My 18 year old cat has been having (what looks like) mini fits. she will suddenly blink fast and lose balance altogether. they can vary in time, some days it will be 1 every 5 minutes or 1 every hour. She falls over and can do a complete backflip at her worst, its quite alarming to see. if anyone has any opinion on what it could be, i would greatly appreciate it.
she is a very old cat but my cat had cancer and would throw fits loose weight and stay far away from us if a cat has cancer unlike humans they can spread it to other cats plz get this kitty checked out
18 years old a pretty up there in age. There are a multitude of possibilities. Coming to mind with a cat this age could be kidney failure. If the electrolytes are way out of balance (which happens with extreme kidney failure) seizures result. Epilepsy is also possible in which medication can be used to control seizures. In terms of cancer if its the case, I would be concerned with brain or spinal cancer. Unlike stated above, cancer is NOT contagious, not even to other cats. There is a condition called Feline Leukemia which is confusing because humans have a cancer called Leukemia. However, Feline Leukemia is NOT a cancer. It is a retrovirus that attacks lymphocytes. Due to the attack on lymphcytes is ACTS like a cancer...but the point is it is a retrovirus. Being a virus is why it is contagious to other cats.
to add about the Feline Leukemia...this also can cause these symptoms, however most cats do not live as long as your with this virus. Also, it your cat has ever been vaccinated for the virus and not really exposed to the virus, then its very unlikely the cause of your kitties problem.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.