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Cat becomes ill every week, what could it be?

August 3rd, 2010, 10:36 AM

we have a 11.5 year old bengal who periodically becomes ill for a day, with the cycles becoming more frequent. Starting last year, he exhibited symptoms every month or two, for the last 6 months it happens an average of once a week (6-8 days), though for the last couple of weeks it's been more like every 4 days. We took him to the vet twice last year, he ran a complete blood screening, checked for leukemia, cystitis, worms and blockages and couldn't find anything. Haven't had any scans done, though. Symptoms include refusal to eat, weakness and lethargy. He mostly just sits in one spot all day, sort of on his haunches instead of laying relaxed. When he does move he's kind of wobbly. Eyes seem kind of unfocused. He doesn't poop or pee during this period. No vomiting, diarrhea or other discharge. He shares the house with 3 other cats, which have not shown any signs of having this.

After each of these sick days, he's back to normal and eats great. We initially thought it was something he was being exposed to something toxic outside, but ruled this out after he still became ill while keeping him indoors. No toxic substances that he could be coming into contact with indoors.

This has got us stumped, anybody have any idea what this could be? Thank you for any ideas or advice.


August 3rd, 2010, 11:23 AM
Almost sounds like seizures of some sort :shrug:?

August 3rd, 2010, 11:29 AM
Has the vet checked his ears? and mouth? almost sounds like when we get an ear infection it makes us off balance.

August 3rd, 2010, 01:11 PM
Just a guess, but I'm wondering if maybe he's constipated during these episodes. The wobbling could be due to pain and/or dehydration, and the lethargy and hunched position would also indicate discomfort. Not eating is very common with constipated kitties. What do his poops generally look like, especially after one of these incidents? And what does your kitty eat?