Why is my Cat Falling Over? What can I Do?
Cats can lose balance from ear infections or something going wrong with the inner ear known as vestibular apparatus which is of the inner ear involved in balance which consists of two structures of the bony labyrinth of the inner ear the vestibule and the semi-circular canals, and the structures of the membranous labyrinth contained within them in most mammals, the vestibular system is the sensory system that provides the leading contribution to the sense of balance and spatial orientation for the purpose of coordinating movement with balance.
Inflammation of the inner ear which is called otitis interna which is most often caused by an infection this is bacterial, fungus otherwise known as yeast can also be implicated to an inner ear infection.
The inner ear provides balance and coordination, in senior cats they can be affected from toxins and drugs also trauma.
Grass seed or ear mites can be the cause of infection which a good pet ear drops can help to resolve bacterial infection in the inner ear. If this is not dealt with can cause damage to ear drums and the inner ear.
A cat that stumbles, walks with stiff legs or shakes it head repeatedly may have a brain disease known as cerebellar hypoplasia it is a neurological condition in which the cerebellum is smaller than usual or not completely developed, known as Wobbly Cat Syndrome this affects muscle control and movement, normally this happens because of being malnourished or poisoned. With such trauma this can lead to disease such as cancer kittens are particularly vulnerable to ataxia which is damage to the brain.
Vets will test for blood disease and will normally prescribe antibiotics.
So, what are the Symptoms you will notice? Some cats will vomit, they will be dizzy, problems standing up and falling over they may fall completely and stumble while walking, head tilted to one side as if they are going around in circles general weakness in limbs.
Cats with Vestibular Disease which is sudden non progressive disturbance they will have trouble with balance and eye movements and make strange noises they may seem to have trouble hearing and have loss appetite.
What are good remedies? First, check for mites and infections and treat, suggested herbal treatments Astragalus Root can boost the immune system to fight infections it has antibacterial anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties.
Ginsena which is also known for cognitive disorder has an anti-aging effect, used for diabetes and cancer.
Licorice root is used to soothe gastrointestinal problems. In cases of food poisoning, stomach ulcers, and heartburn, licorice root extract can speed the repair of stomach lining and restore balance. This is due to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid.