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post #1 of 12
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My cat seems to act drunk like he can't walk strait and he falls over a lot. Also he will not eat very much and he is very skinny, have tried all kinds of food.... but he just kinda eats a couple of peices.
post #2 of 12
Poor kitty. Is he eating atleast 1 cup of food a day? Depending on the quality of food you give to your cat, the amounts are different. For instance, if you feed him a very expensive food, they only need 3/4-1 cup of food a day. If your feeding him the cheaper stuff he needs twice as much. How old is your cat and has he always been skinny? Summertime makes cats shed and appear to be thinner. My cats lost some weight during the summer because they didn't eat as much with the crazy heat wave that was going on! Here's some information I found about Weight loss in cats.

Weight Loss In Cats

Weight loss is a physical condition that results from a negative caloric balance, as in when metabolic utilization and excretion of essential nutrients exceed the caloric supply. Simply, more calories are being burned off than are being taken in. Weight loss is considered clinically important when it exceeds 10 percent of the normal body weight and is not associated with fluid loss.

During weight loss, the appetite may be normal, increased or decreased.

What to Watch For:




Flatulence (gas).

Difficulty swallowing.

Coprophagia (eating one’s own stool).

There are many reasons for loss of weight. Some of these include:

Dietary causes.


Malabsorptive disorders.

Maldigestive disorders.

Metabolic disorders.

Excessive nutrient loss.

Neuromuscular diseases.

Excessive use of calories.

Confirmation of weight loss is necessary. A thorough knowledge of history and clinical signs in addition to appropriate diagnostic tests are indicated when diagnosing an underlying cause of weight loss. Initial diagnostics include:

Fecal examination.

Complete blood count (CBC).

Biochemical profile.


Thoracic (chest) and abdominal radiographs (x-rays).

Radioimmunoassay of serum trypsin-like immunoreactivity (TLI).

There are several things your veterinarian might recommend for symptomatic treatment prior to instituting a full diagnostic work up. Treatment is most often administered on an outpatient basis.

If an underlying cause has been identified, treat or remove it if possible.

Sufficient caloric nutrition in the form of adequate amounts of an appropriate, high-quality diet.


Appetite stimulants.

Supplementation with vitamins and minerals for severely malnourished patients.

Parenteral (intravenous) nutrition for patients who cannot take food orally.

Comfortable and stress-free environment, especially when eating.

An appropriate exercise regime

Home Care
Administer prescribed diet and medication. Periodically, your pet's weight should be recorded. Contact your veterinarian if there is recurrence or change in condition.

This Information is from:

Pet Place- Anorexia
post #3 of 12
Tum your kitty needs to see a vet. There could be something major wrong with him and only a professional vet will be able to determine what that is. Please take your kitty to a vet tomorrow. Good luck!
post #4 of 12
Has he been hit in the head recently? It could be a concussion. I caught Jorin in a sliding glass door when we first got them, and he was acting like that for hours. I cuddled him and kept him from sleeping for about 12 hrs, waking him up every 15 minutes or so, kept him in a dark, quiet room. he was fine the next day (although I think I scrambled his wits, he's aggressively affectionate now, when he was indifferent before. Maybe he appreciated my efforts?) I'd advise taking him to the vet if at all possible.
post #5 of 12
liver problems will also cause a cat to be unbalanced. and can be fatal. please go to the vet asap!!!
post #6 of 12
PLEASE take you kitty to the VET Immediately and have our cat checked.

Does this sound familiar if so please have kitty checked for Vestibular Disease

Symptoms are:

ataxia (lack of coordination without weakness or involuntary spasms - in other words, stumbling and staggering around)

motion sickness - reason for eating?

nystagmus (back and forth or rotational eye movements. The movements will be slower in one direction. This is the side where the neurologic lesion is likely to be; however, nystagmus is named according to the direction of the fast component i.e. there may be left nystagmus but the lesion is probably on the right side of the vestibular apparatus.)

Head tilt (usually toward the side of the lesion)

Falling to one side (usually toward the side of the lesion)

Trouble with other nerves controlling the head and face

Good Luck!
post #7 of 12
One more thing how long has he been like this? Has he access to the outside? Could he have gotten into some antifreeze? If the answer is YES to the abobe do not loose a second and PLEASE get him to the VET now!!!
post #8 of 12
It's been a few days since you first posted and I was wondering how your kitty is doing?
post #9 of 12
YES -how is your furbaby? Please let us know!
post #10 of 12
I just saw that you are on line - I would really love to know what happend to your furbaby. Is it alright?
post #11 of 12
What happened with your kitty? I hope he is doing well, and that everything is okay...
post #12 of 12
I had sent her an e-mail and unfortunately kitty was diagnosed with an advanced case of Feline Leukemia and had to be euthanized.
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