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What is Cardiac Arrest?

This condition can be reversed, but it requires immediate veterinary care to lower the risk of serious complications. Cardiac arrest can become fatal without prompt treatment from a veterinary professional.

Cardiac arrest in cats occurs when regular blood circulation stops, which causes the heart to stop beating. This can happen when cats are unable to breathe normally for several minutes. The respiratory system and cardiovascular system in cats normally work together to ensure regular blood circulation, a normal heart rate, normal breathing and healthy blood pressure levels. When the respiratory system is affected by illness or trauma, oxygen levels in the blood can drop low enough to lead to cardiac arrest. 

Symptoms of Cardiac Arrest in Cats

Cardiac arrest is considered a life-threatening emergency for cats, so it is important for owners to know the symptoms of it. Signs of this condition include:

  • Breathing heavily
  • Showing no response to stimulation
  • Losing consciousness
  • Having pupil dilation
  • Having bluish gums, skin and mucous membranes, which indicates dangerously low levels of oxygen in the bloodstream
  • Having a low body temperature, also known as hypothermia

Causes of Cardiac Arrest in Cats

Cardiac arrest in cats can occur for a number of reasons. Possible causes of this condition include the following:

  • Oxygen levels in the blood that are too low
  • A low supply of oxygen
  • Heart disease
  • A metabolic disease
  • An electrolyte imbalance
  • Brain injuries
  • Low levels of bodily fluids
  • Blood poisoning from toxic bacteria in the bloodstream
  • Shock from trauma
  • Anesthesia for medical procedures

Diagnosis of Cardiac Arrest in Cats

A prompt and accurate diagnosis of cardiac arrest in cats is important in order for veterinarians to treat it properly. A diagnosis includes providing a veterinarian with information on the cat’s medical history and details on when symptoms began to appear and what types of symptoms occurred. Owners should also tell a veterinarian any relevant details that might help explain why their cat went into cardiac arrest, such as an injury or possible exposure to toxic substances. This can help veterinarians treat or manage underlying conditions after they have restored cardiac function. Doing so can help stabilize cats and lower the risk of complications. 

Veterinarians typically do a physical exam that includes checking circulation and respiration for any abnormalities. This exam also involves regularly monitoring blood pressure and checking pulse rates. Veterinarians also perform tests to determine what is causing cardiac arrest. Common tests that are used include X-rays of the chest, blood samples to check the levels of oxygen and other gases, echocardiography to check for evidence of heart disease and a complete blood count. Other tests that are often done include a biochemistry profile and urine tests, which help veterinarians find out what might have led to cardiac arrest.

Treatment of Cardiac Arrest in Cats

Since cardiac arrest in cats is an emergency, prompt veterinary care is required. Owners should bring cats to the nearest veterinary hospital or emergency clinic for treatment. 

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Immediate medical care by veterinary professionals involves getting the heart to begin beating again and restoring its natural rhythm, as well as returning the cat’s respiration rate to normal. Veterinarians do this by clearing the airways and performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. In some cases, veterinarians place a tube down the airways to help keep breathing regular. They might also administer oxygen to restore normal levels of this gas in the bloodstream. Medications that help support regular cardiac function are usually given to cats that are under cardiac arrest. 

Cardiac Massage and Compressions

Another method of restarting the heart involves performing cardiac massage on the chest, which is sometimes required in cats that have heart failure. When this is ineffective, veterinarians might perform chest compressions. These compressions involve pushing down on the chest rapidly to get the heart beating again. 

Open Chest Resuscitation

If cardiac massage and chest compressions are unsuccessful, veterinarians might make incisions in the chest in order to restart the heart. They might also inject medications into the heart to try to restore a heartbeat. 

Recovery of Cardiac Arrest in Cats

Cardiac arrest in cats has a low recovery rate, although this depends in part on what caused this condition to occur and how soon treatment began. The type of treatment that was used can also have an impact on recovery. For example, cats typically require a longer time to recover after having open chest resuscitation. 

Cats usually have to stay in a veterinary hospital for the first few days after treatment to ensure that their condition stabilizes. During this time, veterinarians frequently check blood pressure, cardiac function and respiratory function. If any complications occur, these are treated promptly to help increase the chance of a successful recovery. Owners should bring their cats in for follow-up visits as often as needed. 

Cardiac Arrest Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

5 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Blind, Facial Focal Seizures

My 5 month old female Bengal kitten went in for surgery for Pectus Excavatum. As Dr was finishing last suture, she went into cardiac arrest. I was told that they started working on her immediately.

Dakota was in ICU for 1.5 days. During this time, Dakota was treated for fluid in her lungs, her blood pressure and breathing were off, she was on oxygen from Wednesday afternoon until Friday morning, they expressed her bladder, and other treatment.

I picked Dakota up Friday evening. Got her home and she was crazy uncomfortable, meowing "loud" for well over an hour. Dakota could not get up, when we held her up she would flop over after atempting a couple of steps. Dakota could hold her head up fine. She kicked her back legs scooting all over. She then went pee, a LOT uncontrolled. Dakota was ok after that. We got her eating with a spoon. She still could not get up.

By Saturday morning she was eating pate from a plate with assistance and she walked on her own, falling often but got herself back up and continued walking. Her appetite was amazing. Dakota was well hydrated, purring, eating like a horse.

Saturday evening Dakota walked around the house with CLOSE supervision. She shook her head a few tmes, falling over every time. We fed her and took a nap. I put her in a litter box multiple times, with no luck before nap. I was going to try and express her bladder. I looked at YouTube videos on how to. I tried with no luck. Then she went into having a Facial Focal Seizure, which lasted maybe 1.5-2 minutes. About 15 minutes later another one. I brought her back to vet and back into ICU for the night. She received anti seizure medication and they finally were able to express her bladder. I'm picking her up in about an hour.

Almost forgot that she had an ultrasound done and her heart seemed good. They said nothing more about fluid in her lungs as well.

My questions are what are the odds of a 5 month old kitten recovering well enough to have a quality life?
I'm now reading on line that recovery from cardiac arrest doesn't have a good recovery rate, is this true?

How long approx when we have an idea on how much she will regain from the cardiac arrest??

I'm over $5,000 and this is killing me emotionally and financially.

When do I know qhen it is time to stop?

Dakota went leaps and bounds in a 24hr period. Then crash, and now focal seizures. Is it normal for Focal seizures to start three days after surgery?

With her recovery is it normal to take 5 steps forward and suddenly 3 steps back as her brain and body are recoverring?

How long does the brain need to be without oxygen before damage is done?

I am asking you these questions as I not really sure how straight the specialist are being with me.

I want my baby to have a quality life. Blind and or a little disabled is expected. But I can't afford much more if I am shooting at a mouse in the dark.....

Thank you in advance

Most likely the anesthesia the vet gave her did that. I would find out exactly what they used and and if not the safest anesthetic drugs I would change to a vet that uses safer drugs. Sometimes the animal is just sensitive and she got too much. They stop bresthing first and then the heart stops too. But sometimes a vet uses cheap unsafe crap. I had that happen. So if this happened from thecanesthesia and most likely it did, then most likely you won’t have any more problems with her heart. I’m a recovery room nurse/RN. as well.

Also a friend of mine had this happen to his kitten too during surgery. Kitty is now 2 years old and partially blind as a result but otherwise healthy. He had tremors and walked wobbly for s long time. I hope your baby gets better. The vet should be covering all your expenses cuz I promise it was the anesthesia and ultimately their fault

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Maine Coon mix
17 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Meowed in pain upon fall
Meowed in fear/pain on car ride
Can't catch his breath
Increasing weakness from O2 loss
Gum cyanosis at vet's
Anxiety from the car ride
Tongue out + open mouth at the end
Panting at the end
Head down + neck outstretched

Medication Used

Vit B12 shots
High BP pills
Appetite stimulants

My cat fell, his throat knocked the floor, then started having trouble breathing. I got him to the vet, but the car ride made him extremely anxious, as always. The vets saw cyanosis in his gums, so gave him a steroid to decrease any swelling, a painkiller and anxiolytic to get his breathing calmed down, and put him in an O2 chamber. They never looked at his neck and only after they called me to him and told me he was "going" and I told the to save him did they intubate for O2. His heart stopped in minutes and they stopped everything. Later the vet said it was good I didn't ask for revival, as his systems had probably shut down anyway.
I never said this, never asked them to stop, and I want to know if they could have given him Epi and CPR, kept supplying O2 beyond the blockage he couldn't breath from, let the neck reduce in swelling, and sent him home to live the rest of his life.
I think they were negligent and looked at his age + other conditions, not the immediate accident.
What do you think were his chances after his heart stopped?
He was 17, had a heart murmur, hyperT, high BP -- all very well-controlled -- and a benign tumour near his thyroid that had been growing into his soft palate (I found out the last part about the progressing aspect of the growth only that night).
But despite it all, he was alert, playful, loving, mischievous, regular in terms of elimination, and in no pain on a daily basis.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately this isn’t a question I can answer with any certainty and from a legal point of view I cannot indicate any blame towards another Veterinarian, practice or other professional unless I am certain of the events and have examined the patient(s) in question myself either ante or post mortem. If you believe that there was negligence, you should request a copy of medical records and for Handsome’s body to be sent for necropsy; you should also contact your state (or country’s) Veterinary Board for advice. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you. He has already been cremated so an autopsy is not possible.
But I am not asking for legal reasons, I'm asking just so I can know for myself if he could have been saved, if CPR and O2 would have saved him after that cardiac arrest, and if he would have been returned to the same state of health as before the fall.
As an aside, what would you have done if you had been there? Just want to understand why what was done was done.
Thank you.
Thank you.

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Maine Coon
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No appetite
Labored Breathing
Loss of Appetite

My cat's problem started with vomiting, loss of appetite , and lethargy. After couple days she had labored breathing. We took her to her vet who said the cat seems fine to him and gave her 4 shots. Vit B injection, cerenia for nausea, an antibiotic and steroid shot. That evening her breathing became very labored so i took her to an emergency vet care. Chest x-rays showed fluid in her chest and an enlarged liver. Vet's treatment plan included oxygen therapy and lasix. 6 hours later she went into cardiac arrest and 2 minutes later she died. She had no known medical problems at all so her death is a shock. I'm looking for answers as to why this happened so fast? Please give some info. Thanks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sorry to read about your loss. It is normal to look for answers after loosing a loved one, especially when it is unexpected and quick; but I can only give some possibilities and no definitive answers. Lethargy and loss of appetite are vague signs which may apply to numerous conditions, the laboured breathing may have been caused by infection, heart failure, fluid in the lungs, pain response, tumours, anaemia (not enough red blood cells to carry oxygen), fever or trauma; the increase in liver size may have been caused by tumours, systemic disease, blood vessel abnormalities or poisoning. Liver disease is a probable cause; however, without carrying out a necropsy, we cannot know for 100% what caused Princesses death. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Baby kitty dead Holt outside lost one girl kitty dead now 2day min

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2 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

No heart beat
Not breathing
Not Moving

What do I do to keep her from having cardiac arrest again? She was completely dead. I gave her CPR and she jumped up and drank some water. Now she's really sleepy and is laying down very limp

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Salem at this age appeared to have cardiac arrest, you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination to determine heart health as well as determining whether there is an underlying condition and if any medical management is required. Without examining Salem, I cannot give you any solid answers about a cause or a management plan. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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1 Month
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Very sleepy lately
She couldn’t meow very loud
Very skinny

I got home tonight and found my kitten unconscious in her kennel, I left her food and water so she didn’t become dehydrated or hungry... I found her yesterday on the side of the road, she had been there a couple of days I know this because I saw her days prior but couldnt catch her. Once I got home I went straight to her kennel to take her out because she had been in there since 11:30 this morning, and I looked in the kennel and she was laying there unresponsive so I immediately opened the kennel and rubbed her to see if I would wake her up once I realized she wasn’t moving I checked her pulse, it was there but very slow, then I started cpr and tried giving her some air by blowing into her mouth, but it didn’t work and her pupils soon became dilated and her heart beat was no longer there.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm very sorry that that happened to Otis, that is very sad. Without knowing what happened to her before you were able to catch her, it is hard to say what may have happened to her, but it is nice for her that she was warm and safe for a little while.

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Snow Ball
Persian- Angola
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Breathlessness, Restless
Cyanosis, throw up blood

My cat died today at 10:30 which is two days after being spayed. He was Persian- Angola bred! Today morning at 9:00 AM he vomited foams which later tinged with blood and my sister rushed to the vet. I was at the hospital. She said he had feable breathing and got cyanosis. He was also restless and couldn’t let anyone approach him. When they arrived to the vet, they asked what we feed him . We only have him cat food. She said they gave him some shots which seems to be adrenaline ( coz they said it was life-saving drug). And he died on the way home throwing up blood from his mouth and nose. The fact here is there’s no advanced technique to resuscitate him in my town and veterinary is not quite developed in our country so there’s almost nothing to test him about any diseases. I have spayed all of my male Persian cats with the same vet and there were no problems. I just wanted to know which could possibly cause his death so I could be more careful with my other cats.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the cause of death was, sometimes there are reactions to anaesthesia but we generally see this during or soon after surgery; adverse reactions to post surgery medications are also a possibility but again I cannot say with any certainty. You should return to your Veterinarian for a necropsy to see if they can determine a cause of death so that you are able to put your mind at rest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maine Coon
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Medication Used

Baytril injection, enroflocacin 22

My car died at the vet,s overnite he went in fir crystal, s in his bladder an could not pee he was in horrific pain the vet put cather in an some blood was seen in urine have him pain meds on Monday morning he was not eating or drinking he loved to eat he was a Maine Coon orange weighed 28 pounds never sick 5 years old Sunday nite the vet,s called an said he had difficulty breathing I asked should I be concerned an she said we r taking good care of him Monday a.m.7.33 o'clock that he died during the nite he was my therapy cat greatly loved an missed when I went to say goodbye his eye was closed an one eye was slightly open I asked the doctor what happened he said I do not know, not what I wanted to hear today is Tuesday 31st I called Saturday morning an said I want to know WHY this happened in his care he has not returned my call ,I need to know what happened an why was not he treated more serious he was my breath an now I can not breathe please tell me why his eye was closed an other was a little open did he die a painful long death alone ??? I am desvasaed

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is never easy having an unexpected loss of a loved one like this and it is normal to be looking for answers; one of his eyes being a little open and the other one closed is not diagnostically relevant and may have been moved during handling. Unfortunately I cannot shed any light on Copper’s death and would advise you request a necropsy to be done at a Pathology Laboratory or another Practice to try to uncover the cause of Copper’s passing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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