Upload

Loading...

Cat 5 days after suffering a stroke.

44,539 views

Loading...

Loading...

Transcript

The interactive transcript could not be loaded.

Loading...

Loading...

Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Uploaded on Aug 7, 2010

This is Smudge he is 16 years old, he suffered a stroke Monday, this video is the after effects 5 days later.
On Monday 2nd Aug. 2010 my husband came home to find Smudge unable to use his back legs, he had pooped everywhere and he was making a horrible crying noise, he was admitted as an emergency to our vets.
We had a call the next morning to say he had eaten and we can collect him.
The vet explained it was either a stroke, vestibular disease or a brain tumour, they hadn't done anything other than a blood pressure check that night.
We bought him home, he couldn't walk and was really out of it. Later that afternoon he had a fit and started to suffer severe nystagmus (eyes darting side to side) we took him back to the vets and they explained the likely hood at this point would be a stroke or brain tumour and the next 24hrs would tell.
We bought him home and made him comfortable, later I gave him a few treats which he loves and little amounts of water through a syringe I had from my daughter's Calpol. ( taking care not to get any into his lungs just a few drops at a time).
That night he slept on and off, he fell off the sofa at 3:30am but thankfully didn't hurt himself he had a runny poop but went in his litter tray, he has not lost his continence at all, but needed cleaning up as he has no control of his head, neck or legs.
The next day he woke up about 7:30am he seemed a little more with it, but still had no control and the nystagmus was still bad, he ate some breakfast (his cat meat) I still had to give him a little water with the syringe.
Thursday the nystagmus had all but gone, he walked although very wobbly and falling on his side alot, he manage a little walk in the garden too, he sprayed on a tree which must have given him some relief to release the wee and to know 'HIS' garden is marked :)
At this point he ate from his bowl which we have placed in the lounge on the fire place as he seems reluctant to put his head down to the food at floor level, I imagine due to the spinning feeling.
I gave him a shallow warm bath that night, as he was a little grotty, what with tipping over alot and a blowdry which he likes. I hoped it might give his 'must be aching' muscles a bit of relief too. He tried to go to the litter box for a poop that night but couldn't manage to go just passed wind, so we decided a vets visit to see if he needed and laxatives as I felt any straining at this point would only have negative effects.
Friday we went to see the vet who was pleased to see the progress Smudge had made, he had a good look at him and felt his tummy, there was no blockage there so we decided no meds were required, but generally the vet was happy, he did feel at this point the diagnosis is a stoke, due to the improvement in Smudges condition.
He continues to improve every day, each morning brings with it a new bit of his old self back with it.
He is such a lovely old boy we have had him since he was 2 years old, we certainly hope he continues to improve, we are just taking it one day at a time.
His improvement every day we are thrilled about, he is absolutely worth the lack of sleep and the icky cleaning jobs.
I have been sleeping downstairs with him he has had pillows placed to support his head when he sleeps, and pillows on the floor just in case he tries to get up, we will continue to do everything we can to get him back to normal as he can get. I will post another video in few days to show how he's doing, all being well of course x

Loading...

When autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically play next.

Up next


to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...