Cats can actually faint as a consequence of problems with the bones and joints, nervous system, respiratory system or heart and circulation. Fainting is not a sickness in itself, but is more often than not a symptom of something more serious.
When felines faint, they don’t necessarily lose consciousness. Sometimes cats abruptly experience hind leg weakness that causes them to sit down out of the blue, and deprives them of their capacity to sit back up. From time to time cats experience entire collapse, in which they fall to the ground and are powerless to stand back up. Now and then cats lose consciousness when they faint.
Some cats recuperate from fainting spells on their own comparatively rapidly. Other cats remain in the collapsed position until they receive some structure of assistance. If your cat suffers a fainting spell, she/he’ll seem to unexpectedly sit down or lie down. Kitty won’t be able to stand again until the fainting spell goes by, and she/he may lose consciousness.
A cat’s fainting spells can last from a small amount of seconds to small number of hours. Your cat may remain conscious but may appear nervous, bewildered or glassy eyed. If your cat fails to act in response to your voice or touch, she/he has lost consciousness.
There are many conditions and diseases that can cause feline fainting. Poisoning by human medication, household products, pesticides or fertilizers are the most common.
Other causes are: Musculoskeletal conditions such as hip dysplasia, respiratory diseases such as bronchitis, pneumonia and pulmonary edema, nervous system diseases such as a slipped disk, or degenerative myelopathy, blood diseases such as leukemia and anemia,
abnormalities in blood pressure or heart problems, including heart worms and hereditary conditions.
In the majority or cases feline fainting is a warning sign of a serious condition. These diseases can become rather advanced before fainting occurs, and in many cats fainting spells may be the first indication of illness.
Your cat’s veterinarian may need to execute a variety of diagnostic procedures to settle on the cause of your cat’s fainting spells. She/he will need an entire medical history and will carry out a methodical physical exam. Make sure your cat’s veterinarian listens with awareness for problems with your cat’s heart beat, since cardiovascular problems are a crucial cause of feline fainting spells.
Scheduled blood tests can identify fainting spells caused by more general conditions such as hypoglycemia, although your cat’s veterinarian may need to perform specialized blood tests to test for conditions such as leukemia or viral infection. X-rays can show your feline’s veterinarian if he/she has suffered any physical injury that may be causing spells of muscular weakness. EKGs help spot heart problems and ultrasounds let veterinarians scrutinize individual organs for injury or defects.
If your kitty’s fainting spells are neurological in origin, she/he may need to see a feline neurologist. The neurologist may perform MRIs, CT scans, or other specialized tests to resolve the nature of any problems with your cat’s nervous system.
You will need to treat the cause of feline fainting spells sequentially to eradicate them.
It is your responsibility to give your cat the best care possible.