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Hello all, I am new to this board. I'm not sure if this is the right forum but our shelter had an 11 month old cat returned to use about a week ago. It was obvious to us right away that something was off with him. We took him to the vet in the next day or two. The vet diganosed him with hydrocephalus. I searched the web and everything talks about very small kittens. Well this guy is little but we know that he is 11 months old. Our vet said he likely has a decent life span because if it was sever he wouldn't have lived this long. He does have neruological deficits. He walks a little funny and his reaction time is a little slower than it should be.The other important bit of information is that he was accidently stepped on when he was still in his home and had some broken ribs. He was taken to the emergancy vet and treated for those. He was returned to us because he was shy and was not getting along with the other cats in the home. Ideally I would like to take him to a specialist, but money is tight right now. I'm just wondering if anyone here has experience with hydrocephalus and if they know of a cat that has lived into adulthood with this condition? I also want to mention that when I saw him last night I thought maybe his head was smaller than it had been. Any help or comments would be appreciated.
It's not very common; one was supposed to come here some years ago, but he didn't make it. When I was researching it, I think I remember seeing something about occasional use of a shunt, which is what they use in humans. I agree that if it were severe he wouldn't have made it this long. I doubt you'll need to do anything special since he's so high functioning.
I have a 10 year old cat with hydrocephalus. His name is Benny and he is a flame point Siamese with the bluest eyes. I have had him since he was 8 weeks old. He was found by a good Samaritan and left at my Vet. I took him to a neurologist soon after my Vet gave him to me. He put him on prednisone until he reached a year of age. The prednisone was to control any swelling that might occur while his brain was growing and before
the bones in his skull had fused.
Benny does have significant cognitive impairment as well balance problems. He also has incontinent issues and severe nystagmus. But, he is a real sweetheart and loves to cuddle. My Vet marvels that he has lived this long. We are just glad for each day he shares with our family./JeanY
Hi, I know this post was made a while ago but I came upon it while researching the life span for hydrocephalus cats and wanted to respond. I have a hydro kitty - he will be 4 in August - has never had the shunt surgery - although it was suggested - I just had a funny feeling about it. Anyway, he is on a cocktail of meds and is doing fabulous! I too was advised to euthanize when he was just 8 months old. That's when the seizures started. He still has occasional seizures but overall is happy and healthy! Please don't hesitate to adopt or rescue a special needs pet - they might just change your life for the better Pumpkin actually inspired me to start a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization for animals and I am loving what I am doing I also talk to children about him and the importance of acceptance of others - my life was forever changed for the better the day we rescued Pumpkin!
Thanks for your post about your kitty Pumpkin. It is obvious that he is very special to you. You sound like a great cat mom.
You mentioned that Pumphkin is on a lot of meds. My kitty Benny who has hydrocephalus is on a very high dose of prednisolone. It is very hard on his liver but without it he cannot walk and refuses to eat. What are the meds that your kitty is taking. Thanks for your reply. Jean
Hi Jean, Pumpkin takes a full tablet of phenobarbital, 1/2 a tablet of prednilosone, 1/2 a tablet of salix, 1/2 a tablet of Baytril (sounds crazy but it works - my vet even tried a dog with seizures on it and it worked for him too), and 1ml of kepra (that's the generic name for it) every morning and every night - he also gets 1/2 a tablet of phenobarbital and 1ml of kepra in the afternoon. I crush the pills up and mix them in Gerber turkey baby food and the kepra is compounded especially for him at a wellness pharmacy. He has been on this cocktail of meds since April 2010. We check his blood levels every 6 months. So far no liver issues or blindness (a side effect of Baytril). Hope this all helps with Benny. If you have questions you can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Happy to help in any way we can That's actually what we founded The Pumpkin Fund to do - we help others with unexpected medical costs - the fund is named in Pumpkin's honor
First, of all, I want to extend a belated Welcome to Pumpkins Mom! You definitely belong here and we are so glad you took the time to post.
To both you and Jean, we just had a new member from France post with questions about this very diagnosis. Perhaps you two could each share some knowlege with her.
Here is the thread: viewtopic.php?f=4&t=17790
Thanks very much!
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