My cat's eyes look dilated, he seems somewhat disoriented. I have noticed possible slight dilatation over the last day. He is 16, has known diminished kidney function (not concentrating urine) and is on the following meds: Methinmmazole, Tegaserod, Cyproheptadine - none new for him. Is this an emergency or can it wait until tomorrow for my regular vet. He is calm.
Type of Animal: cat
Name of Cat: Purrcy
With a noticeable dilation to the eyes, his medications, and the observed disorientation, that does constitute an emergency visit for me.
There is no way for me to know if there are neurologic changes as a result of a change in the thyroid regulation or advancement of the kidney disease.
Either way, I would not want your cat to remain disoriented and/or nauseated through the evening. Much better to get supportive care and an evaluation ASAP, in my opinion.
2003 UC Davis Veterinary Grad
I have been observing my cat and trying to make the decision if the stress of a 40 minute car ride (he usually gets so stressed he urinates in the carrier) is worth any treatment he might receive. He is still eating and drinking and does not seem to be in any pain. If the problem is neurological, what care might be provided to him that would help him feel better or treat the root cause? He has not been doing well for quite a while and I am trying to do the kindest thing with the thought that he may be near end of life. Thoughts?
I would have to say it completely depends on if it is a primary neurologic problem, which may not be so easy to address, if it is due to a systemic issue (like the thyroid or kidneys). It all depends on the exam and recheck of some tests. Only then, can we determine what supportive care may be of any benefit.