Looking for these 10 signs your cat may have had a stroke will let you know whether you should seek emergency care immediately.
Cat stroke symptoms are different from humans, so much so that for years it was assumed that cats did not suffer from strokes, according to petinfo.com
But unlike in humans, the symptoms do not intensify after 24 hours. Once the stroke happens, the damage is immediate.
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While Paws News for Cat Lovers has not had a cat that has had a stroke (that we know of), we have been impacted by the devastation of strokes in humans. Two significant others had a stroke, and we lived through the arduous rehabilitation process and dealt with their physical and personal changes.
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10 signs your cat has had a stroke
Ten signs your cat may have had a stroke include:
- Tilted head. If your cat tilts its head to one side, and has difficulties moving his head to the other side, it’s symptomatic of a stroke
- One dilated eye. One of the pupils of the cat’s eyes appears to be more dilated than the other.
- Loss of Balance. The cat loses balance quickly, falls or walks in circles
- Ataxia. The cat looses the ability to coordinate his muscles, stumbling from side to side and is unable to perform ordinary tasks like eating, walking, jumping, running.
- Confusion. The cat is not totally aware of his surroundings which is not characteristic of a healthy cat. The cat may get confused and be unable to find his way around familiar surroundings.
- Behavior Changes. The cat may seek more or less affection, be apathetic and lethargic, and be sleeping more than usual.
- Lack of Energy. the cat ignores activities that normally attracted the cat’s attention.
- Loss of appetite. The cat is not interested in food. This can be caused by the ensuring confusion or nausea and could persist up to a few days.
- Weight loss. Lack of appetite, nausea or even vomiting can cause the cat not to eat and thus lose weight.
- An altered state of mind. Depression, disorientation, uncontrollable circling, seizures, blindness, aggression, vocalization and/or other signs of altered state of mind which could be the sign of a stroke.
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