Cat

Have Cat Questions? Ask a Cat Vet Online.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Can't stand, falls over seems dizzy, thumping his tail.

Customer Question
Can't stand, falls over...

Can't stand, falls over seems dizzy, thumping his tail. Seemed fine this morning, came in tonight very sick

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name and age?

Freakshow, probably around 5. Current with rabies

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Freakshow?

No, he seemed fine this morning has not been sick at all, no cough or sneeze. eating well occaissional vomitting.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Cat
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Cat Question
Answered in 2 minutes by:
11/17/2017
Cat Vet: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 34,937
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
Verified

You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm currently typing up my reply. Please be patient. This may take a few minutes.

Ask Your Own Cat Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
ok
Cat Vet: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

My initial concern was the feline vestibular syndrome more common at this time of year. I can't rule out ingestion of a prescription or recreational drug or other chemical, however, if Freakshow had been outside .

There are myriad causes of vestibular signs in cats but the most common is idiopathic (unknown cause) vestibular disease accounting for 43% of cases of peripheral (not involving the brain) vestibular disease in one report. There is a higher incidence of this disorder in summer and fall, suggesting an evironmental or infectious cause. Prevalence is higher in certain regions of the United States, especially the Northeast. Clinical signs are often severe, with some combination of circling, rolling, ataxia ("drunken sailor"), head tilt, and rapid nystagmus (eyes flicking back and forth) quite evident. There's no sex or breed predilection and the average age of affected cats is 4 years. Although usually acute and nonprogressive in nature, there have been some reports of clinical signs progressing for up to 3 weeks. Signs usually resolve rapidly without definitive treatment, usually in the first week, although some patients may have a persistent head tilt. Diagnosis is through excluding other known causes of peripheral vestibular disease; there's no definitive diagnostic testing nor is there definitive treatment. Some cats may require fluid and antiemetic therapy if vomiting and/or anorexia doesn't resolve the first day. Are you seeing a head tilt or nystagmus?

Ask Your Own Cat Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
No head tilt it nystagmus.
Cat Vet: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Thank you. No head tilt nor nystagmus doesn't rule out the feline vestibular disorder but doesn't support it. Is Freakshow improving, stable, or worsening, please?

Ask Your Own Cat Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
He seems to be the same, but was able to stand for a couple minutes. He also held his head up.
Cat Vet: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

That's good to hear. You can continue to monitor him at home. Worsening should prompt the attention of a vet who would treat symptomatically and supportively as there's rarely a specific diagnosis made in such a patient and so there's no specific "antidote". If he'll accept being confined in a quiet and dimly lit room, he may be more comfortable as long as he has ready access to his box, food, and water. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Ask Your Own Cat Question
Cat Vet: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin
Ask Your Own Cat Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a cat vetLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 34,937
34,937 Satisfied Customers
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience

Dr. Michael Salkin is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

The response from the Expert literally saved my cat's life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart -- I will recommend all of my friends to you!!!

LuciaRincon, Georgia

I will use your service again. I was very pleased with the response and the fact that you have a low cost option so that those of us on fixed income can have questions answered. I will also recommend you to others.

KarenJackson Heights, NY

You helped us to come to what we believe is a better next step in Jack's treatment, and hopefully have saved us $800!! Thanks again!

Jack's MomTuscon, AZ

The vet said that the information and my following it will be what made the difference. Thanks again for being so very helpful.

TracyGrayson, LA

My oldest male cat had a seizure this evening. This site was the first place I could think of to go after the seizure had passed. Dr. Lucy was fantastic and she was spot on!

DebbieUSA

I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there.

Alice H.Jacksonville, Fl.

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Terri

Terri

Feline Healthcare Expert

22,274 satisfied customers

Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Cat Veterinarian

1,003 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ

Cher

Cher

Feline Specialist

11,151 satisfied customers

Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience

Lori

Lori

Feline Healthcare

3,326 satisfied customers

16 yrs health care mgmt & issues relating to cats, reproductive issues and multicat environments

Micki

Micki

Expert in cat behavior and health

3,153 satisfied customers

Expert in cat medical and behavior issues.

Candy R.

Candy R.

Veterinary Technician

3,151 satisfied customers

Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer

Theresa

Theresa

A Voice for your Pet

2,125 satisfied customers

19+ years in animal medicine as a veterinary technician

< Previous | Next >

Related Cat Questions
I have a 6 month old kitten named mason. Generally he is really
I have a 6 month old kitten named mason. Generally he is really energetic and ALways eager to eat.. 3 days ago he seemed to have a fever and threw up twice, along w that he no longer had appetite or i… read more
Candy R.
Candy R.
Veterinary Technician
3,151 satisfied customers
We have a 17 year old cat who has hyperthyroid and the vet
We have a 17 year old cat who has hyperthyroid and the vet has her on y/d food to avoid surgery, it is working and she is due for another series of tests. We also just finished a 28 day cycle of Ateno… read more
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,003 satisfied customers
My cat came in moaning, appears deeply uncomfortable, doesnt
My cat came in moaning, appears deeply uncomfortable, doesn't want to be touched and can't seem to find a comfortable position. Her tail wags incessantly and she won't eat or drink. She is spaded and … read more
Dr. Drew
Dr. Drew
Emergency/Critical Care Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9,712 satisfied customers
Last Sunday, our cat (shes about 1 1/2) ran around the house
Last Sunday, our cat (she's about 1 1/2) ran around the house acting crazy, then flew out the door - and sat in the garage foaming at the mouth for about 2 minutes - then everything was fine. We thoug… read more
Dr. John
Dr. John
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
5,053 satisfied customers
My cat Madison just threw up (just hair and water). She hadnt
My cat Madison just threw up (just hair and water). She hadn't eaten since this morning. Right after she threw up I picked her up to move her away from the mess and when I set her down to walk she tip… read more
ChristineLVT
ChristineLVT
licensed veterinary technician
Bachelor\u0027s Degree
1 satisfied customers
kitten: came home..month old male..His nose..problems walking normally
We came home to find our 6 month old male kitten asleep on the chair. He didn't move to greet us and for 3 1/2 hours he has slept there. His nose is dry and warm and he has problems walking normally. … read more
Dr Douglas
Dr Douglas
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
45 satisfied customers
cat: 14 years old..gentle..outdoor..illness, she was unusually quiet
My cat recently passed away, and I am grief-stricken trying to understand what happened. She was 14 years old, incredibly gentle, and an outdoor/indoor cat. For the first day of the illness, she was u… read more
ERAnimalNurse
ERAnimalNurse
Supervising Veterinary Nurse
Some college
2,295 satisfied customers
cat: neutered male..tail..acts..frisky and affectionate, purring
My cat is about 5 yrs old, a neutered male inside-only cat. We think he's a Maine Coon, as he is large bi-color (b/w) with a large flufft tail. He acts more like a puppy in that he's frisky and affect… read more
AthenaRVT
AthenaRVT
RVT
Associate Degree
314 satisfied customers
my cat came home a couple of days ago he does nothing but ...
my cat came home a couple of days ago he does nothing but lay around when he stands up he falls back down he only will get up to to pee but nothing else i have got him to eat a little but really only … read more
Dr. K
Dr. K
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,582 satisfied customers
cat: is lethargic and vomited yesterday..months old..his bloodwork
My cat is lethargic and vomited yesterday. Same thing happened last week, he got better and now he is "down'' and not eating again. he is 9 months old and all his bloodwork checked out. Can worms be t… read more
Dr. Drew
Dr. Drew
Emergency/Critical Care Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9,712 satisfied customers
We brought home a dog a little over a week ago, we already ...
We brought home a dog a little over a week ago, we already had three cats, all three cats received their annual shots over two weeks ago. Two of the cats are walking around funny like they have slept … read more
Dr. K
Dr. K
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,582 satisfied customers
cat: barn..24 hr..emergency clinic in ann Arbor, MI.
I found a barn cat that was very sick and brought him home after taking him to a 24 hr. emergency clinic in Ann Arbor, MI. They said if we would not have brought the cat in that night he would have be… read more
Adry
Adry
Pet/Animal Care Expert
154 satisfied customers
my cat of 8 years suddenly started losing its balancing ...
my cat of 8 years suddenly started losing its balancing skills to walk and sways and falls sometimes. It does not have diarhea or vomitting. She is eating and drinking and seems in fine spirits except… read more
GenB
GenB
Lhasa Apso & Shih Tzu Breeder
Bachelor\u0027s Degree
1 satisfied customers
my cat has been couphing and sneezing. She is sleeping all ...
my cat has been couphing and sneezing. She is sleeping all day she gets up to eat a little and drink a little and use the bathroom. She still goes out at night to play. She came home the week befor la… read more
Artemis Platz
Artemis Platz
High School or GED
352 satisfied customers
My 14 year old cat was fine yesterday afternoon. Last ...
My 14 year old cat was fine yesterday afternoon. Last night she was under my bed & wouldn't come out until about 5 minutes ago. She did eat & drink ( I put her dish under the bed), but she can't stand… read more
Cher
Cher
Feline Specialist
Masters Degree
11,151 satisfied customers
CAT: FALL OFF ITS FEET ON TO its SIDE.AN SOME TIMES IT MOVES LIKE
our CAT HAS STARTED FALLING OVER AFTER IT TAKES A FEW STEPS. IT JUST FALL OFF ITS FEET ON TO ITS SIDE.AN SOME TIMES IT MOVES LIKE IT IS DIZZIE.… read more
Terri
Terri
Feline Healthcare Expert
Private
22,274 satisfied customers
cat: about 14 years old..started pooping and peeing..litter box
Hello, I have a male cat that is about 14 years old. He is having some major problems! He has started pooping and peeing outside of the litter box. His stool is not solid and sometimes has blood in it… read more
Jill Dufour Dai CCBC
Jill Dufour Dai CCBC
Feline Behaviorist & Health Expert
Animal Science
22 satisfied customers
duck: sneezing..tonight my little..started acting sick, listlestness
i have had a very bad cold for the pas 5 daays, stuffy nose, plugged up head, sneezing, dizziness, caughing. tonight my little Ducky started acting sick, listlestness, dry warm nose, not moving much, … read more
Tammy F.
Tammy F.
Freelance Writer and Editor, Animal Resc
4,438 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x