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Q.    My elderly cat has started walking round in circles for no apparent reason.  She doesn’t seem to know what she is doing.   Is this just old age or should I take her to my vet?

A.    There are several diseases which could cause such behaviour ranging from a middle ear infection causing imbalance – which is treatable with antibiotics - to much more serious conditions such as a stroke, blindness, senility and brain tumours. 

Certainly it is worth your vet carrying out a thorough examination of your cat to try to identify the cause of the problem if it is not obvious. 

There is medication available which can help to reduce damage following a stroke and reduce the effects of senility, so in most cases your vet could help.

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