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my cat is 15 yrs old no problems at all till yesterday night

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hi my cat is 15 yrs old no problems at all till yesterday night she can not walk properly wobbly and only for a little way will either sit down and rest then move off again slowly or falls down . eating ok. carried her outside she had a wee. doesn't seem to be in any pain even when picked up.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr Christie replied 2 years ago.
Dr Christie :

This is Dr. Christie. I am a licensed veterinarian and would like to try to assist you!

Dr Christie :

I am sorry Sophia is having a problem!

Dr Christie :

If you look at her eyes, are they moving strangely from side to side occasionally?

Dr Christie :

Also, does she seem like she tilts her head one way vs. the other? walks or stumbles to a certain direction?

Dr Christie :

I would be suspicious Sophia may be experiencing vestibular disease, which is where the vestibular system (the inner ear that controls your coordination and balance) is affected.

Dr Christie :

There are several things that can affect this function including (but not exclusive) inner ear infection, idiopathic or unknown, thromboembolism (blood clot), tumor, hyperthyroidism (elevated thyroid level).

Dr Christie :

Other differentials I would consider include heart arrhythmia (this affects blood pressure), intervertebral disk disease, infection, anemia.

Dr Christie :

I would recommend getting Sophia in for a checkup as soon as possible with your regular vet! A physical exam can rule things in and rule things out. Your vet may recommend some baseline bloodwork as well.

Dr Christie :

In the meantime, make sure to keep Sophia away from stairs and keep her inside so that she is safe! Also, keep food, water, and litter nearby!

Dr Christie :

Best wishes for a quick recovery for little Sophia! Please let me know should you have any questions!

Dr Christie :

Here is a free article discussing vestibular disease in cats: http://www.petplace.com/article/cats/diseases-conditions-of-cats/brain-spinal-cord-nerves/vestibular-disease-in-cats

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