10 Signs your cat has had a stroke

10 Signs your cat has had a stroke

10 signs your cat has had a stroke

Lethargy is one of the 10 signs your cat may have had a stroke.

Looking for these 10 signs your cat may have had a stroke will let you know whether your 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.

While Paws for Reflection 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, as two significant others each had a stroke, and we lived through the arduous rehabilitation process, and dealt with their physical and personal changes.

10 signs your cat has had a stroke

Ten signs your cat may have had a stroke include:

  1. 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
  2. One dilated eye. One of the pupils of the cat’s eyes appears to be more dilated than the other.
  3. Loss of Balance. The cat loses balance quickly, falls or walks in circles
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Behavior Changes. The cat may seek more or less affection, be apathetic and lethargic, and be sleeping more than usual.
  7. Lack of Energy. the cat ignores activities that normally attracted the cat’s attention.
  8. 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.
  9. Weight loss. Lack of appetite, nausea or even vomiting can cause the cat not to eat and thus lose weight.
  10. 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.

If you think your cat has asthma or any other health issues, schedule a visit with your veterinarian immediately. The contents of this blog post are for informational purposes only, and should not be used in place of professional advise from your veterinarian.


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If you think your cat has had a stroke, get emergency help immediately. 

Have you ever wondered how you would tell if your cat has had a stroke? Have you ever had a cat that has had a stroke? What was your first reaction? How well did your cat recover? Please weigh in on this discussion and share your thoughts.

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5 Responses to 10 signs your cat has had a stroke

  1. I’ve heard from vets that cats’ circulatory systems are such that strokes and heart issues are uncommon. There was one morning though where Kitty kept veering into the left wall. Because of what the vet told me, I rationalized it away. A few hours later, she was much better so I let it go. I’ve always wondered if that was the beginning of the end for her. As time went on, other symptoms cropped up – while the veering all but went away. I’m glad you wrote this because I think you are absolutely right … cats CAN have strokes and they DEFINITELY can have clots elsewhere in their bodies that will slowly kill them. I wish I’d gone with my instinct that day instead of listening to what a vet told me. She was almost 16 … so maybe it wouldn’t have made a difference … but the question will plague me for the rest of my life.

    • BJ says:

      At 16, your cat very well could have had a stroke. From what you are saying, she was veering into the left wall, that sounds like one of the signs. While they react differently than humans to a stroke, they sure do have them. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ellen Pilch says:

    Excellent post! I hope to never need this information, but it is good to know. We sent you an email about winning our giveaway, I hope you got it.

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At Paws for Reflection, we're serious about cats, writing about cat health, cat rescue and cat news. We delve into why cats are the absolute best soul mates. We spring in a little humor with lots of travel tips, photos and a few feline tales, making Paws for Reflection a must stop for cat information on the cat crazed Internet. BJ is an award-winning blogger/journalist, communications professional and photographer.

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