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Patients may usually be treated on an outpatient basis unless the ataxia is severe or the cause of the ataxia is of a life threatening nature. Avoid giving any drugs to your cat without first consulting with your veterinarian, as many drugs can either contribute to the problem or disguise the underlying condition that is causing it. Treatment will be based on the underlying cause of the disease.
Decrease or restrict your cat's movement if your veterinarian suspects spinal cord disease. Even without a diagnosis of spinal cord disease, you may want to consider cage rest if you cannot restrict your cat's movements. This may be of particular importance in regards to cats that are climbers, as they may fall and injure themselves further. Be sure to monitor your cat's gait for increasing dysfunction or weakness; if it worsens, contact your veterinarian immediately.
A medical condition in which the peritoneum becomes inflamed
Something that is related to the whole body and not just one particular part or organ
a) A cavity in certain animals b) Term refers to a rear chamber in the heart or a cavity in the brain
A bundle of fibers that are used in the process of sending impulses through the body
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
Any growth or organ on an animal that is not normal
The part of the brain that contains the medulla oblongata and other vital portions of the brain.
A state of balance or being balanced
The term used to describe the movement of an animal
A medical condition in which an animal is unable to control the movements of their muscles; may result in collapse or stumbling.
The study of the spine after dye has been injected