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my cta has become disorientated and is staggering about the

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my cta has become disorientated and is staggering about the house
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
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With this history - notably the staggering it certainly seems as if you are describing a vestibular or central nervous system event.

Specifically regarding older cats, most often this is not "old age" alone - rather there is a true, underlying disease which is causing this.

Hyperthyroidism?
Hypertension?
Kidney disease?
Even brain disease?

Tests to consider for cases such as this:
- Bloodwork - to check organ values such as the kidney and liver for underlying metabolic disease. Many times older cats such as this can have underlying diseases which can make them do this:
- Kidney disease
- Hyperthyroid
- Diabetes

- Blood pressure - cats with high blood pressure (hypertension) can have neurological signs

- Infectious disease titers such as Toxoplasma

- Ultimately, if the signs persist, even tests such as a MRI and CSF tap should be considered to look for infection, inflammation, or even cancer around the brain (brain tumor).

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Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Hi David,

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

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