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Candy R., Veterinary Technician
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Experience:  Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
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My cat is losing her balance when she shakes her head and staggers.

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My cat is losing her balance when she shakes her head and staggers. She appears to have her head slightly to one side and when she walks around corners also loses her balance. She slightly off her food but is still eating small amounts. She is 15 years old and is an indoor/outdoor cat. Also when she is eating her jaws appear to "squeak". Any ideas? I have a vet appointment tomorrow evening.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Candy R. replied 5 years ago.
Hello,I would love to help I just have a few additional questions.Each answer is typed individually so please allow me a few minutes after your reply.

When did this start?

Do her eyes look normal or are they darting back and forth
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
This started 24-48 hours ago

Her eys appear fine.
Expert:  Candy R. replied 5 years ago.
Thank you for the additional information .

With out seeing your kitty I can not say for sure but what you are describing sounds like possible Vestibular disease. This is caused by either a problem in the ear such as an inner ear infection or problems in the brain. In cats this can also be due to a Thiamine deficiency.
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As long as she is eating then she should be ok to wait until tomorrow. I would confine her to a small area so she can not hurt herself. I would make this a quiet area that is dimly lite you want to limit stimulation as much as possible. Put the litter box and food close by so she does not have to walk to far.

If she gets worse before tomorrow or stops eating I would have her seen sooner.

I hope all goes well, please reply back if you have additional questions
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