Common symptoms experienced of cat brain disorders include:
Loss of balance, weakness, tremors, stupor, lack of coordination, hyperactive reflexes, blindness, seizures, coma, walking in circles, pacing, and loss of sense of smell.
There are several different types of neurological disorders that can occur in cats. We have the testing capabilities to evaluate a cat neurological problems. Evaluation includes getting previous history from the owner, physical examination (including looking at gait, behavior, posture, motor function, nerve function, characteristics of cat's walk and tail motions). The doctor will also look at eye movements, control of facial muscles, balance, chewing, hearing and vocal sounds.
The next step for evaluation would be bloodwork. We have in house blood machines from Idexx laboratories to get results within an hour. We can also send out bloodwork to outside laboratories for further evaluation. Blood tests looks for signs of metabolic conditions, infections and autoimmune problems. After bloodwork, the next step would be digital radiographs so that the doctor can look for tumors, fractures, or signs of infections. We have digital radiography capabilities here at Broadaway Vet.
We do not have CT or MRI at Broadway Vet but we do have a good referral hospital for those in-depth tests. Spinal taps can be performed at Broadway Vet and fluid analysis can be sent to our outside laboratories to check for cancer, infection, tumors, or abscesses. Treatment at Broadway Vet for neurological problems is usually medications or comfort treatment. Surgical cases must be referred to outside hospitals but this is very rarely the case.