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my cat is sick......acts like he is drunk in a way or dizzy. he

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my cat is sick......acts like he is drunk in a way or dizzy.
he is very tired and when I go to pick him up he hisses at me.
when he walks , he is off balance in the back legs .
He has had a fowl smell in his ears...... can this be an ear infection causing him to be dizzy ?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

1) When did this start?

2) Is he an indoor only cat?

3) Up to date on vaccines?

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

It started about 4 or 5 days ago....the off balance part. He seemed much better 2 days

ago and then yesterday started acting funny again.

 

He goes outside during the day ..... in the house when it gets dark.

 

No he's not up to date on his shots.

Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
What color are the eyes?

Are both pupils the same size?

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

It started about 4 or 5 days ago....the off balance part. He seemed much better 2 days

ago and then yesterday started acting funny again.

 

He goes outside during the day ..... in the house when it gets dark.

 

No he's not up to date on his shots.

His eyes are light gold, both pupils are the same size

Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
With this history - notably the weakness and falling over - it certainly seems as if you are describing a vestibular or central nervous system event.

Tests to consider for cases such as this:
- Bloodwork - to check organ values such as the kidney and liver for underlying metabolic disease. Many times older cats such as this can have underlying diseases which can make them do this:
- Kidney disease
- Hyperthyroid
- Diabetes

- Blood pressure - cats with high blood pressure (hypertension) can have neurological signs

- Infectious disease titers such as Toxoplasma

- FELV/FIV/FIP

I hope this information helps and guides you!
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
He is only 2 yrs old ....and this just came on suddenly.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
He is 2 year old cat that can go outside and is not up to date on vaccines.
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