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My cat is holding his head to the side and is leaning to one

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My cat is holding his head to the side and is leaning to one side. i think he had or is having a stroke. Should I give him an aspirin or something?
Thanks you.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. BJ Hughes replied 6 years ago.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Hi there -- Welcome to Just Answer.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Did this happen quickly or over time?

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Aspirin is not advised in cats -- due to toxicity. There are no over the counter medications that are advised for a stroke.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

There may be some other possible causes --

JACUSTOMER-gk3cy3yv- :

It just seemed to happen in the last few hours. Suddenly, not violently.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Vestibular disease (that is sudden and affects the vestibular apparatus of the inner ear)

Dr. BJ Hughes :

And inner ear infection.

JACUSTOMER-gk3cy3yv- :

What can I do? My vet is closed until tomorrow hopefully.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Ok --

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Is he having trouble walking and getting around -- ?

JACUSTOMER-gk3cy3yv- :

He is pretty lathageric, but can walk around

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Any vomiting (sometimes seen with inner ear issues)

JACUSTOMER-gk3cy3yv- :

No, but he is not hungry and is always hungry at this time of day.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

There are not any over the counter medications that are recommended in this situation.

JACUSTOMER-gk3cy3yv- :

I have two cats and one of the may have vomited this morning around 5:00pm. I can't be sure this is the one.

JACUSTOMER-gk3cy3yv- :

What should I do, just wait it out?

Dr. BJ Hughes :

However, you can be sure to keep him under close monitoring, and be sure that he does not have access to any areas (stairs, etc) where he might stumble and fall. '

Dr. BJ Hughes :

But it sounds like any vomiting is not ongoing -- so you can try to get some wet food or watered down food into him.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

A vet appointment is recommended as soon as you are able.

JACUSTOMER-gk3cy3yv- :

Ok. I'll try wet food. We just started them on Science Diet C/D wet food and they love it.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Very good -- small amounts. As nausea may be present -- and vomiting may occur -- if it does then discontinue feeding.

JACUSTOMER-gk3cy3yv- :

OK. Thank you. IF it is a vestibular inner ear problem will it go away or does a vet need to do something. We'll get him in tomorrow.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

You may want to consider seperating this kitty to watch urinations, Bm and appetite -- so that there is a direct observation of this one.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

IN an area where he cannot fall.

JACUSTOMER-gk3cy3yv- :

Will try to do.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

It will be important to see your vet to determine if this is vestibular or inner ear infection -- sometimes you treat for both. But vestibular tend to go away in a few days -- the infeciton needs treatment.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

There is a possibility that this is a brain issue -- stroke etc

JACUSTOMER-gk3cy3yv- :

Is there anything else we can do besides getting him small amounts of liquid food? He still purrs when you hold him.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

This is good -- Just careful monitoring and a safe place.

JACUSTOMER-gk3cy3yv- :

Ok. Thank you.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

You are most welcome

Dr. BJ Hughes :

I hope this information helps!
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