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What is Head Trauma?

Head trauma can vary in severity depending on the location your cat was hit and the impact of the blow. But, every cat with head trauma needs to be closely watched by a veterinarian, so if you spot the symptoms of a head injury, get your cat medical attention as soon as possible.

Head trauma can occur when a cat sustains an injury to the head, such as running into a wall, fighting with another animal, or being hit with a blunt or penetrating object. The observable symptoms of head trauma will vary between cats. In some cases, you may only notice your cat is beginning to act strange, while in other situations, your cat may completely lose consciousness and start to have seizures. 

Symptoms of Head Trauma in Cats

The symptoms you observe will vary depending on the location and severity of the head trauma. Sometimes, there will be physical signs of an injury, but other times, you won’t see any symptoms besides behavior that just seems unusual. Some of the most common head trauma symptoms include:

  • Different pupil sizes
  • Rapid or unusual eye movement
  • Stiff limbs
  • Bleeding from the ears or nose
  • Varying levels of consciousness
  • Tilted head
  • Seizures
  • Abnormal behavior

Causes of Head Trauma in Cats

Head trauma occurs after a cat is hit in the head with a blunt or penetrating object. This is common when the cat is involved in a car accident or fight with another animal. It can also occur when the cat accidentally falls from a great height or down a flight of stairs. Head trauma can also occur if the cat is intentionally or accidentally stepped on or hit in the head with an object such as a baseball bat. 

Diagnosis of Head Trauma in Cats

Talk to your vet about any symptoms you have observed, and when you first noticed them. If you know your cat was involved in some sort of altercation or accident, make sure you mention this as well.

The vet will need to begin testing right away if he suspects there is head trauma. First, the cat’s vital signs will be taken to determine if the condition of his heart and respiratory system. A light may be shined into your cat’s eyes to check the size of the pupils and his eyes’ response. X-rays and CT scans will most likely be performed so the vet can determine if there is any brain damage, and if so, to what extent. These tests can show skull fractures, tumors, brain swelling, and bleeding, so they are vital in the diagnosis of head trauma.

If the tests show there is swelling in the brain, the vet may collect a sample of cerebrospinal fluid, which is found in the brain. Brain infections can often cause swelling, so the fluid will need to be tested for the presence of bacteria so the vet can eliminate this as a cause of your cat’s symptoms.

Treatment of Head Trauma in Cats

Treatment will depend on the severity of your cat’s head trauma. First, the vet will attempt to stabilize your cat by administering oxygen and IV fluids. His head should be kept at a slighter higher elevation than the rest of his body if there is brain swelling. The vet may provide pain killers or completely sedate the cat, depending on the level of suspected discomfort and the cat’s condition. 

If the skull is fractured, your cat may need to undergo surgery to have the cracked pieces removed or repaired. However, if none of the cracked pieces of the skull shifted out of place during the blow, surgery may not be required.

Medications to reduce the brain swelling will be administered to your cat as well. These medications are designed to pull fluid out of the brain tissue to reduce the overall swelling. If your cat has suffered from seizures as a result of the head trauma, medication can also be given to prevent these from occurring.

Throughout the treatment, your cat will need to be monitored closely by the vet. Head trauma is a serious injury, and your cat’s condition can rapidly change from one moment to the next. You will most likely need to leave your cat with the vet for at least 24 hours so he can monitor him until the swelling has gone down. 

Recovery of Head Trauma in Cats

Every incident of head trauma is unique, so there’s no way to determine what the survival rate is for cats. However, if your cat’s head trauma is not severe and his condition does not worsen in the first 24 hours, this is a good sign your cat will recover. 

Once you have your cat back at home, it’s important to protect him from potential harm by keeping him inside and away from other pets or small children. You may need to keep him in a cage for a certain period of time to prevent movement. The vet will want you to bring your cat back in for follow-up visits to ensure he is healing.

Head Trauma Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Metro
Shorthaired
5 Weeks
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Head Swelling
Sleepiness
Head held low

5 weeks old kitten just had a head injury, 4 hours ago . A heavy board fell on her while she wAs playing. We thought we were going to loose her. Luckily she is still breathing but she is non opening her eyes much. Unfortunately it is sunday and no vet reachable. Anything we could do to make things better? Please help us urgently . She had blood coming through her nose. It stopped. She is walking blindly and she is always trying to keep her head at a level. It is only tomorrow moring that i can take her to the vet. I really wish she can make it till tomorrow morning

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
Given Metro’s symptoms and severity of head trauma, you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian immediately; you question was asked at 19:30 GMT on a Tuesday not Sunday. This isn’t something I can advise you to treat or manage at home since brain swelling needs to be managed and condition assessed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Sorry i meant a public holiday. We are all stressed out. There is no vet emergency service in our country. Unfortunately there is nothing that we could do to reduce her pain either... We are helpless rightnow. Thanks for the advise though.

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lennon
Taby
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

silent meow

I got up today to find blood drops in my hallway and blood on my cats head just above his right eye and after cleaning the blood i have found a cut in the same spot above his right eye, but he is not showing any signs of discomfort he is as play full as ever however when he meows he doesn't make a sound its just a silent meow.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
Most likely Lennon is in a bit of pain, you should try to keep the wound clean and free of debris; bathing twice per day with a dilute antiseptic and applying an antibiotic ointment to the wound should help. However, if you suspect that Lennon has suffered from head trauma (causing brain injury), you should visit your Veterinarian for an immediate examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Russell
Tokinese
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hit head

Hello,
My cat hit his head today while I was playing with him. He hit his left eye, as well as between his left ear and eye. He hit his head on meteal table leg. And he did it because I threw a toy for him and he swung his head around and hit it. I am really concerned about him. I know he is not bleeding or shaking but he looks and seems uncomfortable and he went from playful to now tired and just wants to sit. I am not sure if I am overreacting but I want to check and make sure before anything bad happens.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
It is possible that the shock of the injury is worse than the injury itself, you should keep an close eye on Russell for the time being and look for other changes in behaviour etc… Any severe head trauma should be seen by your Veterinarian and without examining him I cannot say how severe the injury is. If he has unequal pupils, staggered gait or any other concerning symptoms visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Balerion
American Shorthair
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

she hits her head alot

I have a blindish kitten. She is missing an eye and has cataracts in the one good eye. The vet says she has been like that since a few weeks after birth. She acts like a kitten, ie. running around clawing everything and in general being a normal kitten. You wouldn't really know she was blind until you see her run into something. The problem she has is that she hits her head alot. I am curious if that will be a problem later on in her life. and is there anything we can do to get her to stop hitting her head? I'm just curious

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
468 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Blind cats can actually do quite well as long as things in their environment don't move around too much. They tend to develop their other senses to compensate for the lack of vision. She may just take time to develop those senses, and of course she should be an indoor cat, as she would be defenseless outside. I hope that she does well.

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Bendy
Cat
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy, disorientation

My cat fell down the stairs about an hour and a half ago and he's acting lethargic and wants to sleep. He can drink water and eat thankfully but hes stumbling about and wants nothing now but sleep if its a concussion how long should I keep him awake before I know whether he's okay or not? He has no other symptoms but disorientation and lethargy.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
Head trauma is always concerning and unpredictable; whilst keeping a cat awake for a around eight to twelve hours may help with acute trauma, many time injuries may lay dormant and cause issues after weeks, months or years presenting as seizures, ataxia or other symptoms. You should have Bendy checked over by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luffy
Orange DSH
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures
Disorientation

A year ago Luffy was either hit by a car or attacked by a larger animal. He managed to find his way back home and I immediately took him to the vet. His 3rd eyelids were closed, he had blood coming from his ears and nose, and he couldn't walk (he dragged himself home). Vet said his injuries were at least 24 hours old so it took him that long to get back home. They said he has a fracture in his skull, his hip, and his tail. They kept him overnight administering fluids and meds via IV, I was able to bring him home the next day. He spent 6 weeks in a large dog kennel in my bedroom, eating wet food and being administered 1/4 of a baby aspirin every 2 days. Suprisingly he made a full recovery and only has a kink in his tail. (They said he would be blind but he is not).
He spent most of the summer months outside and seemed like he was back to himself.
Fast forward a year and he's back inside (winter months).
Tonight he seemed to have a seizure. He convulsed and pulled himself around the floor then ran into the wall several times. When my husband went to stop him, his mouth was open, his 3rd eyelids were closed, his nose was bleeding, and he was generally limp. The whole ordeal lasted about 2 minutes. He seemed a bit disoriented after but stayed by my side, purring. Now, about 2 hours later, He seems fine.
From my research, it seems to be a seizure relating to his head trauma. I do not know if he's had them before because he spent most of his time outside.
I am very concerned because 2 years ago my baby Husky had a seizure and died.
Should I just keep an eye on him? He's eating, drinking, purring, and demanding love.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
Seizures may occur after severe head trauma and may come days, weeks, months or years afterwards; most likely the seizures are related to the previous injury. You should visit your Veterinarian for a general check up and to discuss options; but it is important to make a note of the frequency, duration and severity of each seizure. Your Veterinarian may not choose to manage the seizure but may offer you something to administer during a seizure if they are infrequent. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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LuLu
Abyssinian
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hard time walking
Loss of fur
acts like something is in her mouth
Sneezing

My cat was abused by my now ex husband. I had found her with blood coming from the ear, unable to walk eat or use the bathroom alone. I took her to the vet and they diagnosed her with trauma. There where several lumps on the back of her neck up to mid skull. Her face was swollen as well, but all the swelling has reduced except for some scar tissue. It has been a month since the incident, she still has a hard time walking and has tremors in her sleep (like seizing and when it happens it looks like things are crawling under her skin), and now there in a patch of skin missing on the top on her head near her right ear (opposite of the one that was bleeding). The bald spot includes open sores and seems to be spreading in that area. She is shedding a lot of her fur. I don't know what to do. And I am worried but can not afford the vet right now.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
468 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that LuLu has gone through this. She needs to be seen by a veterinarian, given her recent history. I can't diagnose anything over an email, unfortunately. There are many clinics that offer a 'free first exam' that you can have her seen by, and most clinics over CareCredit and other forms of credit for unexpected expenses. I hope that she is okay.

Thank you for replying, i was told that he has internal swelling and is scratching at her head because she is uncomfortable. So I am kinda stuck with limited options since I can't afford surgery. :/

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jones
Cat
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

my cat has swelling arund his face and nose with a trace of blood and is very subdued. we thinknhe has either had a knock to the head while out or jumped into an open guitar case causing the lid to fall on him. he has stayed in and tried to find a quiet corner since. this is very unlike him as he is an active outdoor cat and when he is in he normally hogs the middle of the sofa forcing my girlfriend and i to either end. he is eating and drinking so should we just give him some space to rest it off or do we have cause for concern?

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
468 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Jones should probably be seen by your veterinarian today. I can't comment on the degree of swelling without seeing him, but possible causes are trauma, a fracture of the bones in his face, or an abscess. Since he seems to quiet, he probably isn't feeling good. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, diagnose whatever is going on, and get him treatment so that he feels better.

Not sure what to do cat got stepped on and is acting over frendly and can't walk straight

I always let my cat out of my house because he always comes back. However yesterday he didnt come back and i found him lying down on the side of the road as if he’s dying. He cant move his body, he cant eat, but he closes his eyes when i flash some light onto his face. I suspect he was hit by a car. What should i do?

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Socks
Domestic shorthair
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Short term disorientation

Cat was sleeping on the couch arm about 2.5 feet off the ground. Slid off directly backwards and landed flat on his back and didn't move or get up on his own. When uprighted by us he could stand but you could tell he was disoriented when he began to walk. He would take a high step with every paw. We fed him some wet food and gave him a fresh bowl of water and after finishing it he appears normal again. Would this be considered like a minor concussion or is it more serious?

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
468 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. If Socks is acting normally, not limping or acting disoriented, you should be okay to monitor him, he may have had a trauma that he has gotten over. If he contnues to act disoriented, isn't eating or drinking, or seems sore, he should be seen by his veterinarian for an exam.

I always let my cat out and he always comes back. However yesterday he didnt and i found him on the side of the road. He couldnt move, he cant eat, but his eyelids close when i flash some light. I suspect he was hit by a car on the head. What should i do?

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Titan
American Shorthair
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My kitty was under my feet while i was walking. I lost my balance and fell on him. He didn't make any sound. He was still for about 5 minutes...(i was holding him) he gradually started moving slowly and was making muffled meows. I watched him all night. He was still and didn't want food or water. This morning approx 8-10 hours later he seems like he wanted to move, but not eat or drink. I gave him some canned tuna with water hoping it would keep him somewhat hydrated. He started eating the tuna and began to purr. He still isn't acting right, but he is walking and using the litter box.He still has a dazed look. Will he be okay? Is there anything else i can do? I lost my job last feb and cant afford his vet. Any advice will be helpful.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
468 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Im sorry that this happened to Titan. Unfortunately, without examining him, I have no way to know if he is going to recover. Some veterinary clinics do offer 'free first exams' so that you could have him seen and make sure that there aren't any medications that would help him. I hope that he is okay.

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Miracle
American Shorthair
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Stunned

I was playing with my cat, and she went to run because I threw one of her toys. In the process of turning around, she smacked her head on her Kitty litter bucket (like the kind at the store that has tidy cats cat litter in it.)

She seemed like she was stunned for a few minuets and had one eye practically closed, but had it completely open after a few minutes of the initial head knock. She isnt showing any signs like staggering around or confusion, or bleeding from anywhere her pupils are able to change Normally, and she did drink some milk without any trouble then nibbled on some pieces of food. Shes beinh her usual playful self.

I dont have access at the moment to an ER vet, an my Normal vets closed for the weekend. so can i just watch her for any signs of seeming different?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
Normally I recommend visiting a Veterinarian after an incident of head trauma, if there is no Veterinarian (general or emergency) you should keep an eye on her and look for changes in behaviour, pupil size, pupil response to light or any other symptoms. If you notice anything concerning you should travel to a Veterinarian regardless of distance or cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sonya
DOMESTIC
5 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head-Trauma
Seizures
Increase of Appetite
lethargy,

Medication Used

keppra
Kaneuron

Found a kitten 3 months ago and she was injured -- I originally thought she must have been hit by a car but a pedestrian might have hit her also?
She was laying on the pavement and had a nose bleed but no other bleeding whatsoever. She was in a severe shock right off the bat. I've taken her to 3 vets already (started seizuring a week after I found her) and they ended up prescribing her with epilepsy medication. Is it indeed a case of an epilepsy? She kept presenting grand mal seizures almost monthly and that is why they took her in and decided that medication would be needed. She's purring alright but I'm very concerned about her overall situation. There are abnormal behavioral patterns, she is often in a daze, quite lethargic, too most of the time and still recoving for one of her most major crises (she was seizuring for 3 days straight and WAS in status epilepticus). Other than her standard meds -- can I do anything to help her feel more normal? She just sleeps, eats, purrs and then there's my ongoing anxiety for an upcoming crisis. I've been giving her grain-free food so as to minimize the seizures but I am aware that most vets do not aggree that nutrition plays that important a part. Any advice would be appreciated.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
468 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Given her history, she may not have epilepsy, but head trauma can cause ongoing seizures. If she is on anti-seizure medication and it is generally controlling the seizures, that seems a good idea to continue. I hope that she continues to do well. She may need to have her dosage adjusted, and she may react differently to the medication over time.

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Cheddar
dsh
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Confusion
Head Tilt

My cat was struck by a vehicle about a month ago. He spent one week at the vets. He was using his claw to move himself (dragging). After some time I took him to another vet who recommended a course of steroids. After the first treatment he began walking with his head tilted and in disarray. His coordination is a bit off but thankful that he is walking again (sometimes in circles and sometimes normal). He is using the bathroom as his litter but is off balance at times.
He is coming along. Climbing steps but sometimes off balance. He is not grooming himself as well. He is being fed with a syringe. My question is do you have any advice on how I can get him to eat by himself and your opinion on his prognosis.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
468 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without examining him, I unfortunately do not know what his prognosis for recovery is, but i commend you on being patient and persistent in his nursing care. Without knowing the extent of his head trauma, he may always have that loss of balance. Typically, once cats are able to right themselves and balance enough to eat, they will do so. I you haven't offered him food and held it up to his mouth, it would be worth a try to see if he will try to eat it. Again, as I do not know how extensive his head trauma was, if he had damage to his mouth, he may never be able to eat on his own. I have seen some miraculous recoveries, with patience, though. Your questions would be good ones to ask your veterinarian, as they have an idea as to how much damage he incurred and how he is progressing. I hope that he does well.

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Sansa
Maine Coon
6 Weeks
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking
Seizure
Dialated eyes
Dazed

toddler threw 6 week old kitten out of room; he hit himself with wall or stair metal. Started shaking and eyes rolled back. Stiff. And pooped himself. After 3-4 min seizure was done. Trembled and dazed. Eyes dialated.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
Any trauma this severe should be seen by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side; this level of trauma may lead to brain swelling and other problems in the future if not treated immediately. I cannot say without examining Sansa if she will be alright or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Sansa

How's your cat , I had a similar situation and I'm very concerned about my cat

Did he survived the head injury

Thank you

Years ago, I had a kitten who tried to play with my dog and dog got upset and shook the kitten.. blood from kittens nose so took to the vet they gave it meds/a shot and it slept and slept only woke when momma cat nursed it and then kitten got better. It had to relearn to walk again so scary but the kitten survived.

I am here tonight cause my crazy cats were running around playing and one hit it's head on a metal floor lamp. I was concerned for a moment but she just started acting like her normal self now thank God.

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Shere Kahni
Short haired tabby female
7 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Freak outs
Mean

My kitten 7 months had a head injury from bigger dog about 4 months ago and has been very mean ever since. We went to the vet and they said she had a concussion but honestly we don't have that much money to keep sending her to the vet. She has a small bump on her head since. But she has been VERY mean since. Is it due to the head injury or her just being a kitten?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
Head trauma can cause behavioural changes in animals which may occur straight after injury or after a delay of a few months; however, before a behavioural problem can be diagnosed we would need to rule out causes of trauma first. Episodes of aggression need to be corrected to try to train her, but you should speak more with your Veterinarian and think about the possible use of diffusers to help keep things calm. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Karma
Calico
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Blood in eye

My kitten was under a recliner that was reclined. My son sat up and closed the re recliner and the cat screeched. She seems fine except she has some blood in her left eye
What could cause this

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
468 Recommendations
Thank you for your question. Trauma from being trapped in a recliner will cause blood in her eye. She should be seen by your veterinarian, as blood in her eye can result in glaucoma if not treated. I hope that she is okay!

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Ash
domestic short hair
5 Years
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

decreased mobility
Decreased Appetite
Lethargy
Twitching

Medication Used

Varaflux

My cat recently fell off the back of a sofa, and had been acting very depressed and lethargic on and off afterwards. She would not pass a bowel movement and stopped running, so we decided to take her to the vet. Vet said she was constipated and gave her an enema to no avail, also gave her some saline through an IV. Brought her home and she still wouldn't use the litter box, but strained and circled while becoming vocal several times. Took her to another vet, also said she was constipated and gave her an enema until she passed stool. X-rays and blood work came back normal. She has lost half a pound in three days and will not drink and eats very little. Became very wobbly and almost fell over while walking, so took her to the vet yet again. Possible neuropathic damage. The vet took a blood sample and I am now waiting to see the results. Testing is being done for some sort of brain parasite. She has circled the room all night, has not gone to the litter pan, the other household cats are hissing at her, and now she will not move. Please, what are my options?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
It is possible that the symptoms you are describing are caused by a traumatic fall and Ash isn’t realising the need for defecation, eating or drinking; spinal injury, brain injury among other issues may be causing these symptoms. Without an examination it is difficult to say specifically what the cause is, but if there is some brain swelling it may lead to a change in behaviour or habits. I cannot think of anything useful which may be able to help at this time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Smokey
Domestic long hair
6 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bulging eye, bloody nose, distress

My very young kitten had an accident last night...a little less than 24 hours ago. She hit her head on the right side. Her right eye was bulged out and her nose was bleeding. I was up with her all night cuddling her and monitoring her. She still seemed a bit off today, sleeping more and seemed like she couldn't see 100% out of her right eye. But she was purring and playing and her eye wasn't bulged out anymore. She ate fine and used her litter box. We took her to the vet and they said it looked like she just had an eye infection so they put some medicine in her eye and also gave her her 1st vaccine. A few minutes later she started freaking out, meowing like she was in severe distress and her eye popped out again and then she pooped on the vet and there was blood in it. Do you know what might be going on? They kept her for overnight observation.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
468 Recommendations
THank you for you email. I am sorry that that is happening to your Smokey. It sounds like he may have had a trauma that weakened the muscles of his eye. I am glad that he is staying for observation - they'll be able to tell you more when they have had a chance to monitor him. I hope that he is okay.

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Flow
Ragdoll
2 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking
discomfort

My cat ran into a closed glass door and the bang that I heard sounded like she hit it quite hard. Immediately after she sat for about 5 seconds showed discomfort but it has been 5 hours now and she is showing no symptoms and seems happy and normal. I am monitoring her. Thanks for your help

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
468 Recommendations
Thank you for your question. If Flow continues to act normally, eat and drink and show no signs of instability, lethargy, head tilt or different pupil sizes, you should be fine to monitor her. Since I can't examine or diagnose her, if she is showing any of those signs, or you are concerned about an other behaviors, she should see her regular veterinarian.

Thank you so much for your response! I have spoken to a local vet also and she gave the same advice and said that unless she is showing symptoms its fine to monitor her at home.

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Binx
Russian Blue
2 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fall

My kitten suffered a TBI almost 3 weeks ago (he pulled a baby gate onto himself and hit his head between the baby gate and the tile floor). He has slowly started to recover. When we brought him home from the emergency vet he just slept and had a blank look in his eyes. He couldn't see or walk. He has greatly improved since then, he walks, eats, and goes potty on his own, although he occasionally has accidents in the house. Although he has been improving everyday (including his vision and his energy/want to play), he doesn't meow or purr anymore. He also occasionally doesn't eat much throughout the day and sleeps 16-20 hours a day. Is this concerning?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
Different animals (and people) react differently to brain injury and no two cases are the same; I always say to take things on a day by day basis. If you are seeing improvement in Binx’s behaviour and general attitude you should just keep monitoring him but don’t be alarmed as kitten may sleep eighteen hours or more a day even up to six months of age. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Moon
Norwegian Forest
7 Weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

spinning head
stiff limbs
stubbling

Recently my kitten bumped his head on a sharp corner of my dresser, right after that he’s been walking weird. His hind leg seem weak like it hardly works, he stubbles an looks dizzy(head spins in small circles). He used to get on an off the bed with out a problem, but now getting up it is hard an getting down he lands on his back. He also seems to want to eat more. He still purrs an wants to play like nothing happened. I can’t get him to a vet any time soon.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
Ideally a visit to your Veterinarian would be the best course of action as there may be some brain swelling which is leading to these symptoms; there isn’t anything I can recommend that you can use at home but would suggest that you visit a charity clinic if money is tight as there are many clinics which will accept donations or will carry out work for free if you are on a low income. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jax
American Shorthair
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Fall

My cat took a clumsy nose dive off my counter and hit his head on the floor. He didn't really make any sounds and was only scared for a few minutes and I haven't noticed any physical symptoms, but I'm still worried. He purrs when he's pet and still plays. Do I have anything to worry about?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
Head trauma is a strange thing, sometimes symptoms show immediately whilst other times symptoms may not appear for hours or days afterwards; I would check him over and have your Veterinarian check him over if the fall was a nosedive from the countertop to the floor to check eyes, neck and spine etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Siamese
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble Walking
Disorientation

My cat fell down from the new cat-tree we bought yesterday. She fell down from aproxx 150cm height (aproxx 4.9 feet). In the first moment she looked very shocked and then she went to pee. After that, she was not able to walk straight and had troubles with most stuff. After 30 minutes I gave her some snacks and she seemed a lot better, but she is still sleeping a lot.

Do I need to bring her to a veterinary?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
You should give Luna some rest, if she is not showing any sign of distress let her rest; many times the shock of the fall is worse than the fall itself (just like with toddlers). Keep an eye on Luna for now, but if she is still has some difficulty walking or displays any concerning symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian in the morning; if she fell on her head you should consider visiting an Emergency Veterinarian especially if her pupils are different sizes or she continues to have issues walking. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bubu Girl
Not to sure
About 12 weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Head trauma

My cat had a head trauma 2 days ago, we took her to the vet and they found out that she had a fracture on her skull above her right eye. She seems to be in a coma like state but also swallows the watered down A/D that's syringed to her. The doctor has discharged her and she's at home now as they saw no improvements. I've been talking to her and her ears seem to react to the sound of my voice but she's still unconscious. Is there any hope for recovery

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
At this stage, it is very hard to determine the level of brain injury and it is a case of taking things day by day; talking with Bubu Girl and giving good supportive care is all you can do in addition to any medication your Veterinarian may have discharged her with. Brain injury is unpredictable, especially when we cannot do MRI or CT scans. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spot
Bengal
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Spasm

A week ago I was cleaning my couch. When I went to flip it in an upright position my kitten ran under it. He immediately lost consciousness and began having a noise bleed. I administered afrin and he sneezed out the clot and the bleeding ceased within about 15 mins. He regained consciousness but his pupils remained constricted with his third eyelid pulled over his pupils. I administered 250ml of D5 sub q and about another 250 of NS and put him on oxygen for twelve hours while he received fluids. He has recovered significantly. He was spasming and having what I think was seizures. He hasn't done that in the past twenty four hours and has even taken a few steps on his own today but his sense of balance seems off. He is being syringe fed baby food meats thinned out with Pedialyte and kmr mixed per instructions. He seems satiated. He has only pooped once this week.
What can I do the encourage BM's?

What can I do to encourage his sense of balance to come back?

At what point in time can I expect his recovery to plataeu?

Is there anything else I can do for him?

I have no money for a vet but I am a nurse so I have access to medical equipment and am relatively knowledgeable in mammillian biology and stroke recovery.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
As I am sure you are aware, the biggest issue with head trauma is cerebral edema which is normally controlled in veterinary medicine with steroids; without examining Spot I cannot give you any specific prescription medications as I haven’t established a patient Doctor relationship. Other issues may be fractures of the skeleton due to the crushing trauma of the sofe, without an examination I cannot see specifically what the extent of the injury is. You should continue to offer nursing care, fluids as required and encourage eating in a similar way you have been doing; try mixing some plain canned pumpkin into the food to increase the fibre intake which may help bowel movements. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com/head-trauma-proceedings

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Mr. Big aka Smash Mouth
dsh
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Depression

Big (18 lb) cat was found on the side of the road with head down in a pool of blood. He went to the vet in town for x-rays, showed nothing significant. He had to be fed, trauma to face, eyes bulging, tongue hanging out. He was given fluids then given all meat baby food with a syringe once home. He saw another vet, they found a cleft palate but not sure if was caused by the accident. He was eating after a week after the accident on his own but now won't eat and drinks very little water. He gets in the litter box to pee but did not poop for almost 9 days after being found on the road. The vet gave him an enema and he pooped 4 times in just a short time but has since pooped on his own. He is in a kennel and just sleeps most the time. I see him groom himself but he has stopped that too in the last couple of days. I offer food, fresh water several times a day. I even cooked chicken thighs with warm broth, serve it up on a higher dish so he doesn't have to lean down to eat. He doesn't want to eat or drink. He just wants to sleep. The kennel is open but he doesn't want to venture out. I have eye drops(Ketorolac Tromethamine solution 0.5%) I drop in the worse eye with blood in it at least 4 x a day. His eye looks better. He coughs and dry hacks a lot. Vet said it was from the cleft palate. What do I do next, he doesn't seem to want to do anything but sleep.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
There are a few issues here with Mr Big including long term brain injury and the cleft palate; the cleft palate is concerning since he may aspirate food or water whilst drinking if the defect is large enough so any respiratory problems should be treated as being serious. Brain injury is the other issue, sometime signs of brain injury may be immediate or delayed; changes in behaviour are the most common symptoms along with hiding and reduction in activity. It is not unusual for a cat to be lethargic after a traumatic event and it is really a case of encouraging him to eat by tempting him with different foods, warming food up or hand feeding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ivy
Mixed cat
3.5 months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Circling
Poor Appetite

Hi my cat has been treated for severe head trauma at the vet, we are still waiting for results of an MRI but they have released her home. She seems colder in general (she was at the vets too) and I've been using heat mats. Also she is eating but only 2 or 3 mouthfuls at a time and needs encouragement every time really. She also circles to the right but this has improved a little. Realistically will she make it??

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
It is difficult to say whether or not Ivy will recover, the results of the MRI will tell a lot but generally prognosis is fair in these cases but depends on the severity of the trauma and whether Ivy can regulate her temperature and other bodily functions. Once the MRI report comes in, your Veterinarian will have a better idea of what the prognosis is overall. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snowball
Ragdoll
11 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My 11 week kitten hit his head on my pedal of bike while I was cycling. I tried stopping in Time so the hit was softer. He’s acting normal. If he’s acting normal is there anything I should be worried about?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
Head trauma may cause problems in the short term but also may have delayed onset of symptoms; if Snowball is otherwise alright and his pupils are the same size and responding to light I would keep a close eye on him. Ideally an examination by your Veterinarian should be done after any head trauma, but if he starts showing any neurological symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rock
American Shorthair
9 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Bulging
Stiffness
Unresponsive to sounds
Vision Problem
Abnormal behavior

Yesturday my 9 week old kitten was caught in a car door. He wasd stiff limbs and abnormal behavior. What do I do? He has 2 siblings. My sister didn't know that he was there when she went to shut the door. His eyes dont seem to focus and he meows alot when you try to water him.. I dont know what to do?... I need help..... Please

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
Any type of head trauma should be seen by your Veterinarian since brain swelling is common and may cause many other symptoms; treatment is required to help stabilise Rock’s condition and there is no at home treatment for this level of head trauma in cats. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Trumpet
Orange tabby
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation
Dehydration
Confusion
walks in circles
pupil dialation, vision impairment,

we delive our cat recieved tramitic head injury 4 days ago. his eye was bulging but has receded into the cocket again. based on his symptoms what can i do to relive what seem to be some long term symptoms.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
There is little that can be done at home apart from ensuring that Trumpet is eating and drinking; it is possible that he has some brain swelling which would explain the circling, pupil dilation and other symptoms. Your Veterinarian may prescribe medication to help alleviate the symptoms, without examining Trumpet, I cannot suggest anything else. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bron
Tabby Cat
4 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swaying
Bleeding

My dog nipped my kitten due to food aggression. Kitten had a little blood around nose but not for long. He is purring and sleeping on and off now but is unsteady when walking and has some head swaying. Is this something that will be fixed with rest or is a vet visit going to be needed?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1955 Recommendations
Given Bron’s age I would be cautious and have him checked out, especially if you have a large dog; if Bron wasn’t swaying whilst walking I wouldn’t be too concerned. If you don’t see any improvement by the morning you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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