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Help! Kitty suddenly can't walk, vomiting, vets stumped!

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  • Help! Kitty suddenly can't walk, vomiting, vets stumped!

    My moms beloved kitty went out this morning as usual around 8am. Are breakfast, happy, normal. At 10am she heard her yowling. Found her under a tree unable to walk, screaming and vomiting. Drive her straight to vets where they have been working in her all day. She is defecating and urinating on herself, still tips over and lays on her side if you try to right her and is yowling very bizarre. X-rays are showing nothing. Waiting on bloodwork. Thinking we may have to transport her to the big hospital. Any ideas what could cause this??? They don't have any known poisons on the propery but is there something that would cause this? Like a household product? Could she have fallen from tree? Any ideas would be very appreciated!
    Please excuse the typos...I'm always on my iPhone and autocorrect is not my friend. Yes I mean mares autocorrect...not mates.

  • #2
    Well hopefully they have her stable as it looks like she is in shock. If x-rays are clean then you will have to wait on the blood work. This will tell you a lot and hopefully you'll get an answer.

    Are her vaccinations up to date? Rabies too?

    She might have fallen and took a wack on the head. Can you do ultrasound to check her internal organs?

    Taking her to a big hospital will help a lot. Do you have insurance on your cat? I have it on my Bengal after a very expensive ($4,000) surgery he had from breaking his leg and he needed a plate. He's 100% now.

    I hope your kitty makes a full recovery.
    "Common sense is so rare nowadays, it should be classified as a super power."-Craig Bear Laubscher


    • Original Poster

      Thank you! We do have insurance on her...thank God! It will cover some hopefully. This particular insurance has a knack for wiggling out if paying. They don't have an ultrasound machine at this vet but that's a good suggestion. She has apparently not improved in 5 hours. Could a fall from a tree/head injury cause this or would that show up on X-ray?
      Please excuse the typos...I'm always on my iPhone and autocorrect is not my friend. Yes I mean mares autocorrect...not mates.


      • #4
        Spinal aneurism of some sort?
        ****Indecision may or may not be my problem****


        • Original Poster

          Just got a vet update. They gave her some pain meds and fluids and she stopped yowling and ate a bit. They are going to hospitalize her for the night and if she isn't improving of gets worse we will transfer her to the hospital 3 hours away. Any other ideas keep them coming! :-)
          Please excuse the typos...I'm always on my iPhone and autocorrect is not my friend. Yes I mean mares autocorrect...not mates.


          • #6
            Originally posted by Keg-A-Bacchus View Post
            Thank you! We do have insurance on her...thank God! It will cover some hopefully. This particular insurance has a knack for wiggling out if paying. They don't have an ultrasound machine at this vet but that's a good suggestion. She has apparently not improved in 5 hours. Could a fall from a tree/head injury cause this or would that show up on X-ray?
            My little cat Tux acted like that when he got hit by a car as a yearling. With him, you really could not tell he was hit unless you looked close at his paws (ripped from trying to grip on impact) and also he had some blood coming out of his mouth. My vet said not only was it physical (his little face was smashed) but also the shock I am a tough old horse broad who has seen more than her fair share of trauma to animals but seeing my little cat lie that shook me up so bad I could barely drive to the vets.

            Hugs! And I hope it passes quickly and your cat is back to normal soon!


            • #7
              Jingles for kitty. I can't offer any ideas that a vet wouldn't.


              • #8
                Hypertension and brain bleed/stroke? Toxin exposure?


                • #9
                  XR would not show, say, bleeding inside the brain. Would show associated skull fracture if any, but they don't always happen.

                  Could also be some kind of poison (vomiting and diarrhea) that affects the vestibular system (unable to stand upright). Some heavy metals could probably do that.
                  Proud Member Of The Lady Mafia


                  • #10
                    Pain and yowling cat

                    We had a cat that had a similar experience. Was fine in the morning, my daughter came home from school and he was yowling in pain and couldn't walk. It ended up that he had cardiomyopathy which is an issue with blood clots breaking off from in his heart. One had come free and blocked the artery/vein (memory is a bit off on this as it was many years ago) leading to his hind leg - excruciatingly painful and life threatening. We put him on blood thinners and thought about amputating his back leg but he passed another blood clot which settled in his lung and we ended up euthanizing him. Good luck with your kitty and I hope his is a far different outcome.


                    • #11
                      Lawn chemicals?
                      If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
                      Desmond Tutu


                      • #12
                        I just had my kitty PTS due to a blood clot in his leg. His was unusually low on the leg, and he couldn't move below the clot. Apparently they are usually higher up, and depending on where, could immobilize the whole back end. Is your kitty warm all the way to the toes? The area below the clot would apparently be cooler.
                        Founder of the "I met a COTHer in a foreign country" clique!


                        • #13
                          Spider bite?


                          • #14
                            Cardiomyopathy with emboli would be pretty high on my list of rule outs.
                            "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                            ...just settin' on the Group W bench.


                            • #15
                              Does he have a heart murmur? If he does (or even if he doesn't) getting cardiac ultrasound to look for smoke might be a good idea. A saddle thrombus is the "horses" as to the many other zebras it could be. Jingles for a continued recovery!


                              • Original Poster

                                Good to know about the cardiac stuff! I'll let the vet know right away to check if they haven't. She's more comfortable now but still far from out if the woods. The vets were having a conference call to talk to university specialists to get more ideas. I really appreciate the ideas and jingles!
                                Please excuse the typos...I'm always on my iPhone and autocorrect is not my friend. Yes I mean mares autocorrect...not mates.


                                • #17
                                  Saddle thrombosis?
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Laurierace View Post
                                    Saddle thrombosis?
                                    My suggestion also! Jingles for kitty!


                                    • #19
                                      I second the ultrasound or MRI -- I have no real suggestions, but x-rays can't catch everything and I say the sooner you can get it done, the better (I wouldn't wait until tomorrow unless she's just not stable enough to move). I hate the "wait and see" thing -- so frustrating. Jingles for kitty and you!


                                      • #20
                                        Did she maybe eat one of those blue-tailed skinks? They're poisonous to cats and I think lead to neuro like symptoms.
                                        Just pulling some stuff outta my butt here but it is worth thinking about.