Collapse in cats: causes, symptoms and treatment

Felines can also have a loss of consciousness. Here are the causes, symptoms and the right therapy for cat collapse.

It is sometimes possible to notice a collapse or syncope in the cat. The latter consists in the temporary loss of consciousness of the feline, in short, the cat faints.

There are various causes that lead to cat collapse. Let’s see together what they are and above all what are the associated symptoms to keep under control and what to do to help our four-legged friend.

Collapse in cats: causes and symptoms

Collapse is a situation that happens very often in dogs, especially with heart problems, however it can also occur in cats.

The cause of syncope in cats is mainly due to improper blood supply to the brain which in turn leads to temporary interruption of oxygen to the brain.

The cat‘s organism to get oxygen to the brain triggers fainting in the feline, so that when it is stretched the blood can reach the brain more easily. But why does the feline pass out? Causes of cat collapse are : _

  • Hypoglycemia
  • Vagal syndrome
  • Heart disease in cats
  • Neurological disorders
  • Heart or brain cancer
  • Hypocalcemia
  • Politicythemia
  • Hyponatrienia
  • Strong stress in the cat

The collapse in the cat can also be accompanied by other symptoms, such as:

  • The cat swallows unnecessarily
  • Nausea
  • The cat licks the nose
  • Cough in the cat
  • Involuntary urination and defecation

In the event that your furry friend exhibits these symptoms, we recommend that you take your cat to the vet.

Diagnosis and treatment

It is very important to determine the cause of the cat’s collapse, as each disease listed above is treated differently. In order to determine a correct diagnosis, the veterinarian will carry out the following tests:

  • Cat blood test
  • Cat urinalysis
  • Careful visit

In addition, it may require a cardiac visit to rule out heart-related diseases and an examination of the cerebrospinal fluid combined with a CT scan to rule out neurological diseases.

Since the signs of collapse are similar to a seizure in cats, the specialist needs to be able to tell them apart, so he needs as much information as possible.

Treatment of syncope in cats depends on the underlying cause. It is important to establish the cause of the fainting so as not to make the situation worse, as the cat may even die.

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