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My 12 year old tabby just came down and is walking around

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My 12 year old tabby just came down and is walking around and stumbles every so many feet like he is drunk. What could this be ? What do I do
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 1 year ago.

Hi. My name is***** How long ago would you say you last saw him acting normal? Has he been eating / drinking normally? Does he have any previous health issues? Has he been losing weight?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
This is first I have seen him do this. So last night he was normal. Yes he appears to eat and drink normal no other health issues he has lost some weight over last year as he has gotten a little older
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 1 year ago.

Has he ate and drank since walking around with this stumble? If you look at his eyes, are they moving from side to side? Does he seem to be mentally normal?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
His eyes are fine and yes he is mentally normal. He is now just curled up sitting on his chair
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 1 year ago.

That is good that his eyes are not moving abnormally. Also good that he's curled up in his chair being pretty comfortable. With an older cat that just seems to be a little weak / stumble every now and then, some things I'm thinking of are: Nails needing trimmed as they could be long and snagging on the carpet as he walks. Weakness due to age related issues like arthritis. Weakness due to physical issues that are making him not as stable such as chronic kidney issues, diabetes, or hyperthyroidism. The best thing I can recommend is a check with your vet so they can do a physical exam on him and do some blood work to screen for issues that can be more directly treated for.