How to Treat a Cat After a Stroke

Written by greg lindberg
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Feline strokes are typically rare, but such strokes, known as feline cerebrovascular incident, can occur if blood flow to the cat's brain is lessened. Mild or severe cases can occur, but it's best to always take your cat to a licensed veterinarian to be examined. If your cat is diagnosed with suffering from a stroke you will want to take appropriate steps to aiding your cat's mental condition.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Water and food
  • Water dropped
  • Comfortable surroundings
  • Veterinarian

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    How to Treat a Cat After a Stroke

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    Keep your cat hydrated and well fed. Your cat may resist food or not know when it should due to its condition. Try introducing the water and food bowls often to your cat if you think it's not eating on its own. Also, try running cool water from your sink faucet and letting it drink from it. You should use a water dropper to hydrate your cat if necessary.

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    Feed your cat small amounts of food at a time. The brain damage from the stroke could also cause your cat to overeat. Monitor your cat closely when it eats and replenish its food bowls when necessary.

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    Keep things close to your cat. It may not want to travel too far depending on the severity of its stroke. Place food and water bowls in the same area as the litter box. Try to keep these close to the area where you cat usually sleeps.

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    Make your cat as comfortable as possible. Let it rest in a comfortable area like a bed or special cat bed. Try not to let your cat sleep on hard surfaces. Let your cat sniff you as much as possible. These helps to remind that cat of your friendliness and also helps the cat to function its brain in an calm manner.

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    Take your cat in to the vet for regular visit and to have blood work done. It will be good to have your cat's blood pressure checked to see how the stroke is affecting it. Ask you vet if there is any recommended medication that would help your cat before purchasing anything online or from a store.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have other cats that normally play aggressively around your cat that suffered a stroke, make sure they are separated when your more healthy cats are extremely playful.
  • Always consult your veterinarian before giving your cat and medication

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