Just like humans, pets sometimes engage in inappropriate behavior that is sobering. In today’s blog we write about the most common neurological problems in cats.
Stay until the end if you want to meet them and thus be able to prevent any problems.
Most Common Feline Neurological Problems
Cat neurological problems can range from mild to severe and can be caused by a variety of different factors. The most common in cats are three and include seizures, feline vestibular syndrome, and cerebellar hypoplasia.
- Seizures are caused by an abnormal electrical discharge in the brain and can manifest in a variety of ways, including muscle spasms, loss of consciousness, and changes in behavior.
- Feline vestibular syndrome is a neurological disorder that affects balance and coordination and is caused by damage to the inner ear. It is also known as “old cat disease” and affects cats of all ages, although it is more common in senior cats. It is characterized by the sudden onset of head tilting, spinning, and loss of balance. It is not life-threatening, but it can be very disorienting and uncomfortable for cats.
- Finally, cerebellar hypoplasia is a condition that affects brain development and causes impairment of motor skills, including lack of coordination and balance. FCH is a neurological disorder found in cats that is caused by underdevelopment of the cerebellum, the part of the brain responsible for coordination and balance. It is usually caused by a lack of oxygen or nutrition during fetal development.
Most common symptoms in cats
Common symptoms of feline neurological problems can vary depending on the specific condition, but some of the most common are:
- Changes in behavior, such as increased aggression, depression, or anxiety.
- Loss of balance or coordination.
- Unusual movements or tremors.
- Seizures or convulsions.
- Loss of vision, leg weakness, or other vision changes.
- Changes in appetite, weight, or water intake.
- Muscle weakness or difficulty walking.
- Frequent vocalization or meowing.
- Difficulty swallowing, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- stool changes
To diagnose and treat neurological problems in cats, veterinarians will usually perform a physical examination and a neurological study. This study usually includes blood tests, urine tests, and imaging tests such as CT or MRI. Treatment of neurological problems depends on the cause and severity of the problem, but can range from lifestyle modifications and medications to specialized therapies and surgery.
Remember that these are just a few causes of neurological problems in cats, but there are many more. This text is not intended to spread science, simply to provide information of general interest. Always remember to contact your vet when in doubt or suspect a neurological problem in your furry (or any kind). A vet can help diagnose the problem and create a treatment plan to help your cat live a happy and healthy life.