Dog & Cat Diseases : Signs of a Stroke in a Cat

Dog & Cat Diseases : Signs of a Stroke in a Cat

There are two types of strokes found in cats, including ischemic strokes and hemorrhagic strokes. Look for mismatched pupils and head tilts as signs of a stroke in a cat with help from a staff veterinarian in this free video on cat health and pet care.

Expert: Dr. James Talbott
Bio: Dr. James R. Talbott is a staff veterinarian at Belle Forest Animal Hospital and Kennel in Nashville, Tenn.
Filmmaker: Dimitri LaBarge


  1. Eliza Britton on March 7, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    I have a cat, I think is having vertigo. His head keeps going from side to side looking dizzy. I have had vertigo many times. I think that is what is the problem. I would know more but his pupils have always been off. Not normal or matching. He is 19 and I am worried because he doesn’t understand what’s going on he won’t attempt to drink or eat. I’m afraid that he won’t make it through this. It is so hard to not be able to comfort your cat when they are scared and don’t know what is happening.

  2. flowingbrooke1 on March 7, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Thank you for making this video.  My 19 year old cat just had a stroke and your video confirms it. She’s doing well despite it all and as we live in Nicaragua with most vets in Managua, a two hour drive, it isn’t a quick trip to learn about her condition.  Very helpful!  

  3. Melissa Booth on March 7, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Is this not also the same symptoms of vestibular disease?

  4. ScienceGiantz on March 7, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks…that was really helpful. My cat has had a couple of ‘odd’ episodes. Not sure if they are fits but the most telling symptom is paddling of the paws and general lack of control and inability to stand.

  5. Neo Epicurean on March 7, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Can anyone help me here: My cat was fine one evening, and we went to bed as usual. At midday the following day she was still in the same spot she’d gone to sleep on the sofa at 23:00 the night before – this is really not her regular pattern – and when she moved she seemed to have a weakness in the back legs. She couldn’t get up the stairs, and she went into a quiet room and slept the whole day, no food or water. The next day was much the same and the legs occasionally gave way when she was moving so on day 3 we took her to the vets who said she may have been in a fight or accident, which was really unlikely… Anyway. The gave us an appetite stimulant and she was basically the same until that evening where she perked up a lot and started eating again with a vengeance. So she was almost three days without food or water. But now it’s been 6 days and she is walking almost normally, ate a lot yesterday but off her food today. She is still starting at things vacantly and just seems off, and making a strange movement when she swallows. There is no head titling. Is it possible this was a mini-stoke of some sort? Or a potential brain tumour? Or perhaps diabetic neuropathy?

  6. TheBeast on March 7, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    My cat ahad a stroke finally after 2 years hes doing better but he is having seizures. His left front paw still is stiff but he can walk on three. Hes peeing in the kitty litter box again but if he has a seizures pee goes every where.

  7. A Strange Human on March 7, 2021 at 10:14 pm


  8. Jamie Olson on March 7, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    thank you

  9. JH Stretch on March 7, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    My cat survived 2 awesome years after her stroke! The first couple months were really tough, but she was eventually able to walk although with a bit of a limp. We had her live on plastic for those couple months and I would slide her into a box that I cut the front and back on, so I could carry her to where she may have wanted to go, like a big transport plane lol! She lived to about 15 years. You and your cat will have more great times together, just hang in there, and do not euthanize it!!

  10. edna matias on March 7, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you for the information my gat have a stroke but I think she be survive

  11. Eddy Wright on March 7, 2021 at 10:36 pm


  12. brybre chasteen on March 7, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Thank you, I didn’t know what A stroke Was Now I know How it Affects my Cat So now I know If my Kitten will Survive or not Thank you Sir Your video Was very Helpful to My Brain,

  13. Elvira de Vries on March 7, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Thank you , I think my cat suffers from small ischemic strokes sometimes he wobbles when he walkes and then its all fine but yesterday he had one for three minutes I had to hold him so he wouldn’t fall to either side, his pupils got big, he got sick and after that he just sat there and was tired. After 45 minutes of sleep he was alright again. He is an abbissyn and 11 years old I can see that he is getting old and he retires more and more to his litlle basket where he can sleep hidden.89/955555555-…………………………hahahaha that was him typing on my keyboard. So thank you again.

  14. Dancing Delilah on March 7, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    My 13 year old cat Daisy had a stroke. She was completely paralyzed on her left side.

    I opted to "Wait & see" instead of euthanizing her. So I nursed her at home.
    Within 2 weeks I saw improvement & within 4 weeks she was walking again.
    Daisy lived another 5 years!!

    I’m a through believer in not rushing to euthanize my pets. Had I taken the advice of others I would’ve robbed my cat of 5 precious years of life.

  15. Jason Summit on March 7, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    I think my cat had a stroke this morning, we can’t afford another vet bill and the vet didn’t even know what was wrong with him the first time we took him to them, don’t know if he is going to make it through the night tonight..😢😢😢

  16. petty siss on March 7, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you!!!

  17. SoldierCasino on March 7, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    My cat, Sass died from a stroke apparently about 2 months ago. We didn’t have time to take her to the vet because she died within 2 days of us moving her inside.

  18. cats make u happy on March 7, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Can a two month old kitten have a stroke my kitten symptoms are the same

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