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Unintentional Eye Movement in Cats

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Treatment and care varies and is entirely dependent upon the underlying cause of the disorder and the severity of symptoms. In general, if a central vestibular disease (rather than a peripheral vestibular disease) is diagnosed, more intensive care will be required.


For cats experiencing anorexia and vomiting, fluid therapy (including the administration of fluids through IV) may be necessary to prevent dehydration. Your veterinarian may also prescribe certain types of medication depending on the diagnosis.


Living and Management


Post-treatment care is dependent on the cause diagnosed as well. However, most veterinarians recommend a neurologic exam approximately two weeks after initial treatment to monitor for improvement or progression of the disease. Secondary symptoms, such as dehydration due to excessive vomiting, should also be monitored and addressed.


Prognosis varies, but cats with a peripheral vestibular disease rather than a central disease tend to have a better prognosis with improved chance of recovery.




Because there is such a wide variety of causes that may lead to nystagmus, there is no distinct method of prevention. However, keeping your cat safe indoors without access to lead and other toxic materials, is recommended.



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