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millie jane

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Hey guys

My little dude bernie who is now 9 months old has been getting episodes of his head jerking backwards or to the side, along with a squinting eye on his left side. We took him straight to the after hours vet when it first happened 6 weeks ago and they advised us to get blood work done, so the next day we went to our normal vet and got it, the tests came back normal and he was healthy in that regard. It lasted under 24hrs and he waa back to his usual self. He still eats and drinks, poops and pees, is alert but extra sleepy when this happens.

Today it happened again. So I took him to his vet so they could see it in action. She noticed his left eye was red and the third eyelid was more prominent, so she's given me eye drops 3x a day for 7 days to see if this helps.

I am just wondering if any other sphynx you know or cat in general has had these symptoms and if so what caused it? As my vet is unsure and so was the emergency vet as well.

I found a video of another cat that does exactly what he does Although this cat seems to suffer a little bit more "violently" from the ticks

I also feed him raw food and since I started feeding him this it's been happening but I'm not sure if it's a cause? I have taken him off of raw for a few months to see if this clears it up.

Sorry for the long post but I am just curious and concerned.
 
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Sorry to hear Bernie is dealing with this issue. I don't have any idea what it can be. Can only guess but I think the vet already did check this: epilepsy? A seizure? Or a neurotic tic?
Hope others chime in with better ideas. Sending healing vibes to Bernie.
 

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Hey guys

My little dude bernie who is now 9 months old has been getting episodes of his head jerking backwards or to the side, along with a squinting eye on his left side. We took him straight to the after hours vet when it first happened 6 weeks ago and they advised us to get blood work done, so the next day we went to our normal vet and got it, the tests came back normal and he was healthy in that regard. It lasted under 24hrs and he waa back to his usual self. He still eats and drinks, poops and pees, is alert but extra sleepy when this happens.

Today it happened again. So I took him to his vet so they could see it in action. She noticed his left eye was red and the third eyelid was more prominent, so she's given me eye drops 3x a day for 7 days to see if this helps.

I am just wondering if any other sphynx you know or cat in general has had these symptoms and if so what caused it? As my vet is unsure and so was the emergency vet as well.

I found a video of another cat that does exactly what he does Although this cat seems to suffer a little bit more "violently" from the ticks

I also feed him raw food and since I started feeding him this it's been happening but I'm not sure if it's a cause? I have taken him off of raw for a few months to see if this clears it up.

Sorry for the long post but I am just curious and concerned.
Sorry to hear this, I would surely seek out another vet for an opinion, its surely something. Be sure to bring the video with you so they can view it. Keep us posted.
 

Hairless Blessing

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I think @Catzzzmeow Jouet, has had similar, event's.
I tagged her, so she can chime in.
But, I think a second opinion, is wise.
I think it's more than, a eye drops issue.
Keep us updated. Prayer's for your baby.
 

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Sorry to hear of this. You got a really good video which is great. If it is neurological, your vet might prescribe some seizure meds. Often they cannot pinpoint exactly what causes seizures. Our girl has episodes...they were diagnosed as idiopathic generalized epilepsy. You can google a lot of info on this. She does not have the same head tic as your baby. Rather our girl stiffens up and raises her front paw over her head. Being as she is young and these are infrequent he does not want to start meds. If they become frequent, intensify, become violent or she loses body fluid he will suggest meds he said. I would definitely get a second opinion. I would have your vet do a good look in mouth and ears as well. Please let me know how you make out.

Patti
 

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@millie jane so sorry to hear your little boy is having these head jerks. From your post above, I'm not quite sure how your vet could give you some eye meds and send you on your way.

Please get copies of your boy's blood tests from this vet and go to another vet. If you have a specialist (a neurologist for pets) where you live, that's where I would go if it was me.

Especially that he gets tired after these episodes occur, it's clearly not something from his eye.

I wish you and your little boy well and just keep on searching until a vet hears you and doesn't give you the run around.

Please update us.
 

millie jane

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Sorry to hear of this. You got a really good video which is great. If it is neurological, your vet might prescribe some seizure meds. Often they cannot pinpoint exactly what causes seizures. Our girl has episodes...they were diagnosed as idiopathic generalized epilepsy. You can google a lot of info on this. She does not have the same head tic as your baby. Rather our girl stiffens up and raises her front paw over her head. Being as she is young and these are infrequent he does not want to start meds. If they become frequent, intensify, become violent or she loses body fluid he will suggest meds he said. I would definitely get a second opinion. I would have your vet do a good look in mouth and ears as well. Please let me know how you make out.

Patti
The video isn't of my little guy but the cat in the video does the same type of movements.
I am going to get an FHV (feline herpes virus) bloodtest done to rule out any respiratory infections etc as I have read up and this can cause sore eyes, and other issues which seem to fall in line with Bernie's issues.

I hope your girl is doing okay now! Thank you for the info :)
 

millie jane

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Hi everyone!

so today Bernie has stopped the head jerking which is good. I have been putting his eyedrops in - which seems to be helping as his third eyelid has gone back into hiding instead of showing all of the time. He does have a cloudy eye with a small brown stain on it - but I did read that tea stained patching on the eye can be caused by steroid eye drops, which is what he is on.

He has a vet appointment next Saturday as the vet wants to see him in a week. I'm going to get them to run a FHV bloodtest to rule out any respiratory infections as I have a horrible feeling this is his problem.. :(

I just want to thank you guys - everytime my little guy has had an issue, you are all very helpful. I appreciate this website more than you could ever imagine <3
 

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@millie jane glad to hear Bernie stopped head jerking! Hope the improvement continues. And hope that further examination will help to figure out what caused this. Sending positive vibes.
 
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