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Cher, Feline Specialist
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Experience:  Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
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Our 8 week old kitten has been unwell for a few days. A few

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Our 8 week old kitten has been unwell for a few days. A few of days ago he was really skittish and constantly scratching himself, shaking his head. So we took him to the vets and they thought he might have worms so gave him a worming and flea treatment, which they didn't give the week before because he was so small, weighing only 0.48 kgs. Since then he's certainly better but he's now seems to be having trouble walking properly, almost walking like he's drunk! He's very lethargic, not interested in playing. He's still eating his food but has started to try and eat his litter in his litter tray. Plus, he's not sleeping in his bed anymore, maybe because he's having difficulty in climbing into it?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the kitten. What is the kitten's name?
Customer: Buddy.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Buddy?
Customer: His history before we got him is a bit sketchy, the lady who sold him to us said he was abandoned but was a bit vague about his age, etc.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 10 months ago.

Hi, I'm Cher. Welcome to JustAnswer.

I'm reviewing your question now and will post back with your reply, shortly.

Expert:  Cher replied 10 months ago.

Hello again,

I'm so sorry Buddy isn't feeling like himself.

If he was scratching and shaking his head, he might have ear mites and/or an ear infection. Look in his ears for a blackish-brown substance that resembles coffee grounds--that indicates ear mite debris. If he has an ear infection, this affects his vestibular system, which regulates equilibrium and balance, that's why he's walking like he's drunk. Vestibular syndrome makes him feel dizzy, so he feels unsteady on his feet and he can also be feeling nauseated, like humans do, with motion sickness.

Call your vet and report that Buddy is walking like he's drunk and you suspect an ear infection causing vestibular syndrome. Here is more information:


If he has an ear infection, this will need to be treated with antibiotic or anti-fungal ear drops from the vet, to clear it up.

I hope all will be well with Buddy and please let me know how he's doing. Thanks!

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Warmest regards,


Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Thank you. I will take him to the vets tomorrow.
Expert:  Cher replied 10 months ago.

You're most welcome, and please let me know what the vet's diagnosis is.

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Warmest wishes,