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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

Hello, 

 

My 4 year old cat is extremely active and playful. When I got home from work today she was acting like herself - ready to play. A few hours later, her behavior completely changed. She became very lethargic and sickly looking. She is wobbly and was walking extremely slow -seems like her balance is off. Her eyes are also very droopy and she just looks miserable. She is now laying down and won't move for anything. She didn't eat her dinner and I haven't seen her drink any water either. She's been to the bathroom but it was earlier today. She is 100% indoors and has not gotten into anything. I don't know what would have caused her to completely change like this in a few short hours. Not sure what to do and I would appreciate any advice since I'm so worried about her. 

post #2 of 25

If it continues the rest of the night and she is still acting like this in the morning or gets progressivly worse during the night I would defently get a vet for atleast a check up. I am no expert at all but sounds like she may have picked up a bug or just felling under the weather. Do you have any house plants or anything and has she tried eating on them? I know that cats like to eat grass when there not felling well and it helps there tummys even when they are felling fine. I know that I went out and bought a little bucket thing of grass for my cat to eat it on and it helped when she was not felling well. Do you think she may have gotten into something? I would defently check around and see if you can;t find any cleaning supplies or anything like that she might have gotten into just in case.

post #3 of 25

I would contact the ER vet, especially with the wobbliness and the droopy eyes.  That concerns me.

post #4 of 25

Wondering what happened with this kitty.  Did you contact your Vet?  How is she?

post #5 of 25

I had a very similar experience with my 2 year old girl last week.  I thought she had swallowed something.  I took her to the ER and they did X-Rays and an Ultra Sound.  They found no foreign objects, but she tested positive for tapeworm, which they treated.  When I picked her up they showed me the tapeworm on the slide.  I'm glad they found something, as the visit cost me big bucks!  If you really don't think she swallowed something, I would keep an eye on her and take her to your regular vet.  If there's ANY chance that she could have swallowed a foreign object, then get her to an ER, as her intestine could block, or perferate, which could be fatal. 

post #6 of 25

The safe thing is of course to contact a good vet ASAP. At the very latest in the  morning.

Preferably a good clinic, not a part time, free time practictioner.

 

How much you dare or must to wait depends on your circumstances.

 

Good luck!     *vibes*

post #7 of 25
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone for your concern. She made it through the night (with me sleeping right next to her). I knew I was going to take her to the vet, but I wanted to wait until morning because the vet ER in my area is awful. She seemed better in the morning, but I still took her in. By the time they examined her, she seemed to be fine and wasn't falling down anymore. There wasn't much they could do but they think since she didn't get into anything, it may have been a seizure. They sent out blood work so I'll just have to wait and see. In the mean time, she is doing better and walking okay. She doesn't have very much energy so I'm just letting her rest. She seems to be slowly snapping out of it thank goodness. I've never experienced anything like that before and I pray it won't happen again. 

post #8 of 25

Is this cat an older cat?

 

I'm glad she seems to be getting better, and that you had her checked to rule out some of the common problems.

post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post

Is this cat an older cat?

 

 



Nay, a 4 year, otherwise apparently healthy.

 

Myself, If I dare a wild guess at this moment, I would guess on a small stroke as one possibility.

This would explain why recovery "by itself" was possible.

Surely more common in olds, but possible also in younger.

 

Good it went over, what it it was.  Hope she proceeds to be better.

 

In the meantime, look through your house again if you find something unsafe lying around. Anything poisonous, anything unprioper to swallow...   Some electric with bare ends to get a electrical chock from?

 

 

Good luck!    *vibes*

post #10 of 25

I hope they have considered a cardiac problem also.  They come on suddenly. 

 

I hope your kitty continues to improve.

post #11 of 25

You know, there's another possibility.  One of your cats had a bladder stone, and he gave us some real scares before it was discovered.  He would "freeze," acting as if he  were having some sort of seizure, and then would slowly start moving again after a while.  Someone else here mentioned intestinal gas as causing some very scary behavior, too.

post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by StefanZ View Post

The safe thing is of course to contact a good vet ASAP. At the very latest in the  morning.
Preferably a good clinic, not a part time, free time practictioner.

How much you dare or must to wait depends on your circumstances.

Good luck!     *vibes*
post #13 of 25
I'm hoping it was a seizure, tommorrw is Sunday, if she gets worse ill take her to the vet,thankyou
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post

You know, there's another possibility.  One of your cats had a bladder stone, and he gave us some real scares before it was discovered.  He would "freeze," acting as if he  were having some sort of seizure, and then would slowly start moving again after a while.  Someone else here mentioned intestinal gas as causing some very scary behavior, too.
thanks for the input ,we didnt see what happened, she was walking slow and wobbly,shes doing better finaly ,whew😊but we are keeping an eye on her ,we took her to vet ,they wanted to take blood tests ,but they said she looks real healthy ror her age ,she's 15 yrs.old
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by abbey987 View Post

Hello, 

My 4 year old cat is extremely active and playful. When I got home from work today she was acting like herself - ready to play. A few hours later, her behavior completely changed. She became very lethargic and sickly looking. She is wobbly and was walking extremely slow -seems like her balance is off. Her eyes are also very droopy and she just looks miserable. She is now laying down and won't move for anything. She didn't eat her dinner and I haven't seen her drink any water either. She's been to the bathroom but it was earlier today. She is 100% indoors and has not gotten into anything. I don't know what would have caused her to completely change like this in a few short hours. Not sure what to do and I would appreciate any advice since I'm so worried about her. 
sounds like what my kitty,Teddybear she had a seizure, take her to the vet just to make sure she's not dehydrated, they might want to take blood also ,you can read my story below,I'll be praying for your kitty ,also
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by sherrill View Post

sounds like what my kitty,Teddybear she had a seizure, take her to the vet just to make sure she's not dehydrated, they might want to take blood also ,you can read my story below,I'll be praying for your kitty ,also
well i dont know where my post went ,im new ?
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by farleyv View Post

I hope they have considered a cardiac problem also.  They come on suddenly. 

I hope your kitty continues to improve.
she is ,thanks everyone for caring 😀
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by abbey987 View Post

Thanks everyone for your concern. She made it through the night (with me sleeping right next to her). I knew I was going to take her to the vet, but I wanted to wait until morning because the vet ER in my area is awful. She seemed better in the morning, but I still took her in. By the time they examined her, she seemed to be fine and wasn't falling down anymore. There wasn't much they could do but they think since she didn't get into anything, it may have been a seizure. They sent out blood work so I'll just have to wait and see. In the mean time, she is doing better and walking okay. She doesn't have very much energy so I'm just letting her rest. She seems to be slowly snapping out of it thank goodness. I've never experienced anything like that before and I pray it won't happen again. 
post #19 of 25
I agree my cat teddybear did the same things as your kitty ,i have to take water to her and ibought can food so she will eat,please please let me know or us,what the blood tests say ok
post #20 of 25
To Abbey987,did your kitty's blood tests come back ,and did they find anything? My Teddybear isn't eating but she drnks,im so scared,i live on a very limited income, and dont have the money for her care .please please let me know and thank you. Sherrill
post #21 of 25

Your situation describes my cat perfectly. Always a bouncy ,playful kitty (she is 4 years old and in/was in good health). She was so lethargic,(began all of a sudden) that I took her to the vet three days ago. She needed an enema.They did x-rays first(all good) ,and blood work (all good). They gave her a shot for nausea and for hydrated her.Brought her home and after an evening of still having bowel movements,poor little thing finally slept. Yesterday,still lethargic,with slight improvement. Same today. She is ,thankfully ,eating. But still not her old self. She is up to date on shots and gets Revolution monthly.NEVER goes outside. This is NOT my Lulu. Very concerned. Do not kow what else to do. Have spent almost 900.00 on her this week. Out of funds.Really do not  know what else to do for her. (Forgot to mention.She is on Purina Pro Plan for hairball control. Has been on that for over two years. She is longhair and gets brushed regularly,to keep hairballs at a minimum)

post #22 of 25
My cat has same symptoms and situation i took to vet and they found high white cells and low blood pallette and sent home with antibiotics and iv bag we have to insert under skin but cat i getting worse any ideas please help
post #23 of 25

I am so sorry your kitty is sick too.How long has she been on antibiotics?She has to have them regularly as prescribed and it usually takes two days,they say to get in her system good. I always ask the vet to just go ahead and give her an antibiotic shot in his office ,if he feels it's the thing to do..It last for two weeks and saves stress on her and us,trying to get a pill down her. I sure hope your kitty gets better soon. It's worrisome and it's scary. These are our furry babies. Have you hydrated her with the bag of fluid ? Is she peeing or pooping? If you see the cat 's condition is worse,please call the vet,if they can be reached. Mine is eating wet cat food with about a tsp of warm water added to it 3xdaily.Is your kitty eating? Actually she is licking the juice/gravy. She eats dry otherwise. She is till not energetic.Vet called earlier to check on her and said to give it until Monday.If she wasn't back to her old self by then ,she has to go back. I am praying she will be. I wish I could be more help.

post #24 of 25
Hasnt eaten for two days or drink water. Just started antibiotics and 90 cc of fluid under skin today but he is getting worse before our eyes. He urinates but very little and seems to strain to do that. Family member said mite be uti but he doesnt have all symptoms.He doesnt even react to noise. Hes only a yr and half. We have had him since 3 wks. Got him when we lost our mama kitty to cancer. Love our babies.
post #25 of 25

My oldest cat had a UTI..strained to urinate and made frequent trips to the litter box.Always seemed in pain while going.With each cat different symptoms. There is a shot the vet can give for that,so you won't have to give him a pill each day. I would get in touch with the vet as soon as I could. Have you tried chicken Stage 2 pureed) baby food with about a tsp of warm water.I would start him off on about 1/3 jar and then in a few hours offer him some again. He has to have nourishment or his liver will stop working and he will die.

  • Lacking food, the body starts sending fat cells to the liver to process into lipoproteins for fuel.
  • Cats' livers are not terribly efficient at processing fat, and much of the fat is stored in the liver cells.
  • Left untreated, eventually the liver fails and the cat dies.  This is called lipidosis. I would keep him in a quiet place..

Will he eat tuna fish? or even the juice off it?


Edited by Harrys Mom 02 - 6/20/15 at 6:17pm
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