How to Know if a Cat Had a Stroke

If your kitty has had a stroke, he may become more vocal, uncoordinated or confused.
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Strokes are caused when blood flow to the brain is blocked. The lack of oxygen that occurs causes symptoms including disorientation, imbalance, seizures and blindness. If your cat suffers a stroke, you may observe one or more of these symptoms. Your cat requires medical treatment, stat.

Step 1

Be concerned if your cat exhibits a tilted head, lack of coordination or a loss of balance. If your kitty is suddenly looking sideways, falling or having difficulty walking straight, his sense of balance has been disrupted. This could imply any of a few serious problems, including a stroke.

Step 2

Look for signs of disorientation or confusion, common in stroke victims. Your cat may be walking into walls, getting stuck in corners, running in circles without stopping, staring off into space or appearing seemingly lost.

Step 3

Take notice if your cat acts as if his sight is suddenly impaired, as this can indicate he has suffered a stroke. Signs of potential blindness include the inability to find food and water dishes, missing the litter box, and bumping into furniture and walls. Your cat may exhibit signs of fearfulness and become withdrawn. Immediate medical attention may allow some reversal of any blindness that occurs.

Step 4

Assume that any seizure your cat suffers requires an immediate examination by your veterinarian, as seizures can be caused by strokes. Symptoms can include your kitty collapsing, leg jerking, bowel or bladder elimination, foaming at the mouth and unconsciousness. You may cover your kitty with a blanket to keep him warm, but do not try to intervene otherwise.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

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