to put the kettle on for tea. She knows the drill and so do I. She loves her canned cat tuna pate but the last 2 days she has not. 3 days ago she ate half of it just fine and I put the rest in the fridge as I do to keep it fresh for her. But now she is acting unusual. When I went to check on her as she didn't come to me to the kitchen I noticed she was wet on her side. She didn't lick it off what ever it was neither. That is not like her. Also she doesn't want any food or drink. I offer her food and she turns her head away. Even turned her head away at fresh tuna that I would make a sandwich out of for myself. She has not touched any water for the last 24 hours and I am worried. I brought her over to the water and she hovers over it but doesn't even try to drink. It is more of her trying to keep her balance instead. This is the part that worries me even more and makes me realize something serious is going on. I noticed she attempted to use the cat litter box while I slept and it appears she fell and peed on the floor instead. I think that is where the wet spot on her side was from. When I wiped the wet spot she meowed in a way that was short and soft but let me know it hurt. Later I got to wipe it better and she growled at me. She still won't eat or drink and she is very weak when she walks and just walks over to a wall, or behind the TV unit, or behind the curtains to go back to sleep. She is very lethargic and she keeps swallowing like she just got sick even when she didn't just puke. I wonder if she hurt herself when she fell in the litter box as her right side that she fell on hurts her now. Petting the left side she purrs. The right leg side she growls. I am not sure of her breed but only by what I can see her markings are that of a Tabby Calico (Caliby) and appears to be that of an American Shorthair perhaps. Since it would not let me submit til I put a breed in I selected American Shorthair but really it is just a guess.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Emms needs to be seen by a veterinarian, and probably have some lab work done to assess her systemic function. Kidney disease, thyroid disease and diabetes are all common diseases in older cats, and they can quickly become dehydrated if problems are not addressed. A veterinarian will be able to give her a good physical exam and recommend any needed testing or treatments for her. I hope that she is okay.

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Moon
Lynx
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My furbaby Moon is 9 yrs old I noticed the last few days that his head is tilted one way and that when he walks or tries to jumpy falls sideways this has never happened before I wonder what's going on with my moon.He is a siamese lynx.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A loss of balance and head tilt sounds like vestibular disease which may be either idiopathic, caused by infection, tumours or other causes; other possible causes are liver disease and kidney disease. Without examining Moon I cannot say what the specific cause of the symptoms are, but would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian for an examination to make a diagnosis and recommendation for treatment if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simba
Indian domestic cat
24 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat cant keep his balance. If we lift him he stretches his front legs n keep it that way for a couple of minutes. He is also having a difficulty while maintaining balance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Simba I cannot diagnose a condition as complex like this, neurological conditions can be difficult to diagnose with some cases only being about to confirm with a CT or MRI scan. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to see if there are any other symptoms which may indicate a particular condition over another. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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John paul
Persian
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Losing balance, difficulty going to

Medication Used

Urocid paste

Hi, my cat is around 14 yrs old, some
Months ago he started throwing up more than usual, like 4,5 times in a month. A month ago i realised he has trouble going to toilet, he cried when wanted to go in the sand box and the peeing was decreased to two times per day. I took her to vet , they took a blood test and said everything is normal , couldnt find any reason for throwing ups, but they said there are alot of crystals in urine sample so they said i have to give him only dry royal canine food. I did this but afer two days he started to throw up three times per day and had a very bad diarrhea. So i stopped giving him the food. Now his is worse, he pees once a day with alot of crying, and even his stool is affected, he used to poop once a day now its just once inthree days. And since yesterday he has lost his balance too, he keeps falling down when walking and cant jump on the coach and has become slow and seems like he has pain when i want to lift him up. Please help i dont know what to do.

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Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Urinary problems in cat can be very dangerous for them. It sounds like John Paul is showing signs of a urinary blockage, which is a life-threatening condition. He needs to be seen at your nearest emergency veterinary clinic immediately. They will be able to let you know if he has a blockage, and treat him for it if he does. I hope that he is okay.

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princess
domestic mountain cat
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

stumbles all the time,

i have a 12 year old cat i was told had artheritis ,,he is still not right even after medicine if anything he is worse .he keeps falling down or sideways and when he walks hes like drunk his apitite he seems like always eating more,

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In a cat this age, vestibular disease should always be considered; however the symptoms may be attributable to the medication given or another cause. Without an examination I cannot say with any certainty what the specific cause is or what treatment should be given; you should return to your Veterinarian for another examination and a review of symptoms and treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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BOOTS
Cat
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Walking tenderly

LAST WEEK I GAVE MY CAT WORM MEDICINE AND A NEW WET FOOD..HE HAS BEEN SLEEPING MORE BUT IS STILL EATING AND PLAYING SOMETIMES..BUT TODAY HE STARTED HAVING TROUBLE GETTING UP AND WALKING..HE IS AROUND 8 MONTH'S OLD..HE IS STILL WALKING ON HIS TOES..NOT FLAT FOOTED..NO FEVER..THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Walking tenderly may be due to some abdominal pain from a change in diet or the treatment of worms, if Boots is still otherwise eating/drinking/urinating/defecating I would keep an eye on him for the time being but visit your Veterinarian for an examination if there is no improvement over the next few days. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lil Mo
Cat
18 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My poor kitty (1&1/2yo female) started acting funny 2 days ago. Wouldn't eat/drink, vomiting foamy emesis, didn't urinate/ defecate in the time, and she would only lay in one place. Cried out here and there. Took her to emergency vet they xrayed and said constipation, gave her sub q fluids and enema and take home lactulose. That was midnight last night. Cat had 2 small turds today. I have administered lactulose x3 and giving h2o 3ml via syringe q4-6hrs. Has not voided or eaten. And now cannot walk, very unsteady and falls over. How long does it take for her to move her bowels? Is the loss of coordination normal?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Some cats become constipated to the point where they need to be hospitalized on IV fluids until things resolve for them, as the constipation can be quite hard on them. The loss of coordination that you are describing is worrisome. If she has only had 2 small bowel movements, she may need further care. It would probably be best to take her back to the emergency clinic today to make sure that there isn't anything else that she needs.

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Bambi
Unknown
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Vomiting

We are new cat owners. She started scratching her right ear frequently so we took her to the vet today, who said that she had some bacteria in her ear and gave us some Tresaderm for it, but since then she’s been vomiting, she didn’t cover her waste, and she’s been falling all over the place because she can’t keep her balance. Is it maybe because she’s on a new medication or is something wrong? Is she okay?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The loss of balance may be due to a middle or inner ear infection, also if the eardrum has been ruptured it may cause some issues using Tresaderm (thiabendazole, dexamethasone, neomycin sulfate) or any product which may leak into the middle ear. The symptoms are not typical side effects of Tresaderm, but I would stop using it and visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Regina
Cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Falling Over
Head Shaking
Head Tilt
Loss of Balance
Shaking
Difficulty Walking

Hello. My cat was doing ok all day, playing, eating, she seemed normal. Later, she fell asleep on my lap. Not longer after that, she woke up and tried to get down, but as soon as she did, she started to fall over, couldnt stand still, she seemed confused, bobbing her head. She still has appetite but doesnt walk on a straight line. We dont know what to do, we dont have any good vets in the city.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Regina it is difficult to say what the specific cause is; head trauma, poisoning, vestibular disorders, infections among other causes may lead to these symptoms. Again, I cannot narrow in on a diagnosis without an examination; you should visit a Veterinarian regardless of your feelings since some issues like head trauma and poisoning may be fatal in some cases. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
Siamese
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Moving its head from side to side w

I'm concerned about my cat he is about 9 months old he was fixed about 2 months ago and all of a sudden out of the blue he starts sneezing has runny eyes and seems to have no energy sleeps all day when he walks he tilts his head from side to side

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the symptoms you are describing which may include infections, head trauma, developmental disorders among other causes; without examining Buddy I cannot say for certain but you should have him checked over by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baby
American Shorthair
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation
Breathing Difficulty
Loss of Balance
Difficulty Walking

Medication Used

Enrofloxacin
Prednisolone

My cat began to experience these symptoms on friday (progressing to her being unable to walk right today and keeps falling on her right side). On Thursday she was doing okay but I began to see her purring unusual to which sounded like she was distress but was still able to walk properly and jump around. She had a follow up checkup that Monday to check on her whisker twitching on her right side of her face (my vet discovered that she has paralysis on that part due to an ear infection she got earlier and an examination of her was done to see if she would react on the side face). Prior to that, she was prescribe 1/2 pill of Baytril once a day for 14 days and Prednisolone for 14 days (twice a day for a week and than once a day until finished. Her paralysis did show improvements with the steroid and, to make sure her kidneys we're okay from the first visit we has to the vet in January, she got a blood test done. All seemed good and she is still being kept on the sterioid with a lower dosage for 21 days. However, now these concerning symptoms are stressing me and her out. She also has a difficult time drinking water and eating due to her being unable to stand up properly and when she does drink water, she sneezes. Using an oral syringe to give her water just results in her drooling most it out. Right now she's place in a warm bed in a warm environment. She also tries to move around even after placing the water bowl close to her and she keeps falling. But from seeing online, she may have developed URI or another ear infection (or worse: a stroke) or something else. I am taking her first thing in the morning to the vet but was wondering if i can get a best estimate as to what she might have and what measures i should do to make her feel relaxed.

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Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Until you have baby re-evaluated by your veterinarian, I would just keep her as comfortable as possible, put her food and litter box and water close together so that she isn't having to walk far, and make sure that she isn't trying to jump up on anything. Your veterinarian will be able to further assess the progression of her signs, examine her, and give you an idea as to what might be happening. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Chloe
Siamese cat
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

lost weight, twitch, balance, puke

I have a long hair siamese that is 14 years old. In the last few weeks she has lost a significant amount of weight, twitches, and loss of balance at times. Any idea what is going on and how to help her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various different conditions which may affect an older cat Chloe’s age; vestibular disease, liver disease, kidney disease among other causes may lead to these symptoms. Since Chloe is over ten years old, it would be recommended that you visit your Veterinarian for an examination and a blood test to check internal health (liver, kidney, blood counts etc…). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gimli
Mane coon maybe
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

balance

My female spayed approx 9 year old cat showed prolapse of the third eyelid Monday night. She kept to herself Tues and now tonight when I'm came home from work she has lost some of her balance and it tilting her head to the right which was the side with the eyelid. Eyelid had completely gone away and she just ate some chicken but the tilting of the head and balance is very noticable.what should I do? I have cat eye and eye drops and also cat amoxic.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Gimli, I'm not able to diagnose what might be going on with her, unfortunately. She may have an ear infection, or a problem with the nerve supply to her head that needs attention. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian to assess her, as they will be able to give you an idea as to what might be going on with her. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Squishy
Tuxedo
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Wobbly Rear legs
Weight Loss
Miserable looking

My cat had been excessively meowing loudly as if he was starving but he eats just fine and now a few weeks later he is overly skinny, looks ill and his back legs are really wobbly..a what could this be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Squishy has a good appetite but isn’t gaining weight or is losing weight there are a few possible causes which may include parasites, digestive disorders, malabsorption disorders among other causes. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and for some blood tests to see if there is an indication to an underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Meeko
long hair
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight loss, unable to use back leg
Weight loss,

Meeko is sleeping lots, is not eating or drinking and lost a huge amount of weight, she has also lost the use of her back legs, please can you advise if I should let her be comfortable with her family or see the vet

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Meeko may have a disease that can be controlled or treated, and she may be able to regain a somewhat normal life. From your description, I think it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian, as they will be able to let you know more what might be going on and any treatment options that she may have. I hope that she is okay.

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Dopey
Unknown
7 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
lack of appetite
Lack Of Coordination

Medication Used

N/A

What can I do for my kitten? She was stepped on 2 days ago and lost her balance. She can walk but falls to her right side every time. She won’t eat. We have to use a dropper in order to even get water into her. What can I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You need to take Dopey to be examined by a Veterinarian immediately since a kitten may receive multiple injuries from this level of trauma and may have some brain swelling or spinal trauma leading to this loss of balance; this isn’t something which can be managed with over the counter products. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maureen
tabby
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Meowing
Walking strange
Trouble Walking

My cat has been meowing and squirming around on the floor that I first thought was playing. However she is doing it very often and seems to be walking lower to the ground

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms or behaviour you’re describing are not specific to any condition I can think of; cerebellar disorders, head trauma, spinal injury, poisoning or other issues may lead to similar symptoms. You should monitor Maureen for the time being and visit your Veterinarian on Monday if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Audrey
Longhair
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Breathing fast
Walking off balance

I have a cat that vomited some cat food. She began breathing fast and I notice her walking is wobbly. Off balance. We gave her small amount of pepto for the upset stomach and she is hiding and staying to herself for the most part. Not much walking around.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Audrey should see a veterinarian right away. Without seeing her, I can't see what might be going on with her breathing fast and being off balance, but a veterinarian can examine her and determine what is wrong with her. The more urgent concern for her is that Pepto Bismol can be quite toxic to cats, and she should be treated for any effects that that may have had on her. I hope that she is okay.

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elsie
DOMESTIC
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

dexadreson

my cat stopped eating 4 days ago kept dissapearing into her bedroom has had mammary gland cancer 2 years ago and a cyst removal 6 weeks ago from her ear. today she tried to get off her bed and her back legs give way. she was purring and it was a loud purr and it didnt sound right. I took her to the vets and he gave her an injection and he has asked me to take her back tommorrow for tests and xrays but didnt say much. she messed and wet herself in the box quite a bit. I am concerned. she kept hiding. I am worried could she be dying or is she just ill.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Elsie and seeing x-rays it is difficult to say what the possible cause for her back legs giving out; it may be a musculoskeletal issues, neurological issue among other possible causes. Keep her comfortable for now and clean her when she defecates/urinates until you visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi
just to update you elsie got worse overnight on wednesday on thursday she just wanted to sleep the vet wanted to try her on steroid injections. she was lifeless i knew at that point she had given up i took her to the vets he examined her she was admitted as an emergency she had blood test put on a drip she didnt respond to treatment on friday morning i took the decision to put her to sleep

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KP
Tortoise shel
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Hi! My cat has had recurring episodes of loss of balance. The vets give her mannitol via IVF and she gets back to normal. But then again it's back a few months later. The gap between episodes is getting shorter. She is lethargic during these times and sleeps a lot. She eats well and behaves normally except for the lethargy. Sometimes she scratches her ears a lot more than usual. We administer ear drops as per vet suggestion. I really want to get to the bottom of this condition. It's been almost a year of recurrent balance loss.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without examining KP and assessing her neurologic status, I cannot say what might be causing these episodes of loss of balance, unfortunately. I d o not blame you for wanting to figure out the cause, and the next step may be an MRI to see if there are lesions or abnormalities that might be causing this. I hope that she does well.

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Kayla
Domestic shorthair
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Uncoordinated
Loss of Balance
Loss of strength

My cat seems to have lost strength and coordination in her hind legs after a visit to the vet where we got yearly vaccines which included rabies. I know that rabies is normally administered in the right hind leg and can cause pain and lethargy. But it’s not just her right leg it’s both legs and it’s lasted for more than 36 hours after injection. She doesn’t seem to be in pain but seems more lethargic than usual, doesn’t want to play much. But she is eating, drinking and eliminating regularly. She is also having trouble jumping onto the couch and sometimes she will slip and fall. She also can’t seem to walk straight.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Whether Kayla has had a reaction to her Rabies vaccine, or is having an unrelated problem, it would be best to have a recheck for her with your veterinarian, as I am not able to evaluate or examine her to see what might be going on. Your description of her behavior seems to be something that should be examined. I hope that she is okay.

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Charlotte
British short hair
8 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Why does my kitten lose balance and tumbles so many times she doesn't stop meowing. What do you think the cause is for my kitten does she have a type of disease is there a way I can help her

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to examine Charlotte, I don' t have any way to know what might be causing this behavior. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her, assess her neurologic function, and let you know more what might be going on and any possible or necessary treatments. I hope that all goes well for her!

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Butterbean
“Rag doll”
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Unstable walking.

Rear legs are unstable. She is an active agile frisky cat. This change seems to have happened between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. There’s is no sign of injury. When she walks her rear end kind of flops to one side or the other. She can walk it’s just not very coordinated at all. It’s like her rear legs are asleep. She doesn’t seem to have any pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for an unsteady gait in an older cat; spinal issues, hip issues, neurological issues, injury, blood clots among other causes may all lead to a change in gait. Without examining Butterbean I cannot say what the specific cause is; you should keep an eye on her but visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement in movement. Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mia
dsh
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

Medication Used

Phenobarbital

My cat has epilepsy (she has seen a vet for it). She is on 20mg of phenobarbital, twice daily. She was having seizures almost daily and they have been reduced to MAYBE once a month since beginning the medication. I recently took her in the have her phenobarbital levels checked and the vet told me they were very low and to increase her dose a bit. Instead of giving her 1 cap (the cap of the bottle) in the AM and PM, I now give her 1.5 in the AM and PM. I have been doing this for about 2 weeks and she has been great. Just recently, when petting her, I noticed she seemed to be losing her balance (particularly in her back legs). She'll lose her balance, fall over, then get back up. She also seems slightly less active to me (she's never been super active, but she would walk around more). Otherwise, she seems perfectly happy, purring, seeking attention, eating and drinking normally, and using her litter normally. Could this be a side effect of the medication? Or of whatever is causing her epilepsy?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Phenobarbital may cause incoordination problems as a side effect, you should call your Veterinarian as they are the prescribing Veterinarian to advise them of the incoordination as they may change dosage at their discretion; I haven’t examined Mia so I cannot change the dosage or make any recommendations. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zozo
SHORT HAIRED CAT
8 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cat is dying i think he cant walk straight and keeps falling like hes loosing balance hes very weak he keep tilting his head back like hes weak when holding him my dog went through the same thing she died the next day what should i do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Zozo should be seen by a veterinarian right away if you think that he is having these problems. I am not able to examine him over an email, and he sounds like he needs medical attention. I hope that he is okay.

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Jasmine
Domestic long hair
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Stumbling

Last night, I noticed that my cat was beginning to slightly stumble as she walked. I noticed it happen around three times, and it seemed as though one of her back legs would almost give way as she walked. The first time I saw it happen she stumbled twice in a row, almost fell over but managed to regain her balance and continue as if nothing had happened - she didn't seem to be in discomfort at all.

After noticing this, we encouraged her to walk around the room to see if it happened again, but the leg seemed okay. She did seem to be walking slightly abnormally though, as though she wasn't properly bending or putting pressure on the leg.

We have had an increase in anti-freeze poisoning in my area, which led me to become concerned that this is related. However, she doesn't have any other symptoms that are usually connected with poisoning.

She had been sleeping a lot that day - is it possible that her leg just went to sleep a little if she had been lying on it for a long period of time? Or do you think this could be more serious and deserves a trip to the vet?

Thank you!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to see Jasmine, it is hard for me to determine if she is having a problem. If the stumbling or lameness continues, it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian. If it was a one time occurrence, she may be okay.

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Dog
mixed
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Thirsty loss of balance

My 16 year old cat has started losing her balance she has been drinking a lot more lately too andiis sometimes constipated she keeps missing the litter tray too when she uses it do you know what it might be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In an older cat there are many possible causes for an increase in thirst and loss of balance which may include hormonal conditions, kidney disease, liver disease, poisoning, vestibular disorders among other causes; without thoroughly examining her I cannot determine the specific cause, however your Veterinarian may recommend a blood test due to her age to help narrow down on a specific cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Annie
short hair
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight loss and loss of balance

Medication Used

none

My cathoughts around 12 years old has suddenly lost weight. Today she was stumbling around. When I tried to catch her she got away and is now hiding in the garden What can I do and is it likely that she will get worse and/or has a heart condition.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes for a loss of balance and weight loss; without examining her I cannot determine specifically what the underlying cause is. You should try to catch her and take her into your Veterinarian for an examination to narrow in on a diagnosis and to get her the right treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Echo
Ragdoll
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Over salavating
Depressed
Loss of Balance
Hair Loss

My cat seems to have loss of balance and is over producing salivating. She also seems depressed. She is three years old and neutered. She also seems to have a bit of hair loss on her back end.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Echo is losing balance, having hair loss, and salivating, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian, as they can examine her, run any lab testing that she might need, and give her any appropriate therapy. I hope that she is okay.

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Nona
Moggie/Unknown
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

Medication Used

none

I have a cat who as always seemed a little off balance since kittenhood. Its common for her to walk slowly, not all the time but common enough. Occasionally when she jumps from place to place, or up onto something she sort of "miscalulates" and stumbles or misses and falls. Sometimes like a last minute hesitation. When I play with her, she likes a wand toy, usually on the floor but also likes to bat it from above, but when she tries to jump at it she often loses her balance and falls over. She has never been hurt and shes strictly indoor. I have gotten her annual exams and nothing has ever come up, she's otherwise healthy. They check her ears so I know theres no infection, she's never exhibited any signs of pain. It's just this strange "slow" and clumsy tendency she has as far as I know. I'm not sure if I should be concerned or not? The only time she's ever fallen over while walking was after getting spayed and being under the affects of anesthesia. Otherwise she runs and jumps onto things, high places no problem. It's just during play, and she "miscalculates" a little more often than any of my other cats. She one of 3 in a litter and her brothers dont exhibit the same behaviour; they're both very active while she is more mellow and quiet (although she meows a lot when shes by herself in a room haha) I'm just not sure whether its something to be concerned over or just a quirk about her?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that this is just a thing that Nona has, and you are adapting to her needs quite well. Cats can have varying degrees of cerebellar problems, and she may have a mild case of that. If things worsen dramatically, it would be a good idea to have her examined, but from what you describe, that seems to be the way that she is.

Omg this happened in the last two days once again ! Her name is Naomi like last time I got advice her name was read wrong too, jesus if u can’t even get her name right how do I no u understand her symptoms loss of balances eye funk and loss of weigh in the past three days

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Sadie
Cat
12 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Falling Over
Stumbling
Vomiting 1 x last night and 1 tonig
Walks at an angle
Can’t stay stand
Won’t eat

My kitten is about 12 weeks old and until a few hours ago she has been full of spunk and energy. She goes outside some during the day but we always bring her in before dark. When we went to bring her in tonight she was acting really strange. She struggled to stand up and then when she did she just kind fell back down(kinda sideways) I held her for awhile and she didn’t move much at all (which is crazy rare for her) she is not much for being cuddled for longer then a minute or two. I was able to get her to drink water but no food. She tried to walk a few times within a few hour period and never made it far and would just lay where she fell. This is VERY unlike her! I can barely catch her sometimes she so rambunctious. To be safe we made her a comfy spot on the floor in front of the couch(where I am gonna sleep to be able to watch her) and she has just stayed there for now a couple of hours. She did try to vomit but on a tiny bit of bile came up. Yesterday she threw up once but was perfectly fine afterwards so I didn’t worry about it. It looked kinda like feces but no smell. Tonight when I tried to help her to her litter box she tried walking towards it but walked at an angle and couldn’t walk straight. Kinda reminds me of someone who is really drunk. I had to hold her up to pee in the litter box. I’m very worried and wanna know what might be wrong with her. I can not afford a huge vet bill so before I go that route I wanted to try every resource. Please help! Thanks!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since Sadie goes outside, any number of things could have happened to her, including a toxin or trauma. It would be best to have her seen right away by your veterinarian, as some toxins can cause long lasting effects. They'll be able to assess her and determine what might be going on with her, and what treatment she needs. I hope that she is okay.

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Cleo
Classic tabby
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

clumsiness

my cat stands up but after a few seconds she lays down like she can not walk,she only takes a few steps at a time before laying down and her back leg seems to be turning

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There may be something going on with Cleo's back end, or an injury or another problem that is causing her to do that. Since I can't see her, it is very difficult for me to comment on what might be going on, and it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian who can examine her and see what is going on and how to treat her, it treatment is needed.

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Buddy
Russian Blue
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent eating
Faint meow
Loss of weight
Hyperactivity
Loss of Balance
Weakness
Tired
frequent drinking

What is wrong with my cat buddy? He has suddenly lost most of his voice..eats fine. Has trouble walking. Can't walk in straight lines no more. Drinks lots of water and urinates a lot in big amount. And it appears his bones hurt or he tires out because he can't walk far without having to lay down. He can eat soft food and dry food all the time. And he has trouble getting into cat box to pee and tends to pee on floor. Please help...I can't lose my buddy I had him since I was 5.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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As cats age, they can start to get conditions and diseases that affect them. Diabetes, kidney disease and thyroid disease are some of those conditions. It would be best to have Buddy seen by a veterinarian, and probably have some lab work done, to assess his body functions and find out what is going on with him to find out how to treat him. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Ice cream
Cat
2 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

trouble standing
painful meows
Vommiting

My cat since yesterday has been vommiting and since that seemed to stop she now can barley stand or walk she is very off balance and keeps falling over her front paws seem very limp to the touch

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Ice Cream is vomiting and cannot stand, she needs to be seen by a veterinarian right away. Kittens are prone to parasites, infectious diseases, and foreign bodies. A veterinarian will be able to examine her, determine what is going on, and give her any treatment that she may need.

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Lennon
Long hair mix
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

balance
Balance weightloss

Our cat is a year old. He has always been under weight very. He is very gentle - hides most of the day will come out for breakfast and dinner. Licks his food and eats little of dry or the wet. (Tried many types). His balance has always been poor. lately he struggles getting up and falls to the side for the first hour walking like he has little control of his limbs. It seems to get better as he starts to get around, but not by much. We had a blood test done- it was perfect.
Thank you for you help
Bob

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what blood tests were done for Bob, but I'm glad that they were normal. It is difficult for me to comment on what might be going on with Lennon, as I can't see him or examine him. He may have a neurologic problem that is worsening, or a systemic disease causing his electrolytes to be out of balance. If he seems to be worsening, it would be best to have a recheck with your veterinarian, as they can assess his neurologic status and make recommendations on what he may need.

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Missy
Medium hair mixed
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Can't walk or stand. Vomited water

My 15year old cat Missy suddenly for an unknown reason couldn't walk or stand. She was in pain midback to rear legs. I had to put her down. She was in a lot of pain even with meds. How could this happen. X-RAYS showed no reason.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be difficult to say what specifically caused these symptoms, especially when there wasn’t anything evident on x-ray. Blood clots may cause sudden paralysis, but are generally nonpainful; trauma or spinal disorders may cause pain but are usually evident on x-ray. I cannot say without a necropsy what caused these symptoms to occur, I wish I could help in offering some closure for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mili
Feral
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

Hi my cat is losing its balance when he tries to walk even for a short distance, he stumbles and goes off balance and falls. But he responses to our touch, pitch and voice. He also meows with a very low pitch which I found very unusual.. Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible causes for a cat to lose their balance and appetite which may include vestibular disorders, infections, head trauma, poisoning among other causes; without examining Mili myself I cannot say what the specific cause is or what treatment would be best. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to narrow in on the underlying cause so that a treatment by be prescribed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat was perfectly fine yesterday, this morning well his balance is bad he won't eat, drink, he will barely move he's been sleeping all day and shaking and wake-up meowing. He smells like silva. .thanks

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Katherine
Turkish Van
17 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Fits
Head Shaking
Head Tilt

Over the past couple of months our cat has been head nodding on the odd occasion, last month she had a fit and was rushed to the vets. They carried out a number of checks including bloods but couldn’t find anything glaringly wrong, it had been extremely hot that day and she was a little dehydrated. We took her home and had no further issues apart from the occasion head nodding, till today. It’s been another really hot day and all of a sudden she lost use in one of her back rear legs, she was leaning against the wall to walk. This happened for about a minute then she was back to normal running round and eating her dinner. She’s drinking eating and using her litter tray as normal, could it be heat affecting her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the heat is a factor here especially in an older cat; if no other cause has been identified by your Veterinarian, it may be just a combination of heat, dehydration and age. Without examining Katherine, I cannot say whether this is the case or not, but I would recommend trying to keep her cool, calm and hydrated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Poppy
Fluffy
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Falling Over
Slow breathing
Cannot chew food
Head wobbling
voniting
severe weight loss

My cat is 6 and has lost a lot of weight and is very skinny. She refuses to chew any cat food and only likes the jelly that comes with it. She is now falling over and all wobbly, she has no spring in her step and I'm worried. We took her to the vets and they give her digestive food and wormed her but it's just getting worse. Is she going to die?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for the symptoms which Poppy is presenting with, it is important to try to get fluids and solids into her; how does she respond if you mix water and smooth food together and you pop it drop by drop into her mouth to lap up, try it. Without examining her I cannot determine what exactly the underlying cause is, but if there is no improvement you should return to your Veterinarian for supportive care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Unknown
Calico
2 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

Found a kitten today very Skiny and under fed. Noticed she is waking and not having control of her rear end it pretty much fall right under her. Other than that she is fine, any ideas what could cause this

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different possible conditions which may be affecting this kitten which may include trauma, dehydration, blood clots, cerebellar disorders, poisoning among many other causes; it is important to ensure that the kitten is hydrated as well as generally stable. In an ideal world, a once over by a Veterinarian and some fluids, worm treatment etc… would do a world of good. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Angel Pratt
Mutt
1 Month
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Took kitten to the vet on 5/29/2018 for bloated stomach, was given dewormer. Angel now is having a hard time standing or holding her head. Is this related to the medicine she received or something else. What should my next steps be.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You didn’t mention which anthelmintic was given to Angel, but generally many medicines may cause lethargy, loss of appetite among other symptoms; if Angel is weak and unable to stand you should return to your Veterinarian for a follow up examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simba
Orange tabby
8 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dizzy
Runny eyes
Red Eye

My cat has had discharge from his eyes for a few weeks. Ive been rinsing his eyes with an eye rinse and it got better for a couple days but now it is worse, his right eye is red, and he seems dizzy when he walks. Anything I can do on my own to avoid a huge vet bill or does he need to go in ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Given the signs that Simba is having and the duration that it has been going on, it would be best to have him seen. I'm not sure that your bill will be huge, as your veterinarian will be able to tell quite a bit from an examination, and may be able to recommend some less costly treatments. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Galore (baby girl)
Calico
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble Walking
Trouble walking, stand

My cat is an older cat, 10+ years, and she has lost weight but this week, starting May 26, she became weak and it has gotten worse. Today I bought some pedialyte and I’ve been giving that to her on an hourly basis. I don’t have money to take her to the vet, is there anything else I should be doing?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different conditions which may affect cats, vestibular disease may cause trouble walking but without an examination I cannot determine any specific cause; giving plain Pedialyte is good as is mixing a little water with some smooth wet food and giving that with a syringe. Without examining Galore I cannot say what the cause is, but would recommend finding a charity clinic in your area just for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

First, i'm sorry because my english, it's poor.
My cat is about 3 months. When it was born, it has been loss balance. I think my cat lack of canxi but the vet told my cat has problem with nevous system. My cat only loss balance, all activities other is normal. So, please help me. What do i do for my cat?

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Chester
Cat
3 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lack Of Appetite, not drinking water
lack of appetite

My 3 month old male kitten was not active at all this evening and then around 11pm he started chasing imaginary objects and running into furniture and walls. He can't walk stable and drops his head to one side. He doesn't eat and I'm giving him water with a baby medicine dropper. Please help me!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I can't see Chester to examine him or find out what is going on with him, but it does sound like he needs to see a veterinarian as soon as possible. Kittens are prone to infectious diseases and parasites, and he may need treatment to help with his situation.

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Medusa
Caracal
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loose Bowel Movements

Hello I have a four month cat she was so healthy running jumping any activity perfect suddenly she lost her balance and she can book and stand up The thought maybe black widow bite her so we took her to the clinic and put the shot for the poisoning
She eats good but she can’t stand up she can walk any suggestion

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible causes for a lack of balance in cats which may include poisoning from insect bites, other sources of poisoning, head trauma, vestibular disorders, infections among other causes; without examining Medusa I cannot determine a specific cause but for know monitor her and check for other symptoms and signs of improvement. If she doesn’t improve you should return to your Veterinarian for a closer examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Yan
American Short Hair
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling loss of balance and weight
Loss of balance weight

Good day my cat is losing her balance and has lost alot of weight she battles to walk and falls over, even standing upright seems to be difficult for her, this morning i found her in the bathroom drooling, also her eyes are very watery which is very unusual.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Those do not seem like normal behaviors for a cat, I agree. Without seeing her, I have a hard time determining what might be happening, but given your description, it seems that a visit to a veterinarian might be a good idea. They'll be able to see her, see what is going on, and recommend any treatment that she may need.

Good day I'm sad to report that Yan had Kidney failure, she looked so healthy up untill last week, she had been drinking alot of water and I was told by the vet that's how she was countering the increased toxicity levels in her body, she must have been in such pain so we decided to let her go to kitty heaven, I'll miss you Yan! 😭

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Jackson
Blue Russian
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance weakness won’t walk
Loss of Balance

I am a 44 retired (lvhf, hoshmotos, lupus Bollus and my only organ that works is my kidney) single Mom of 2 11 yr old boys, one for which has autism and several serious heart conditions and pituitary disorder. It wasn’t until 4 years when we found 2 Blue Russian kittens 4 weeks old next to their dead Mother. My sons whole life changed from that day on. Jackson our male blue has been trying to escape the house for a couple days now and got out around supper time last night. He finally returned home at 10:45. About an hour later he was crying in a way we have never heard before. This morning still horrifically crying to lead into not being able to walk straight , walking and falling around the dining table repeatedly, not responding to his treats being shook, or being called. His eyes look very different. He can not get into his litter box and will no longer get up from his bed. We are devastated. I just make it work with my social security with no help from exhusband as he was sentenced to 11.5 years in prison for DV Batt Dw. Please tell me we will not lose our cat because I can not take him the Vet. What is wrong and please just say he isn’t dying. My son hasn’t spoke a word all day. Jackson was honored as a therapeutic Pet because he took care of Grayson and Prevented a lot of depression for my son. Lucy Jackson’s sister is laying next to him licking him. Tell me what I have the power to do. Thank you and Blessings from the Grupi Family in Daytona

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm very sorry for all that is happening with Jackson. Without knowing what may have happened while he got outside, I don't have any way to know what might be going on with him, or if he will be okay. He should be seen by a veterinarian to be assessed and see what treatment he needs, as he sounds like he is not doing well, and he may have had a poisoning, a trauma, or some other thing happen to him outside. Many clinics do offer free or discounted first exams, and there may be a low cost clinic near you that would be able to see him. Unfortunately, i do no think that there is anything that you can do at home. I hope that he is okay.

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Canelo
Cat
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Nausea
Head Tilt

Hello, my cat has had this problem for over a year and I am not sure what to do. now.

When we first go him at the shelter he was perfectly fine and normal although a couple of months later, after we adopted him, he started tilting his head. Now he has a constant tilt to his head. We noticed he started developing a weird behavior after car rides, which I understand is due to his trauma which is affecting his balance. After a car ride, you can be sure that the next day is going to be a very difficult day for him. He will experience severe loss of balance and nausea. He's never vomited but he has a lot of saliva and holds it all back. He has little episodes where he tries to move but his body enables him to do so. His face will be stuck to the ground and he can barely lift it up during those instances. This seems to happen to him after every car ride. This also happened one time after he played really hard with another cat and was doing a lot of somersaults.
Nevertheless when he is doing well and all is normal, his head is at a constant tilt. He really enjoys when we rub around his ears and behind them too.
We had taken him multiple times to the vet where they told us that his inner ear seemed inflamed. They gave us medication which helped barely a little. After that we went in for another check up and they advised us to go see a neurologist.
My intuition says that this is an inner ear problem since he rubs his ear and has a head tilt. I don't feel like a trip to a neurologist specialist would help, but of course I'm no vet. I don't really know what else to do. I want him to be comfortable in the car again like he used to be when he was younger. We go on a lot of trips with him. What should I do? Does this seem like vestibular disease or just an ear problem?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Since the symptoms get worse after a car ride, I would say it is a vestibular issue; however, what exactly is causing that issue is another story all together. At this point a consultation with a Neurologist would be the next logical step if we want to at least understand why this is happening so we have an idea if we are able to manage this condition or not; I would recommend visiting a Neurologist but ultimately it is down to you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitkat
Domestic shorthair
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

inactive
Loss of Appetite
Stumbling
Tired
Reclusive
Lethargy

Yesterday we noticed that kitkat wasn't anywhere to be found after he had eaten once. Then we found out that he was hiding/resting in a draw. And since we found him he hasn't been the same.since the start of today he didn't eat at all. He doesn't seem to sleep because every time he lays down his eyes are open. He basically done nothing all day and it's scaring me im not even sure he's gone to the bathroom today. And just now we got him to eat wet food but we put him on the counter away from our kitten so he could eat without intrusion. But when it came time ir him to gethe of the counter he seemed apprehensive about and when he finally jump his legs did a split motion and he stumbled alitte. At first I thought he had depression (due to the death of my order cat but I'm not sure anymore I'm scared it's cancer or something like that.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Loss of appetite, weakness, lethargy and the other symptoms may be attributable to many different conditions; without examining KitKat I cannot determine what the specific cause may be since the symptoms are common with most conditions especially those affecting the gastrointestinal tract. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to help narrow in on a diagnosis so that the right treatment may be given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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MILKSHAKE
mixed
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

LUCK OF COORDINATION
Falling Over

HI SIR REGARDS FROM TUNISIA , I HAVE A KITTEN OF A 4 MONTHS OLD AND SHE WAS SLEEPING IN THE SUN , ITS WAS SO HOT 41 DEGREE AFTER LESS THAN AN HOUR I WENT TO PLAY WITH HER AND I FOUND THAT SHE IS NOT OK , SHE WAS SHAKING HER HEAD , FALLING DOWN EVERY 10 CM I'M NOT SURE IF IT'S THE SUN EFFECT OR SHE HAS BEEN POISONED BY EATING SOMETHING FROM THE GARDEN !! I'M NOT SURE WHAT TO DO ...

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If you are able to take Milkshake to a veterinarian, that would be the best thing for her at this point. Without seeing her, I am not sure why she is having this problem, and if she has heatstroke or a toxin, she will need medical attention. I hope that she is okay.

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Siri
Persian
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Medication Used

Vitamins paste

My cat has been suffering from conjunctivitis for 3 weeks and now she has lost her balance she neither walk straight nor climb on my bed, is this a symptom of conjunctivitis or something else?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Conjunctivitis is typically confined to the eyes or upper respiratory tract, we don’t see issue with balance generally unless vision is affected; there are various causes for a loss of balance in cats which may include vestibular disorders, infections, head trauma, cerebellar disorders, poisoning among other causes. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the cause of the loss of balance and to treat the conjunctivitis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Little boy
Unknown
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

staggering, less apatite, balance

Medication Used

morphine pain kil., atibiotic 5day

my "little boy" has been a very healthy 14 yr old till three days ago. Indoor cat only goes outside on leash.He has a history of vomiting after pooping but not regularly. He suddenly started stumbling and missing his mark when he jumps to the bed. also acting confused and forgetting what he was doing or going. Took him to a vet. and they checked him and they were concerned about blood clot in his hip "thrombosis", but during checkup the vet said he felt pulse inside both legs, vet saw him jump and poked and prodded him, then I was told needed to do blood test, xrays, morphine type shot for his pain (but little boy was not really showing pain) also an antibiotic. we opted for the two shot first. No mention of possible ear issue only concern for the blood clot. the first few hour home little boy did not move just stared into space, early that first morning after vet. little boy was very active but off balance still. into second day he was less mobile still off balance had to build him a ramp for the bed. He is eating moderately with coaching, drinking water the same, he has urinated, and pooped. but still off balance now on the third day after vet appointment, not very active, he still cleans himself, the pads of his feet are still very pink, nose is cool but dry sometimes, does not show evident pain when checking groin area, or back to base of tail, is it more likely he is having ear issues or something else. Also would the morphine pain killer be still causing some of the confusion and balance issues. Little boy is my bud and I have serious issue watching him this way. Only other issues is could he have gotten into bug spray we recently sprayed for bugs and would his symptoms be the same if that happened.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Little Boy I cannot determine whether I would have come to the same conclusion as your Veterinarian or not; poisoning with some bug sprays may cause a walking drunk like gait among other symptoms (tremors, drooling etc…). The use of morphine may cause him to be a little out of it, but if you’re concerned about the diagnosis you should visit another Veterinarian for a second opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

update on little boy, sunday he seemed to be better eating drinking peed and poop,but still not great on balance now he is not eating and not drinking and not moving around I hav also noticed his ears a wet inside ?? How long does it take for antibiotics to have an effect if there is an infection, his pain shot was a three day shot but he does not cry when he is moved just grones in discomfort.

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Oscar
Persian Cat
9 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Loss of Balance, struggle standing

Why does my kitten keep falling, moving in circles and has trouble standing? He can’t help himself. I really do not know what to do. I haven’t known him getting injured and he’s been taken care of well. This has lasted for a few days and he really is struggling.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many conditions which may lead to a loss of balance and circling which may include ear infections, head injury, vestibular disorders, cerebellar disorders (cerebellar hypoplasia), other congenital disorders, poisoning among other condition. If Oscar’s symptoms are this severe you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination to determine an underlying cause and to determine if there are any treatment options. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Avie
Mitten kitten
12 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Stumbling

My cat was bit on the ear by the dog and she started to flop around on the floor after she bit her and she now is acting like she is off balance..... I need help is she okay and is this normal in cats

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This isn’t normal, the dog may have caused a more severe injury than you initially realise; without examining her I cannot say for certain how severe the injury is but if there is no improvement you should visit a Veterinarian to examine her for signs of brain injury or other issues which may be causes these symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Salem
Short hair domestic
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Cat disappeared for about 5 days. Returned and balance is off. He falls over, tilts head, head bobs, and is unstable.When He fell off the bathroom counter and landed on his side...I knew something was wrong. He seems to have some dried blood under his chin and near his ear around his temple. His eyes do not look right. He ate when he got back but is very thin. I'm concerned that he might have a brain injury. Is there anyway to confirm without going to a vet. I cannot afford a vet due to me being on disability.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It does sound like Salem has some brain injury, however the severity of the injury and any medical management would need to be determined by your Veterinarian; I do understand that money can be tight but sometimes there isn’t an at home option available. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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keke
American Curl
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hi, i saved a cat in the mountains of Texas from being attacked by dogs. I now brought him home with me to California, he looks about 3 months old but can not keep his balance. he wonders in circles and falls down all the time. his sense of distance is very off, he jumps at something and misses every time. walks off ledges, ect. i’m really scared and would love some advice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Keke, it is difficult to say specifically what the cause is especially as we have no history for him before you picked him up; cerebellar disorders, head trauma, liver disease, infections, parasites among a range of other causes may lead to similar symptoms. It would be good to get him checked over by a Veterinarian for piece of mind. 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
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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Ziggy
Taby
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

not drinking
Loss of Balance
can't stand
Unable to Eat
Dazed

Our 3 yrs old previously totally healthy cat got out and was missing for 2.5months we thankfully got him back today however he is unable to hold his balance. At first he wasnt able to walk he was like dragging his back legs and his front was moving off to the sides not able to go straight. He's unable to eat alone and needs assistance. Not drinking water at all unless we're forcing water with a syringe. When he finally went pee is was orange and had a horrible smell. He seemed to have better movement once he peed and ate a little but still not able to move around normally without assist. The back of his head feels diformed I'm not sure how or what happened. Plz help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Ziggy, it isn't possible for me to determine what might be going on with him, and being missing for 2.5 months, any number of things could have happened. From your description, I would say that Ziggy needs medical attention right away to have an examination and see what is happening, and what treatment he may need. I hope that he is okay.

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Chavo
Short hair tabby
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss

Walking like drunk weight loss. What is wrong with cat 15 years old. Eats but not much. Pees outside litter box hard to climb stairs. Staggers around most of the time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a loss of balance especially in an older cat which may include vestibular disease, hepatic encephalopathy, poisoning, head trauma among other conditions; given the age and severity of symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dusk
Domestic longhair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My cat was diagnosed with feline leukemia when he was six months old, the vet said he wouldn't make it past a year. He recently turned two but lately he has had less energy and I noticed he wasn't able to jump well. Today he got up to walk and suddenly his back legs were weak. He keeps stumbling over and isn't able to carry himself. Could it be the FeLV coming back? He was doing so well until a couple weeks ago.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should take Dusk into see your Veterinarian to determine whether the leg weakness is related to the feline leukemia or another cause, I cannot say for certain without an examination whether it is the cause but it is suggestive. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Flurry
tabby
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Staggers falls

Medication Used

none

Cat staggers and loses balance constantly. Doesn't sleep with me anymore doesn't play anymore still has healthy appetite. Sleeps all the time falls a lot. 14 years old

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since I cannot examine Flurry, it is hard for me to determine what might be going on, but as cats age, things can occur that cause them to lose balance. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian to see what is happening and what treatment might help her.

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Grimm
Feline
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dizzy
Can’t walk straight
Falling Over

My cat is only 4. She came in from outside falling over , paddling, unable to walk without falling down, and crying. We rushed her to a vet and they couldn’t tell us what was wrong as she was only displaying slight drizzineaa when we arrived. They did tests but nothing jumped out to them as being cause for concern. They gave her some anti nausea meds and said she might of gotten into a plant or licked a toad. A few hours later she had another episode we rushed her to a different vet this time and again they also could not tell us much ad the episode had passed and she seemed to be ok at the moment. They gave her an antibiotic and de-worming medication. Since then she had been extremely unbalanced on her feet. She can’t jump off the couch of bed without falling down and She can’t walk in a straight line. She is eating and drinking and using her litter. We have her confined to our bedroom to keep her away from our other cats and to make sure she doesn’t get outside as she can’t defense herself and I’m afraid she will get hurt playing with her brother who is kind of a bully. She doesn’t seem to be in any pain. She is purring and wants attention from us. I really can’t afford to keep going back to the vet to be told they aren’t sure what is wrong with her and I can’t afford a cat scan or mri. Do you have any idea or suggestions as to what it might be? Her X-rays where clean. She has no bite marks or showed any signs of vomiting. She was a little dehydrated and the first vet gave her fluids. They also said her sugar was a little high but none of her test really were something they were concerned about. I guess the sudden on set is what has me baffled as she was fine that morning. They offered to run all sorts of tests and gave me a list of things it could be but no real feel that they actually had an idea. I kind of felt like they we playing to run every test they could and hoping something would stick.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It can be very difficult to find out why cats are showing neurologic signs, especially if they go outside, as anything can happen to them out there. Grimm may have gotten into a toxin, or had a trauma that happened, and your veterinarians are trying to treat her as best they can without knowing what might have happened. If she seemed okay generally, you can monitor her and let the medications take effect, or you can leave her for observation with them, as it is hard to treat something that isn't happening at the time. I hope that she is okay.

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baby
N/a
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

hi , i found a stray cat and she is having problems keeping her balance for two long. she can walk but if she stay still for too long you notice she'll start to lose her balance and notice last minute and try to catch her balance. it seems like both of her front legs are fine but her hind legs are slightly weak dragging time to time. what can it be?
when shes not walking she doesn't crouch or lay but positions her right hind leg forward to stand upright
please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Baby it is difficult to say specifically what the cause is and since you found her this way we have no history of how she was or if she was born with a loss of balance or incoordination; spinal trauma, blood clots, other injuries, congenital conditions among other causes may lead to similar symptoms. Ideally you should get Baby examined by a Veterinarian to help narrow in on a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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