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What is Stroke?

Strokes in cats can be either ischemic (the blood supply is cut off) or hemorrhagic (blood is leaked out into the brain). Blood vessel blockages often occur because materials have broken off elsewhere in the body and become stuck in the veins or arteries leading to the brain. Blood clotting problems can also create obstructions of blood to the brain. Trauma from injury may lead to the rupturing of blood vessels, allowing them to bleed out into the cranial area. Both genders seem to be affected by strokes equally. A stroke is a medical emergency and immediate veterinary care should be sought.

The brain of most mammals needs constant and consistent blood flow to operate properly. When a rupture or obstruction decreases the amount of blood supply to the brain, this depletes the brain's oxygen levels and leads to brain damage. In cats, this occurrence is often referred to as a Feline Ischemic Encephalopathy (FIE), or a stroke. It was long thought that cats did not experience strokes, however, advances in medicine have made it very clear that feline strokes do happen and are not uncommon.

Symptoms of Stroke in Cats

The signs of a stroke happening in a cat differ greatly from symptoms commonly noticed during a stroke in a human. Symptoms will rapidly manifest, with conditions holding steady after 24 hours. Signs to watch for are listed as follows:

  • Loss of balance 
  • Ataxia (unbalanced gait)
  • Circling
  • Confusion 
  • Depression 
  • Head tilting 
  • Aggression 
  • Fearfulness 
  • Behavioral changes 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Vomiting

Causes of Stroke in Cats

For a number of reasons, strokes happen more often in outdoor cats during the summer. There are many underlying diseases that increase a cat's risk of stroke greatly. All known causes are listed below.

  • Trauma to the head
  • Trauma to the body that dislodges fat or cartilage parts 
  • Genetic defects
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease 
  • Kidney failure 
  • Diabetes 
  • Parasitic infection 
  • Ingestion of toxins
  • Hyperthyroidism 
  • Hypertension 
  • Hyperadrenocorticism 

Diagnosis of Stroke in Cats

If you suspect your cat is exhibiting signs of a stroke, take it to a veterinary clinic or animal hospital at once. Be sure to provide the veterinarian with your cat's full medical history to assist in identifying possible underlying causes of the stroke. If your cat has suffered significant trauma from an injury, multiple life-threatening problems may need to be addressed at once to stabilize the animal. The veterinarian will perform a physical examination, checking for other injuries, enlargement of organs and other symptoms that may be present. 

Full blood work including a complete blood count and a biochemical profile will be needed to assess the cat's condition and identify potential underlying problems. Urinalysis can help reveal issues with the kidneys or the liver. Thyroid levels in the blood should be measured to see if hormonal disorders exist. For a complete diagnosis, a CT scan or MRI will be needed to get a close and clear view of the compromised blood vessels. This may not be available in some areas. If a parasitic infection is suspected, a fecal sample may be collected for microscopic examination.

Treatment of Stroke in Cats

The cat may need to be kept for observation to watch for possible signs of a second stroke occurring. If an underlying cause has been diagnosed, further treatment is generally required to address the issue. 

Supportive Care 

During the stroke and in the hours that follow, keeping the cat's condition stable can greatly affect the outcome of a stroke in a cat. This may involve administering intravenous fluids and giving anti-inflammatory medications to the cat. Hospitalization is required for this process. The goal is to keep the cat as comfortable as possible to promote healing.

Recovery of Stroke in Cats

The prognosis of a cat who has experienced a stroke will vary depending on the primary issue that has caused the event to happen. Many health issues such as heart or liver disease, hyperthyroidism and diabetes will require life-long treatments. Kidney failure can carry a very guarded prognosis. Long-term medication prescriptions may be needed and the costs can add up. Any damage to the brain that has taken place in the first 24 hours is often permanent. If a vital area of the brain has been destroyed, the cat may need to be euthanized.

If the stroke has been identified and treated quickly, there is a good chance of a full recovery taking place. It may be best to keep your cat indoors to lower the chance of injury or parasite and poison exposure. Ensure all toxic materials are kept out of your cat's reach within the home. The recovery process may take a prolonged period of time and include a lot of vigorous physiotherapy and ongoing at-home care. 

Stroke Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Tigger
Half Persian
17 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Eyes side to side, no balance

Last night my cat woke up from a sleep, his eyes were going side to side and he was falling to one side and lost his balance when he walked, he also couldn't stay awake and kept falling asleep, his balance slowly came back the next day (today), took him vets and the think thinks he's had a stroke. Today he's tired but otherwise fine, walking normally, eyes are focused and normal, and eating, he was licking the moisture off his food and the added water I added to his food, but not actually drinking, the vet just told me it was a stroke and said he could have another who knows, didn't give me any advice or help or treatment, can someone tell me, if he's ok today is it likely he won't have another one? What can I do to prevent it happening again?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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True strokes that occur in humans are rare in cats but may still occur; the problem with prevention and treatment is that the primary condition (the stroke is secondary to something else) needs to be identified and treated. Vestibular disorders may also affect the eyes, balance and gait and is another possibility. It is difficult to determine whether a stroke will occur again and the type of stroke will help to narrow down possible primary conditions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Miss Puss
Marmalade
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

tilted head, twitching head,

I think Miss Puss had a stroke last night. Her head tilted, she could not walk, she was making unusual cries. Her symptoms lasted only about a half an hour, and this morning she is her old self. Do you think it could have been a stroke?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the cause of the symptoms were and I cannot confirm whether it was a stroke or something more serious; you should keep an eye on her and visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side especially if this episode occurs again. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Little Willie
Cat
6 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Circling
Trouble Walking
Out Of It

My kitten is about 6 weeks old. Yesterday we walked outside to it acting strange. He had very little balance and seemed to be showing signs of a stroke. However he never lost his appetite, or got physicallly sick. We took it to the vet and they gave us some medicine to help with the slight “cold” and since then he has been doing slightly better however he still has trouble balancing, tends to circle, and just altogether not be himself. Do you think he will recover fully or at all?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Little Willie I cannot determine the cause for the circling behaviour and loss of balance; head trauma, cerebellar deformities, ear infections, poisoning among other causes may lead to similar symptoms. You should keep an eye on Little Willie for signs of improvement or other symptoms presenting, if there is no improvement you should return to your Veterinarian for a more thorough examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Max
Domestic long hair
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Unable to recognize me
Unable to recognize me or food

Myi believe my cat had a stroke. All of a sudden he didn't recognize me and couldn't follow my finger with his eyes.for about a week prior he was occasionally staring blankly. I had a vet come to my house and didn't think anything was wrong. I insisted on bloodwork and are waiting on results. I have am appointment with a neorologists tomorrow and am wondering what to do while I wait. He played a bit in the middle of the night but still doesn't seem to recognize much. We've been outside and he's eating drinking and using the litter box. I believe he lost 5 lbs in 1 week but vet said his skin would say if that was the case. What do I do other than rest food and comfort while were waiting ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You shouldn’t really do anything different before visiting the Neurologist, you don’t want any medication to mask or alter any symptoms which may result in a skewed diagnosis; just continue as normal as your appointment is tomorrow and see what the Neurologist says. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tigger
Tabby siamese
17 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Falling Over

My cat has had a stroke about an hour ago she can't move her back legs and keeps falling over. She's 17. She is very alert though and has not gone blind what should I do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Visit your Veterinarian, there is nothing you can do at home apart from make Tigger comfortable; your Veterinarian will examine Tigger and will determine any treatment that may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Miss Neela
Tortoiseshell
14 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Deafness

My female indoor cat who is about 14 years old now had a stroke about 2 years ago. The vet identified kidney problems as the probable cause. I changed her daily food to mostly wet food with a urinary care kibble as a stand by (as recommended by the vet). She seems completely recovered with the exception that she is now completely deaf. What do you think the effect of her stroke would be to her overall life expectancy? She is already an old cat and I just don't know what effect it will have. She still seems energetic and affectionate for her age.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Many cats live normal lives after stroke-like events. Unfortunately, one can never predict what the course of disease may be for any individual animal. if she is doing anything concerning to you, a quick visit to your veterinarian would be in order. Otherwise, just make sure that you keep her as healthy as possible!

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walter
Unknown
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

sudden drop
Low Energy
Trouble Walking
lack of appetite
Head Tilt

hi, i don’t really have pet insurance but was able to recognize symptoms very easily. what medications can i buy for my cat that recently had a stroke. he dropped all of a sudden & i thought he was gone. i tried to listen for a heartbeat, which he did, & then checked to see if he was breathing. he was not moving at all at first, as he began to walk, he had poor strength in doing so.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is very uncommon for a 6 month old cat to have a stroke, or vascular event. It would be best to have Walter examined by a veterinarian, as they will be able to assess his neurologic function, infectious disease status, and general condition. If there is a treatment available, they will be able to treat him appropriately. I hope that he is okay.

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Smooshy
mixed
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No balance
Falls to one side

What can I help my who I think had a stroke? She's eating and drinking. She does purr and trys to act as if everything is o.k. She was fine when I left for work and when I came home she was walking funny.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Smooshy, I can't tell what might be going on with her, but it is uncommon to have a stroke at 7 months. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as she may have something happening that needs medical therapy.

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Stanley
Domestic shorthair
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

lethargy, disorientation, wobbly
lethargy,

My 15 year old cat went to the vet a week and a half ago with an upper respiratory infection. He was given oral antibiotics for 10 days. We took him back this past Friday for a recheck of bloodwork. Yesterday, Sunday, he started acting lethargic and not his normal self but still eating and drinking if I brought the food to him. Today he started wobbling and acting disoriented. I Took him back to the vet and they said he has hyperthyroidism and I need to come in tomorrow to pick up meds. However it seems quite apparent to me he has suffered a stroke. Is there anything I can do for this or ride it out and start his medication tomorrow?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Since I haven’t examined Stanley I cannot say whether he has had a stroke, has hyperthyroidism or something else; if your Veterinarian has diagnosed Stanley with having hyperthyroidism I can only recommend that you start the course of treatment tomorrow or visit another Veterinarian for a second opinion, I legally cannot second guess a diagnosis which has been made by a Veterinarian in person without examining Stanley myself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sugar Moon
Manecoon
16 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Trembling
Paralysis
Shaking
Head Tilt

Medication Used

potassium

My 16 year old cat had a stroke this past Saturday, I rushed her to, 2 separate clinics where she was seen by 3 doctors, but was not treated for a stoke. She has hyperthyroidism and she is alert, but she cannot walk. All I want is some questions answered and no doctor will help until I make another appointment. I need to know what steps I need to take in order to ensure her recovery at home and what tests are critical at this time. I am keeping her comfortable, warm, hydrated, feeding and watering her with syringe every hour. I need to know everything on what to do when your pet has a stroke and the clinics are no help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cases like this are not as simple as Stroke=Treatment; the severity of the symptoms brought on by the stroke and the level of supportive care needed are evaluated by a Veterinarian before a treatment plan is made. This isn’t something which can be treated at home with over the counter medicines; you would need to visit a Veterinarian for a proper examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Malti
American Shorthair
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Disorientation

My 16 year old just suffered a stroke. I found her on the floor 3 days laying on the floor with dilated pupils and unable to get up at all.
I took her to the Emergency vet and MRI confirmed that she suffered a stroke towards the left side of the back of her head.
She spent the last two days in the hospital getting IV and I just brought her home today for the first time.
Although right now, her head tilts a bit to the right side and she gets this occasional spasms or shakes in her head while she tries to pick up food, she still seems to be very eager to eat and drink, which is a good sign I guess.
My only concern is that she is unable to walk. As of right now she can only lift her body with a single front right paw, the left front paw is awkwardly bent inside. The back legs are a not working at all, but she can move them around when I touch them.
Do you think there is a chance that she will walk again? And if so what needs to be done on my end to help her regain her walking ability? Can I start some type of therapy with her, or is it too soon?

Thank you for your time!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any therapy should be discussed with your Veterinarian, the severity of the stroke may result in a permanent loss of mobility; passive movements of the legs would not hurt but again best to discuss with your Veterinarian. The amount of time from the stroke until receiving treatment and the treatment given will have a bearing on the overall prognosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Wasabie
Tabbie (We think)
4 or 5 years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cat may have had a stroke, and I want to know if so, and her chances of surviving. She only pants when is being held, and can still wag her tail. If you could help me I would be so grateful.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various degrees of severity for strokes and it depends on the area of the brain affected and the time until treatment was given; stroke in a cat this age is uncommon, other causes may include head trauma, infections, cerebellar disorders, vestibular problems among other conditions. You should have Wasabie examined by your Veterinarian to determine the specific cause of the symptoms and whether an effective treatment can be given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kalana
Calico
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dizziness
Loud meowing
Rigidity

This past Tuesday it was believed that my cat had a major stroke. She was laying on the floor, ridged and meowing very loudly. We brought her to a vet and she said that my cat has an underlying mental issue. We put her down that day believing that she wouldn’t ever be herself and the treatment would still leave her in pain. The veterinarian never opposed to putting her down or even talked about how well cats can come back from having a stroke. I wanted to know if you’d be able to tell me what treatments could have been and if we possibly made a horrible mistake?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the cause of the symptoms were due to stroke, any treatment would depend on the specific part of the brain affected by the stroke and the overall severity; without having examined Kalana, it is difficult to say whether any treatment would have been of any benefit. In addition to the symptoms, your Veterinarian would have also assessed general health and would have acted accordingly; obviously I cannot speak on behalf of your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Winnie
Unknown
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Circling
balance
Confused
Stress

My 16 year old cat had a stroke about 2 weeks ago. My vet gave her a cortison injection the day after, when I noticed she started walking in circles. For about a week she seemed better, but after that she started circling again. Yesterday he gave her another injection, along with antibiotics and a vitamine injection. But the circling has worsened, lasting longer and more frequent since her last injections.
During these circling periods she meows a lot louder than usual and I feel she is in pain and stress. I'm in serious doubt right now as to what to do. My vet told me that there is nothing else we can do, if these injections don't work. I know she's already old and nearing the end. Should I wait and see if she gets better or should I, with pain in my heart, have her put down?
THANKS for the advice!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Winnie myself I wouldn’t want to make any recommendation as final as euthanasia, this is a decision for you to make based on how you feel Winnie is coping and whether or not she is improving. Waiting a few days is normal, but you need to make sure she is comfortable and not in pain or the pain is well managed; have a think about her quality of life and any recommendations made by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

we prayed for our neighbor cat that circled terribly crashed into walls and no eating hardly at all for a whole month(a spider had bit him on the forehead) he was fine, completely normal even caught mice for another 2 years. just prayed for your cat.

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Sarah
tabby
17 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Falling Over, pupils different size
Falling Over
Falling Over, no balance, pupil siz
Falling Over, pu

I think my 17 yr old tabby had a stroke. She is having difficulty walking...falling to the side, has trouble jumping on couch (fell off), no balance, pupils different sizes, eyes moving back & forth (barely noticeable), but no head tilt. Pooped right outside the litter box.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for these symptoms especially in an older cat which may include stroke, poisoning, head trauma, vestibular issues, hepatic encephalopathy among other conditions; you should really visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the underlying cause of the symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Batts
American short
5 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Right side weakness and head tilt

I have a five week old kitten that out of the blue he developed some of these symptoms but not all three days ago. The first night we didn't think he'd make it, two days later he is still weak in the right side but has started to eat and drink. I've supplemented kitten formula because his mother will not feed him and i can't let him go to his new home due to him being special needs now. Is he out if the woods yet, or should I still be fearful that he may pass at any moment. I can give video of how far he's come. I can't afford the vet I go to since they've over charged for previous care of my furbabies to be fixed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms that Batts is presenting with many be attributable to a few conditions including vestibular disorders, inner ear infection, head trauma, developmental disorders (cerebellar hypoplasia) among other causes; without examining Batts I cannot give you a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment. You should ensure that Batts continues to receive kitten milk replacer and is kept warm, you should try to visit a Veterinarian regardless which may include visiting a charity clinic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Logan
Burmilla
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepiness
Tired

My cat is 4 months old and yesterday he was looking out of the window and then suddenly just dropped on the floor and could not move. It took a while for him to move but he eventually did. my vet described it as a seizure. Now, he is moving, very slowly though, his character changed, hes not playful anymore :( he refuses to eat and drink and he has not opened his bowels or passed urine since yesterday. We are very worried about him. Is he going to get better? thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It does sound like a seizure and the postictal stage of a seizure may last for 48 hours or so after the seizure; I doubt that there was a stroke in a cat Logan’s age, however other conditions like cerebellar hypoplasia may also cause changes. If Logan isn’t passing urine or faeces you should return to your Veterinarian to get him evacuated especially before the long weekend. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlotte
moggie
11.5
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Confusion

Medication Used

Diazepam

Hi
11.5yr old house cat Charlotte.
Sudden stroke Friday night.
Taken to vet who confirmed right sided stroke affecting her left and personality part of her brain. Been sent home for calm and tlc plus with rectal diazepam if needed.
Has been having petite mal seizures all night with eggwhite consistency drool and mouth smacking. Aggressive after the seizure. Has eaten a small amount of tuna with added spring water to it last night but has not slept or used litter-box. Can't jump up on anything but is walking with only slight weakness on one back leg.
Has short flashes of her true personality coming back and gave me one proper response meow last night.
I'm hoping that this is true indication of small recovery?
I have been reluctant to use the small tube of diazepam for these regular small seizures incase it's needed for a large one.
But administered a small amount this morning to try and give her enough respite from head tic to get some sleep.
Please advise if you think chance of recovery is good or I'm clinging to false hope.
I do not wish her to suffer but I also don't want to give up on her.
Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With strokes, it is really a variable prognosis; some cats bounce back whilst others show little or no sign of improvement. I do not want to give you any false hope or to dash your hopes either but prognosis is guarded generally. I would advise you to take each day as it comes and ensure that Charlotte receives excellent nursing care from you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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REMY
tabby
15 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

cant walk

MY CAT FELL OFF THE BED NOT A LONG FALL AT ALL HE RAN OUT OF THE ROOM THE NEXT MORNING HE CAN NOT WALK HE TRY'S BUT DOES A SUMMER SALT LIKE THING I TOOK HIM TO THE VET HIS SPINE IS FINE BLOOD WORK FINE HE IS IN NO PAIN CAN MOVE ALL HIS LEGS IS EATING AND DRINKING BUT CANT STAND WITH OUT HELP AND CANT WALK IT HAS BEEN 24 HOURS I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Brain injury, swelling, stroke or other neurological issues may be causing these symptoms but I am sure your Veterinarian checked Remy over for signs of this during the examination. After an incident like this , 24 hours is a short period of time; I would monitor Remy closely for the next few days but I don’t have anything I cannot recommend to give him unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simon
Cat
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No vomiting
Behavior Change
Loss of Balance
no circling
not circling
dilated pupils

Medication Used

Methimazole

My 14 yr old cat Simon the Cat of Hate came inside last night dragging his back legs and he twitched occasionally. He seemed in no pain, he was purring and acted cuddly and affectionate - this is unusual as he doesn't normally like to be held, he's normally a rather aggressive biter. His pupils were dilated, his fur was falling out, his breathing slowed at one point during the night when we thought he was gone. Then gradually he seemed to perk up. His back left leg still drags, but he's had surgery 8 yrs ago and has a plate and screws in his hip after surviving a car accident. He's used all 9 lives and most of my savings already on previous care and he was diagnosed a few months ago with thyroid disease and takes methimazole. I wonder if we didn't accidentally give him too much medicine? Is it cruel not to seek care now, and instead just keep him comfortable? He's not in any discomfort and he seems to be able to eat, drink, use the little box (all with help) and get around on his own, though he's still wobbly.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I"m sorry that that happened to Simon - it is difficult to know what happened since he was outside. He could have had a trauma, a poisoning, or a stroke. I'm not sure if it is cruel to allow him to live like that, as I can't see him and have a hard time commenting. It would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they can evaluate him, see what might be going on, and let you know what the best solution is for him.

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Rex
tabby
17 Years
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Confused
Not drinking water
Stumbling
Seizures
Muscle spasms

Medication Used

Insulin

hi, my cat is 17, and ever since i got home about 3 hours ago, he has been acting strange. he was moving his legs weird and holding his right back and front legs at a weird angle. about half an hour ago he started having what i think was a seizure. he is very unalert, and walking sort of as if he's drunk. his legs weren't working right and he kept falling over. he has diabeties, which we have been treating for about a year. currently, his legs seem to be working as usual (one leg has been off for a couple years so he stumbles a bit but it's normal for him), and he doesnt seem to know what's going on, just standing, walking, and standing. i have no way of getting him to a vet in the next two hours (i don't have a drivers licence/car and my parents won't be home for at least two hours) how can i help him? i don't know what to do. is he dying? i know he's old but i don't want to see him die.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Rex is having this happen to him - he may be having an episode of low blood sugar, and right now you should rub some corn syrup or karo syrup on his gums. As soon as you are able to do so, please take him to his veterinarian to see what might be going on, if it is a problem with his blood sugar, or if he is having a neurologic problem. I hope that everything goes okay for him today.

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Leela
tabby
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

As described

Hi there

My 11 year old cat is currently at the emergency veterinary hospital. We found poo in the bedroom and then found the cat in a cardboard box house my son had made her. She was non responsive initially but then came out but was walking in circles and when I held her in my arms she was not aligned in the usual way. She was unresponsive and limp on the journey.

Unfortunately I was not allowed to accompany her downstairs (which is a great shame as she will have been very scared and I could have reassured her).

The vet has told me she is showing signs of a stroke (the pupils are different sizes) but that her breathing and heart rate is also irregular which may be a sign of heart disease. They are running further tests over night and she is on oxygen.

I am wondering what to realistically expect - especially so I can manage the children’s expectations as they are distraught.

We are going on holiday on Friday so the timing could not be worse!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that is happening to Leela. Unfortunately, without knowing more about what is going on with her, I have a hard time commenting on what you might expect for her recovery, but often these types of situations are a 'wait and see' kind of situation to see how her body is going to respond. It would be very reasonable to ask your veterinarian what they think as far as how she is recovering, as they can see her and know more about her status.

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Max
Domestic long hair
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Doesnt recognize me or food

My cat may have suffered a stroke. We went to the neurologist yesterday and she believes it may have been. All his bloodwork was normal and intermittently he is perfectly normal. He began to be fine after 23 hours of having the supposed stroke. The neurologist said to watch him and hopefully it won't happen again. My question is the if indeed it was a stroke how long before the intermittent symptoms ( not recognizing me, food etc) last? If this isn't a stroke do you have any thoughts on these symptoms? They are the only symptoms that happened. For the first 23 hours he hid and was totally blank. Now he's not totally blank just doesn't recognize me or food and is occasionally frightened. The neurologist couldn't guess and didn't recommend further testing until/unless his symptoms get worse or return for a prolonged period. In beside myself

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Max had a stroke, which your specialist feels that he did, he should gradually get better and regain the functions that he had before the event. I would agree with your veterinarian, that time may heal his problems, and if they are not improving, perhaps an MRI is the next step for him.

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Felix
Unknown
4 Weeks
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Fits
Uneas
Unable to ealk
Weakness
Uneasy
Tilted head
Diarrhea

My 4 week old kitten keept having seizures and the vet had given it a steroid injection that lasts 3 days. This is the third day after the injection and the cat was acting completely normal again like a healthy cat. Then he started having diarrhoea and he was staying very still and looked extremely weak. I then let him sleep for a while. We have been bottle feeding him for about two weeks (when he was found on a backroad). It was a powder formula. Now my at cant walk straight, cannot see, is having fits, being extremely weak but still racing away and jumping away from everything. The vet said there was immense pressure on his brain and this caused seizures and blindness. Now I feel my cat is very near death and I really am worried for him help please.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Felix it is difficult to determine the specific underlying cause for these symptoms; there are a few congenital conditions which may cause similar issues but I cannot say for certain. You should keep in contact with your Veterinarian but you may need a consult with a Neurologist to narrow in on a specific diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitten
dsh
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Walking strangely

I witnessed my 13 year old cat have her front paws/legs out almost reaching/prancing like. Her eyes were big and she seemed like she was in a trance and acting strangely walking around. I started petting her and she went down on the ground. Within a few minutes I got her to eat treats and wet food and she jumped on the couch. Do you think she had a stroke?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that Kitten had a neurologic event of some type, whether it was a stroke, or a seizure. If she is having further episodes, or is affected by the episode, it would be a good idea to have her examined by a veterinarian and have her neurologic reflexes assessed, and possibly a blood panel to evaluate her systemic health. I hope that she is okay.

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Monet
Persian
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dilated Eyes
Kicking hind leg
Breathing Difficulties
Tongue sticking out

My 16 yo cat had a stroke overnight. Took him to the vet this morning no blood work just checked his heart rate and said he needs to be euthanized. Gave him drops of water and is laying next to me. Is there anything else that I can do for him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Monet has had a stroke, it is important to determine the severity of the stroke, the part of the brain affected, the effect on mobility and whether there is a favourable prognosis or not; without examining Monet I cannot determine these variables. If you are not happy with the advice offered by your Veterinarian I would suggest you visit another Veterinarian for an examination to get their opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 17 yr old cat had a stroke in november 2017. I came home from work and was surprised he didn't greet me at the door as usual. He had no ability to move his left side. I took him to a veterinarian that i trust in a small town south of Austin. I feared i would have to put him down. I was surprised to learn that a medication can be prescribed to "make the left side of the brain start communicating with the right", per the vet. The medication was temporary (10 days) and imexpensive. Within three days Simba was climbing steps and had regained abput 80 percent of his left side strength. Sadly, strokes in felines is usually indicative of a more serious underlying problem. Im happy that i happened to go to a vet that gave me this option because my cat lived 6 more months and all but the last 4 days were days that i know he slept and are well, was engaged and happy.

My cat (Simba) was 18.5 year old, I gave him dry food from my hand he ate not much once he turned around his both legs were dead, and cold he could not move I pick him up massaged but his both legs were still dead he cried, hard to breath, and vomiting it was on Sunday around 2 pm Samba's vet office was closed, my daughter found emergency hospital near me I drove there within 10 minutes when I got there Simba was brought to the back room immediately, make it short I followed vet. assistant to the patient room, about 15 minutes vet. came to me, and said Simba had stroke, and had to be euthanized then I said can I take him home? she (vet.) said no it is not fair for him I did not ask what do you mean it is not fair for him because I'm so confuse and do not understand why? that is all!you can do to Simba just to kill him, I paid $409.00, and Simba's gone. I'm so lost!!!! cried, and cried, some veterinarians are the killer, and money.

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