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March 20th 07, 10:17 PM
I have a female tabby, left at my front door 2 years ago, that is
probably 13-16 yrs old. While sitting on my bed yesterday she
suddenly
flopped over and laid very still for some minutes. She appeared to be
breathing a little shallow so I eventually lifted her to a sitting
position and she immediately curled to the left. She stumbled toward
the edge of bed still curved to the left and started to jump down. To
shorten this a bit, I took her to my vet immediately and after blood
tests, etc. found that her BP was around 240. Weakness in left rear
leg and still curling to the left. I brought her home after a Depo
shot with 2 scripts. One for Prednisone, the other for Atenolol.
Throughout the bight she cried periodically and lay on her side with
legs stretched out titanically. Occasional spasms... Now, this AM she
can't stand up and otherwise the same. She can move all limbs but is
still somewhat spasmodic.
I'm very worried, she spent from 0330 til now in my arms. As long as
I
hold her she seems content and reasonably relaxed -- until I move
that
is. Can anyone speculate as to her prognosis? I had to hold her while
she drank water this AM and last night she had good appetite for bar-
B-
Qued meat I had for dinner. Wouldn't touch her regular food, but then
she has always preferred people food.
I have to leave town in 48 hours and am worried sick that she will
not
recover enough by then...

Any help would be appreciated,


Michael

Christina Websell
March 20th 07, 10:32 PM
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>I have a female tabby, left at my front door 2 years ago, that is
> probably 13-16 yrs old. While sitting on my bed yesterday she
> suddenly
> flopped over and laid very still for some minutes. She appeared to be
> breathing a little shallow so I eventually lifted her to a sitting
> position and she immediately curled to the left. She stumbled toward
> the edge of bed still curved to the left and started to jump down. To
> shorten this a bit, I took her to my vet immediately and after blood
> tests, etc. found that her BP was around 240. Weakness in left rear
> leg and still curling to the left. I brought her home after a Depo
> shot with 2 scripts. One for Prednisone, the other for Atenolol.
> Throughout the bight she cried periodically and lay on her side with
> legs stretched out titanically. Occasional spasms... Now, this AM she
> can't stand up and otherwise the same. She can move all limbs but is
> still somewhat spasmodic.
> I'm very worried, she spent from 0330 til now in my arms. As long as
> I
> hold her she seems content and reasonably relaxed -- until I move
> that
> is. Can anyone speculate as to her prognosis? I had to hold her while
> she drank water this AM and last night she had good appetite for bar-
> B-
> Qued meat I had for dinner. Wouldn't touch her regular food, but then
> she has always preferred people food.
> I have to leave town in 48 hours and am worried sick that she will
> not
> recover enough by then...
>
> Any help would be appreciated,
>
I've had elderly dogs go like this. I have got them over it but not in 48
hours. My vet says it's a type of stroke, although dogs - maybe cats can't
have a stroke like humans can.
You may have to postpone your trip, or get a friend/relative to nurse her
while you are gone. IME the prognosis is quite good eventually but she will
need a lot of help at first. Weeks, not days.

cindys
March 20th 07, 10:44 PM
> wrote in message
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> I have to leave town in 48 hours and am worried sick that she will
> not
> recover enough by then...
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I don't know enough to comment on her prognosis, but if it were my kitty, I
would see if one of my friends would be willing to take her in or board her
at the vet hospital until I returned. I would not leave her alone in my
house in this condition, not even if I arranged for someone to look in on
her once or twice a day. Purrs for a full recovery. Please keep us posted.
Best regards,
---Cindy S.

Lynne
March 21st 07, 12:13 AM
on Tue, 20 Mar 2007 22:17:16 GMT, wrote:

> I have a female tabby, left at my front door 2 years ago, that is
> probably 13-16 yrs old. While sitting on my bed yesterday she
> suddenly
> flopped over and laid very still for some minutes. She appeared to be
> breathing a little shallow so I eventually lifted her to a sitting
> position and she immediately curled to the left. She stumbled toward
> the edge of bed still curved to the left and started to jump down. To
> shorten this a bit, I took her to my vet immediately and after blood
> tests, etc. found that her BP was around 240. Weakness in left rear
> leg and still curling to the left. I brought her home after a Depo
> shot with 2 scripts. One for Prednisone, the other for Atenolol.
> Throughout the bight she cried periodically and lay on her side with
> legs stretched out titanically. Occasional spasms... Now, this AM she
> can't stand up and otherwise the same. She can move all limbs but is
> still somewhat spasmodic.
> I'm very worried, she spent from 0330 til now in my arms. As long as
> I
> hold her she seems content and reasonably relaxed -- until I move
> that
> is. Can anyone speculate as to her prognosis? I had to hold her while
> she drank water this AM and last night she had good appetite for bar-
> B-
> Qued meat I had for dinner. Wouldn't touch her regular food, but then
> she has always preferred people food.
> I have to leave town in 48 hours and am worried sick that she will
> not
> recover enough by then...
>
> Any help would be appreciated,

I had a cat who had a stroke (we think he was poisoned) at the age of 7.
His recovery took many, many months of intensive care--first in the
hospital and then at home. He recovered most of his bodily functions,
except his balance. It took him a long time to adjust to using his
vision to compensate for his loss of balance. Other than that, and some
profound personality changes, he definitely got better but it took a long
time (several months).

If I were in your shoes, I would put my cat in the hospital while
traveling. I think she needs to be watched closely over the next weeks,
and I really don't think you can trust anyone other than yourself or a
vet hospital to do this.

--
Lynne