2. What does it look like?
The hallmark of unilateral vestibular disease is a head tilt. It is nearly always to one side or the other. The head tilt is described as towards which side of the cat’s head that is pointing towards the floor. The head tilt is present and constant in all positions. The kitty illustrating this article has a head tilt to the left even when he is laying down.
3. When does it occur?
There does seem to be a seasonal increase in IVD during the summer months in our area.
4. Who does it affect?
There doesn’t seem to have any predeliction for age or sex. IVD has been seen in all breeds of cats.
5. What signs will I see in my cat?
The onset is acute, and your cat may develop signs very quickly (within an hour). You will notice head tilt, disorientation, falling, rolling and nystagmus. Nystagmus is a rapid, repetitive, involuntary movement of the eyes in a side-to-side or circular. Most cats show an incoordinated, wobbly walk. Some cats are unable to stand, and may constantly roll or fall to one side or the other. Other cats can become so disoriented that they either don’t move, vomit or vocalize loudly. Some people report that it looks like their kitty is having a seizure, which it can resemble.