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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Dr Last nigh when i when to bed my cat was in good heath so

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Dr Scott
Last nigh when i when to bed my cat was in good heath so i think. I woke up this moring and he was not able to walk well sort stagering bairly walking.
doent seem to be in any pain . but is really disorented. has laid around all day has eat or drank much . desnt apear to be any wonds or broken bones.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

David, Max is going to need a hands-on exam by his vet at your earliest convenience. It's unclear if his ataxia ("drunken sailor") is due to overall weakness as might be seen with profound anemia or other metabolic disorders, vestibular (balance) disorders such as the idiopathic (unknown cause) vestibular disorder of cats, or a central nervous system (brain/spinal cord) disorder which might have an infectious or neoplastic etiology.

I would expect a thorough physical and neurologic exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests to be performed. Please keep him as quiet as possible tonight and make it easy for him to reach his food, water, and litterbox so he doesn't hurt himself stumbling toward these things. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.
Hi David Black,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Max. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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