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Cat head trauma, What are his chances?

My cat was hit yesterday by a car. He has severe head trauma but no other injuries, we don't know if there is any hemoraging as he was taken to an emergency vet and not a cat specialist hospital.

I'm not sure what medication he's no but they said it was to reduce swelling and he's on an IV saline drip and oxygen.

He was outside for a few hours before we found him and before we took him in to the vet and they say it lowered his chances of survival.

However when we went to see him he was conscious enough and seemed to respond to my voice and responded to touch. His limbs are rigid especially his back right foot, however he seems to know when someone is touching him, and he is breathing through his mouth though I suspect that may be because of the oxygen therapy.

He does make odd meowing sounds though. He hasn't made an effort to get up though and the vet told me that he was becoming less responsive and that I should put him down.

But he was still kicking his legs, and I love him so much, I can't imaging my life with out him. What are his chances?
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7052683 tn?1392938795
Hi Murry,

No VETS IN FIJI???? What in the world is going on. This little guy needs to be seen by an emergency clinic of some kind--maybe you have wildlife sanctuaries that would have a animal doctor on staff??

It is so good to know you are with him and doing all you can, but he may be in a great deal of pain and need pain meds.

Please keep us informed on his condition! this is worrisome,
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Sincerely,
CML
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It is so great reading you cat lovers stories.  Given me and my wife hope that our Louis will recover from a car hit or a severe kick.  He is walking Ok but has a small amount of blood from the nostrils, with a nasty wound under his chin.  
We are in Fiji and have no vet  so must do the best we can.  He is sleeping now and we have given him a small amount of water and sugar on his tongue.  He is just two years old and the most sociable cat I have had in 65 years.  Needless to say, we are devastated that he has been injuried
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It is so great reading you cat lovers stories.  Given me and my wife hope that our Louis will recover from a car hit or a severe kick.  He is walking Ok but has a small amount of blood from the nostrils, with a nasty wound under his chin.  
We are in Fiji and have no vet  so must do the best we can.  He is sleeping now and we have given him a small amount of water and sugar on his tongue.  He is just two years old and the most sociable cat I have had in 65 years.  Needless to say, we are devastated that he has been injuried
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874521 tn?1424116797
yes good for you indeed for rescuing little Frankie and helping her through such a traumatic event....its early yet and in our experience from what others have posted there is a very good chance she will continue to improve even her eyesight, but if not cats are very intelligent animals and can soon learn to compensate....
could I suggest thought, while she is recouping that you move her litter box closer to her room, so she doesn't need to search for it...also I worry abt a slow kitty with sight problems and perhaps getting stepped on by yr 81 yo mum who is no doubt also having some sight issues....wouldn't want another accident to happen..
good luck to Frankie...keep us posted on how she is doing okay..♥
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7052683 tn?1392938795
Hi to Frankie,

I sure will pray for Frankie to continue getting stronger and retaining her eyesight again. She needs you now more than ever. If she has your love and attention she will STILL be a lucky little kitty.

Wishing you and Frankie all the best,
CML
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I hope Pelos continues to improve I found a 4-5 week old white female kitten 6 weeks ago I ended up calling her Frankie cos she has big blue eyes and is a real tomboy last Thursday the lounge door swung hard by the wind and hit her on the head. She was vomiting and unconscious. I rushed her to the vets and she stayed there for three days on an IV and several drugs to help the swelling and bleeding I bought her home and she is blind, and walks a a bit stiffly, she trips over herself but she can walk around my room across the hall to my 81 y/o mums room into her bathroom to the cat tray and she's using her ears and whiskers to not bump into things.She' s only 10 weeks old now, and I think she is getting a tiny bit of sight back in her left eye
She is such a clever girl, I am seeing her improve every day, Take Heart if your Pelos has the fight he will make it
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874521 tn?1424116797
hi....seeing as how your kitty has done so well so soon after a trauma like he suffered IMO he certainly should make a full recovery...but these take time and patience. You may be looking at many weeks before he has normal use of his limbs and steady gait. He certainly can't be expect to go outside and fend for himself and hunt until he is totally recovered. I do hope you plan on keeping him indoors and caring for him until that should happen???
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hi. same thing happened to my cat toby. got hit by a car just yesterday. his only symptoms of brain trauma are rigid limbs. he is not stable. kind of like he is drunk. He eats and drinks and goes pee and stuff on his own. only thing different is the way he walks. and he sleeps alot. its only been one day after he got out the vet, probably expected to sleep alot when he is hurting. i just want to know can he make a full recovery? He is an outdoor hunting cat. Will he ever beable to hunt again?
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@Opus
The vet said that he may not swallow if we push with a syringe down his throat. But it is a good suggestion! To have him taste and try to swallow it on his own I think I will try that. Thank you so much!

And thank you everyone for the support!
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506791 tn?1439842983
If Pelos loves "people meat," try Gerber baby meats.  They do have ham.
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996946 tn?1503249112
Best of luck to you and little Pelos....praying that he has a speedy recovery.  Sounds like he's headed in the right direction!  That's great!
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874521 tn?1424116797
yes I second that WELCOME HOME Pelos.....

Jade gave you an excellent suggestion...mush up anything he loves like the ham and put a little on your finger and on the side of his mouth or his paw even..cats will instinctively lick...

good luck, it will come just keep up with teh patience hon♥
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242912 tn?1660619837
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Yay, welcome home Pelos!  

Have you tried going through the side of his mouth gently with a little food in a syringe...or just on your finger to give him the flavor, and to get him chewing, licking and swallowing?  He may begin on his own and 'remember' once he actually tastes the food and goes thru the motions.  

You're doing awesome, Mom.  Keeping Pelos in my thoughts...
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He loves ham! I know that, that may get him eating again. And thank you so much for the suggestion!!

Also he's home today! He does he the feeding tube but tempting him to eat on his own is suggested it.
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874521 tn?1424116797
of course speak to a Vet abt what you can give him, but I myself see no harm in giving him treats...you mean the packaged cat treats right? if that will get him started wanting to eat than sure, even a small amount of human tuna or salmon...(not recommended for more than just a few bites)...but anything IMO that will tempt him to want to start ...I also know of a product to sprinkle on wet food that supposedly is very tempting to cats and safe, not to be used as a diet though. I've never used it myself but heard cats really love the smell. I will give you a link to where I know its available, good pet stores will probably also carry it. there are NO preservatives in this product (unlike most of the packaged cat treats)
I order supplements from iherb all the time, they are a very good source for many items I can't get locally, and shipping is only $4. if you quote this code you will get a percentage off your first order and will be enough to at least cover the shipping chg.  SED957

http://www.iherb.com/Cat-Man-Doo-Sprinkles-Crushed-Dried-Bonito-Flakes-for-Cats-Dogs-2-5-oz-71-g/46334
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Will treats be okay? D:

And they said they would teach us how to feed him and we still may need to push his bladder to pee.
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874521 tn?1424116797
thats great news.....he will recoup even faster at home, a feed tube can be alot of work, but well worth it for dear little Pelos... I hope he will soon want to eat on his own, keep trying to tempt him with some things he always  enjoyed. YEA Pelos!!!!
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Pelos update:

Today they have inserted the more permanent feeding tube. His surgery went well they said and he can come home tomorrow.

He still shows only interest in food but doesn't eat. However his condition is well enough to be an out-patient.
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They have him on a temporary feeding tube through his nose that goes into his belly. And IV fluids every now and then. They draw his blood to check his electrolytes.

Thank you so much for the hope and all the support!
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874521 tn?1424116797
well thats all more positive developments....so happy to hear. the blindness may possibly be temporary, don't worry just yet, the important part is getting him to eat for now..

I sure hope they have at least been giving him IV fluids? and some nourishment afterall 3 days...yikes much too long to go without for a cat...

the feed tube is another option that works, that too should only be a temporary measure...

doing a great job mommy, our prayers to you and Pelos♥



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They haven't. They seem to be very insistant on the tube.

However Pelos today tried to get up and walk. He wander to the left and he doesn't have his footing yet. He has a hard time sitting but he's getting the hang of it. He also finally pooped on his own.

And he showed an interest in food. He doesn't know what to do with it. He just knows that it smells good and that it's there. It gets him excited.

He also seems to be a bit blind but his sense of smell and hearing is very much intact.
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242912 tn?1660619837
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Great news about your boys improvements.  Do you know if your vet has tried an appetite stimulant?  
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They haven't mentioned assist feeding. Since sunday it's been, three days now? They're waiting still on him to show a desire to eat to send him home, if not then they say they want to place him on a more permanent feeding tube.
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874521 tn?1424116797
great news!!!!! each day brings Pelos a little closer to recovery....if after 2 days he still doesn't show the desire to eat on his own,have the Vet clinic show you how to ASSIST FEED with a dropper.....
I will include a video...many have to be fed this way while they are recouping from a traumatic event...does not mean its permanent...♥

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6o17wH6ujk
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