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CAT IS OFF BALANCE AND HOLDING IS HEAD ON ONE SIDE, SEEMS TO

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CAT IS OFF BALANCE AND HOLDING IS HEAD ON ONE SIDE
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Do the cat's eyes move from side to side? Or do they stay focused straight ahead?
Customer: SEEMS TO BE FOCUSING OKAY
JA: Does the cat ever go outside? Are they taking any medications?
Customer: OUT GOING CAT NO MEDICATION
JA: And what's the cat's name and age?
Customer: CATS NAME IS TIGER AGE 17 YEARS
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: NORMALLY A VERY FIT CAT BEEN LIKE THIS A COUPLE OF DAYS
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 12 days ago.
Hello, this is Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear this and understand your concern for Tiger.

When did this start?

Does he have red, waxy or smelly ear canals?

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 12 days ago.

Hi there, could you see my reply above?

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Without further information it is difficult for me to provide the best advice but I will certainly try.

Please reply when you can and we can continue the conversation.

Tiger's signs could have several causes including:

  • An inner ear infection
  • Vestibular disease
  • An ear polyp
  • An infection of the central nervous system
  • Trauma to the head
  • A toxin build up or recent toxin ingestion
  • A brain tumour
  • Etc.

At his age, we need to be extra cautious, especially as many cats will have underlying health issues such as high blood pressure and hormonal disorders.

A vet visit is needed so we can examine Tiger and his head and ears, as well as performing a neurological exam. He may also need a blood test.

Treatment will depend on what is found and may include e.g. antibiotics and anti inflammatories.

Hopefully he is back to normal very soon.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

I do hope this has helped and please let me know if you have any further questions,

Take care,

Linda.