Neurological disorders

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Thing 1 - too tiny to be a- kitty
Purred: Sun Jul 29, '07 5:19pm PST 
Trying to figure out what neurological disorders might cause lethagry, loss of balance (to the point of falling over,) and head shaking similar to how a diabetic's head can shake when they haven't eaten or received insulin in awhile.

Any ideas or suggestions...


One handsome- devil
Purred: Sun Jul 29, '07 6:35pm PST 
They definately said he doesn't have distemper? One of the symptoms I believe is shaking.
There are others here who are better experts at animal pathology, but that is what came to my mind. So this is mostly just a bump kitty

Edited by author Sun Jul 29, '07 6:36pm PST



Thing 1 - too tiny to be a- kitty
Purred: Sun Jul 29, '07 6:41pm PST 
Thanks Pippin. The parvo test pretty much ruled out distemper. I'm thinking if we can narrow down the neurological causes and link the to viruses which fit the bill we might be able to further rule things out. The newest doctor suggested he might have toxoplasmosis, but we will need to do more testing to see if this is what is effecting him...so I'm still looking for other possibilities.

Mini Dee

Play, Play,- Sleep...play- play!
Purred: Mon Jul 30, '07 7:59am PST 

I have something called Cerebral Hypoplasia....my litter sister and I both had it because my mommy had distemper while pregnant with us. It causes our heads to shake and tremble especially when concentrating (such as eating) and not be as coordinated as we should be. I tend to fall over some times...like in the litter box or while running fast. I am not a little over a year old...and am doing great. I don't run straight (run like I am drunk) but I am a happy 'normal' cat.

Edited by author Mon Jul 30, '07 8:00am PST



Lazy, Lazy, Lazy
Purred: Mon Jul 30, '07 12:38pm PST 
Veterinary Neurology

Nero disorders:
Limb Paralysis, Weakness

* Potential causes:
o spinal cord disease
+ herniated intervertebral disks
+ vertebral fractures, dislocations
+ tumors, cysts
+ congenital anomalies (e.g., hydromyelia, syringomyelia)
+ infections/inflammation (myelitis)
+ degenerative myelopathy
o peripheral nerve disease (neuropathies)
+ trauma
+ inflammation
+ degeneration
+ metabolic
+ toxic
o neuromuscular
+ myasthenia gravis
+ myositis (muscle inflammation)
+ metabolic or endocrine disorders
+ botulism

Balance Disorders

* Potential causes:
o inner ear disease (infections, tumors, injuries)
o brainstem disease (infection/inflammation, tumors, injuries)
o hydrocephalus

Some causes:
Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper)
An often fatal viral infection which can result in lifelong ataxia (lack of balance) in cats who are infected as kittens, a condition known as cerebellar hypoplasia. Panleukopenia can be prevented by vaccination.

Toxic substances include household cleaning products, garden sprays, and pest killers. Certain plants, when ingested, also adversely affect the central nervous system.

Although a relatively rare result of this parasite, central nervous system damage can result, producing blindness, ataxia, and other symptoms of CNS damage.
Feline Hyperesthesia:
This condition is so rarely recognized, but so commonly found that it deserves special mention. Cat owners surely must breathe a sigh of relief to find a name for the crazy list of symptoms that sometimes make their cat seem almost "possessed."

* Running crazily in circles
* Loud meowing, often at night
* Rippling skin on the back
* Excessive and manic grooming
* Frequent mood swings