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Our 8 year old cat, Roxie, developed a strange symptom. She is randomly losing her balance, but it doesn't just occur when she is standing or walking. It can happen while sitting, feeding, lounging, even napping. When it happens, she will turn her head to the right (as if she hears something), but she'll keep turning her head until she falls over and does a "gator roll". Sometimes it occurs every couple minutes, but other times she will go a hour without it happening.

Her vet treated her for an inner ear infection, although there was no signs of infection. When we took her in a week ago, she had lost 10% of her body weight since her last visit 3 months prior. At that visit she had a teeth cleaning and a couple teeth pulled. A week ago, she was put on anti-biotics, which is almost done now with no improvement. She's is about 8 yo, mixed breed, 8lbs, strictly indoor, spayed, last shots in April.

Aside from the weight-loss (we now have her on a calorie rich diet), and her obvious fatigue, she seems to be normal. She can walk, jump, play as she always did; she just get this crazy "spaz" that makes no sense. The "spaz" lasts no longer than two seconds, and once it's done she looks a little surprised, but carries on as normal a second later.

Our next step would be to see a neurologist, but I'm not sure we can afford to go down that road.

If anyone has seen this behavior before or knows what a likely cause might be, please feel free to chime in.




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Maybe epilepsy?

It's a strange affliction. From your video it looks similar to something like an epileptic fit that my Russian Blue/Manx boy had sporadically over his 16 yrs,. He would suddenly flop over and twitch for a few seconds and then he got up and carried on like your boy.

Here's a link that may be helpful:
https://www.petmd.com/cat/conditions/neurological/ct_epileptic_seizures
 

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Sorry, I see "Roxie" is female, not a boy!
 

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Hi aliennomad,

How is Roxie doing? It does sound like it could be seizures, which can look a bit different in a kitty.

I'd at least make an appointment with a neurologist. From what I've heard, specialists don't charge that much more than a regular vet for a visit, and it could tell you at least what you're looking at in terms of treatment so that you can decide what to do (or not).

Wishing you both all the best!
 
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