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Please help; loss of mobility, staggaring, jerking his head

post #1 of 12
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My cat is about two years old and is both an indoor and outdoor cat. [He's almost constantly outside in summer. We keep food and water out constantly for him.] Today I opened the door to see him on the porch, so I let him in. But as he stepped over the threshold he could barely walk! I guess you could say that he was staggering. He didn't seem to be lame on any particular leg. I looked all over for wounds or abnormalities and felt for breaks, but nothing. And as I checked him over and brought him food, I noticed that he almost couldn't keep his head still, he kept slightly moving it in all sorts of directions constantly. Not looking at things, just moving in a really jerky way. And a little newer, I was stroking him and he had this weird spasm of sorts... like he just flipped out and his limbs shot out in different directions like he was jolted, and then he tried to walk over to lay down. I'm really worried... We're trying to figure out if we should take him to the vet immediately [hardly affordable] or what..
post #2 of 12
No one can diagnose your kitty over the internet...your cat sounds to be in real distress. Please take him to the vet asap. Ask if expenses over the office call could be put on a payment plan...but do get the cat in. Being indoor/outdoor you have no idea what chemicals your cat may have come into contact with.

Sending vibes that your cat will get better after care,
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by Myaku View Post
...I'm really worried... We're trying to figure out if we should take him to the vet immediately [hardly affordable] or what..
Well, I think there's good reason for you to be worried, from your description of his behaviour. However, it's impossible to determine what might be wrong just from that. And, anyway, with those symptoms, there's nothing you will be able to do to treat him!

So, there's nothing to decide...you may have time on your side if you take him immediately...you may very well have major regrets if you do not.
post #4 of 12
Yes he should be seen immediately by an emergency vet. It could be a stroke, poisoning, etc. Time is of the essense. I pray he's ok.
post #5 of 12
I hope you are able to get him into vet soon it sounds serious! Good Luck
post #6 of 12
He needs to see go to the Vet, Prayers and please, keep us posted.
post #7 of 12
He needs a vet ASAP! Many vibes he will be okay
post #8 of 12
Those symptoms sound similar to antifreeze or other chemical poisoning, please do not wait to see if he gets worse or better, he needs to see a vet immediately. I hope it isn't that, but it's not worth taking any risks. Get him seen straight away, tell them it is an emergency.
post #9 of 12
I agree that your poor guy needs to see a vet.

It could be as serious as poisoning or a bad case of vertigo. Both of those things need medical treatment.

My Rocky had a bad case of vertigo last fall and scared me half out of my mind. Here's the link to that thread. http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=141017

I took him in that day and then had to get more meds for him a few days later because he was really having a time of it.


The good news is that he did recover and other than a bit of tilt to his head at times he had almost no long term effects.

I've had some bad cases of vertigo where I had to go to the emergency room so it's only natural to give my fur kids the same consideration when they are in distress.

I hope your little guy gets better real fast.
post #10 of 12
You need a Vet now. Can you get Care Credit?
post #11 of 12
definitely sounds like an issue for the vet.

Many for your kitty!
post #12 of 12
Please take to the vet. Hoping your kitty will be feeling better soon.
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