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diabetic cat- he is walking in circles and is unable to walk

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diabetic cat- he is walking in circles and is unable to walk on back legs. Is his blood sugar low? I gave him a bit of sugar, is that right?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Candy R. replied 6 years ago.

Hello and Thank You for contacting JustAnswer.


I am sorry your boy is not well?


Is he dragging the hind legs? Is so are the pads of the feet warm?


Any head tilt?


Do his eyes look normal or are they moving rapidly back and forth?


Do you check his sugar at home?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
his front are cool and his back are not hot, but not as cool as the front. he was dragging his hind legs and walking in circles. no head tilt and his eyes look ok. I gave him reli on glucose gel 2-3 g. I do not check his sugar at home. Can I do that? If so,w hat should I get? I presently give him 1.5 units of 70/30 2x a day. his sugar to start was over 400.

Expert:  Candy R. replied 6 years ago.


Sorry just a few more questions


Has he been eating normally today?


Did the glucose gel make any difference?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
He is eating at least since I have been home- I have been out all day, but when I came home he threw up and could not hold his bladder. I think the gel helped his sugar, but I am not sure why he could not hold his urine. is that something that happens to diabetic cats? I had a diabetic cat years ago and he did not have that same problem.

i tried to give him a treat and he did not eat it- which is not like him- he likes to eat.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
He is walking in circles
Expert:  Candy R. replied 6 years ago.


There are a few possibilities for what is going on.


Walking in circles is often seen with a condition called Feline vestibular disease this normally causes a head tilt as well


If he has been vomiting today and may not have eaten today then this may be due to a dangerous drop in blood sugar, when a diabetic cat become hypoglycemic they can stumble when walking, loose control of the hind end , become extremely lethargic and even slip into a coma.


Diabetic cats that are not regulated properly can develop a condition called diabetic. This is normall a progressive problem and does not show up all at once.



Dragging the hind legs can be a sign of a saddle thrombus which is a blood clot that forms and travels to the far part of the aorta, in the area between the rear legs.

Read more here





For future I may be best to have your vet teach you how to test the glucose at home.A human glucometer can be used. We suggest having the glucose tested at the vet and then use the machine so you can see how close the two reading are together.

Here is information on how to do that


Because there is a chance this could be due to a drop in blood sugar or a blood clot due to a problem with the heart I would suggest having him seen at your local animal emergency tonight. They can at least test the blood sugar if nothing else.


Please let me know how he is doing,please reply back if you have additional questions or concerns.





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