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My cat is staggering. She was fine last night. No apparent

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My cat is staggering. She was fine last night. No apparent injury. Not in any pain. Like she is drunk: She starts to walk and goes crooked until she staggers sideways in to something.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Hello,

I am so sorry Squeeker is having trouble.

If she has not ingested a toxin like antifreeze, pans, medication etc, she may have an ear infection causing a vestibular disorder:
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_vestibular_disease.html

This ailment upsets the equilibrium and causes nausea and disorientation.

You can give her 12.5 mg of dramamine to relieve the symptoms.

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=26+1303&aid=1399

Other possibilities are stroke, high blood pressure, fever (normal is 100 - 102.5) or sensory issues.

She should be seen by her vet tomorrow.

In the meantime keep her in a darkened, quiet room so she can relax.

Feed her either canned food,tuna, baby food (no onion or garlic) or boiled chicken.

Please let me know how she is doing.

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If you need any additional information, just click reply and I will be here for you and your fur baby.. Rating will not cut off our communication. This question will always be open for you to reply to me.

Love,

Terri

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