Signs indicating the occurrence of an acute stroke in cats include inability to walk, a drunk appearance, imbalance or sudden fall to the side, a head tilt and neurologically inappropriate behaviors, such as a seizure, reports Pet Health Network. Unusual eye movement, rolling to one side, lack of appetite, nausea and vomiting also signal an acute stroke in cats.
Cats who suffer strokes typically exhibit involuntary circling, confusion, lack of coordination, depression and other signs of altered mental state and acute-onset cerebral dysfunction, states PetWave. Aggressive behavior, blindness and vocal noises also indicate the onset of a feline stroke.
Signs of feline strokes occur suddenly but do not progress after 24 hours, notes PetWave. Stroke results from inadequate oxygen supply to the brain due to a blocked or ruptured blood vessel. Head trauma, consumption of toxins and certain medical conditions lead to the obstruction or breakage of blood vessels in the brain.
When a feline stroke occurs, prompt diagnosis and treatment are crucial for a higher chance of successful recovery, according to PetWave. Treatment involves providing intensive care, including rehydration with fluids and administration of various medications, and targeting the underlying cause. Aggressive physical therapy is important during rehabilitation. With proper treatment, cats who suffered strokes typically resume normal activities within two to three weeks after the occurrence of the strokes.