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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

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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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.

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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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?

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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Sansa
Maine Coon
6 Weeks
Serious condition
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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.

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

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.

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.

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

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