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Hi my cat is at LEAST 15 years old. Today she was acting like her usual self, napping, eating, etc. She jumped off my bed but when she landed it sounded like she fell. i didnt see anything, so i figured she just got her claw stuck, i didnt think much of it. Then a little while later I hear her meowing as if she was is pain at my door. It was the scariest meow I have ever heard her make. So I run and open the door to see what happened. She was sitting there leaning on her leg, she then quickly ran into my room to her spot of the carpet. Still meowing like crazy I pick her up thinking she may have stepped on glass. Couldn't find anything wrong with her. She stopped meowing and I put her on my bed to comfort her. I noticed that her eyes are moving left to right. As if she was reading a book. I'm trying to comfort her because her eyes are dilated and it looks like she's in pain. But she is purring now, and not meowing. But her eyes are still moving back and forth. What could this mean and what should I do?

Hi Anna,

The first thing you need to do is get your vet to check her over. If her eyes are moving like that then that may be the reason she fell. The most likely cause is an inner ear infection.She should get better in a bit but get her looked at. Here's a couple of good links about geriatric cats and their care. Hope this helps.

Also for her comfort I suggest this. She will love you for it.

Get her to the vet. Good luck and take care.

Ciao, Karen


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I can give advice on cat behavior. I can help about newborn kitten care. I can help with senior cat care. I can answer questions about cat proofing a home or making it cat friendly. I can answer diet questions. I can answer home treatments questions for cats. At present I have 13 cats in home and two ferals outside. And there's always room for one more!


I have over 40 year's experience with cats. Father was a veterinarian and I assisted him in his work. I have 15 cats at present. Most are shelter or feral rescues. I have one purebred cat. I have done cat rescues and foster care. Some thoughts to carry with you. A Cat's 10 Commandments My life is likely to last 15-20 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful. Give me time to understand what you want of me. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments. But I have only you. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it. Before you swat me, before you strike me, remember that I have teeth that could draw blood. And claws to strike back. And yet I choose not to attack you. If I don't act right then have me checked to see what is wrong. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old. On the difficult journey, on the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Because I love you so. Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful thing without God's critters. Pass this on.

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