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Tillie is acting lethargic, wobbly walking as if drunk but

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Tillie is acting lethargic, wobbly walking as if drunk but not severely, eyes dilated, not responding normally to sights, sounds or food offerings, appears disoriented.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

How long has Tillie been showing these signs?

Does Tillie have any access to any plants or chemicals (ie antifreeze)?

Any outdoor access?

When did she last pass urine?

Any increased drinking?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
acting this was since yesterday. no new plants in her environment, no chemicals, fenced in yard with pet door. shares food dish with two other cats for years. no way to monitor urinating with work schedule and access to outdoors. has not been seen at water dish more than normal, actually less.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you,

So, you can confirm no way she has been poisoned despite these signs?

Any head trauma? Possible falls?

When you say she doesn't respond normally, do you mean she isn't responding or mentally dull?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
just checked again in yard and on deck, no chemicals or such present. fence is chain link so a snake is possible. to trauma visible, doesn't respond as if in pain when petted or examined. responds mentally dull, not 'quick as a cat" but rather like just awakened from deep sleep
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for checking that.

Though what snakes are in your area (since I cannot see where you are based)?

Any swellings or bites suggesting that is an issue here?

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Just while I am waiting for your reply, I do want to start giving you my thoughts here. Now the reason I asked about chemicals/plants here is because her sudden signs are highly suggestive of a toxic ingestion. Otherwise, we'd have to be concerned about brain based issues like a brain bleed/swelling/mass/infection...

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

So, we do have a lot of serious concerns for her signs. And unfortunately, with such serious considerations, there will not be much we can do at home for Tillie. Therefore, I have to say that the best option here would be to have her seen urgently. We'd want her local vet to examine her and perform a full neurological examination +/- bloods. This will help us determine if we have a brain based issue or if at her age this is related to a sudden dysfunction of a particular organ (ie liver, spleen)...

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok, thanks doc. have a good day
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Depending on their findings from this or whether they do think she has been bit, we may need her hospitalized for IV fluids, supportive care to address any shock here, any pain, or infection. They can also administer anti-venom if a bite is found.

Overall, her signs are really ringing alarm bells here. Therefore, it is a situation we don't want to leave to linger but would be best to have her seen so that we can identify the trigger and give her the best chance here.

Please take care.

Dr. B.

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

You are welcome,

Best wishes for Tillie,

Dr. B.

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hi Brad,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. B.

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