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Cats falling over: Nothing to laugh at
When cats wobble around or suddenly flop on their sides, they may appear drunk or simply clumsy. However, this type of behavior is nothing to laugh at. In fact, it could be caused by certain medical conditions that should be taken seriously by cat owners.
A falling down cat may be plagued by an inner ear infection or a genetic, neurological or nerve disorder. Cats with these conditions may move with a stiff-legged gait, wobble when they walk or bob their heads constantly. Cerebellar hypoplasia is a disease of the cerebellum in cats and is similar to cerebral palsy in humans, the news source reports. The condition causes improper movement because it affects the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls the body's movement. Kittens can be born with this condition if their mother was exposed to distemper when pregnant, which is why vaccinations are important for all cats. Malnutrition or poisoning can also cause this illness, so it is important that you consult your veterinarian about pet meds or pet food for your cat that could possibly help.
Another medical condition that can cause your cat to wobble or fall is ataxia, sometimes called wobbly kitten syndrome. This medical condition is a sensory dysfunction that affects the limbs, balance and in some cases causes the feline's head and neck to lose muscle control. They may also sway, appear drowsy or have trouble hearing.
Ataxia can be caused by a number of conditions. Neurological problems, cancer, and trauma can cause ataxia, as can a viral or fungal infection. Your vet may recommend pet meds such as Tresaderm or Zymox Otic Enzymatic Solution Hydrocortisone Free to treat such infections. Inner ear infections may also cause this issue. If you suspect your cat is suffering from an inner ear infection, it is important to consult your veterinarian for the appropriate treatment.
To help your cat cope with this condition until it gets treated, consider setting it up in a quiet, safe room or block off hazards with pet supplies like a One-Touch Pet Gate. Your wobbly cat may also benefit from a cozy place to rest like a Heated Cat Pad. Having a warm place to curl up may make it less likely to try to move around and fall over.