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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-15-2005, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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My cat is acting oddly, any ideas why?

I'm a poor college student and I can't aford to run off to the vet everytime my cat sneezes. She's been acting oddly for the past few days, and I want to know if you have some ideas why that might be.

She's 1/2 a year old and part siamease. I got her from a cat rescue program that got her off the streets. The last few days she's been holding her tail strangely, like she's dizzy or nausous(sp?). She starts if I wake her up and she hasn't been finishing her food. She walks very slowly and meows a lot.

I don't know if this adds up to anything serious and if so, what it might be. Please let me know, I'm very worried.

-Samilia
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-15-2005, 07:22 AM
 
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Well, some of these things could be normal. I mean, most cats, and people will be startled when you wake them from a good nap... and as far as eating his food, maybe he's just not as hungry. As long as your cat is still eating and drinking, it's nothing serious.

BUt now, how is he holding his tail? I don't understand what you mean by nausious... is he holding his tail between his legs?

As for walking slowly and meowing, my cats seem to do this in phases. As long as they are not limping i wouldn't be too worried.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-15-2005, 08:56 AM
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How long have you had this cat? If you've had this cat long enough to know all her normal behaviors (say, three months), and now you see something that's unexplainably odd and different, then you have cause for concern.

But I can't see anything in your description that definitely indicates a health issue. Perhaps you could fill us in with some more details?
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-15-2005, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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I've had my cat for just over six months and I've never seen her acting like this.

Normally she holds her tail straight up, curved slightly at the end or lower down about an inch or two off the ground. Now she tries to hold it up, but it flops downward halfway up. And the upper part is all floppy and stuff. I don't know if I'm making much sense.

Everyday I give her a spoon of canned food, and normally she just gobbles it down. But yesterday, most of it was still there and today too.

It's just odd.

-Samilia

P.S. Thanks, Maxies_Mom, for the tip. I'll look into it.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-15-2005, 10:25 AM
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This could be a tail injury, which needs prompt medical attention. That's the only thing I can think of. A tail injury can lead to lower G-I problems, including incontinence, in some cases, so this isn't something you want to let go. Keep us updated on what your vet finds out, please.
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