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Hello,I would love to help I just have a few additional questions.Each answer is typed individually so please allow me a few minutes after your reply.
How long has he been like this?
Has your vet done any blood work?
Unfortunately in a senior cat there are several possible causes for what you are seeing. Problem with the kidneys, liver or blood glucose levels(diabetes) can all cause the symptoms you are seeing. Not doing blood work is unacceptable in a senior cat and I would advise seeing another vet right away as all of the things listed above can be managed with medication. Diabetes and kidney disease is very common in senior cats so it has to be considered.
Vestibular disease is also possible. This is often caused by a problem in the inner ear, however we normally see things like rapid eye movement with this as well.
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In a senior cat a brain tumor though rare in cats also has to be considered.
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Because this may be related to the kidneys or diabetes I would have him seen by another vet as soon as possible. It would not be a bad idea to take him to your local Veterinary emergency if you are unable to find another regular vet open today.
Until blood work is done there is no way to know what is going on and what treatment is necessary.
Until you can get him in Pepcid AC may help stop the vomiting. !/4 of a 10mg tablet every 12 hours. Wait 45 minutes after the Pepcid and offer a small amount of chicken baby food( be sure it has no onion or garlic) and see if he is able to hold this down.
Please let me know how things are going.If you need help locating a ER in your area please provide your zip code. I hope another vet will be more helpful in finding out what is going on with your boy.
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Encephalitis is possible however that diagnosis with out doing blood work or other tests is really a stretch. The only way this can be properly diagnosed is by spinal tap to look for white cells in the spinal fluid.Is it treatable yes in most cases it is treatable.
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I am glad you reviewed the information on kidney disease and diabetes, however they can not be ruled out without blood work. Untreated diabetes will cause blindness, problems with the hind end and the drunken gate.
Should you consider letting this little one go? That is a decision only you can make I would like to see you at least get some blood work done before making this decision only so you are 100% sure there is nothing that can be done. To often I see owners make this decision without doing blood work only to second guess themselves after the fact.
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I am so sorry to hear about your loss, kidney disease was my main concern with the symptoms he was showing. I wish there would have been more that could have done, but please know you did everything right and did what you could him.
I hope the pain of his loss subsides soon and you are left with only the good memories.He is now safe and free from pain running at the Rainbow bridge.
Here is a great site that is very helpful for some owners.
Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family