My cat has vomited and fell sideways
by Izi Fenek
I really appreciate that you answer questions for people who need help with their pets.
My cat,13 yrs old, has been having problems for about a year. Sometimes, his head is twitching, some days more that others. It started when we put him on high protein diet(The Wild), couple of months later, he started to urinate more, his head was twitching almost all the time when resting and then we switched his food to the previous one (Solid Gold). He seemed he was doing better. Couple of months ago, he had started to twitch again. Today, he vomited, kind of yellowish stuff (very small amount)and then lost his balance and fell to his left side. It seemed that his right back leg went ridgid (maybe it just looked like that).
He panicked a bit then he got up and walked slowly and carefully. He was walking straight. After a few steps he sat on the floor, trying to figure out what just happened. He sat there for several minutes. Then, I called him and he came to me and then jumped on the kitchen table.
Could you please tell me what could be affecting him this way? He always stays inside, unless under my supervision in the backyard, he has never been sick.
Thank You for your help.
Of course it is impossible to diagnose properly what could be wrong so I will give you a few of my thoughts.
Firstly have you checked his ears for ear mites? See this page for more on ear mites.ear mites
This could account for the head shaking and possible balance problems.
If you cannot see any signs of ear mites then it becomes more difficult. He may be suffering from some neurological issue. But I'm more inclined to think there is an issue with his ears and balance problems.
My advice would be to check his ears for mites and treat accordingly. If you cannot see evidence of mites or you are unsure then I think if it were me I would want to make my cat for a check up at the vets. This behavior is definitely not right and needs to be prevented from getting any worse.
best wishes kate
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