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I am weaning my cat off prednisone right now. He is currently

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I am weaning my cat off prednisone right now. He is currently on 5 mg every other day for another couple of days. It went well the first 3 days, but today he is not doing well. He's lethargic. Moving slowly, almost like he's a little 'drunk'. HE was taking the pred for allergies. I worry because he has a heart murmur. He is probably 12 or 13 years old. He also lost 1/2 lb last week. In every other way he's been healthy. 5 months ago had senior well cat blood tests and all looked well. Is it normal for a cat to get a little off during a wean? Thank you
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.

CriticalCareVet :

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CriticalCareVet :

Typically - no.

CriticalCareVet :

I would not expect looking drunk from a slow wean of steroids, especially when several days into the every other day phase.

Customer:

What else might be going on?

CriticalCareVet :

It can be vestibular disease, a low blood sugar, liver disease, hypertension, or other causes.

CriticalCareVet :

EVEN if this was expected I would have you see your veterinarian for evaluation.

Customer:

not at all related to the sterioids? He was fine before starting them last week.

CriticalCareVet :

Since I do not expect this to be related, even more I would have him evaluated by your veterinarian today.

CriticalCareVet :

No - it would not be expected.

CriticalCareVet :

While lethargy can be from anything - looking wobbly/drunk would not be expected with a steroid wean such as this.

Customer:

He will still purr when being pet, but doesn't want to move from his bed.

CriticalCareVet :

-Since I do not expect this to be related, even more I would have him evaluated by your veterinarian today.


Customer:

He drank a lot of water an hour ago, had two pee lumps in his box overnight, but didn't eat much food. Low blood sugar?

Customer:

Hasn't pooped in 24 hours

CriticalCareVet :

I would have him seen by your vet today.

CriticalCareVet :

This is concerning.

Customer:

I'll take him in. His regular vet is off today which bothers me. I'll call now. Thank you.

CriticalCareVet :

You are very welcome.

CriticalCareVet :

good luck

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