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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

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

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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
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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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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
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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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CHARLIE
Russian Blue
5 Years
Moderate condition
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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
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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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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
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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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George
Heinz 57
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

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

Medication Used

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

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
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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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Napolean
Domestic cat
9 Years
Serious condition
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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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