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Cher, Feline Specialist
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my cat can not lift his head he also has lost alot of ...

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my cat can not lift his head he also has lost alot of weight recently any ideas what could be wrong
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 9 years ago.

I'm sorry to hear your cat is not feeling well.

Older cats are more prone to develop certain medical conditions, like diabetes, hyperthyroidism, liver and kidney issues.

Weight loss may be associated with any of these conditions, but there are various other medical conditions which can also cause the symptoms your cat is exhibiting. If your cat can't lift his head, coupled with his weight loss, this should be considered an emergency situation, necessitating an evaluation by a vet, immediately.

If your regular vet is closed at this time, please bring him to the nearest ER vet center for assessment and treatment.

Once he's examined in person and some lab work is performed, you should have a better idea of what's causing his current problem.

I too, have an older cat (14), so I know how worried you must be.

I hope all will be well, after your cat is evaluated, diagnosed and treated, ASAP!

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Jessesmom's Post: Hello,
While I certainly appreciate your assistance I was actually hoping for a little more clarity on the issue before taking him to the ER. Is there any more information that you can provide as far as what could possibly be wrong with him? Do you think this could be the result of a stroke? Once again thank you for your assistance.             He has been losing weight, sleeping alot, always away from other cats, last night he seemed fine and then this morning when I saw him he has a hard time keeping his head up, he wabbles when he walks, eyes look big, will not eat or drink, can only walk a few steps then needs to lay downand urinates where there use to be a little box (not there anymore) When he does walk he has his left side slanted down more then the right (like hes babying his left side)
Expert:  Cher replied 9 years ago.
Hello again, and you're most welcome.

Yes, after reading your more detailed description of his symptoms, you are correct, that this might be indicative of a stroke; he could have swelling in his brain, or he may have a condition called Vestibular Disease, neurological in nature, and causes cats to walk like they're drunk, because they're dizzy and cant 'right' themselves.

He might have a mass or tumor in his neck, brain, at the base of his skull, or elsewhere in his body; he might have ingested a toxic substance. Many of his symptoms are also those of poisoning...

As you can see, unfortunately, these are very serious symptoms which could indicate a variety of medical conditions, and because your cat is a 'senior', I do strongly recommend a vet visit, ASAP.

Would you please let me know how he's doing and what the vet's findings are? Thanks!

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