What Is Feline Ataxia?

James Glover
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QuestionI have been told that my cat might have "ataxia". I was hoping you could tell me a little bit more about it. (Jessie Whitehouse - Kentucky)

Answer

Ataxia is an unsteady or irregular gait that has resulted from incoordination of the muscles. It can follow on from a loss of sensory perception or a dysfunction of the balancing organs of the ear or part of the brain.

The outcome depends very much on the cause of the ataxia, and this is something that the vet who is looking after your cat will be able to discuss with you, taking into account all of the different factors involved in your cat's condition.

Disclaimer: This service is meant to provide advice only and is not meant to replace an appointment with a registered veterinarian. Users should always seek a second opinion. Unfortunately we are only able to answer several questions per week so not everyone gets a published answer. And, unfortunately we can't answer by email.
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