Cat acting funny

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  1. Haley & Franky

    Haley & Franky New Member

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    This is not a question related to diabetes or my cat. My dad’s cat recently started walking wobbly. This started about 2 weeks ago. We took her to the vet and they gave her a steroid shot. She seemed ok after that, just slightly wobbly when walking. Well the past 2 days, she can’t even walk with her back legs. We took her to a different vet who gave her a convenia antibiotic shot. Today we took her to a 2nd vet who ran some blood work- said it was all normal. He gave her a B12 shot. Tonight she’s about the same, however, when she tries to eat it’s like she can’t. She moves her head from side to side and licks. She wants to eat but it looks like she can’t. I’m just looking for suggestions since 2 vets haven’t figured out what to do.
     
  2. donnalea

    donnalea Member

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    Could she nauseous? does she act like she wants to eat but can't. What tests have been taken? Did either vet sat anything about ketones? You can get ketones sticks to hold under her bum and get wet with her pee. If the stick changes color, you need to get her to the vet ASAP. This could be a situation. With good care she could do well. If not properly treated, she could have a very sick cat. Get her to a vet now.
    Please ask your in the main health forum. That's where everyone hangs out.
     
  3. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    Poor Franky! I wonder if maybe he had a stroke? Licking the lips is a sign of nausea. Did the vet check for pancratitis? Cerenia may help with nausea.
     
  4. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    NB: Brainstorming here!

    Couple of suggestions about things to investigate:

    * Nausea (look at this page for symptoms and treatments). Nausea is commonly secondary to an underlying health problem (e.g. DKA, pancreatitis, CKD, IBD).

    * Possible problems with teeth/gums (pain may make a hungry cat reluctant to eat).

    * Constipation/bowel obstruction - can cause nausea and inappetence.

    * Respiratory tract problem (cat's won't eat what they can't smell).

    * Vestibular syndrome - affects balance and can cause nausea & vomiting (think 'motion sickness') and can cause severe mobility problems. See this video:

    Vestibular disease - symptoms and treatments

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    Whatever the cause, it's vital that your dad's kitty gets some supportive treatment ASAP to help her eat so that she doesn't develop problems with hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver - potentially life-threatening).

    The clinical signs related to eating you describe above sound very much like your great dad's girl may be nauseated. Anti-nausea treatment (Cerenia or ondansetron for general nausea; short course of metoclopramide for constipation-related nausea as it speeds up gastric emptying and helps normalise gut motility) and possibly an appetite stimulant (e.g. cyproheptadine or mirtazapine) can make the world of difference to a kitty who's having difficulty eating. Assist feed if you have to.

    If she were my kitty I'd be looking at another trip to the vet for a very, very thorough physical exam (including ears, respiratory tract, mouth, bowel), an advanced diagnostic work-up if applicable and, as a major priority, a prescription for something to help her eat successfully. (Even if it takes the vets a bit of time to get to the root cause of her symptoms she has to get food down in the meantime.)

    If a general practice vet can't help diagnose the underlying problem, I'd suggest asking for a referral to a specialist.

    Sending healing vibes to your dad's little one.

    :bighug:


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  5. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    PS:

    If you can get hold of a copy of the lab results for the blood work, etc., and post them here other members may be able to help you more.


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  6. Haley & Franky

    Haley & Franky New Member

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    Just took her back to the vet. All her labs are normal. Her bladder was full so they palpated it and she voided some. Gonna start her on prednisone and some Valium to help her relax. Also going to start syringe feeding. Not sure what’s causing this without a scan. Closest specialist is 5 hours away at Mizzou.
     
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