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Dr. Gary, Cat Veterinarian
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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
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My 19 year old cat is stumbling pretty badly. He ate a

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Hi, my 19 year old cat is stumbling pretty badly. He ate a little bit and drank quite a bit of water, but he is stumbling, falling over, front paws crossed, and somewhat disoriented.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 years ago.
Hello. It sounds like your cat may have Vestibular disease. This is similar to Vertigo in people. They will be uncoordinated, they will fall over and often times they have rapid back and forth eye movement (nystagmus). The cause is typically unknown, but it's common in older cats in the spring and summer. We usually just let the signs resolve on their own. Most will get back to normal in 10-14 days. It would be a good idea to get an exam and make sure this is the cause. If you want to give something in the mean time, you can pick up a medication called Meclizine over the counter and give 12.5 mg to him every 24 hours for vertigo signs. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.