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What is Vestibular Disease?

Vestibular disease may be the result of trauma or disease in the vestibular apparatus inside of a cat’s ear. This apparatus aids a cat’s coordination and balance. Vestibular syndrome may also be caused by a number of primary conditions affecting the vestibular system, ranging from infection to cancer.

Feline vestibular syndrome is a condition that affects the nervous system and causes a lack of coordination in cats. The condition often manifests suddenly. Cats affected by vestibular disease tend to fall to one side, tilt their heads, and experience unintentional eye movement. Cats with vestibular disease may experience other symptoms based on the underlying cause. Siamese and Burmese breeds have a higher risk of developing this disorder at birth.

Symptoms of Vestibular Disease in Cats

While vestibular disease is not a life-threatening condition in itself, it may be indicative of a more serious condition. Seek immediate veterinary attention as soon as you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Loss of control over movement
  • Head tilting
  • Vomiting
  • Involuntary eye movement
  • Drooping of the face (usually associated with tumors or an inflamed inner ear)

Causes of Vestibular Disease in Cats

The causes of vestibular disease in cats include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Bacterial and fungal infection
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Tumors
  • Nasopharyngeal polyps
  • Cancer
  • Head trauma
  • Allergic reactions to medication

 

Typically, the cause of vestibular disease on an individual basis is never identified; these cases are considered idiopathic. However, many cats that develop vestibular syndrome are deaf. It is important to note that exposure to certain drugs may cause similar symptoms to appear in cats. Any cat has a chance of developing vestibular syndrome, although certain breeds have a higher risk of developing it congenitally.

Diagnosis of Vestibular Disease in Cats

Your vet will be able to make a tentative diagnosis based on a thorough physical examination and presentation of symptoms. Be sure to inform your vet of the extent and duration of your cat’s symptoms, as well as any relevant trauma, infections, or exposure to toxins or drugs that you know of. Your vet will likely ask for your cat’s complete medical history, so be prepared to provide this information as well.

While there are currently no tests for detecting vestibular disease, your vet will make a definitive diagnosis by conducting neurological and ear examinations. If a specific underlying cause is suspected, your vet may utilize other tests, including blood and urine analysis, CT scan, MRI, and cultures of the ear.

Treatment of Vestibular Disease in Cats

Treatment may vary depending on the underlying cause, symptoms present, and the severity of the condition. Your vet will be able to advise you on a treatment plan based on your cat’s specific needs.

Treating vestibular disease with no known cause is typically straightforward and involves treating the symptoms rather than the condition itself. Anti-nausea medication and nutritional therapy may be prescribed if the cat is vomiting or refusing to eat. Most cats with idiopathic vestibular disease recover quickly.

Bacterial and fungal infections are typically treated with an antibiotic or antifungal regimen. Surgical treatment may be required for chronic ear infections. Tumors may be treated with laser surgery. Radiation and chemotherapy can treat malignant tumors, which typically affect middle-aged and older cats.

Recovery of Vestibular Disease in Cats

Recovery and prognosis are typically excellent in cases of idiopathic vestibular disease. Cats typically make a full recovery within three weeks. Symptoms, as well as the disease itself, do not generally recur. Prognosis for vestibular disease associated with a more serious condition will vary based on the severity of the condition and the success of treatment.

Always follow your vet’s post-treatment and/or post-operative instructions carefully. Always administer any prescribed medications, particularly antibiotics, exactly as directed for the full duration of the treatment period. Failure to do so could result in aggressive recurrence of infection.

Upon the return home, you may need to make adjustments as needed to ensure that your cat cannot injure himself. You may want to limit your cat’s outdoor activity during the recovery period, as malfunctions in the vestibular system have the potential to cause severe injury. Your cat may also need help eating and drinking during the recovery period.

If your cat has had surgery, do not allow it to irritate the surgery site. Ensure it has a warm, secure place to rest for the duration of the recovery period.

For cases of idiopathic vestibular disease, follow-up appointments are usually not required. For vestibular disease with a more serious underlying cause, your vet will schedule follow-up appointments as needed to monitor the underlying condition. If the disease recurs or does not seem to be improving despite treatment, consult your vet immediately.

Vestibular Disease Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Snow ball
mixed
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dizziness, lethargy, no appetite, wobbly

I have a cat that I found abandoned in a box. He seems to not want to eat I am feeding him through a syringe. He is very lathargic and will be sleeping and all of a sudden he will start meowing and looking around. He seems like he is dizzy and his eyes dart back and fourth. He also will try to walk around and just seem dizzy and fall down. The episodes almost seem like a seizure but aren't.

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Oliver
tabby
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hi,

My cat Oliver was taken in as an emergency and is staying overnight at the animal hospital. He's 14 years old and has always been very healthy. Today he was falling over, his eyes were moving back and ford rapidly and his head is tilted. We are keeping him overnight for observation, but was hoping you could recommend what would be the next course of action. The doctor is looking into giving him an echo cardigam, but his symptoms seem to be more neurological. Why would the doctor be taken the cardiology route?

What way would they be able to tell if this was from an ear infection?

I'm afraid they will misdiagnose him.

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Mau mau
domestic short hair
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Medication Used

Dexamethasone

We have a cat that started hanging around our house a couple years ago, naturally I started feeding him, so he adopted us. If I had to guess I would say he's between 5-8 years old. About a week ago my husband saw him staggering around, stumbling. I put him in our sunroom for protection, since there was no way he could defend himself. Im a vet tech, so from my exam....no nystagmus, normal PLR, proper proprioception, e/d/u/d normal, normal disposition. He does have a head tilt to the right, cant focus his eyes, and stumbles often. Took him in yesterday and our vet could see no obvious reason. Ears appear normal, but unable to visualize the tympanic membrane, but no infection. Normal vitals. Got a dex injection. May get Clavamox if that doesnt help. My thought is vestibular disease, as there is no sign of trauma and I feel that if it was a toxicity, There would be other symptoms. Thoughts?

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Kaissi
Siamese
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No appetite
Cold dry nose
Unable to Stand
Head Tilt

My cat was diagnosed with vestibular disease, idopathic by my vet. He seems to be getting worse, now he is not eating. He's 16 years old.he was given a steroid injection and antibiotic injection. She told us it would need too run its course. Now hea not able to stand or move much and he won't eat . should we bring him to the emergency clinic?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That does not sound like the expected course of improvement for vestibluar disease, and I think that Kaissi does need to be seen again to see what might be going on. If your clinic is not open, as emergency clinic would be a good idea.

What was the outcome with this? My cat is going through the same thing right now. She’s 17yrs old and it just started yesterday. She isn’t eating very much but is still drinking and using her litter box. Only moves when needed. And she isn’t purring but still wags her tail. Gives the impression she wants to move but then just lays down. I’ve called my vet and waiting for a call back. But I’m not sure if what’s going on is this or if she’s starting to “give up” on me. Very worried.

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Stelli
tabby
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

balance
Eye Movement
Head Tilt

About 3 weeks ago I noticed that my cats eyes were rapidly moving left to right, her balance was off and was experiencing a slight head tilt. She was purring and happy through it all. I brought her to vet and everything about her exam appeared to be normal. Ears were visibly clean.
After a few hours she started returning back to her normal self. Since then, she has had two other episodes but not lasting nearly as long as the first time. The second episode seemed to get better after about 5-10 minutes. I had poinsettia plants in the house and threw them out thinking maybe she was eating them but this morning she had another episode (only lasting about 5 minutes). Should I be concerned that this happened 3 times or would that be normal if it was an inner ear infection? I'm hoping its nothing worse. The vet wasn't suspect of brain tumor because she said the way her eyes were moving wasn't indicative of a brain tumor.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats can be affected by idiopathic vestibular disease, and it can happen once, or happen again. If your veterinarian examined her and found her to be healthy, that is a good sign. If she continues to have this problem, or it affects her to the point where she isn't eating or drinking, you may need to consider further testing or treatment. I hope that everything goes well for her!

My cat appeared with this head tilt this morning, her eyes are not moving in an erratic way, she is eating, and drinking water with help, she was purring when laying down.
I am taking her to the vet tomorrow morning.

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Wendy
Mancoon
7 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Head tilted and clumbsy

We have a litter of 4 kittens about 7 weeks old and 1 of them seems to be in good spirits playing and such but she can't keep her little head up strait.its always tilted to the side. Any advice?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Wendy may have a vestibular disease, or a problem with her ears. Since I can't see her, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian , as they can assess her health and determine what is going on with if any treatment is needed.

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Heidi
Tabby mix
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vestibular

Medication Used

TrizEDTA Orbax 20ml
TrizEDTA

Took my cat to the vet, and she was prescribed TrizEDTA w/ baytril and Dex. The directions say to apply into the left ear. However, during the examination she’s was significantly weaker from her right side (body motion wise) should I keep applying the medication to her left or her right ear?
The Other medication she’s taking is Orbax.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst Heidi may be weak on her left side, she may only have an infection in her left ear which is why your Veterinarian gave you those instructions; if you are unclear about the instructions you should give them a call to clarify and to ensure there wasn’t an error. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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michael
dsh
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

head tilt, coordination is off,

My cat was lost for 1 week. He just returned with a head tilt and trouble walking. I'm not sure if it is vestibular disease but want to know what can I do to help him?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Any number of things could have happened to Michael while he was missing. Without examining him and assessing his neurologic function, I can't comment on what might be going on. It would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they can determine what might be happening, and recommend any testing or treatments that he might need. I hope that he is okay.

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Oliver
domestic medium hair
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Third Eye
Fever
Panting
Head Tilt

My cat was exhibiting signs of feline vestibular disease including the head tiltand loss of motion. His third eye was present and he was panting which I didn’t notice as a sign of FVD. We brought him to the ER where they said he had a fever and and took him home with some antibiotics. We couldn’t afford to do MRIs or overnight stay as it was over $5,000 for the MRI alone. He seems more alert today, but still not eating or drinking.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for a head tilt and loss of motion which may be attributable to head trauma, ear infections, tumours, neurological disorders, poisoning among others; an MRI would rule out head trauma, tumours and other issues but I understand that it is cost prohibitive if there is no insurance. Administer the antibiotics as prescribed and monitor for improvement, follow up with your general Veterinarian if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mara
Unknown
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting,
Occassional head shaking
Loss of Appetite

Recenntly I adopted a neglected cat.
Shes about 5-6 months old.
Since ive had her, when you call her name or get her attention, she cocks and turns her head strangely while looking at you. Its cute but maybe concerning? She also had ear mites, and terrible wax build up. I gave her ear drops til things cleared up, and clean her ears (once every 2 weeks or so) the past 5 days its been very cold outside (below 0) so ive kept her indoors 90% of the time. (Indoor outdoor cat) she is suddenly (past 4 days) very picky about the food (wet food) i give her and scratches at the floor and tries to burry the food (even flavors that are usually her favorites)
She is also suddenly slightly sketchy, and doesnt care to be handled near as much, and is not as spunky or playful. She also loves to have her head massaged and also firmly presses her head into my hand. (Does not head press against walls though) her bathroom habits seem normal.But today she vomited. And it looked as though she simply took her food out of the dish and set it on the floor. Hardly chewed or anything. Could she have some sort of ear/sinus infection? Other ideas?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It was nice of you to be able to adopt Mara! The behavior that she is displaying could be because she has been inside more than normal, it could be because she is coming into heat if she isn't spayed, and it could even be that she is pregnant, if she was outside and isn't spayed, although she would be young it isn't impossible. She may have an ear infection, or mites. Without examining her, I can't tell over an email, but it would be a good idea to have an examination with your veterinarian if you are worried about her behavior. They'll be able to give her a good exam and determine if she has any problems that you need to be concerned about. I hope that she does well!

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Toes
Calico
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Congested purr
Latharic
Balance issues

My cat (Toes) has been staying in the lower cubby in our closet for the last couple of days. He hasn’t been eating and has a congested sounding purr. He also exhibits signs of balance issues. I have been working since the symptoms have showed up but I’m off tomorrow and will be taking him in.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An upper respiratory tract infection may be a possible cause for the symptoms that Toes is presenting with, however without an examination I cannot say for certain. Your Veterinarian will be able to give a good listen to the respiratory tract and will be able to determine the specific cause and prescribe treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophie
Korat
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My Sophie has vestibular disease, diagnosed about 6 weeks ago but is still falling over and not walking well. Is it normal to last this long? How much longer before she will be back to being herself? We have her separated from our other kitties so she doesn’t hurt herself and fall down the stairs. They were also eating her food and this way I can monitor her better. She is definitely restless but I want to make sure she is better before I leave her out again. Everything I read said she should be better by now. The vet still has her on meclazine.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally vestibular disease is self limiting and would resolve itself within ten to fourteen days if the cause was idiopathic; if there is another underlying cause for the vestibular disease then that cause would also need to be treated as well to aid recovery. If there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian again for another examination to reevaluate Sophie’s case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leia
tabby
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Head Shaking
Ear Crust
Head Tilt

My kitten is 4 months old and about a week ago I noticed that she is unstable one second and fine the next. It’s worse right after she wakes up. She is tilting her head to the left really bad, and it seems that she lets her head lead the direction she goes. She had ear mites at her last vet check (12 weeks) and they have cleared up. She is still eating, playing, and acting like I normal kitten. She even has a healthy appetite. I just worry about how unsteady she is

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A head tilt in a kitten is more commonly associated with an inner ear infection, head trauma or poisoning than anything else; without examining Leia I cannot say what the specific cause is or whether there is any other possible cause for these symptoms. You should try to keep her calm, but return to your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tux
Black and white
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Uncoordinated

Tux has been ‘kind of’ Diagnosised with vestibular disease a few days ago. The vet told me he could have got into something or it could be because of an ear infection he has when he was a few months old. He does seem to be improving eating using the litter box purring and being very lovey. They told me I couldn’t get a better answer unless I had a head x ray done. Would it be worth going through that just to know for sure what caused it? Also I had started giving him lysine for his sneezing that he had had since he was little. Could that have cause his vestibular disease?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Vestibular symptoms can be difficult to diagnose an underlying cause, even with a head x-ray it is unlikely to really shed any real light on the cause; infection, trauma, poisoning or idiopathic (most common cause and it means we don’t know why) among others may be the cause. Keep an eye on him and monitor for improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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orange
Persian Cat
8 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

imbalance waliking

Hi, orange got ill(colds) during his 2 months, then after medications for at least 4 weeks he then recovered but, he established signs of Vestibular Disease, orange got difficulties in walking and balance., he was 8 months old now. is there any treatment for orange? or what causes why he is establishing this kind of disease? would that be overdosed from the medication?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various different causes for vestibular disease or other conditions which may appear to be like vestibular disease which may include poisoning, head trauma, developmental disorders (cerebellar hypoplasia) among some other conditions (infections, parasites, medication side effects etc…). Without examining Orange I cannot say or begin to diagnose what the possible cause maybe, you should return to your Veterinarian for an examination to check Orange over to help narrow in on a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tigger
Norwegian mix
18 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

balance problems, incr. scratching

Neutered tomcat, 18 years, had suddenly a vestibular syndrome - first I thought it was just a geriatric issue, until I discovered extrem earwax production - I assume ear mites. Is it possible that ear mites can cause (by follow-up infections of the inner ear this vestibular syndrome? If so, which treatment/drug do you suggest?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given Tigger’s age, it would be advisable to visit your Veterinarian for an examination and initial treatment to be on the safe side; also there are many possible causes for vestibular disorders and your Veterinarian will determine whether the cause is attributable to an inner ear infection or another cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Grayson
dsh
6 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head Tilt

My cat was diagnosed with idiopathic vestibular disease two years ago. After initial treatment was completed, the vet suggested 1/4 tab of dramamine 1-2x per day to help with motion sickness. Is this safe long term? Are there any other prescriptions or treatments for this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dramamine is generally safe for use in cats and is effective at relieving the effects of vestibular disorders; when using dramamine you should always keep an eye out for signs of vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, lethargy or anything else concerning. It is safe for use in the long term and I cannot recommend anything else if an underlying cause wasn’t determined. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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monsy
American Shorthair
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hi 2 saturdays ago my cat Monsy approx 11 years old had an episode, lost of balance and falling to the right, we took him to the vet and he spent the night he was diagnosed with vestibular disease and high blood pressure. he's eating drinking water and using his box as usual, he's also walking better and jumping instead of using stairs but his right eye seem to be irritated what should i do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Monsy’s eye looks irritated, you should try to flush the eye with some sterile saline in case there is something irritating the eye; if there is still no joy you can apply some ophthalmic ointment to the eye like Vetericyn to see if there is any improvement. If there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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George
Heinz 57
5 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

won't drink
no bowel movements in 3 days
won't eat,
Walking in circles,
Lethargic

Medication Used

Cerenia Tabs BP 24 mg (1/2/DAY)
Orbax 22.7 mg

My cat George has a kidney infection and is suffering from vestibular disease. She appeared to be doing better last night but is now only walking in circles when she walks. She is on Orbax and also Cerenia. I have to force feed her and force water down her throat. She was given an enema to clean her out at the vets but it's been 3 days and she hasn't pooped again. What do I need to do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If George hasn’t defecated yet, it may be due to him not eating so much although what has been eaten should have been passed down the intestinal tract. Was the vestibular disease diagnosed by your Veterinarian? Symptoms of dizziness and walking in circles may also occur when toxins build up in the blood stream with liver or kidney issues. I would recommend returning to your Veterinarian for an examination to make sure that there isn’t nothing to be concerned about as I am unable to examine George. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tippy
Siamese
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Circling
dilated pupils
Lack Of Balance
Head Tilt

My cat has been showing vertigo-like symptoms for about six weeks now. She is acting dizzy, circling, nearly falling to one side, her pupils are dilated, and she is sleeping more than usual. When she walks, she tends to walk along a wall or a piece of furniture for orientation. Her symptoms appeared/worsened over the course of a week, but she never seemed to experience a single neurological event such as a stroke or seizure. She's had a physical exam and blood work that both came back clean, but the vet could not rule out stroke without a cat scan, which we did not do because of cost. The vet found no kidney malfunction, normal white blood cell count, and no ear infection.... apparently healthy except for the lack of balance. Tippy does not appear to be in pain, is not having "accidents," and is eating. She seems disoriented. Since we got her and her sister at six months old, they've always tended to shake one ear but now Tippy sometimes shakes her head as if that same ear is bothering her but now falls over when she does it. It doesn't appear that her vision is impaired because she is not walking into anything, alhough she does not seem able to localize sound. She never liked being picked up, but since the symptoms seems more comfortable being held, almost like she's being stabilized. The vet prescribed Dasuquin and Gabapentin for potential arthritis because of her age. The meds do not seem to be making any difference in her symptoms. Does this sound like peripheral vestibular disease?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for these symptoms and the blood tests and physical examination would have ruled out many of them; tumour, stroke, vestibular disease (idiopathic or other), poisoning (would normally show other symptoms) among other causes may lead to similar symptoms. If Tippy is otherwise in good spirits, I would just continue as normal and assist him as best as possible; without further diagnostic imaging we cannot rule out other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Little man
orange
6 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

head held high

I have a kitten about 6 months old he started acting strange, shaking his head, looking up at and than he would flop down and lay with his eyes open. He hardly eats and lays down with his eyes open all the time. I got ear mite meds for him but he still acting strange please help me. Thank you Mari

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Little man may have a metabolic condition, or a defect that is causing this behavior. Without seeing him, I can't assess his neurologic status or examine him, but from your description, it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can see him, determine what might be going on, and recommend any treatment that he may need. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Snow
Persian
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Ear mites
Ear infection/mites
Cannot eat
Loss of control
High fever
Ear Itching

My cat cant control her body since yesterday because of her ear and she also have High Fever. Her ear have a ear mites but the vet removed it and give us some medication but i think her condition keeps getting worse. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Give the medication to Snow as it may take a day or two to see signs of improvement; if you are seeing severe symptoms or are generally concerned you should return to your Veterinarian for another examination. It isn’t unusual if there is also a bacterial or yeast infection as well for the vestibular apparatus to be affected. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

For Vestibular can I use Burenex oral?

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CHARLIE
Russian Blue
5 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

iS IT TYPICAL FOR A CAT WITH VISTIBULAR DISEASE TO SHOW SIGNS OFF IMPROVEMENT OVER NIGHT AFTER THE ONSET OF THE ILLNESS?
MY CAT WALKED IN THE HOUSE IN THE MORNING FALLING DOWN, LEANING TO ONE SIDE, GOING IN CIRCLES AND HER EYES WERE GOING BACK AND FORTH. I TOOK HER TO THE VET BUT HE WASN'T VERY HELPFUL. SO I TOOK HER HOME AND MADE AN APPT. WITH A SPECIALIST. BUT THIS MORNING MY CAT IS VIRTUALLY BACK TO HER OLD SELF? WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Vestibular disease normally occurs in older cats than Charlie but other conditions may have similar symptoms like head trauma, poisoning, liver disease, inner ear infection among some other causes. Cases of vestibular disease that normally self resolve usually resolve themselves after a week or two. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Very helpful. Thank you.

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Missy
Persian I think
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

On Sept. 1, 2018 we had left to go away for the day about 4pm. Our cat Missy was just fine but when we got home that night about 10p. she looked like she had a stroke because she was couldn't walk straight, she would fall down, loose her balance,head tilted to the right side and her pupils will get either small or big. She is always scratching her right ear, so I looked it up and I believe she has Vestibular Disease. I have been internet searching and this is what I found. She has had this before back in June but for only couple of days and she came out of it and this time it has been almost a week Saturday. I have no money to take her to the vet and I don't know what to do for her.Will she eventually come out of this or will she get worse?

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Rose
Black longhair
5 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye flickering/circling
Eye Clouding
Wobbly gait
Loss of Appetite

My roughly 5 month old kitten had had a growth inside of her eye for a month or so now (The vets we've talked to says it looks like scar tissue) and today it became visible that she was uncoordinated and her good eye was flicking/circling. She hasnt eaten or drank anything for hours now, and she seems pretty lethargic, and she doesen't hold her head up when she sits, is there anything we should test for her condition? (The vets think it might be an ear infection or fluid buildup behind her bad eye, so we're treating her for the ear infection first) (Also, she's allergic to pennecillin)

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Fígaro
Sphynx
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Head Tilt

Medication Used

Synulox

My 4 year old sphynx cat has been showing signs of vestibular disease for 3 days now. He has loss of balance, head tilting, aniscoria, third eyelid prolapse and proprioception loss on his right side. The vet believes it's due to an ear infection and started antibiotics yesterday. He has been able to eat/drink/use the litter box but sometimes requires my assistance. Overall very tired and sleepy. Will he die?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It certainly sounds like vestibular disease and Horner’s syndrome which are both caused by an inner and middle ear infection; this is not a lethal condition but may get worse if not treated. You should follow the instructions from your Veterinarian and offer Figaro as much support as required during this time; remember that even after the treatment has finished, the symptoms may continue to present for a week or so afterwards. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I was just curious if Figaro’s condition improved at all? You described my cat’s situation almost identical. I’m not very experienced with cats and it’s breaking my heart to see him (Thomas) go thru this. It’s been 1 and 1/2 weeks so far and I can see a slight improvement from the first day I found Thomas like this but it seems like a very very slow process.

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Pancho
tabby
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Ear Lesion
Loss of Balance
Shaking

Pancho has had legions on and in his ear, on and off for sometime. Vet thought it might be allergies so we have been treating it with a cream. We use qtips and liquid ear cleaner prior to putting the cream on. He puts up quite a struggle when doing this. We did this again yesterday night. He stood under the bed all day today. We thought he might have just been traumatized. After getting him out from under the bed, we realized that he was shaking and could walk a few steps with out falling over. We are not sure if the stress from cleaning the ear cause a stroke or he developed vestibular disease. We are taking him to the vet tomorrow but are concerned.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Pancho, I'm not sure what might be happening, but the cause of his problems could be the actual lesions, an underlying condition, or the actual treatment. Your veterinarian will be able to give you a better idea as to what is going on tomorrow. I hope that he is okay.

Hi my 1 year old cat walk unbalance last day and her stool is not firm. Today she drink many water but minimal of eating food. I dismissed my cat to their babies. She is too sloppy to bress feed her babies. She bare last 3 weeks, and I'll take a bath her on last 2 days. What can I do to her situation?

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Cheezit
DOMESTIC
Four Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Staggering and vom

My cat started throwing up whole food yesterday and soon after he was staggering when he tried to walk. An hour later he seemed fine. Today he threw up in the morning, but was walking fine. Then tonight he threw up again and was staggering.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Cheezit I cannot say for certain what the specific cause is, you should think about visiting your Veterinarian for an examination if this is becoming a frequent occurrence. A few conditions may result in similar symptoms and it is always best to try and catch some conditions early. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Binx
Domestic long hair
14 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Will not move on own
Stiff Legs
Lethargy
Dehydrated

Is it possible for this to be caused by a reaction to Gabapentin? My vet back home prescribed my 14 yr old cat 100mg gabapentin for a long car ride. He was knocked out for nearly 18 hours and afterwards wasnt the same. Then I had to take him to the vet in my new town for an emergency visit because he wasnt able to move at all, he stopped eating and drinking. They diagnosed it as vestibular disease but are telling me I may have to put him down. Where as every where else I am reading their cats recovered just fine. But I also can't afford the MRI or CT scan to be certain it isnt a tumor.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Possible side effects of gabapentin may include a loss of coordination, however without examining Binx I cannot say whether or not there are any other symptoms which may indicate another underlying condition like a brain tumour or other condition. I would keep Binx calm for the time being and monitor for improvement; generally cases of idiopathic vestibular disease (in cases we don’t know why it occurs), cats may recover within ten days or so but other cases attributable to other conditions may result in an unfavourable prognosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your response. Unfortunately Binx did take a turn for the worse and began having seizures, it was for the best to put him down.

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Alice
Idk
3 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Head Tilt

Could my kitten be showing signs if vestibular disease ? It’s her second time in a day waking up from her nap where she wakes up and can’t control her balance she leans too much to her right side to the point she falls she can drags herself and move her legs but can’t balance and her head will tilt to her right side (she has very little control of her neck), but after a couple mins she starts acting and walking normal.. it’s extremely heart breaking and she’s the love of my life what could I do to help my little girl I try to stand her straight and be support for her so she can Balance again I even give her head and back rubs so ease whatever head pain she might be feel..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst vestibular issues may cause an unsteady gait or cause difficulty to stand, other conditions like cerebellar hypoplasia usually present in young kittens due to underdevelopment of the cerebellum during development. You should visit a Veterinarian for an examination to look at other possible causes (brain injury, other trauma, poisoning etc…) which can be ruled out. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/cerebellar-hypoplasia

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Sam
American Shorthair
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Flipping of the body
Enlarged Pupils
Rapid eye movement
Seizures
Head Tilt

My cat Sam was asleep & suddenly he flipped off my bed & was flipping around on the floor. At first I thought it was a seizure but when I grabbed a hold of him & held him down, I noticed his eyes diliated & rapidly moving. His head was tilted to the left & he was conscious & crying to me but couldn't control his head, eyes or body. After about 2 to 3 minutes of me holding him down while petting & talking to him, his body & eyes started relaxing & coming back to normal. Is this common in vestibular disease?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This doesn’t sound like vestibular disease at all but a seizure cause either by neurological disorders, head trauma, poisoning or another cause; you should visit your Veterinarian for a general examination to have Sam checked over and to check his blood as well to be on the safe side. An episode like this to occur whilst sleeping is unusual. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I took my cat to the vet. She got prescribed TrizEDTA w/ Baytril and Dex.
The directions say to apply into the left ear. However during the examination she was stumbling/weak from her right side.

Should I keep applying it to her left ear or the side she’s weakest from?

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Patches
mixed
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sudden inability to walk
Running in circles
moody

Cat has been increasingly vocal and showing depressive traits. This evening I was petting him, he was responding fine, then he got up and started moving to a different room, right back leg suddenly have out under him and he began spinning in frantic circles, hit the wall. My brother picked him up and put him down and the episode appeared to have ended. Now quiet, possible attempts to hide (hiding in dark closet, in least habituated room, unusually hang out spot).

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It sounds like Patches needs to see a veterinarian to determine what might be going on with him, whether it is a systemic disease, a muscle or joint problem, or a neurologic problem. Since I can't examine him, taking him to a veterinarian that can look at him and assess his status will allow them to determine what is happening and what treatment he needs.

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Rezin
domestic short hair
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Unbalanced
Head Tilt

How likely is it that cats will have recurring vestibular disease? My boy is having a second episode of it. I read that it generally does not recur. I'm not sure if there are other issues or similar diseases or syndromes to vestibular syndrome.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is possible to have recurrent episodes of vestibular disease. Other causes of his signs can include inner ear infections and brain disease. If you are not sure that he is okay, it would be best to follow up with your veterinarian and have him examined. I hope that everything goes well for him.

I wanted to share an experience I had with vestibular disease! My 1 yr. old, FIV+, Siamese mix, General Tang, suddenly came down with it and continued to have recurrences for appx. 6 months. He would have another episode any where from 1 to 3 weeks after coming off his antibiotic/steroid treatment. It looked as though this was not going to stop so I was considering euthanization. Luckily, I had not got around to neutering him yet and accidentally discovered that sometimes putting them under for surgery can kind of "RESET" their system. It was like a miracle!

After several weeks of waiting for another episode post-surgery, my vet informed me that this can happen. Funny she never brought it up previously as a possible treatment or cure... :-( It has been several years without a single incident.

My concern is he had no issue with this til have his surgery December 20th. He had surgery because he had calcium stones in his bladder and in his urethra. Is it possible that this triggered something? His blood work came out normal. I just wanna get more information so I don't over react.

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Grace
Himalayan
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Walking in circles
Walking in circles head tilted

My dog walker called today and said that my cat grace was not feeling well. She said her head was tilted off to the side and she was in a room with the dog that she typically isn’t in. Also she was growling. We went home as soon as possible and when we got there her head was tilted to the side as my dog walker had said plus she was walking in circles repeatedly. We took her to the emergency vet right away and they did a full panel of blood work. Everything came back ok and we are waiting for the results of her thyroid test and fiv. They want us to come back tomorrow to speak to the neurologist and get a MRI. We love our cat enormously however the cost for the test alone is $2400 without any treatment. Everything that was done today was nearly $800. Is there anything else we can do or try before the mri? We want to give her the best we possibly can but this is severely out of our price range. We would have to take loans out to cover the cost. If in the end this will save her and give her quality of life we will do it of course but if there was another route or options that would be so helpful. I hate seeing our little baby like this. She’s finally sleeping right now but it took awhile. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much

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Feldman
tabby
15
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

still walks crooked

Hello, we took our cat to the vets with similiar symptoms with a crooked walk and he was running into the wall, and falling down, could barely stand, loss of appetite. He did not throw up but had no appetite. Vet took x-rays, blood work and kept him for various tests, and could not find anything wrong with our 15 year old cat.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally symptoms of vestibular disease are constant and not intermittent, if Stelli keeps having these episodes you should have a more thorough examination by your Veterinarian or get a referral to a Neurologist for an examination. Other possibilities are poisoning (many things may induce symptoms), head trauma, tumours among other causes; you should try to get a diagnosis so that the condition may be managed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gus
Russian Blue
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Circling, Disoriented

Gus was circling 3 days ago. Went to the Vet twice and the Vet stated that they did not see nystagmus and that it could be a lesion or tumor due to clean bill of health. Eventhough we did see it. It's the 3rd day, nystagmus has stopped and circling only when moving around a lot. Besides that, Gus walks straight. Never has stopped eating, drinking and going to the bathroom. I DO believe it is vestibular disease. When should I see full recovery? Also it has been 1 full day without circling, but he has a bad spell tonight with circling. Should we keep him in one room? He gets ancy and wants to walk around but goes into a spell once tired. Also, hes been scratching his right ear, sneezing and shaking his ears. Is that also normal since they said no ear infection???? Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you!!!

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Loki
Not sure
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble Walking
Limping
Not using litter box
Inactivity

We rescued a kitten almost a week ago and he was fine for a few days, then he began limping in pain. We took him to the vet and they perscribed him pain meds for his limp and tested him for AIDS and leukemia, dewormed him, and vaccinated him. We’ve been giving him his perscribed meds as directed since his vet visit, but he has gotten worse. He’s still limping, is barely using his back legs, hasn’t used the litter box in a while, is swaying/tilting when he tries to walk although he can barely stand let alone walk. We’re taking him back to the vet first thing in the morning but we just need some type of help or hope. We’re all so scared for our kitten. Please help us please

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what is happening without examining Loki myself; infections, trauma, cerebellar disorders among other causes may lead to similar symptoms. You should try to limit Loki’s movements and return to your Veterinarian in the morning as planned for a thorough examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stella
Calico
18 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Falling over walking drunk

Cat got up this morning and was kind of acting drunk I'm playing with her and she's falling over cuz she's a kitten so she's really got major you know running and playing going on and all the sudden she just Falls over she's just acting real North RG she wants to play but she doesn't jump anymore she was jumping yesterday it's just worrying me what should I do

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Felix
MaineCoon
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

not moving, head is tilted

My cat seems to have Vertigo ,I took him to the vet , they gave him Dexamethasone, and Convenia ,& Cerenia , It's been 2 weeks ,I'm feeding and giving him fluids at home ,He is not trying to walk he does roll over ,But his head is still tilted like he has stiff neck ,What else can we do to help him get better ,I'm staring to think this has turned into something else

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Possible causes for this problem for Felix may be an ear problem, a tumor, or an infection. Without seeing him, I can't determine what might be going on, but if he is not improving, it would be a good idea to have a recheck for him to see if there is anything more that can be done to help him. He is very young, and a referral to a neurologist may be needed.

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Gatito Gordito
Domestic cat
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

nystagmus
Dilated Eyes
Head Shaking
Head Tilt
Loss of Balance
Lethargy

a few hours ago, we found one of our two cats backed into a corner in a puddle of his own pee. he was meowing a lot, which is weird, since he is normally very quiet. he is displaying a severe head tilt, horizontal nystagmus, poor balance, dilated eyes (they contract a little in bright light, but not the normal amount), and a head wobble movement consistent with the timing of the nystagmus.

NOTES:
-he has nasal and eye discharge as well as what sounds like a cough
-he was perfectly agile yesterday
-he tested positive for FCoV last year
-he has had ear mites twice before
-when treated with some ear mite medicine, he shook his head fiercely as he always does
-the other cat in the household developed one permanently dilated eye several months ago. reason unknown but presumed to be a viral infection of the optic nerve (the iris cannot contract at all, but the eye can track movement in low light)

would a vet be able to differentiate between non-effusive FIP, an unrelated infection, or recurring ear mites? is it cruel to keep the cat alive with these problems if indeed he has developed FIP? he has problems eating, and he is terrified to walk around.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Gatito Gordito is having these problems. Most cats will test positive for FCoV, and it does not mean that they will ever develop FIP. A vet would be able to differentiate between a recurring infection and ear mites, yes, and can treat for either. Cats can also be affected by idiopathic vestibular disease, which tends to improve over time, although some cats are left with a mild head tilt. It would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian to treat for either an infection or ear mites, or vestibular disease, and if he improves with treatment, than i do not think that it is cruel to keep him alive, although I can't totally comment on that since I haven't examined him. If he has developed FIP, it can be a very challenging disease to diagnose, and some cats do not suffer greatly from the effects of non-effusive FIP. If he is affected by this, your veterinarian will be able to prescribe medications, usually steroids, to control the signs of the disease, depending on the severity.

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Napolean
Domestic cat
9 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dizziness
lack of eating
Leg Lameness
droop eye

my cat stopped eating and was always asleep most of the time. we changed his food and gave him lots of love and attention and it seemed to be working he would eat little by little and start walking around more. then all of a sudden one of his eyes started to droop and he suddenly went back to the weak state. this time he would walk like he was dizzy or just almost fall. it seems like his right leg is malfunctioning at times but he seems to try to get and up and get better but its really affecting him and i feel like hes in a lot of pain from this so it makes me really sad because i really care about him dearly. as of now i dont think i can afford a vet but i am willing to try. please give me an estimate on how much it would cost or some helpful treatments.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few causes for the symptoms you have described including cancer, poisoning, neurological damage, trauma or liver disease. You would need to visit your Veterinarian for a physical and neurological examination as well as blood tests. I couldn’t suggest any home treatment without examining Napoleon as each possible diagnosis has a different treatment, unfortunately there isn’t a one fits all treatment. The cost of a visit to your Veterinarian and blood tests will depend on where you live but an indicative price is between $200 - $400. If Napoleon has vestibular disease as a primary condition (as opposed to a symptom of other condition), treatment is usually supportive with recovery being within two weeks; remember, I haven’t examined Napoleon and cannot give a diagnosis or treatment plan. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Heidi
Tabby mix
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vestibular

Medication Used

TrizEDTA Orbax 20ml
TrizEDTA

Took my cat to the vet, and she was prescribed TrizEDTA w/ baytril and Dex. The directions say to apply into the left ear. However, during the examination she’s was significantly weaker from her right side (body motion wise) should I keep applying the medication to her left or her right ear?
The Other medication she’s taking is Orbax.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst Heidi may be weak on her left side, she may only have an infection in her left ear which is why your Veterinarian gave you those instructions; if you are unclear about the instructions you should give them a call to clarify and to ensure there wasn’t an error. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

If the cat is not treated then the cat mouth opened after a few days ? Pz answer me

Nevermind. Unfortunately Heidi just past away. Thank you.

Her follow up appointment isn’t until Thursday. Really worried. She still isn’t eating, having to force her to drink with a syringe. She can’t walk and if she tries she falls and she peed on herself. She’s is pain. Could she have been falsely diagnosed?

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ZOE
Bengal
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not eating much
not drinking
right eye dilated
right eye totally dialated
Falling Over. Food falls out mouth
Lethargy

Medication Used

GENTEAL TEARS GEL
Orbax
MCLIZINE

When we came home from 10days in Florida, both cats we're delirious with joy. Adam is our Siamese 7 yr. old and ZOE is our BENGAL OLD LADY, 13 yrs. old. Within an hour of our arrival, we noticed some small drops coming from the 1st floor litter and laundry room...long story short, the "drip" turned into a deluge! Water was coming down all the light fixtures from the one of the 3rd floor bathrooms..with enough pressure to shower!! We have NEVER experienced cold like this!! So a pipe under my sink exploded with ice! We called the emergency plumber who stopped the flood and called the "disaster" people, similar to Service Pro. They came very fast and started ripping out walls, carpet, etc. Then they installed 40! drying machines that made a HUGE RACKET! We couldn't even talk it was so loud.
Zoe is very vocal but didn't make a sound..she was too freaked out. Usually Adam, the Siamese, is the "fraidy cat" and bolts under duvets or runs to closets at the mere sound of a low/loud male voice, and we had 12 guys here. Poor Zoe just looked crazed when we found her under a coat. When they finally left, the horrid machines stayed and were on full force. It was a nightmare! Both cats remained hiding. We were trying to cope with utter destruction and the removal of our stove and microwave in the decimated kitchen..which is where they eat! We moved the food into the living room with us and both litters upstairs.
The next day, after virtually no sleep, we woke up in HELL! But the worst part was the terror of the cats. Zoe, normally active and happy, was literally paralyzed. She suddenly started swaying and shaking/scratching her right ear. I put some homeopathic drops in and cleaned out the ear thoroughly. This seemed to help for an hour or two. But now it's progressed very rapidly and she's falling all the time, she can't walk straight, her right eye is dilated and is oozing some kind of discharge. The eye also doesn't respond to light and looks milky and cloudy. We rushed her to the vet who really didn't understand what was going on. He gave us some medicine but it didn't work at all. She tries to eat and it mostly all falls out of her mouth. She can barely walk and must lean against something in order to eat. The brave girl struggles to get in the litter box, which we've placed right next to her warm perch on the couch. She only had one pee accident in the blankets. She's losing weight rapidly and is beginning to look skeletal. We are giving her so much love and attention that Adam is angry, feels rejected, also pouting, and is actually scared of her! Today she was back to the vet twice! Now we've seen 4 vets!! The one today was great, but he thinks she might have a tumor or a stroke. That's what I thought immediately...STROKE! The medicine we got first has been abandoned and now we have ORBAX .75 ml by mouth every 24 hrs. Also MECLIZINE 25 mg, 1/4 tablet every 24 hrs. She has improved a bit, but not much. We simply can't get her to drink, so I try and give her a syringe or two of spring water. We just started giving her GenTeal Tears gel twice a day in the bad right eye. We have an appt. with a neurologist on Tuesday, but our vet called and told us to go Monday if things got worse.
After your wading through my novel of illness in cats, I would like to know if you think it's Vestibular Disease or a tumor..or even cancer? PLUS, and this is VERY important, do you think the flood and the resulting 40 LOUD, NOISEY drying and water intake machines RACKET could have brought this on so suddenly? It really was terrible and they're threatening to bring them back! So I need to know so I can stop them..but they're still going to have to take down several main walls and ceilings. This is just a 3-story townhome!! and remember, their water, food and litter boxes have been moved to completely different rooms! Please think about all this and let me know as soon as you can.
Thank you so very much,
Sincerely, Cathy Winsor

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Wow! You have had a lot of upheaval in your lives lately! I'm sorry that that is happening to you, and to poor Zoe. I think that the appointment with the neurologist is a really good idea, as vestibular disease in cats does tend to resolve over time, and Zoe does not seem to be improving. If you are able to have an MRI done, it will help localize the lesion and help with possible treatment. I think it is possible for the chaos and upheaval to cause her to be stressed enough to have an embolic event, or a stroke, if her heart rate got high enough. Neurologic events in cats sometimes can improve over time as their brain adjusts, but time will tell if Zoe will recover. Your appointment with the neurologist should be helpful. If she isn't drinking or eating, she may need fluids if she is becoming dehydrated, and it might be a good idea to have her rechecked on Monday to see if she needs any more supportive care before your appointment on Tuesday. I genuinely hope that she recovers, and that your home returns to normal.

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