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Yes he seems to be walking better most of the time.
He's had a couple more fits in the month since the last vet visit and the second seemed worse, he was walking round in circles. Of course I don't see what happens all the time,3 of the 4 I've noticed have been while I was reading in bed and he was sat on my legs.
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One of ours did this.
He had developed diabetes as a secondary problem to something else, and when his blood sugar was low he had the 'walking in circles' fit. Over the phone our vet, who specialised in cats, told us to feed him, and almost immediately he was better. The diabetes was easy to treat and actually he recovered from that too when his pancreas was less stressed.
I'm not suggesting that you try home treating him like this, because it could be anything else, but it might be worth a conversation with your vet.
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Well she did a blood test when I first took him at the beginning of July, so I assume that was one of the things they looked for.
She said let her know how he got on after a month, so we had a phone conversation last week. Said the fits are more distressing for me than Pat as he doesn't know about them, and though there are tests they could do to rule out things like brain tumours they would involve anesthetic and make no difference to the outcome (and cost a lot)
And if she said it would cost a lot I believe her. After the conversation I collected another bottle of Loxicom, £29 (can get it under £9 online though would need a prescription from my vet)
My daughter got 2 kittens at Christmas as their cat is old and having problems. They have both needed the vet lately, the latest bill £90. She also has ponies and thinks the horse vet is cheaper - £30 call out + treatment fee but rarely more than £50. Her theory is that the cat vet is part of a chain who take their cut. I found the same when my optician was taken over by a chain.
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I understand the expense thing too - ours cost us a fortune, not that I begrudge them the money.
I suppose it couldn't hurt to try feeding him at those times as, if it's blood sugar, then it may wander up and down a bit and not necessarily at the point he had the test. That wouldn't cost anything to try if the vet thought it OK.
I suppose the vet has also considered an inner ear problem. If it was that his eyes might flicker as well.
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It's unfortunate that doctors get franchised like they're a McDonalds or something... What's the point for them? I somehow don't think they get paid leave and compensation for "empty" months of the year from the chain, and it just makes them less affordable to their patients.
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Mo , vet wanted £160 to see hen last week because it was 7.15pm before they even saw her or even asked what was wrong with her }hairout{
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Ouch.
M\kes you glad we have the NHS for us.
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