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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

Orange tabby
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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Tabby Cat
4 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

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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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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Maine Coon
6 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dialated eyes

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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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

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