Stray Kitten Becomes Almost Comatose For Brief Periods Of Time

by Pam
(Ontario)

I have a question about our new kitten.


A neighbour moved out and left a three month old kitten behind. We took him to the vet and he was dewormed and first set of shots were given. Other than that he had a clean bill of health. We noticed he drinks a lot of water and is quite active as a kitten should be.

The problem we are noticing is he can be active one minute and the next seems to be in a coma. You can play with him but he just goes limp and and everything we try to wake him does not work. 15 to 30 minutes later, he just seems to wake up and become active again. I wouldn't be so worried about him sleeping except the fact he won't respond to stimulation.


Reply from Liz (Editor): As long as your vet has given him a clean bill of health and thinks he's fine, I wouldn't be too concerned about this cat behavior. I take it he's not getting breathless or showing any other signs of distress before he flakes out?

If he is literally just flaking out, I've seen kittens do this before, and they go into such a deep sleep that it can be very hard to rouse them. It's just because they're babies, and like human babies or small children they tend to keep going, going, going and then suddenly stop.

When he gets his second lot of shots you could mention this to the vet, but hopefully all is well. You say he's drinking a lot of water - this would definitely be worth mentioning to the vet, to make sure it's not excessive. Excessive thirst could indicate a health problem.

Best of luck with him, I'm pretty sure he'll be fine but it's worth checking with your vet just to be sure.

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