No discharge. I looked into her ears since I was thinking something was related to inner ear issue.
Her pupils are dilated. About 20 hours ago her eyes were twitching right and left.
And right now she's having some spasms.
Now she is just staring with dilated pupils. And she's making this terrifying coughing sound every 30 seconds or so. I know she can hear me, but she cannot move. Also her front paws, last night claws were extended and curled under.
Right now she's laying comfortably. She stopped coughing, her heart is racing, and she's breathing deliberately. I know she can see me, but she cannot move.
Twice now she moved her front paws like she was trying to run or right herself.
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I have read many, many articles before using this service (which I think is awesome). It seems to me something besides the vestibular syndrome might be going on.
The whole scenario was that in the middle of the night she started yowling and was in our bedroom, pacing, yowling, and this pacing was all in a left-hand circle. I put her on the bed but that made her pace on the bed. This was all so strange. I picked her up and her pupils were dilated and they were moving back and forth as if she was extremely dizzy (almost like she had "tunnel vision eyes").
I held her for many hours in the middle of the night and got her to eat some food. She used to drink a very large amount of water each day, which has been increasing over time the past 6 months or so.
Last evening, after laying on the floor for many hours, she started to try to walk. And she made very slow circles and seemed to bump into things as if they weren't there. I know she can see and I know she sees things, but she just can't figure out what's happening to her.
I got her to eat some food last night but since then, nothing. She's not interested in food or water and is just laying on a pillow on the floor.
She recently started this occasional spasm sort of thing where she moved her front paws like she was trying to run, and soon after, started this terrifying cough. I initially thought she was gasping for air and that this was it for her. But that has now stopped and she's laying on the pillow comfortably, breathing sorta heavy, and completely listless with her eyes open.
Thank you so much for your help. What you've said seems consistent with what I've read, and I really like having someone on the other end confirming this.
I am planning to take her to the vet this morning. That will be an adventure since I must carry her there as I have no transportation.
I am hopeful that our local vet, in this silly mountain town of Boulder Creek can actually help.
Thanks again for your help! I truly appreciate it!
That's a very nice offer to help. I appreciate it. I am located in Boulder Creek, California, however...
It's a sleepy little mountain town hiding between San Jose and Santa Cruz that most people don't know exists.
I made an appointment with the vet this morning. She seemed eager to see her, so we shall see. I think that Loucy is far too weak to really recover from this ordeal. She never was a good eater, but she sure was a
great cat that I got from the pound.
Thanks again, Dr. Z! :)
Just wanted you to know that our cat Loucy passed away at about 1pm our time. The vet concurred with your diagnosis, but also thinks that it may have lead to a stroke as so much of her neurological condition seemed to indicate that.
I'd opted for some tests and some extended care but Loucy decided to put herself to sleep. I would have had a hard time making that decision anyway. At least she passed away peacefully with no seizures or anything like that.
Thank you for this morning's conversations. I was in a better place because of your words.