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Old 01-05-2013, 04:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone, would appreciate any thoughts any of you have with our story, apologies for the length of it!!

Our 18 year old cat who apart from hyperthyroidism is a picture of health and acts like a cat half her age. She has been bothered with itchy ears and head shaking for a few months and went to vet who gave us antibiotics and ear drops. The itching returned so after some research we wondered if either a food allergy or a reaction to her thyroid medication was to blame so we changed both. N the meantime she has had 3 horrendous seizures which cause her to be unable to stand, her head tilts to one side and constantly goes from side to side. It scared us to death, we kept her calm and warm and she recovered within a couple of hours. Took her to the vet on all occasions and they are unsure of the cause, they reckon she is having a mild stroke but she has absolutely no long term effects. We have noticed that these seizures seem to be preceded by a lot of ear annoyance, but maybe we are just noticing it more. Today I have been reading up on ear mites and wonder I'd anyone has any experience of anything similar that could help us to make sure we're doing right by her. We have a vet appointment again on thursday but i would quite like to go armed with further information as I don't feel this is an option they've explored.

Thanks so much for anybody who can help
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Id go straight to a specialist for answers. Most regular vets dont have the knowledge base and experiences. Board certfied vet specialist if you have the choice.

My own cat got mites from my fosters. Shed shake her head and scratch a lot in her ear. No signs of mites when I checked. Took her to the vet and found the mites were deep in the ear canal. Two shots of Ivermectin and she was clear.

Your kitty sounds like she has something much more serious going on. Im wouldnt equate mites with the seizures. But Im no expert. Prayers for you that you find answers in time.
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Hi there, thanks for getting back to me, I'm in the UK so only have the option of a normal veterinarian. She doesn't seem to be scratching just as much today but I'm going to ask the vet to have a look at some samples from her ear to determine if there is any evidence of mites as I'm really beginning to think that this is causing her some of her upset. I know her age means she's susceptible to more infections etc but anything we can do to make her happy we will.:
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