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  • Sorry you have had no responses yet Donna. Does your Devon have feline Vestibular disorder?

    I have posted some information below..

    Vestibular disorders are common in cats. The vestibular apparatus (called the labyrinth) is a complex sense organ composed of three semicircular canals, plus the utricle and the saccule. The labyrinth is stimulated by gravity and rotational movements. It plays an important role in balance and orienting the body in space. Inflammation of the labyrinth is called labyrinthitis.

    A cat with labyrinthitis has a problem with balance. The animal wobbles, circles, falls and rolls over, and has trouble righting herself. She may lean against the wall for support and crouch low to the floor when walking. The cat often shows rapid jerking eye movements (nystagmus), and her head will usually tilt down on one side. When picked up and turned in a circle, the cat will act even more dizzy. There may be vomiting and deafness.

    A common cause of labyrinthitis is inner ear infection. Other causes include stroke, brain tumour, head trauma, brain infection, drug intoxication (especially by the amino aminoglycoside antibiotics), and thiamin deficiency.

    A congenital vestibular defect is seen in Oriental breeds. Kittens show a head tilt, circling, and rolling behaviors. Siamese kittens with this condition may also be deaf. There is no cure.

    Idiopathic vestibular syndrome is the most common cause of labyrinthitis in cats. The onset is sudden and the cause is unknown. The signs include a head tilt and nystagmus, and cats may have difficulty walking. There is an increase in these cases in July and August in the northeastern United States, suggesting an environmental cause.

    Treatment: With cases of idiopathic vestibular syndrome, in two to three days, the cat begins to recover on her own. In most cases, the cat is well in three weeks, although some cats retain a permanent head tilt. During the recovery period, the cat will need supportive care.
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    Hello, Nicole-  My cat, Mondo had a case of idiopathic FVD last Autumn at the age of 11.  For the first two weeks, he couldn't take more than two or three steps without falling over. I had to take him to his litter box, feed him out of my hands, and keep him enclosed in a small, quiet room where he couldn't hurt himself.  After three weeks, he began to slowly improve, so I blocked off our staircase and let him out of his room now and then, watching him closely.  It was about 4 weeks before he was OK going up the stairs without falling and at 5 weeks he started going down the stairs. Luckily I have a great vet who made an initial house call.  He's also a neighbor, and his office called me often to check on Mondo's progress.  He's fine now, but still a little clumsy (frankly, he's never been a very graceful guy) but his sweet disposition and deafening purr are still intact.  I wrote because I read volumes about this frightening disease and learned a lot from our vet. I thought I might be able to answer questions for those going through the process of nursing their cats back to good health. I also want to reassure others that it does eventually get better. Thanks for your response. Donna

  • Great news to hear that you Mondo has improved.  Thanks for sharing.

  • That must have been a really worrying time for you Donna. It sounds like a very nasty affliction. 

    As Joy said, thanks for sharing. First hand experiences are great and the more information we can share the better. Smile.gif

    I'm so glad Mondo has recovered. 

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