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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-22-2015, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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HELP! Moving head like following a laser toy?

My almost 6-month-old kitty just started moving her head around like she's following a laser toy. She's lying on her bed, motionless except for her head whipping around from side to side. She is not responsive when I pet her; usually she purrs like crazy and will "kiss" me. She doesn't seem to be aware that I'm petting her. She was completely fine earlier today. This has been going on for about 30 minutes now. What can it be?

A few hours ago, I thought she was going to cough up a hairball, but nothing came out. Could this be nausea or something? She's been on Flagyl for 9 days and we just finished a 5-day dewormer (Panacur) a few days ago, both for bloody, soft stool which seems to have cleared up.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-22-2015, 08:26 PM
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I would get her to a vet. It could be a seizure.


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Sweetsmudge,
Get her to a vet! This sounds very serious!
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I just realized that she might've eaten one of my son's methylphenidate capsules. I found his days-of-the-week container on the floor with several of the days popped open, but at most, there was only one left for the week (he didn't take it on Friday). It was empty when I found it, and I'm not sure if there were any in there to begin with. I'm not sure if Friday was there.
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Sweetsmudge,
This is what I've found with just a quick search...
Find a vet for her please!!

http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poi...thylphenidate/

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/sci...-feline-poison

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We called a vet, who told us to call animal poison control, who told us to go to the vet. My husband is on his way!

My poor girl!!!!!! I am so upset at myself, that I didn't even notice when it dropped, or that a pill was missing until now. We picked up the pill case three hours ago, and she just started this a little while ago, so it could be that she ate the pill recently.

My 9yo son feels guilty for not "locking" his pill case, too (it has a little button that locks it, but it could easily pop if dropped).

I was just telling my husband yesterday that while I love my cats, I don't know if I'd ever feel attached to them the way other owners seem to be attached... and here I am in tears and sick to my stomach!!!
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Sweetsmudge,
This is a study done on one cat...
To get the cat to recover...they used a different drug...
If the vet you go to doesn't seem to know...maybe this would help?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8621317

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Thank you -- I just forwarded that link to my husband. As far as we worked out, she may have eaten it between 6:30 and 7, with symptoms starting at about 8pm. It's a 20mg extended release, which means symptoms could come back later on, so I'm hoping they keep her there overnight.

She is such an amazing kitty and has filled my heart these three weeks we've had her! Smudge adores her and is beside herself right now. She keeps looking for her friend.
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Don't google it (because half the video looks cruel), but I just found a video of a cat on ADHD meds, and it looks EXACTLY like Smokey, even the eyes (hugely dilated). My husband should be getting to the vet right about now. I hope they can flush this out.
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Sweetsmudge,
Sending Healing Prayers!
Please keep us updated...
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