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Kitten got head caught in door.

Species: Cat
Breed: domestic cat
Age: 3-6 months
The kitten got its head caught in the pantry door as it was closing. It seems to have hit her pretty hard. She is now disoriented. Her left eye is all red like there is a bleed behind it..but no blood coming out of her eyes, nose or mouth. She has had one bowel movement shortly after but didnt walk to the litter box (she was in my husband lap).
She is normally a relatively calm kitten this time of night anyway..but we need to know what to do for her and what to keep an eye out for as far as changes for the worse.
Thank you.


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Oh dear, I am sorry to hear that Whiskers had an accident!

Answering these questions will help us know how serious the problem is:

Can she walk ok? If she is having trouble walking then I am worried about neurological damage (i.e. damage to her brain or spinal cord.)

Will she eat? If a cat will eat then this is a good sign. Cats that are in significant pain won't eat.

Will she rest in one place and be comfortable? If she is constantly moving around trying to get comfortable then this is not a good sign.

Answering these questions should help us to know whether we need to be worried. If you think that she is really uncomfortable or having trouble walking then she may need to see an emergency vet tonight. The emergency vet can give intravenous steroids to help with any swelling in the brain.

The other thing to watch over the next few days is her eye. If it is just red, this is ok. But if she is squinting, or if there is significant discharge over the next few days then she should have a vet look at it.

The best thing you can do for her tonight is to keep her as quiet as possible.

Of course, an online vet visit is never the same as a visit in person. So, I always tell people that if your gut says something is wrong, then trust it and have her seen right away.

I hope she is ok!

Dr. Marie.



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Customer reply:

She walks for a bit then sits and seems to be getting her bearings...but walks ok when walking.. no staggering etc. she took a couple licks of milk, but she had already eaten for the nite so she may not be hungry. She seems to be comfortable laying down.. no thrashing or seizing. She seems a bit dazed. She shivered for a few minutes but that has stopped. She seems comfortable under the circumstances. She is sitting up on her own.. not laying down. I will try to get her to eat periodically...but she may not want food until tomorrow.
*****(would it be hard on her system to try to give her tuna from the can to entice her to eat when she is used to dry kibble?)*****


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

This is a really hard one for me to comment without seeing little Whiskers! It really does sound like it should be ok to just keep an eye on her tonight. I wouldn't try forcing her to eat. If she doesn't want to eat tomorrow morning then this is definitely a sign that something is not right.

The fact that she can walk ok is a really good sign.

The other thing we should watch for as well are seizures which could indicate a brain injury. The shivering initially was likely due to the shock of the injury.

I think from what you have described that it should be ok to just keep an eye on her and keep her as quiet as possible.



Customer reply:

Thank you very much. I appreciate your time. We live in an extremely rural area and no vets are close and the ones open on a Monday are pretty far as well...
We really had no one else to turn to.
If its possible to keep you posted on her recovery (hopefully) I will do so.
Happy Upcoming Holidays!
Sandy German


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

I would love to be kept updated. I will be online for perhaps another hour or so tonight, and again in the morning.

Dr. Marie.



Customer reply:

ok.. is this the best way to update? thru this page? or should i respond to the emails that say i got an answer from you?


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

The best way to update is definitely through this page. Thanks.



Customer reply:

Hello,
Whiskers seems improved.... she is not so dazed. She slept a lot, but has eaten a good bit today. Kibble seemed painful but she ate canned food well. I guess if I had a knot on my head, crunchy stuff wouldnt be big on my list either..lol.
She seems to have a bit of drainage from the eye this today but its not bloody. And the swelling is a bit more around that one eye. But no other swelling. She was washing her own face this morning and she was working around it pretty well.
I hope this all sounds like good news to you..
I was told by a neighbor to use cotton balls and warm water to wash her eye out.. is that a good idea? shouldnt there be something in the water to "sterilize" it or something?
Thanks,
Sandy


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

I'm glad to hear she is doing ok.

As far as the eye goes I think just a warm wet cloth should be fine. There's no need to sterilize it.

I do think it would be a good idea to have your vet take a look at Whiskers after the weekend is over just to make sure there is no jaw fracture or other injury.

Thanks for the update!



Customer reply:

Will do.. thank you so much again for all your help.. I"ll let u know what we find out..
Have a great day


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

You too!



Customer reply:

Hello Dr.
Just an update....
Whiskers is on the mend.
The swelling is all gone. Her eye is no longer blood red all over.
She has a slight discoloration to the colored part of the eye (iris?). The one eye is still pretty green..the other has a bit of a yellow or orange-y tint to it. It's subtle but I know what I'm looking for.
She is eating well and is back to her old self. She just got one heck of a huge black eye so to speak...
No broken bones or anything in her head. She is also not visually impaired. She "tracks" well with that eye and doesnt seem to be having any lasting effects.

Thank you so very much again for your help.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Sandy German


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Oh, I'm glad to hear she is doing better!

Did you have a vet check her? I'm a little concerned she could have glaucoma in her eye which is serious. But there's a good chance that it is just a lot of bruising.

Thanks for the update.



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