Disoriented cat

by Julie Merritt

Our cat, Monty, was treated for a fever yesterday; injection of antibiotic and capsules with food. He had stopped defecating, wasn't drinking as much water as usual and was lethargic and exceedingly mean; however, after the shot, he ate and drank but still no bowel movement. He had a cold a few weeks ago and was shaking his head slowly back and forth; it only happened once that we know of and then it stopped. He seemed normal and well for the past few weeks, then the onset of this recent episode. This morning he seems disoriented, his eyes are moving side to side. He was an abandoned animal when we got him from a Craigslist ad three years ago. He was never a good jumper, he would seem to forget how to jump or to lose the ability to do so. He could jump three feet to the sink, but then have to be helped onto the sofa or bed. He is an inside cat. Could this be neurological, something in his spine? I'm so worried. Thank you. Julie

Answer by Kate
Hi Julie
I am not a vet and so cn not say for sure what is the problem is, but from your description i too wonder if he has some neurological or spine injury. his behaviors do sound rather odd and if they have been on going for some time would seem to be a permanent feature. Some cats are disabled but usually with some assistance can lead normal happy lives.

i am surprised the vet has not noticed anything and spoken to you about it.

perhaps next time you visit them you talk to them about the possibility of some brain or spine issue.

Sorry i could not be more definite but i think you are on the right track.

best wishes kate

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