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My cat started bobbing her head continuously, for many

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My cat started bobbing...

My cat started bobbing her head continuously, for many hours, (and possibly most or all of last night)., and she isn't interested in food like she normally is, and is hardly eating. She doesn't seem to be in pain but of course I can't tell.

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Mella, 2 years old.

Submitted: 2 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Mella. I regret that my state board of veterinary examiners doesn't allow me to speak to customers by phone in this venue but other experts in this category may be able to assist you in this regard. Please let me know if you'd like another expert to do so and I'll opt out of this conversation. Please stay in the conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Can you write out your reply? I just joined this site so don’t know what to expect but at least expect an answer either verbal or in writing , otherwise what is the point?
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

Yes, I can. Mella's head bobbing indicates encephalopathy (brain disorder) which in cats can have an infectious etiology (e.g., feline infectious peritonitis/FIP), feline leukemia virus/FeLV), feline immunodeficiency virus/FIV); feline ischemic encephalopathy; congenital brain defects; and extracranial etiologies such as a poorly functioning liver or kidneys that are intoxicating Mella's brain. Mella's vet will want to perform a thorough physical and neurologic exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests in an attempt to identify an extracranial etiology that might be addressed in a conservative manner. Cerebrospinal fluid tap and analysis and MRI are diagnostics used to identify intracranial etiologies. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
The cat got better on her own. Vet said couldn't find anything wrong. Thanks
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

I never argue with success. Perhaps she ingested a prescription drug? Thank you for the good update. I appreciate your taking the time to let me know.

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