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What is Brain Injury?

If you notice anything unusual about your cat's behavior and brain injury is suspected, make an appointment with the veterinarian as soon as possible. Immediate evaluation is critical to ensure the best outcome for your pet.

A brain injury in cats can be caused by a wide variety of events -- from falls to automobile accidents. Other events include blunt trauma such as being struck or stepped on, gunshot wounds and animal fights. You may observe bleeding from your cat's ear or nostrils or an altered state of consciousness.

Symptoms of Brain Injury in Cats

Cats will exhibit a certain set of symptoms when suffering from a brain injury. Keep in mind that some of these symptoms may be indicative of another problem. Proper diagnosis is important to ensure the correct treatment plan. Symptoms of head trauma include the following:

  • Bleeding ears or nostrils
  • An altered state of consciousness
  • Head tilt

Causes of Brain Injury in Cats

Brain injury can occur from a wide variety of events. These include the following:

  • Severe hypothermia or hyperthermia
  • Brain tumors or brain parasites
  • Toxicity
  • Severe hypoglycemia
  • Hypertension
  • Nervous system infections

If your cat has suffered from any of these conditions and is no longer behaving normally, a visit to the veterinarian may be in order. If at any point you begin to feel concerned about your pet's behavior, contact your veterinarian for advice.

Diagnosis of Brain Injury in Cats

In order to give your cat the best chances of recovery, you will need to provide a thorough history of your cat's medical condition to your veterinarian. This history should include the time the symptoms were manifested and any possible circumstances that may have led to the problem. Your veterinarian will then perform a complete physical examination, a biochemistry profile, a urine test and a complete blood count. Although the findings of these tests will depend on the reason for the brain injury, the biochemistry profile can indicate any abnormalities in blood glucose levels. These tests can also detect O2 deficiency.

If skull fractures are suspected, your veterinarian will recommend X-rays, CT scans or MRIs to assist in diagnosing the problem. These diagnostic tools are also invaluable for determining the severity of the brain injury and detecting the presence of internal bleeding, foreign objects, tumors and other brain abnormalities. The veterinarian may also recommend an ECG to evaluate heart function and rhythm. 

Nervous system infections affect the spinal cord and the brain. Your veterinarian will take a sample of cerebrospinal fluid for testing to rule out such infections. A cat infected by the feline infectious peritonitis virus (FIP) will sometimes experience brain damage. This condition is not treatable. Bacterial infections of the middle-ear and the inner-ear cavities that break through the skull can also infect the brain and lead to infections of the brain. In this case, if the infection is caught early enough, the cat should recover completely. 

Treatment of Brain Injury in Cats

Treatment of head injury for your cat will depend on the severity of the injury. Your veterinarian will recommend repeat neurological examinations to gauge the progress of the healing process. Even if your cat seems to be displaying normal behavior, your vet will probably recommend a 24-hour observation period. Abnormalities may develop as the brain swells or bleeding occurs. 

If brain swelling is apparent, specific drugs will be administered to treat the condition. Some solutions are designed to draw fluid from the tissues or to decrease the production of spinal fluid. These include hyperosmotic solutions and mannitol. Your veterinarian may also recommend oxygen therapy. Coughing and sneezing reflexes should be avoided at all costs. These actions increase intracranial pressure and can cause deterioration of the cat's condition.

If dehydration is suspected, an intravenous line may be inserted to give your pet much-needed fluids. Painkillers may also be administered if necessary. Some brain injuries can cause seizures in cats. Your veterinarian may prescribe Diazepam or Phenobarbital to help control any seizures your cat may be experiencing.

Skull fractures require special attention. Non-displaced fractures can be treated without surgery, but fractures that are displaced inwards may require surgical removal.

Recovery of Brain Injury in Cats

In order to ensure that your cat's recovery is going according to plan, be sure to keep all follow-up appointments. Follow-up appointments give the veterinarian the chance to see how the injury is healing and whether additional treatments are required. You may be told to keep your cat quiet during the healing process. 

If no deterioration is observed in the cat within 48 hours after the head injury, your pet has a good chance of a full recovery. Recovery time can take up to six months and will depend on the age of the cat and the extent of the injury. 

Brain Injury Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Lisa
Indie
1 Month
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

shiver
Seizures

A kitten I'm fostering met with an accident recently and the vet says there is brain injury. The treat is on and the recovery is quite fast. She has also started drinking the soecial cat milk cerelac. Will it be back to normal or recover?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examine Lisa, I cannot be sure of the severity of her injury and I cannot give you an indication of whether she will make a full recovery or not; your Veterinarian would be able to tell you more based on their examination and seeing Lisa’s overall progress. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Smokey
Domestic short hair grey
around 10 or 11 maybe
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Twitching

Hi my name is Deborah i have a cat i call smokey.I dont know her history but she has been with me for about four years.She came to me with a cataract over her eye and couldnt see out,she also had a funny hip,but was very happy.I make a guess that she is around ten or maybe 11 years old.She disappeared about a week ago,i thought she might have been attacked by a dog and run off to die.My neighbour found Smokey in her shed on Australia day,but she had been hit by a car.When i saw her she was in shock,but alive.I have kept her in my room since.She has her head that tilts to the left and her head will twitch.If she twitches to hard,her body will roll over.She had some fluid fromher left ear,i dont think it was blood,it was clear.She can eat if she puts her head to the left side.At first,i thought she was blind completly in the other eye but it was the third eyelid that was sticking over her eye,but that has since cleared.However it seems that she has no vision thru the eye.She dosent appear to have any bones breaks.She seems to hold her weight up.She can eat,she can wee,she can poo.There is no blood in her poos that i can tell.She dosent seem to strain or use pressure to go to the toilet.She dosent seem in pain when i pick her up.She will walk from my room to the kitchen to eat food and back by her self.When she walks however,her head will twitch,which brings me back to head damage.I am a single mother of four children,at this stage i have read the treatment plans,and i feel this will not be suitable for my to consider.i love my cat but i couldnt afford this,nor could i put my cat thru that.I have had a quote to put her to sleep,in your veiw would this be the kinder thing to do.Thanks for your time and i hope we can find the right answer please.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is very difficult to give an opinion on a case involving trauma or brain injury as each case is individual and different and I am unable to examine Smokey. The head tilt and the twitching maybe caused by brain inflammation, vertebral instability and other inflammatory processes; the ideal option would be to have an x-ray to determine the integrity of the spinal column. Whilst Smokey is able to carry out her basic functions (urinate, defecate, eat and drink) she maybe in pain, especially whilst twitching or rolling over. You should visit your Veterinarian for a basic neurological examination and to try to determine the extent of the damage and to help in the decision to euthanize or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ms. Lucy
domestic short hair
4 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

dialated puipls, walks in circles less and less ev
possiable blindness from concussion

Ms lucy got cold cocked 19 days ago by one of my dogs , it was an accident. she only weighed 3lbs at best that day. shes made tremendous moves in her recovery, im just wondering about her eyesight , her puipls are very big, shes has put on 11/2 lbs since this happened is eating grooming her self and its a 50/50 thing on the potty box. she was given.2 of a cc of steroid , am I doing all I can do for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Brain injury is one of those injuries that is difficult to understand the full severity of unless a CT or MRI is performed of the head to see if there is any bleeding or abnormalities. Being knocked unconscious gives the possibility of a severe injury, dilated pupils may not resolve and Ms Lucy may continue to have them. It would be best to have a neurological examination performed by your Veterinarian to see if they can pick up any further specific details about Ms Lucy’s injury. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chulbul
Mumbai Cat
4 Months
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

death
None

I had a kitten about four months old. Chulbul was very playful, curious and adventurous. The night before last, we put him in his room and forgot to shut the window. We live on the first floor and the window has a parapet beneath it with creepers covering it. He had fallen from the window once before but on the parapet (about 1-1.5 meters below) and we had got him home safely. This night somehow he seems to have jumped out on sight of (a pigeon may be), we really don't know. But we looked for him all over in our lawns in the morning and couldn't find him. Very unfortunately, we found him lying dead in the adjacent lawns with his moth slightly open and poop half out. There were no other marks on his body. It seems he jumped out and managed to walk over to the other lawn for about 10-12 meters to finally lay in earth's arms.
We dearly dearly miss him. But are finding it very difficult to fathom what exactly might have happened to him that he had to die. Our baby was not stupid. It is difficult to believe he hit his head so hard. We feel extremely guilty for not coming to his rescue when he needed us the most and neglecting the importance of locking the window. We were asleep in our beds. Please help us, we can't decipher what could have happened.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be hard to understand and to accept the loss of a loved one, especially if the accident was preventable. Head trauma can kill regardless of distance fallen, sometimes we read about miracles where children fall multiple stories and are left unharmed and others who fall down one step and sadly pass away. Crawling ten or twelve meters may have been done before the intracranial bleeding or swelling caused death or he may have died of hypothermia due to outside temperature and wind having to cover to stay warm. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cleo
Tabby
16 Weeks
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Head trauma

Hello my name name is Joy, I have a 16 week little kitty named Cleo she's my world I love her so much...yesterday I was at work from 11-5 when I came home she was very hurt crying and screaming in pain...she couldn't walk at all her head was going every direction she was completely off balance couldn't stand at all was just trying to move but would tilt and fall over and she had some blood coming out of her nose, I panicked the second I saw her and wrapped her in a blanket and took her to the emergency clinic right away, when I got there the vet told me she has a head trauma I guess she was playing a bit too rough and ended up hitting her head to hard I'm not sure how long she was hurt before that...they gave her some pain meds and fluids and send her home with me told me to keep an eye on her over night and then take her to the vet the next day. I stayed up all night keeping an eye on her and checking on her ever hour to make sure she's okay...she hasn't been eating or drinking at all since we got home so I got concerned when I took her today to the vet he said it's normal for her not to eat or drink they gave her some more fluids to keep her hydrated! She still doesn't want to eat or drink...I'm worried because it's been 2 days now that she hasn't been eating she seems to be doing better she's walking around now she's got her balance she's even gotten sassy with me a few times...she even tried to jump in the bed which I stopped her from doing, I didn't want her to get hurt more! I keep her in a small room so she doesn't get into trouble. I just want to know what I can do to help her eat and drink? The doctor gave me some special food to feed her but it doesn't seem she's interested at all she keeps licking her lips af if she's hungry or thirsty but every time I put water or food in front of her she smells it and then looks away!? I'm worried she may not recover? I need her to get better as soon as possible I love her to death and I don't want anything bad happening to her! I wanna be the best momma to my fur baby! (Ohh one more thing she shook her head today and then she ended up loosing her balance and almost had the same symptoms as the ones she had when I found her, it didn't last long before she got control of herself and was back to being in balance) I'm scared for her life I really need some help on how I can treat her at home? Please help me!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Head trauma can be quite unpredictable and two days post trauma is a short period of time, I understand you are concerned for your fur baby but these cases can take time which is important to continue with the fluids at your Veterinarian until she seeks fluids and food for herself. Encouraging Cleo to eat can be a long process, syringe feeding and placing food on your finger to encourage some appetite can help, but it will be just waiting for her to eat. There are some drugs which are appetite stimulants to get cats to eat, but because they are prescription medicines, I legally cannot say unfortunately but your Veterinarian may not be able to due to drug interactions with current treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My vet has had me syringe feed my boy with wet food. Hope this helps

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Scottish
Half Scottish half persian
8 month
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepiness

Hi, my cat dropped the mixer on his head, after the accident the left eye puplis was smaller than the right one.

After 2 hours it came back to normal, but the eye it self is a bit shady.
Also he is sleeping alot and not eating.

What do you recommend?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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After any sudden head trauma, a cat (dog, rabbit etc…) should be evaluated by a Veterinarian to determine if there is any long term brain injury, if so treatment would be given. For the time being you should keep an eye on Scottish and see if the lethargy wears off, but an examination would be the best thing as there is nothing you can do at home apart from ensure that he is eating, drinking, urinating and defecating. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dixon
domestic short hair
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Staring at the ground

My cat likes to sleep with my boyfriend and i, usually on our pillow. About a month or so ago he started to sit on the pillow for a long period of time and just stare down at nothing. Often he will lift his head slightly then bring it back down again and stare some more. If we call him he usually doesnt do anything and just continues to look down. We havnt noticed anything else other then every now and then when he sleeps on one of our lazy boy chairs he will press his head into the arm of it while laying down. Im positive he isnt head pressing but just incase i thought i would throw that in there. Im concerned as to why he would be staring down at the ground so much for such long periods of time. He also does this when hes om the couch arms while we are sitting on it as well.
Thank you in advance!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Dixon may have cervical ventroflexion which is muscle weakness in the neck; this can be tested by looking for low potassium levels on a blood test. Also x-rays would be useful just to make sure there aren’t any skeletal problems leading to the symptoms. The next step would be visiting your Veterinarian for a confirmatory blood test. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Asher
domestic short hair
A few months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Seizures
Tense
Swelling

My stepdad was moving a table outside and a momma cat ran out. This scared him seeing as it is snake season and he dropped the table. There were three kittens the other two are fine but the table fell on ones head. They seem to be about two months. The other two are jumping and playing. It's been about six hours. There is a big lump on one side of his head and his eyes are swollen shut. When I picked him up to move to a different spot his front legs tensed up. Then they moved back and forth as if on a bicycle. His bottom foot twitches. We can't afford to take him to a vet and we need to know if he is worth keeping alive.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I hate to determine the fate of a kitten without examining them, but from your description I do not see a favourable outcome even with Veterinary Care; saying that I would still recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination and if appropriate euthanasia. A table crushing the skull of a kitten which would be softer and not fused as in adults. Severe swelling would cause pain, other factors like cost of treatment and prognosis would play a factor in treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My three month old kitten fell from the top of a closet. On his way down he hit his head on the hanger bar and his face on the desk in the closet. He bit his tongue, his ears were severly bruised, and his eyes were pin point and rolling. We took him to the emergency vet and he stayed there for four days. I was terrified that he was going to pass. Luckily, we were able to take him home yesterday. Ever since he's been walking in circles, meowing so much more, acting like he can't see, he walks up to any noises and puts his head into whatever is making the noise. He sleeps constantly, as I expected, but the walking in circles and acting like he's blind has me worried. He also won't jump on anything. Is this normal?

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Barb
short hair
3 months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

My kitten fell about 4 ft off her post. It didn't sound like she landed on her feet. She is bow lethargic and scared to jump up on the couch.

Is this fear or an injury ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be a bit of both, keep a close eye on Barb and see how she does; it may be that she is just a little shaken up and needs sometime to get her confidence back. If you see no improvement over the next day or you notice some neurological symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buffy
Calico
8 Weeks
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Peeing and pooping on herself
Lethargy
Sleepy

I'm wondering if my soon to be 8 week old kitten may have a brain injury. My sister had the 2 kittens under her blanket and believes ahe kicked the one kitten in the face by accident. She has been sleeping a lot. We had her eatting wet and she was walking around a bit and going in circles.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes the smallest head trauma can cause issues, keep an eye on Buffy and look out for changes in the pupil size or other issues; if you see no improvement consult with your Veterinarian to see if there is something more serious going on. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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muhibo
Ocicat
4 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

shivering when you hold it
crying and stopping purr sound
frightened
Seizures

I hit my 4 month old cat hard in the head.it fell down and looked like it was dying.then it suddenly stood up and tried to run away but ìt moved like it was blind hitying the wall before it exited by the door.What shall I do to make my cat to trust me again?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If your cat is suffering from seizures and you reported that the cat appeared blind, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian to check Muhibo over to make sure there is no lasting damage and to get some medication if appropriate. As far as trust is concerned, it will take time for Muhibo to trust you again; by being friendly, hand feeding and stroking head to tail you can rebuild your relationship slowly. There is no quick fix unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat hit her head in the house. She was playing with her sister and they got into bags in the kitchen playing. As I walked over to help her out of the bag she took off full speed in fear and as the bag was now on her head it covered her face so she couldn't see. I could tell when finally she stopped and I picked her up she looked at me like that really hurt. I have been watching her and calming her spirit slowly but two things have happened since. 1) her behavior is now very PTSD noises or sounds causes her to be very skidish. 2) her growth has slowed down. Her sister is growing so much faster. She slowly getting better but I've been worried because it seems bad but not awful & that surgery would be a must and I'm scared to put her through brain surgery.

Please do not ever strike an animal ever! There are other ways to discipline then hitting an animal,it can cause them to fear you and also cause agression. And as happened to your kitten you can accidentally hurt them. I hope your kitty is ok but please do not ever hit it again.

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Mary Jane
domestic short hair
9 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cannot stand
Tilted head
Vocal
Lifeless

Medication Used

Valium
Bcomplex
Lasix
Amoxicillin
Fluid

I found my cat lying in the middle of the road on Friday. Her collar was detached. Her head was tiled. She was bleeding through her mouth, nose and ear. Her body was limp and she was panting through her mouth and her left eye was bulging. We rushed her to the vet and they administered medication. Today is Tuesday. Her body is still limp. Two of her legs can paddle a little. Her head is still tilted. Her pupils is now constricting and she is lapping on meat sauce. I am worried about her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In severe cases of trauma it is difficult to determine a prognosis; treatment of superficial wounds, internal injuries and supportive care is the only course of action. Brain swelling is usually an issue, it is a case of waiting it out and giving Mary Jane as much supportive and symptomatic care as required. Due to the unique nature of head injury it is difficult to give advice without examining a patient first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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sprinkles
mixed, short hair
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Personality change

Last summer I came home from work to find that my kitten was closed in a air tight container for 3 hours! I opened the container and she was laying there gasping for air. I picked her up and ran her over the AC and used a syringe to give her some water. For some time after that she would sit there with a blank stare and her nose was swollen. By the end of the day she was acting more like her old self but could still tell she was not quite the same. I didn't have the money to take her to the vet. A year later she seems okay, but is very skittish and doesn't care to be bothered. Her nose is still a little swollen but has come down some. I guess my question is, do you think she has some type of brain damage, and that's why she is not like her old self? Also, if I took her to the vet now, is there anything they could really do for her or would it just be a waste of time/money at this point? Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Oxygen starvation can cause permanent brain damage especially when not managed appropriately afterwards; Sprinkles would have needed immediate oxygen therapy and other supportive care measures to try and counteract the hypoxia. At this point I don’t believe there is anything to improve the situation, but you should ask your Veterinarian at your next vaccination visit for a neurological examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat got lost about 3-4 years ago. He was allowed to go outside. He was sick and he wanted outside one night and we let him out and after a while he wandered away and didn't come back i searched and searched for two weeks we found him. He was blind when we found him. The vet thought it was brain swelling, feline toxosis maybe? Either way he turned really mean after the whole ordeal. Hes so mean and aggressive and you can only pet the top of his head. I'm just wondering if there is a way to brung my old cat back or at least help him a little. I fear his quality of life isnt great. We were able to get his sight back after he was lost but its gone again in the time its been since he was gone. Anyways i just want to know if i can get meds or do anything to make him more like his old playful loving self

My kitten is recovering from a head trauma, he is taking clavamax qnd dexamethosone. He was doing good yesterday, eating out of the can, walking around as much as i tried to keep him on bedrest. This morning he is shivering and needs to be syring fed again. I cant get him into vet untill they open day after tomarow. Is this normal or bad. He was doing good. I am scared. So far have spent 700 on him, will spend more i just want him to be alright. He also peed himself.

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Bentley
tabby
12 Weeks
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Walks gingerly, Vacant look

Our 12 week old kitten Bentley escaped one evening and spent the night outdoors. Our neighbours found him and brought him back the next morning. Since his return his personality/behaviour is very different from the fun loving kitten he was. He seems to walk gingerly, slept most of the day, does not eat nor has he used the toilet. He has a vacant look in his eyes. I'm wondering if he has suffered some kind of trauma.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing what may have happened to Bentley, it is hard to know what might be going on with him. It would be a good idea to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they can assess him, determine what might be wrong with him, and recommend any treatment that might help. I hope that he is okay.

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Peeru
Street cat
30-40
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

My pet cat just got a heavy head injury. Blood comes out from his mouth. I am really scared.H e can't even stand up. I gave a little dose (1 tablespoon) Betnesol oral drop. But now I don't know what to do. Please help me please.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Severe head trauma should be assessed by your Veterinarian as some symptoms may be delayed and appear later; if blood has been coming from the mouth you should have him taken for an examination, I cannot examine Peeru so I cannot assess his condition. Betnesol is a strong steroid which should only be given under the direction of a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
Cat
16 Weeks
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Nose bleed
Pulpils different size
Head Tilt

I'm pretty sure my kitten has bad head trauma. One of my friends throw her and now she's bleeding throw her nose and one of her pupils is bigger than the other. She's also limping so I put a ace wrap on it. I can't afford to take her to the vet. Please help... She also has a head tilt. 😢 I don't know what to do...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You need to take Kitty to your Veterinarian regardless of cost (get your friend to chip in) since this level of trauma with bleeding from the nose and unequal pupil size is indicative of severe trauma and brain swelling; there is no at home treatment for this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Layla
Calico
2 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Head damage

My daughter dropped our kitten on our back porch on concrete. I think the kitten may have fell to hard and had some brain damage. It was just laying there not moving breathing really hard, then started to poop and there was blood in it. I thought it was dying and that it had died so I put it in a plastic bag and left it outside so that the kids could bury it later. Well when we came back out to bury the kitten it had not died but was out of the back stumbling around meowing really loud in pain. It seems as if the kitten cannot see where it is going and just runs into things but he is in pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With this level of trauma and symptoms that Layla is presenting there is no at home treatment I can recommend for you and suggest that you go immediately to a Veterinarian for an examination and management of the symptoms from the trauma. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zelda
tabby
3 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Back legs stiff

I came home yesterday to find my cat on the floor with her back legs locked open and her head tilted all the way back with blood stains on her nose she cannot stand up or walk and starts meowing as if in pain her breathing seems shallow and she seems lost and disoriented

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot recommend any treatment for these symptoms without examining Zelda first; I suggest you visit your Veterinarian for examine her to determine the extent of any injury or condition and for treatment to be given as required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

She has improved a small bit she's eating some chicken I baked and is moving some but still no control over her back legs as Soon as she tries to use them they extend straight out

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Nugget
Idk
4 Days
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Clouding
Crying
Walking in circles

I work on a farm. One of the cats got stepped on by a cow, he's all messed up. Nothing. visibly wrong. All he does now is walk in circles amd cries. Since he's a farm cat vet isn't really an option. I'm just very worried and I don't have the money to take him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I had a cow stand on my foot once and I was limping for a few days, the amount of trauma to the brain that that much weight and pressure would exert on the skull would be immense; if you are not willing to get veterinary care for Nugget, it would just be a case of supportive care and hoping for him to push through it. There is no over the counter remedy for this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks man.

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Talia
Cat
1 1/2 years old
Mild condition
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My cat was hit by car and her head seemed injured. She have 3 broken tooth and shutting her eyes a lot. She can move her neck and stand up okay. I bring her in vet and they said better if put her in sleep???? I think she will be fine but what are your thoughts?! I don’t want to let her go, she is only a year and half

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Talia I cannot say whether or not she should be put to sleep or not, but Veterinarians do not take euthanasia lightly and if it was recommended there must have been a reason for it. You should visit another Veterinarian to get a second opinion so they can examine Talia and give you their view. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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CHOCLATE
MIX PERSIAN
1 Month
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

COMA

HI, I HAVE MY 1 MONTH OLD KITTY GET BITTEN BY A BIG CAT WHICH DUNNO COME FROM WHERE AT THE TOP OF THE HEAD, WE HAVE TOOK HER TO VETERINARY AFTER SHE HAVE BLEEDING FROM THE BITE AND GET COMA. THE DOCTOR GET HER ANTIBACTERIA MEDICINE AND PAIN KILLER. AFTER A DAY SHE STILL NOT MOVING AND GET FEVER, WE TOOK HER BACK TO THE VETERINARY AND GET INTO WARD, ITS THE FOURTH DAY NOW AND THE DOCTOR SAY THERE IS NO FEVER ALREADY BUT SHE IS NOT EATING AND WAKE UP THUS HAVE TO BE FORCE EATING. IST THE NORMAL CONDITION FOR A KITTEN AFTER INJURED?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Head trauma is different in each case, but it is possible for Chocolate to be lethargic and unwilling to eat if she has head trauma and brain injury; without examining Chocolate I cannot say how severe the symptoms or injury is but constant supportive and symptomatic care is important in cases like this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Casper
Ragdoll
4 Months
Fair condition
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My cat is about four months old, he fell off my bed in his sleep and I think might have hit his head off my night stand. He hasn’t shown any concerning Siptoms but last time this happened when he was much younger he threw up and we ended up taking him to the hospital because he was in a shock and couldn’t move and his temperature dropped

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any head trauma should be seen by your Veterinarian to check for any long term injury; trauma may develop with instant symptoms or symptoms may be delayed. Without examining Casper I cannot say whether or not he will be alright; keep him rested but I would recommend getting him checked out to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I rescued a cat yesterday that was hit by a car. Vet says he has a head injury. It was bad when I found him. I believed he would die in front of me or in the car on the way to the vet. When we arrived at vet, he pounced out of box on to dash board bleeding from eyes and mouth. Vet took him back and came back and said they would take him and if they could not get County to cover costs, they’d euthanize him or I could pay for it. Since he seemed to come back to life, I wanted to help him and try and find the Owner. I brought him home last night. He is aloof, clearly fearful and traumatized, likely still in shock. He was mellow up until when I checked him last night. He launched at my face and into a corner. Now I’m afraid of him. He is a big guy, well fed, and does not look like any feral cat I’ve seen. I need to know if I should be patient or immediately call animal control to have him removed. I can’t have him be a danger to my kids or my other animals. I understand he was likely in fight or flight heightened anxiety but I’m worried maybe the brain damage has caused irreversible damage to his temperment

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Miss Kitty
domestic short hair
17 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

pupils different sizes
excessive sneezing
crusted nostril

Medication Used

mild steroid injection
mid steroid injection
antibiotic injection

My 17 yr female cat was sneezing like crazy with some crusty nasal discharge and her pupils are different sizes. I took her to the vet. The xrays,urine and most of the bloodwork were normal. Her potassium was slightly low 3.4 I believe. My vet doesn't have the equipment for a proper eye examine,but he did his best and didn't see anything in her eyes,ears, nose or mouth. She was given antibiotic and a steroid. The sneezing and nasal discharge stopped but the pupils are still different. I am doing a watch and wait right now, some of the diagnosis' thrown around was a tumor or glaucoma. What else should I be doing for her or watching for?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For unequal pupil size (anisocoria) there are a few different possible causes which may include head trauma, tumours, glaucoma, uveitis, inflammation among other causes; I would recommend visiting another Veterinarian which has a tonometer which measures the intraocular pressure which is an indicator for glaucoma, other than that look out for behavioural changes or changes in gait. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you,I appreciate the input.

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redman
red tabby
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

unsteady on feet when coming down

Our red tabby was missing one week came home yesterday, not himself, he is slightly wobbly, his footing is off when jumping down, running around meowing
his vision does not seem good, lifting feet up and down when standing. we got him to settle down and rest , eating fine and drinking lots of water. I see a little black around one nostril, maybe dried blood very small amount. Something happened to him . he is not the same cat. going up to the dogs and meowing and trying to rub on them. They do not like cats and he knows it. I wish I could take him to vet but cannot. Can cats take motrin or anything. We are trying to keep him quiet downed he obviously has been through some time to trauma. His normal behavior is to come inside and eat and maybe drink, and he immediatly wants back out side. sometimes he will hangout for a few pets and he loves to drink water. he is eating and drinking well since he came home yesterday, he is a very thin cat and I cannot tell if he has lost weight, but his appitite is good. hoping he will recover, sad to see hime injured, but glad his is back home.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. OTC pain medications can be very toxic to cats. Many clinics offer a 'free first exam ' if you have financial limitations to have him seen. A veterinarian can examine him, determine what might be going on with him, and prescribe any appropriate medications. I hope that he is okay.

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Rosie
Cat
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Medication Used

none

Our kitten who is about 2 months old just got Spaid yesterday. She was climbing through the banister rails and fell from the second level of the house. She is walking fine and jumped on the couch but seems lethargic. Her pupils are reacting equally to light. The incision site looks good no bleeding. I checked her heart rate and it was about 200 bpm no labored breathing. Is there anything we should be doing for her. Besides being sleepy I can’t see a big difference? I tried to see if her abdomen was distended. It doesn’t seem to be its soft and palpable with bowel sounds.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should keep a close eye on Rosie and ensure that she stays calm; but in these cases I always recommend a veterinary visit for a general examination and an x-ray (to look for any spinal damage) to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mo mo
mixed
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

She can't move much.aware of we sur
Immobility

My 8 week old kitten was rough housing with my dog were not sure what exactly happend she got injured . she was bleeding out of her nose and mouth. She had a seizure after the injury. We were able to get her stable and keep her stable it's been almost three days since the injury. She isn't moving much she has meowed a couple time and lifted her head. She is drinking about 150 ml a day of kitten formula from a bottle. We can't afford to bring her to a vet. She can go the bathroom and seems aware of her surrounding. She's can blink and open her eyes randomly. We are stretching her out through out the day and night to avoid atrophy. My mother has had some training in therapy. It's seems like the kitten is almost improving. I was hoping for any advice or maybe some ideas of what may be wrong. We believe she most likely received some type of head injury.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Mike, thank you for contacting us about Momo. Without examining her, I can't really comment on what may be happening with her, but I suspect that you may be right, and she may have had a head injury, based on the bleeding from her nose and mouth. I'm glad that she seems to be improving, but I think it would be best if she did see a veterinarian to see if there is any thing more that can be done after an examination. There are a few options for low cost alternatives that you can search for - many vet clinics offer a 'free first exam' that you could take advantage of to have her examined. Most vet clinics also take Care Credit as a form of payment for unexpected injuries, and there are other forms of credit that most clinics take as well. Other than continuing what you're doing and making sure that she stays hydrated and has nutrition, there is not a lot that I can suggest without seeing her - I do think that it is important to make sure that she isn't suffering, and that her quality of life is good. I do hope that she gets better.

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Poochie
Shorthair
2 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding from nose and mouth.

Our cat had a baby kitten and is now 2 weeks old. But my sister accidentally injured the kitten and blood came out from the nose and mouth and looked really painful. After a while it slept and the mother cat took care of her,but the kitten does not seem to feed and I would like to know how I could care or treat the kitten.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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From a traumatic injury where blood came out of the mouth, it is possible that it is painful for Poochie to nurse and may require a thorough examination by your Veterinarian to determine if there is any significant injury to the jaw, mouth or any other area which may be affecting Poochie’s nursing habits. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pirate
Cat
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

lethargy and weight loss

Medication Used

Doxycycline

A 6 year old, former stray cat has FeLV and developed a blood parasite. He almost died on the way to the vet with severe anemia and dehydration. He was open mouth gasping for air like dying animals do. I pulled over and brought him back to life basically.
After having a blood transfusion, fluids, special food and lots of supplements for weeks, he is doing better. He is eating, drinking and purring. But he seems different. I put food down, and I have to show him the food before he will eat. He doesn't act like himself any more. Just lies around and sleeps or stares out into space.
Would his conditions have caused brain damage?
I don't think he will live a very long time now, but I want the time he has left to be excellent.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different blood parasites which may affect cats (Haemobartonellosis is common in cats with infections like FeLV), however if vision is affected it may be permanent with time being the deciding factor; keep on keeping Pirate comfortable for now and continue treatment as prescribed by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/cat-owners/blood-disorders-of-cats/blood-parasites-of-cats

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Annabelle
tabby
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

No appetite
agitated
Not Moving
Lethargic

Medication Used

Mirtazapine
Buprenorphine

My 10 year old tabby acted very peculiar after a weekend away at my parents place. Although she is used to travelling, a day and a half after we got back she would not eat, use the litter or get up at all. She would lay in tense positions and always have her chin touching the surface she was laying on - almost face-down. Her meow was different and she didn’t seem to want to be touched, so we thought she was in a lot of pain. We brought her to the vet, who x-rayed her bottom half to check for digestive blockages/toxicity, and performed a full ADR (?) blood test - which all came back negative. The vet prescribed Buprenorphine (for pain/inflammation) and Mirtazapine to increase her appetite. After only giving her one dose of the Buprenorphine, and her coming off it, she seems almost like herself again. She does have weird ticks and keeps thinking she sees something, but she’s responding positively to touch and is eating and using her litter. I’m wondering if all this behaviour is stress related or if it’s some kind of neurological disorder. Would the blood test capture something wrong with her brain (like tumor/stroke?). After visiting the vet and not really getting any answers, we feel pretty stumped.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A standard blood test wouldn’t detect a tumour or a stroke; the symptoms you are describing may be attributable to stress, behaviour, tumour, stroke, head trauma, infections, liver or kidney disease (would have been picked up on blood test), hormonal issues among other causes. If Annabelle is bouncing back, keep an eye on her for the time being but visit your Veterinarian immediately if she starts to decline again. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fondie
Mix
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

twitching very quiet, sleepy

My partners cat (Fondie) got his head into the front door as it was being closed and he is not himself anymore, i partner believes he has swished Fondies head and that he has been badly hurt. Fondie doesnt seem himself any more, hes sleeping more looks sad, one of his eyes seems more dilated than the other.
what can we do to help him? Fondie is very dear to us.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be best to have Fondie seen immediately by a veterinarian. Different sized pupils can be a sign of head trauma, and since you know that he had head trauma, he needs treatment for any possible brain swelling or inflammation. He may need supportive care until he recovers, and your veterinarian will be able to give you a better idea as to prognosis for him once he's been examined. I hope that he is okay.

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Nugget
Cat
1 Month
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

sleeping

We have a kitten that is almost a month old, lastnight around 9:30pm she got out of my mother in laws room into the living room where we had a box fan on the floor it has no back on it but the kitten ended up getting struck my the fan, i was not home but my mother in law was she called me screaming the kitten was limp for a couple seconds then started crying, my fiance thought we was losing her, but noticed she was breathing and meowing quietly so we called the emergency vet and took her in they said that she has a brain injury to keep a close eye on her that shes not out of the woods for 48 hrs and to take her to our actual vet to do tests, my mother in law stayed up with her all night, her breathing is doing fine she is always sleeping and now starting to move around more her meow isnt as high pitched as it usually is. I was wondering if shes going to make it or not shes basically my 2 year old kitty she done named her the day she was born...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Nugget I cannot give you any assurances that she will survive, many complications with brain injury may occur days or weeks afterwards which is why it is important for your regular Veterinarian to perform a thorough examination when you visit them. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Abang (brother)
Bengal
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hard to swallow food
Dry FIP
Running Nose

Medication Used

Bmg (immune)
Bromhexine(phlegm)
Zinnat (Antibiotic)
Stomorgyl(antibiotic)

Hi. My name is Haz. My cat has been diagnosed with dry FIP last two weeks. And he’s already 10 years old. But last week’s checkup went well when the vet quite surprised with his increase appetite and weight (+300g). So the first week when he was diagnosed with dry FIP, the Dr gave us Stomorgyl(antibiotic), Prednisolone(Steroid), Hexarinse ( to rinse his mouth for the inflammation) and Folic Acid. The second week (following checkup), most of the medicine based on his condition of running nose and phlegm. Dr gave us Zinnat(antibiotic), Bromhexine (phlegm), Folic Acid, Bmg (immune) and Prednisolone( Steroid). But just now, when he was eating, suddenly he shakes his head and there was blood coming out from his right ear. Where he had a small lump right down only in his right ear. I asked the Dr last week about the lump and all he said that it was one of the effects from the FIP. May I know why? My cat still has a running nose and his appetite doesn't decrease at all. Now he felt asleep and doesn't show any weird acting. Hope you can advise me. Thank you in advance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Diseases like feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) may show various different symptoms which may include head tremors and other neurological symptoms especially in cases of dry FIP. The bleeding from the ear may be due to a few different reasons and may not be directly related to the FIP; you should visit your Veterinarian for another examination and to check about treatment options, the link below is an interesting overview on FIP and treatment options. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/generalized-conditions/feline-infectious-peritonitis/overview-of-feline-infectious-peritonitis

Thank you so much Dr Callum!

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Clay
Siamese/tabby
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

blood coming from eye
Bloodshot eyes

My 7 month old kitten got ahold of a bag and was playing inside of it. He got caught on the straps trying to get out so I got up to get him unstuck but he had come out of it on his own. I picked him up to see if he was okay and his eyes are bloodshot (they normally are. He's a tabby/Siamese mix) and there is a little bit of blood coming from his right eye. He's playing like normal now and eating, and the bleeding has stopped, but I don't know if I should monitor him to see if there is something wrong for the day/next couple of days or if it was just him accidentally hurting himself with his claws trying to get free from the bag.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Clay scratched himself in the panic of being caught inside the bag, you should keep an eye on him and apply an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment (Vetericyn) to the eye in case of infection. If the eye starts to bleed, swells up or you are generally concerned you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://store.vetericyn.com/index.php/animal-ophthalmic-gel-3-oz.html

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Cupcake
Orange tabby
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Walks in circles alot

I found a 3 month cat in a rain storm she was hit she has brain trauma and blind now .is there a chance she could ever see she eats drinks, it has been two weeks now

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In cases of traumatic brain injury it is difficult to know if an animal will recover or not, without examining Cupcake I cannot determine the severity of the injury or make an educated guess on whether vision would be restored or not. It is great that she is eating and drinking as well as being taken care of by you, but I cannot give you any indication of prognosis for vision. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shadow
Black and white
7 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pump knot

Recently our 8 week old stray kitten bit the tv wire an got electrocuted I'm pretty sure. She started acting like normal then yesterday seen a knot on the back of her head like a pump knot she has her sister she plays with during the day. She doesn't act like it bothers her when I touch it and it's not hard it's soft. I not ever had kittens so this is all new to me and I don't want to be over dramatic. Please advise thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you suspect that Shadow got electrocuted you should visit a Veterinarian regardless for an examination, without being able to examine Shadow myself I am unable to say whether there is a cause for concern or not. I’m not sure what the cause of the bump is, but is concerning nonetheless and should be seen. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Wilson
Short hair domestic
9 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

An altered state of consciousness

My 9 month old short hair cat has been having these "episodes" during deep sleep, he scoots and rolls around with eyes closed often falling off of the bed, he opens his eyes near the end of it but he isn't present. My hubby just told me that back in Oct a bag of frozen fish fell out of the freezer and hit him on the head but that he was fine, no bleeding, no swelling. At this point they are seeming to happen all night and becoming more frequent or we are just now noticing more.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes the effects of traumatic head injury are not seen for a few weeks, months or years; if Wilson is having these episodes on a nightly basis you should record an episode to show to your Veterinarian and also make note of duration, frequency and anything else unusual. Your Veterinarian would perform a thorough examination and will rule out other conditions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Miley
domestic short hair
9 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

brain trauma
Eye Clouding
Thrashing movments
Head Tilt

Medication Used

Vetropolycin
Meclizine
Lactoulose syrupt
NeoPolyBac
eye drops

We have a precious nine-week-old kitten named Miley. Last week she experienced head trauma from an accident with one of our dogs during feeding. Miley loves food! Our dog snapped at her, did not bit her, but she was tossed a short distance where her head must have hit the hard tile flooring. The impact was severe, and she started thrashing around, bleeding from the nose and ears. Her eyes and facial movement were abnormal. We thought she was going to die.

After five minutes of assessing the situation, we took her to the emergency vet. She was placed on oxygen with an IV and some meds to reduce brain swelling. The next day, we brought her home.

It has been a week since the incident. In the last week, we took Miley to the vet three times. One time for her eye, one of them remain open which caused an ulcer. The last visit was ways to assist home care to give us a break!

Miley has small improvements with motor controls. However, she cannot stand, when left alone she thrashes around rolling her body, and more aggressive with her movements. She loves food; we are feeding her through a syringe.

Due to thrashing around, we hold her 24/7. We tried to prepare a small kernel lining it with thick foam padding. When Miley is placed in the kernel, she bangs around causing fees that she might degrade her recovery.

It's sad; we can tell the small wins, those moments where we see improvements. We want to give her a fighting chance before we consider permanent alternatives.

Our issue is not loving or caring for her. The problem is rest for us, the caregivers.

Any advice on ways to secure a cat like ours with head trauma in a confined environment?

The kernel idea seemed like a great way to assist; we just don't know how to secure her in there. For instance, do we place her in the kernel with over padding that prevents little to no room for movement? We have not tried that yet as we are concerned that would cause more trauma.

Advice on how we can provide care for a cat with head trauma to allow caregivers rest would be wonderful!

Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is very difficult since any restraint which you’re thinking about may cause Miley to suffer from stress or panic being confined and may result in the opposite of the desired effect (as well as possibly causing further injury); recovery can be slow and sometimes may seem unrewarding but persistence is key. I know that this is tiring but I cannot think of any humane way to restrain Miley which wouldn’t cause any possible further injury. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lulu
Cat
Six Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none other than bump

My kitten of about six month plays with a younger kitten and they play rough. They love each other, but they do not seem to know how to take it easy when they get going. they run so fast they often crash into walls and doors. The six-month old now has a know on her head. It has not gone away and it has been a couple of days. She seems fine as she still runs too fast when they play. Is there anything I can do to aid the swelling to go down? What should I watch for that indicates she needs care?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ideally any head injury should be seen by your Veterinarian as symptoms of brain injury may be delayed for weeks or months; however you should look for changes in behaviour, unequal pupils, loss of balance, loss of appetite and anything else unusual. The swelling will go down, but if the impact was bad enough to cause swelling you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
British Shorthair
5 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Head trauma
Weak right side
Lethargy

My 5 week old kitten was stepped on and has blood coming out of his nose and mouth. He kept falling on his right side. He fight really hard to stand up but keeps falling. He won't eat it drink and he just lays now. Last night he was coughing up blood and then he just stopped. He wrapped him up in a blanket and put him in a box for my dad to bury this morning. When my dad came in, he heard meowing from the box and the kitten was trying to get out. When my dad took him out and put him on the floor, he went to the kitchen and walked back to the living room where he went back to sleep. His vitals are stable but he looks so sickly and now he runs around in circles.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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With that sort of trauma, Charlie needs to be seen by a veterinarian. Unfortunately, not everything can be fixed at home, and head trauma to the point of bleeding and trying to pass away is something that needs medical attention.

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Bugs
Maine coon mix maybe
8 Weeks
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid heart
Rapid heart, not moving
Rapid heart, not moving his head

8 week old kitten injured help me?
My husky got ahold of my 8 week old kitten and now he won’t move. He pooped on himself and won’t move his head. Please god help me

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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An 8 week old kitten is quite fragile, and dogs can accidentally do significant damage to them. Bugs needs to see a veterinarian right away to see what damage has occurred and if he is going to recover. I'm sorry that happened , and I hope that he is okay.

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Oreo
Half Persian Half Yemeni
3 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

all described above.

My kitten Oreo 3 months old, attacked my feet while i am going down the stairs which made me fall and accidently step hard on the right side of his head. Normally if i step on his tail or leg he would shout on me and run away. But at the stairs accident he did not even make a sound, i directly lefted him the moment i realized what happened, and he seemed to be really shoched, he ran through the house and kept falling because at the begining he couldnt use his right hand. and then a little amount of blood went from his nose. Before calling the vet (because we dont have vet's clinics where i live) Oreo lost control with his movements, he can move them but not properly use them, I tried making him sleep but he wouldnt sleep nor eat or drink or even whine so that i understand he's paining, he would only swirl around himself, tilt his head (pee and release what he took earlier). When the vet came, the cat wouldnt move its hands although i told him what happened he thought that the problem is with the spine and he needs xrays, and i need to take him to a human hospital to do an xrays on him because obviously we dont have such machines for the animals sake. So i need til Saturday to make an xrays on Oreo (the day of the accident was thursday morning) the vet gave my kitten something for its bones, and a dextrose and a hypnotic. so he slept and then woke up after two and a half hours having the exact symptoms (tilting, swirling, pee reflex). Today morning (Friday) he regained a little control on his leg and he would move but srrangely I mean like he is not balanced. The only thing he wants to do is to move aimlessly as if he is not using brain any more. He wont respond to my calls, he wont drink nor eat. He would just move aimlessly and get stuck in certain places and meow to help. and then continue moving and get stuck at the same places. There is no differnce in the sizes of his pupils, but his eyes on the other hands doesnt look the same in size, as if his right eye shrinked after the accident, and you can obviously see that his face shape changed from the right side. What am I supposed to right now!! The situation i am in is terrible and making me crazy. I cant open my eyes from crying, I dont want the cat to die because of me!! What if we found that he needs a surgery after the xrays?! i dont even trust this vet, plus i dont think he got the equipments for a surgery!! and what about now should i feed him by force, or inject him with dextrose again? because he is not eating nor drinking as i told you above. PLEASE HELP!!!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that Oreo has had this trauma. Unfortunately, a grown person stepping directly on a kittens head is a terrible trauma to the skull and brain. From your description, Oreo may not recover from this trauma, and surgery would most likely not be an option for brain trauma. If Oreo were able to be hospitalized and treated for brain swelling, he might benefit from that. Of course, this was a terrible accident and not your fault, but Oreo may not regain normal function. I am so sorry that this happened to him.

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Snowy
Regular
3 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Breaths Faster At Rest

Why is my 3 week old kitty breathing but not moving or open his eyes. Had blood coming out his nose. Don't know Wat happen. I heard him crying and I move my bed and look like he was having a seizures.. please help. Have no money for vet. But don't want him to died.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Snowy it is not possible for me to determine what the underlying cause of the symptoms are; poisoning, infections, trauma, congenital disorders among other causes may lead to similar symptoms. You should visit a Veterinarian regardless, charity clinics or nonprofits (see link below) may be able to help with the cost of veterinary care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Ash
Black cat
8 Months
Mild condition
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breathing fast, throwing up, sleepy

My cat fell from a 3rd story window, onto grass. He doesn’t seem to be in pain and has not cried or pulled away when I have touched him. Although, he did throw up, has been breathing irregularly fast and has been sleeping for the most part since it happened. His breathing is audible which is unusual for him. Im concerned he may have a concussion or some other injury.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any head trauma should be evaluated by your Veterinarian, especially when there was vomiting and breathing difficulties; this isn’t something to manage at home or wait and see, you should visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian immediately for evaluation. Brain injury may cause issues in the short term, but also the long term so it is important to manage the injury as quickly as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
Mix
1 Month
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head trauma

My cat had kittens and now are about a month old. They like to sleep in front of my fridge in the kitchen, my little brother accidentally got his head with the fridge door. He started to spaz out in shock, he deficated, and cant walk well he try's to walk but he walbles and falls over. I dont know what to do, im thinking he might have a concussion. What should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That is a significant and terrible head trauma for a one month old kitten. Leo needs to be seen by a veterinarian right away to assess any damage and possible treatment for him. I hope that he is okay.

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Garbage
Cat
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Sleeping anywhere I put her

My bf landed on my cats head by accident and chipped her tooth. Since then she’s been acting weird. Before if I tried to cuddle her or move her somewhere she would get up and go to sleep on the corner of the bed but since she got stepped on she lets me hold her in whatever way I want and goes to sleep. Her pupils are normal and she s acting normal otherwise and wasn’t sleeping until about an hour or so later. She’s also holding her mouth open slightly and it may be because of the tooth pain but I’m not sure. I haven’t felt or seen anything peculiar besides the sudden willingness to sleep cuddled up with me

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing your cat, I'm not sure if anything is wrong or not, but if she had a trauma to the head that was substantial enough to chip a tooth, she may have had a brain injury, or another injury that is causing her change in behavior. If she is holding her mouth open, that tooth may hurt. She should be seen by a veterinarian to have an examination, as they can assess her neurologic status, look at her mouth, and make sure that she is okay.

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Whitey
Turkish Van
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My kitten has what seems to be an air pocket or fluid under the skin of her forehead. Doesn't seem to bother her when touched and doesn't seem in any kind of pain. Eating and drinking normally.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I"m not sure how long that pocket has been there, or what it may be, but if it is a new occurrence and it isn't resolving, it would be a good idea to have her examined to see what the pocket might be, and if it needs any treatment or not. Without seeing her, I'm not able to tell, unfortunately.

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Fighter
Turkish Angora
5 Weeks
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

dilated pupils

I have a 5 week old kitten. My daughter accidentally stepped on her head while trying to avoid tripping on her. Since the injury both pupils are fully dilated. For a few hours after the injury her tongue was hanging out of her mouth and her breathing was extremely fast paced. She can stand and walk a few steps but almost immediately goes into a crawl and sometimes even starts spinning in circles. She will get herself stuck on her back and I have to help her flip back over. She keeps trying to bury her face in Dark Places and will not eat or drink. She has tried to make it to the litter box but always ends up messing on herself on the way. I do not have money for a vet and have tried calling around to see if any veterinary clinics will help but they all say that with the overpopulation there are no resources in my area. My mom says I need to put her out of her misery but I cannot bring myself to do it. Please help what can I do from home? She seems to be trying to recover. I should also mention that this kitten is a fighter. I found her in the middle of a sleet storm with two other kittens who had already frozen to death. She has a strong will to survive what can I do to help her make it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem is that without a thorough examination I cannot determine the severity of the injury and there isn’t anything over the counter which is going to help. You have three main options which are either reaching out to a nonprofit (link below) and asking for financial assistance, giving supportive care (feeding with a syringe and cleaning up her mess etc…) or to help her to pass. These cases are never easy and I wish I had more constructive advice for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Panther
Scottish Fold
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

I don't know if this pertains to the topic I'm on but my 4 year old brother stepped on my 3 month old kitten and it is stuck in one position. After a while it barely waged its tail a little bit. And barely moves its legs and arms every while. Also its meows are getting stronger, but I'm scared it might pass away because of its breathing, and we don't have enough money to afford to take it to the vet. What do I do?
PS when my brother stepped on it it let out feces then diarrhea on itself.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should visit a Veterinarian regardless, you need to think about your brother’s weight on a kitten; the amount of trauma, brain injury, spinal injury, internal bleeding among other issues cannot be determined without an examination. There is nothing over the counter I can recommend for this and don’t think about aspirin as this thins the blood and may make a situation worse. The link below is to a list of organisations which may be able to assist with the cost of veterinary care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Simba
Orange tabby
7 Years
Serious condition
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Open wound

I notice the neighborhood street cat I feed occasionally has a massive head wound on his head. It's deep and located right above one of his eyes which seems to be causing the eye to look somewhat sunken. The gash is quite deep, and wide (bigger then a quarter) there's dry meat hanging on the perimeter and there's a putrid smell coming from it. I do believe it is infected and looks quite bad. I'm not sure what to do to aid the cat. His behavior seems the same, he's walking fine, eating well and responding good when his name is called. I don't know where he obtain this wound from and I don't have the money to take to vet but it seems necessary to do so. If I call aspca they'll take him and not bring him back or give a update. I have an experience contacting them for another feral cat. They informed me if they can't help the cat they put them to sleep. What do I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The cat should be seen by a Veterinarian as the wound may need to be debrided to help with healing, possibly sutured closed (if possible) and a course of antibiotics as well. Without examining the wound it is not possible to say what specifically should be done, if you are able to catch the cat and clean the wound regularly with a dilute antiseptic it would help but you should try to get some veterinary attention. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Minho
Mancoon
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

leaning
Panting

So my 2 month old kitten just got shut in the door. At first Minho spazzed all around and she could not move her body. Then I noticed she was wanting to get up and walk so I helped her. She walks but she has a lean to her and she falls every now and then. She was kinda panting but her breathing is normal now. I'm just a teenager and I can't really afford the vet bills but I'm so worried that there is something major wrong with her. Can you guys suggest something for me to do to help her.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, there isn't much that I can do over an email for a significant trauma like that. If you aren't able to get her in to see a veterinarian, you will just need to continue to monitor her, and make sure that she is eating and drinking, and urinating and defecating. Without seeing her, I'm not sure whether she will recover normally. I hope that she is okay.

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SYLVESTER
tabby
6 Weeks
Critical condition
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Has Symptoms

limp
Paralyzed
Head Tilt

my cat got caught in a recliner. He fell out and hasn't moved he is just laying down breathing heavy occasionally kicking his legs or pulling them into his body. He won't blink and his eyes are fully dialated. Can I save the kitten? I don't know what to do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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You may not be able to save Sylvester, as it sounds like he has had significant brain trauma. If you are able to get him to a veterinarian right away, they may be able to start treatment for him and help give him supportive care while you wait to see if he is going to recover.

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Cleo
Indian stray cat
5 Weeks
Serious condition
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Head trauma
Blindness
Swelling

My kitten had a fall from about 5 feet straight on to her head. Her head is swollen and there's a visible lump on her head. The Xray dosent show any bone damage. Took her to the vet and she administered Prednisone Inj. (steroid) for the swelling. Since then the swelling has reduced. She's able to maintain balance, hold her head up while feeding from a bottle. But the concern is she isn't able to see. She keeps bumping her head on to walls while walking. She doesn't respond to her toys. However, when I flash a light on her eyes, she closes them and her eyes begin to slit. Is this temporary or will the blindness last forever? I'm worried and losing sleep over this. Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Brain injury is always unpredictable, I cannot give you any concrete assurances that full vision will return or not; you should continue with treatment as prescribed by your Veterinarian and monitor for improvement. You didn’t mention a timeline for the injury so I don’t know how long it is since her injury. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Piper
tabby
One Month
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Sleepiness

Hi I have a kitten about one month old. Today I was cleaning his litter box and I put in his usual crat. When I was done, I came back into the house and saw bashing his against the crat to get out (which he has not ever done). There was also diarrhea next to him. When I picked him up his forehead had a little dent. Please let me know if this is fatal or not. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any sudden head injury may be fatal in the right (or wrong) conditions, you should see how severe the injury is but I would recommend an examination by your Veterinarian if Piper hit his head hard enough to cause an indentation of the skin. Without examining Piper I cannot give you any assurance especially since we don’t know how many times he hit his head. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitten
Kitten
4 Weeks
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Lethargic

Kitten was closed in the door, it wasn’t slammed but it was enough to get the kitten. She had a little nose bleed and it stopped. She walks and meows when we put her on the floor. She just wants to sleep. Should I be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any type of head injury (especially when hard enough to cause a nosebleed) should be checked by a Veterinarian to determine the extent of any brain damage, lethargy is concerning but I cannot determine the severity of any brain injury without examining the kitten first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gamora
Bom
11 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Keeping eyes closed

My kitten who is about 10 weeks old probably was on top of her cat tower that’s like 6ft and jumped to the ceiling and fell to the floor and seemed fine and my mom decided she wasn’t and put some ice on her head for like three minutes and now she’s layIng next to me and won’t open up her eyes but she’s good and breathing. Will she be okay?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any type of head trauma like this should be seen by a Veterinarian as soon as possible since brain swelling can be severe and lead to various complications; without examining Gamora I cannot give you any assurances that she will be alright or not. Please have her examined by a Veterinarian as soon as possible to see if any treatment is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucky
Unknown
4 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

On july 14 I watched a kitten be hit by a car, i took her straight to the vet and they started that nothing is broken she probably has a brain injury or bleed. They gave her a steroid and said to keep her contained in close quarters for 72 hr. Upon follow up she stated she has a slight neurological issue (as evidenced by a high step on the left rear leg) and a slight pupil response to light in the left eye. As of today she has not been lifting her head, falling over when stood up. She will not stand nor will she try to walk. She just sits where she is set down then lays without moving.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That is sad that that happened to Lucky, I am sorry. Since I can't examine her, and she seems to be deteriorating, it would be a good idea to have her rechecked by your veterinarian to see if there is anything that they can do to help her.

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Lil Bit
tabby
4 Weeks
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Lathargic, fluid from wound.
Lathargic

I have a 4 week old kitten that was bitten by her mother last night in the head. She was barely alive when I found her this morning. We have her laying with a heat pad and dropper feeding every 2 hours. But she now has a brownish fluid draining from the wound. What is this fluid. It doesn't seem to be blood. What can I do for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Severe trauma like a bite wound to the head should be seen by a Veterinarian immediately, without examining Lil Bit I cannot determine the severity or an appropriate treatment plan; plus if she was barely alive when found there is little you can do at home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Alaska
Domestic long hair
One Month
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

bleeding ear

Hello I have a month and two week old kitten and she got her head stuck in the chair we didn’t no and she had little bleeding from the ear and a 40 sec seizer. I am planing on taking her to the vet in about an hour but she is kinda favoring one side of her body when walking but she dosnt walk far and she won’t eat or drink

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It has been a few hours since you wrote your question so I am assuming you took Alaska to your Veterinarian already, without examining her I cannot determine the severity or give you any specific advice. In these cases of head injury a visit to a Veterinarian is always recommended. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Grey
mixed
4 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Neck Strain
Responsive when being touched
There was blood coming out of nose
Small eyes

Ladder fell on my 4 months kitten head. Already took her to the vet, and the vet told me that there is definitely brain injury. Her heart rate and blood pressure is okay. But there is no progress after a 12 hour supervision at the animal hospital. Her eyes are still very small and she turns her head and neck lot when her blood pressure is checked or if she is getting check ups. Should I prepare myself for the worst? What is the recovery or survival rate at this point? Please help because I would like to know what will happen at this point. Can we continue the treatment at home.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Head injuries are very difficult to predict especially if I haven’t examined Grey; there is no specific chance or statistic I can give you as I don’t have enough information to base a prognosis on and even with an examination it would be more guesswork than anything else. You should follow your Veterinarian’s instructions and give any medication prescribed, monitor for any changes and follow up with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
stray
12 Weeks
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Won't drink or eat, only sleeping

My kitten is 2 months old and she had a head trauma. She started bleeding from her left ear and her left eye didn't close and was swollen. Now the bulging is reduced and she is able to close her eye partially with the help of eye drops the vet prescribed and she is also on IV everyday. She still haven't recovered from the trauma yet and she would getup suddenly from her sleep and start crawling around screaming. I'm not sure what's wrong. The vet told that it was not a serious trauma and that chances are more for her to recover

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Brain injury is difficult to predict and needs to be managed to ensure that the brain doesn’t swell or have any complications; without examining Kitty I cannot say what the prognosis would be but you should follow any instructions from your Veterinarian and monitor for improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Felicity
short hair
4 Months
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

bloody nose

We have a kitten that is 4 months old she was playing with our dog and got hurt. She had a bloody nose. We got her nose to stop bleeding but when she wasn't feelomg better in the morning we took to the vet. She is there now they said she has fluid on the brain just wondering what her recovery chance is?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Prognosis would depend on Felicity’s response to treatment, without examining her myself I cannot say specifically what here ‘chances’ are; in these cases it is important to monitor for improvement and wait for a response. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kit
Cat
2 Months
Serious
Has Symptoms
Head Trauma
Before he was ok He is going circles and falling over I don't know what to that moment and I'am kind of busy lately, and now he does'nt move but he always puts his hands on the back of his head. for now I put him on a little box right now what should I do now? Can he recover from this?
Pie
American Shorthair
5 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Swelling
Aggression
My cat got lost 3-4 years ago when he was let outside. He loved going outside. He wasn't well before he got lost he had went to the vet and they said it was an upper respiratory infection. We found him after two weeks and he was blind. We took him straight to the vet and they said it was feline toxosis caused his brain to swell. We were able to get his sight back but it slowly has gone back to nothing since then. Ever since we found him hes been so mean. He attacks everyone,you can't pick him up he just lays there all day. He used to be so playfull and loving and curious. I just want to know if theres a way to bring him back to his old self or at least help him. With meds or something.
Daisy
Sphynx
3 Years
Fair
Has Symptoms
Head Tilt
Hello. I was closing my window sliding doors to the deck and my cats head got hit as it was right there and I didnt know. She immediately turned tilted her head within second for about a second maybe two then ran upstairs and hid under bed. I went up with food and she began to eat it. I picked her up and carried her outside. She was acting alert to the birds as per normal. I also felt all around her head to see if she would flinch on any areas I touched and she did not. The next morning she was alive and alert as per normal. I took her liaise and she acted normal. Went to work and came home, she was normal for the most part, except I took her outside, and she actually wanted to go back in after a short big, which isn't like her. She's eating drinking perfect, and pupils are normal. No swelling or bruising on the exterior. She is a hairless sphynx cat. I know the sliding door hit her hard as I pulled it hard shut as it's a heavy door. I feel so terrible. I keep remembering that immediate head tilt immediately after the impact. Do you think she will be ok ?
Fish
Stray Cat, From A Litter Near Home. Brown Hairthi
3 Months
Serious
Has Symptoms
Head Trauma
My kitten is recovering from a head trauma, he is taking clavamax and dexamethosone. He was doing good yesterday, eating out of the can, walking around as much as i tried to keep him on bedrest. This morning he is shivering and needs to be syring fed again. I cant get him into vet untill they open day after tomarow. Is this normal or bad. He was doing good. I am scared. So far have spent 700 on him, will spend more i just want him to be alright. He also peed himself. When i first found him he was unresponsive, took him to emergancy vet and they suggested puting him down. Took him to another vet and they gave him meds losted above and said he will be ok. he was up and walking yesterday. Maybe he is tired? I don't know, i am just praying for his recovery.
Bebe
Domestic Medium Hair
1 Year
Serious
Has Symptoms
Difficulty Walking
Wobbly
Pain
My darling little cat Bebe is not quite 2 and is tiny...only 5 pounds. Anyway, yesterday I found her under the leg of my recliner and had been there for over an hour. The leg was pressing her tiny Nick and when I found her her tongue was hanging out. Because I was HYSTERICAL my husband took her and held her, stroking her gently for about 30 minutes while I found an emergency get. We live in a small rural town in eastern NC. it took us over an hour to get there but I held her swaddled in soft blankets and towels. No more tongue hanging out, but legs were restless and moving. She was purring but her pupils were irregular and she was trembling as well. We couldn't afford the expensive rads and bloodwork, so this sweet vet examined Bebe and gave her 1 mg. Buprenorphine for her pain. There was no bleeding outwardly and the vet said she felt confident there wasn't any internally either but gave us a few signs to look for. She sent us home with 2 doses of meloxicam, one for tonight, one for tomorrow and told us to watch her and keep her confined to avoid further injury. We brought her home, she was purring and pressing into me with her little body...since I'm her mommy she does this even in good times. My husband had a large box perhaps 3 feet by 2 feet and about 12 inches deep. He laid it on its side, put towels and blankets in for comfort and fresh water. She was pretty high from the pain med so she went right in to sleep. By the way the vet is treating this like a head trauma so she gave us detailed instructions what to look for. I awoke this morning to scratching in the litter box and jumped up to see her having a bm but she's wobbly and she fell over. I looked in the book and it appeared she must have fallen into the water bowl, as it was spilled everywhere. I picked her up and brought her into bed with me. She was very living and affectionate, purring like crazy but also trembling. Her back legs don't seem quite right. She ate treats no prob. Will she recover?