Loss of balance in cats is not a common problem, but it can be a serious one. It recently happened to one of my cats, Rouack, so I thought I would share the experience with you.

If you have been following my blog posts for any length of time, you will be aware that I feel a quality, natural diet is a priority in cats. As I practice what I preach, I could almost definitely rule out diet as the cause of the problem. I say almost, because he is overweight.

Cats aren’t naturally overweight. And I ensure those in my care are trim. Not thin, but a natural cat weight. He doesn’t hunt. There is little need for cats on a natural diet to do so as all their nutritional requirements are being met. So I concluded that Rouack is finding food left out for the neighbouring cats. Don’t you wish people wouldn’t do that?

Loss of balance in cats, as in anyone can be an indication of an ear problem. This is probably the most common cause. But Rouack’s condition accompanied a head tremour and a sudden loss of appetite.

Because we can’t ask our animals how they are feeling, or what they feel the cause is, animal practitioners generally have to keep trying various treatments until they hit on the solution. Veterinary tests can help, but they can also be misleading.

Another problem practitioners have is whether or not to hospitalise the animal. Separating your cat from your family when they are down is one of the most traumatising things you can do to them. Strange surroundings are frightening. The staff may not be as sympathetic or sensitive as cats need. The stress of other animals is all about them.

But sending the cat home before they can be observed fully can give the practitioner an incomplete picture. It’s a dilemma that cannot be resolved. So those animals of practitioners, may have the best deal! We can observe them, and they remain at home.

I treated Rouack for slug and rat poison, more to rule them out than because the evidence was strong. It made no difference. He deteriorated. Now he couldn’t stand or walk. He had tremours all over. But he hadn’t any extremity numbness. You can tell this by squeezing a little hard on the feet. They will pull away if there is no numbness.

He slept most of the time. He had little interest in anything. I syringed drops of water into his mouth, just to keep him hydrated while I observed him. He responded a little to a couple of different homeopathic remedies, but after three days, I really felt he was on his way out.

Looking through my books, considering the remedies that had helped a little, observing his symptoms including the deathwards direction he seemed to be heading in, I had an inspiration to try another remedy that has a strong focus on nerve problems.

His reaction was encouraging, so I stayed with the remedy. I had to change the potency and dosage, to match his improvement, but within a few days he was drinking and eating again.

I don’t try to label the condition he had. This practice is reserved for the medical and veterinary establishment who look at parts of the body in isolation, instead of the whole patient.

His condition was undoubtadly serious and he was definitely on the decline. Now, he still has a little way to go, with perhaps a change of remedy before he is fully back to normal. But now he can get out of his sick bed, the couch, use his litter tray, come into the kitchen for food, go back to the couch all normally, all without any hint of a tremour, even if a little slow.

Treating the loss of balance in cats, or any other condition for that matter, may be a slow process, with several consultations, many phone calls and sensitive observation on your part. This is especially so when treating your cat homeopathically. But the outcome can be far more favourable than with any other treatment.


Madeleine Innocent
Madeleine Innocent

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    6 replies to "Loss of Balance in Cats And The Natural Approach"

    • Caroline Barbeau

      Could you please share with me what remedy finally worked for Rouak’s loss of balance/seizures.

      Thank you

    • Madeleine Innocent

      Because homeopathy works by individualising the patient’s unique and personal symptoms, it is of no benefit for you to know the remedy. Unless you are studying homeopathy. This information would only lead to people using the same remedy for cats in similar situations, which is unlikely to help.

    • Sue

      Hi, My seven month old kitten just started about 1 month ago to lose her balance after eating. She looks like a drunken sailor and falls over. There are no tremors, rapid eye movements, or other “Seizure” type activity that we observe in humans. I adopted her and her sister, litter mate from the pound who got them with their two brothers and the mother. Her sister eats the exact same food she does. Jammie is the sick one. Tweetie is the normal one. Jammie has had the routine lab work, bile acid test, and feline leukemia, aids tests. All are reported from the vet as “nothing spectacular.” Although I question the bile acid test, as the technician said she did not eat much of the 3 ounces of special food (high in something) she was supposed to eat before drawing the blood again 2 hours later. Pre and post prandial. That test came back on the lower end of the normal range. $600 later in test and nothing. I eliminated the organic grain free dried cat food when I switched to organic grain free kitten chow which really sent her over the edge. Symptoms were the worst. I stopped all dry food and she improved to almost normal. I started dry cat food recommended by the vet and she is getting progressively worse again. She gets 1/4 can of wet food and the behavior starts, if it is going to, within 20 minutes of eating. But she can go for 10 days without any such behavior. I am desperate for some help. I took her for a second opinion and we have her on half a tab of low dose phenobarbitol every day. She has been good until today, 10 days on the meds and she was worse than ever- or just as bad at the least. The only thing different is that I changed the dry food. She has always been on the same brand wet food since the pound. Please help. The first vet wants to do all kinds of tests, CSF tap, ultrasound of chest and abdomen, and MRI of the brain. !!!!!!!!! I forgot, she was diagnosed with a right heart murmur when she has a rapid heart rate, but it disappears when her heart rate goes back to normal. They questioned a liver shunt, for which they did the bile acid test. What do you suggest?

    • Madeleine Innocent

      I feel for you Sue. Vets are really good at emptying your bank balance and you are none the wiser. The diet MUST be changed to a healthy one before you can consider anything more serious. Please check out Naturally Healthy Cats on the right to learn how best to feed your cat.

    • ellen

      I am a homeopath and was wondering what remedy worked for Rouak. I’m dealing with a similar situation and I think I’m about to lose him.

    • Madeleine Innocent

      Email me.

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