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Can cats have mini strokes?

sickly sweetsickly sweet

Can cats have mini strokes, and I don't mean the cuddling kind.
My cat had a 10 minute episode where she lost the use of her back legs, her eyes glazed over and then got better but had a sore back (tried to nip me when I stroked her which she never does). My mum says it's a mini stroke.
She is happy enough, eaten since and wanting more love than usual but I was wondering if you have had something similar with your cat?

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    DLM
    Check with your vet asap.
    SouthParkFan
    Get her checked out asap. Not a good sign and maybe some underlying health problem.

    Next time she may not be so lucky.

    Hope your pussy cat gets better soon.
    bossyboots
    is she an old cat? dont know much about cats but u need to take her to the vets tomorrow and get her checked over

    I am absolutely terrified of cats btw - dont know why - always been like that!
    DLM
    DLM4 years, 8 months ago #4Show comment tools Reply
    Feline strokes (feline cerebrovascular incident) are very uncommon, but they do occur. A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is blocked or diminishes. A stroke can cause severe damage to the brain cells, so if your cat exhibits the signs or symptoms of a stroke, immediate attention is necessary. The long-term prognosis depends on how quickly you can seek help from a vet and then how quickly the cat’s mental and physical functions return to normal.

    Just like in humans there are several physical symptoms that may point towards your cat suffering from a stroke:

    Mobility and loss of balance: Loss of balance, stumbling or slow movements are very typical in cats that suffered from a stroke. Your cat may appear drunk or may avoid jumping and running.

    Head tilting: After having suffered from a stroke your cat may have difficulties moving its head to one side or the other. It will appear drunk and confused, keeping its head tilted to one side. It will be uncoordinated, falling and bumping into things. These are the clearest symptoms that your cat has suffered a stroke. Immediate attention is necessary so you should try to get an emergency appointment with your vet.

    Mismatched Pupils: A stroke can cause one of your cat’s pupils to be more dilated than the other.

    Eating: Strokes often compromise facial muscles and nerves, affecting your cat’s ability to eat or swallow.

    Vomiting: As a result of compromised facial or throat muscles and nerves your cat may often choke and gag on things and may throw up.

    Weight loss: Weight loss is a direct result of loss of appetite and vomiting. There can be many reasons for weight loss in cats, so don’t panic and assume the worst just because your darling suddenly lost a few inches around the waist…

    Lack of Energy: As a result of the weight loss, loss of appetite and vomiting, your cat will be abnormally inactive and exhausted and shunning contact with humans and other animals. It will hide and sleep extensively more than usual.

    Brain Function: Depending upon the extent of damage to its brain cells, you may notice a change in its personality, as in your cat appearing to be obviously disoriented and confused or frightened. Also you may notice that your cat sleeps way more during the day than usually.

    Bathroom Habits: A stroke can also affect a cat’s abdominal muscles or the nerves. Your cat may struggle to have a bowel movement or it may urinate without realising.

    Feline strokes are quite rare. But if your cat exhibits any of the symptoms above, especially confusion, head tilting and loss of balance and mobility, see your vet.
    RFC
    bossyboots;8168629
    is she an old cat? dont know much about cats but u need to take her to the vets tomorrow and get her checked over

    I am absolutely terrified of cats btw - dont know why - always been like that!

    lol ,so iam i hate the ******s hope yours is alright though!:roll:
    sickly sweet
    She is 12 which I think is old for cats.
    She was a rescue cat and ferrel then, we live next to a farm so although she loves us and is a fabulous cat at home she's semi-ferrel still and we haven't been able to get her in a cat basket to go to the vets for her booster vaccinations for about 10 years, but she;s lying next to me on the sofa at the moment (strange for her) and just a bit slow so think we'll try and get her to the vets tomorrow. I just never knew cats could get strokes, but it seems like something is up. Poor little thing, she is an amazing cat. I tried googling it but came up with CAT scans...lol, not quite what I was looking for.
    bykergrove
    awwww hope she gets better :-( i love cats

    my ex's dog had some kind of episode once where he froze n threw up and the white of one of his eyes popped out..... but then a couple of days later he was fine. i begged for her to take him to the vets but since his eye got better she never bothered.

    i'd suggest getting the vets to take a look.
    DLM
    DLM4 years, 8 months ago #8Show comment tools Reply
    bykergrove
    awwww hope she gets better :-( i love cats

    my ex's dog had some kind of episode once where he froze n threw up and the white of one of his eyes popped out..... but then a couple of days later he was fine. i begged for her to take him to the vets but since his eye got better she never bothered.

    i'd suggest getting the vets to take a look.


    I love all small animals.

    Hope you are well BG x x
    Chiptivo
    Did she get a little burning thing on her head like the advert???

    http://imagescdn.reuters.com/20090209/WAO1228958980041.jpg
    bykergrove
    DLM
    I love all small animals.

    Hope you are well BG x x


    hey! yep i'm good!

    hope you are too?
    DLM
    Chiptivo
    Did she get a little burning thing on her head like the advert???

    http://imagescdn.reuters.com/20090209/WAO1228958980041.jpg


    That advert is daft.

    Hope you are well Chiptivo :thumbsup:
    DLM
    bykergrove
    hey! yep i'm good!

    hope you are too?


    I wish I could have animals :-(

    I am fine x x
    sickly sweet
    Thanks for the nice comments :)

    She won't jump up to her favourite chair now, she's just staring at it...time to pick her up and some TLC.
    Fingers crossed in the morning she'll be ok. My granny once had a TIA mini stroke at a bus stop and then 10 minutes later she was fine got on her bus :w00t: - is it bad that I'm comparing my granny to my cat lol.
    DLM
    sickly sweet
    Thanks for the nice comments :)

    She won't jump up to her favourite chair now, she's just staring at it...time to pick her up and some TLC.
    Fingers crossed in the morning she'll be ok. My granny once had a TIA mini stroke at a bus stop and then 10 minutes later she was fine got on her bus :w00t: - is it bad that I'm comparing my granny to my cat lol.


    You love your cat as much as your grannie x x
    RFC
    DLM;8168810
    You love your cat as much as your grannie x x

    wtf are you on..............give me some please:w00t:
    DLM
    RFC
    wtf are you on..............give me some please:w00t:


    Nothing.

    People love their pets as much as their family :p
    sickly sweet
    DLM
    You love your cat as much as your grannie x x


    DLM
    Nothing.

    People love their pets as much as their family :p


    Yep, it's true (even if it's embarassing).
    My cat loves me unconditionally and gives back, you don't always get that with family members. But at the same time I recognise she's 'only a cat' and not human.
    DLM
    sickly sweet
    Yep, it's true (even if it's embarassing).
    My cat loves me unconditionally and gives back, you don't always get that with family members. But at the same time I recognise she's 'only a cat' and not human.


    Wouldn't it be great if they could talk.

    I have some great conversations with family pets :giggle:
    SouthParkFan
    I love my cat more than my gran.

    Saying that my gran IS dead though.
    Smaybelline
    My dog had something exactly like this. One minute she was playing with her toys and then she went all stiff and rigid, her eyes totally glazed over. She seemed unresponsive as if she couldnt hear me. Then she tried to get up but her back legs gave way and she was really struggling. For hours she just sat at the bottom of the stairs shivering and feeling so sorry for herself.

    Took her to the vets and it wasnt a stroke it was a fit. She had 3 more in one day and one time she wet herself. The vet said if it continues we could pay ££££'s for tests but shes never had one since!

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