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I think my cat is blind from cataracts. I am on SS and can't

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I think my cat is blind from cataracts. I am on SS and can't afford high priced fees.. He's 14 yrs old. My son thinks he had a stroke ? Same day both happened all he does is walk in very tight circles and is not walking well. He doesn't walk straight only in tiny circles. He falls off the bed my bed many times a night if I fall asleep. He doesn't sleep much.i hate to see him suffer but I am having a hard time making ends meet. Vet bill will come out of my food money. Advice please.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your situation, and wanted to help.
I am very sorry to hear about Davey's situation.
If he has sudden blindness with a hazy change in the eyes as well as circling; I would be concerned that he may have had a stroke type event potentially related to an issue with high blood pressure.
Now cataracts rarely appear suddenly. Instead, I suspect the changes in his eyes that you are seeing is retinal detachment. When this happens, it can cause the visual changes you are seeing but also sudden and usually permanent blindness for the cat.
As well, it is not good news to hear that Davey is also circling. This suggests that we have a brain based issue as well (on the same side as the direction he is circling). Again it could be related to high blood pressure (or an infection, tumor, or brain cyst) for him.
Now since you noted cost is an issue, I do want to leave some links that may be of help. First, you could offset some cost via use of VCA + Banfield's free 1st consult offer. You can find their vouchers @:
VCA (Voucher: http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/offer) or
Banfield (Voucher: http://www.banfield.com/landing-pages/coupon?)
Otherwise, the Humane Society (http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_pet.html)and ASPCA (https://www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/financial-help-my-vet-bills) both have good databases of charities that could help you.
Overall, this is a serious turn of events for Davey. While it may be possible to diagnose/treat high blood pressure as well as its trigger (since it is often a side effect of other diseases), we have to know that we won't be able to correct his blindness and he may never be neurologically normal again. So, even with unlimited funds, his prognosis is very guarded. Therefore, we do need to consider letting him go as opposed to heroics for him. And the above links can hopefully help you in this situation.
Please take care,
Dr. B.