Sun, Mar 31, 2024

My cat was believed to have been a victim of a hit and run . She lived. After I rushed her to the vet they kept her for a few hrs to watch her because she was acting ok they gave the ok to come home but I am still worried after days of watching her wake up in random jolts w her head tilted back and making vomiting like noises there is a bugler on her stomach area possibly hip or last rib

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The random jolting awake with her head tilted back and making vomiting-like noises could be indicative of neurological trauma or pain response. The bulge on her stomach area near the last rib or hip could be a sign of a fracture, a hernia, or internal swelling.

Ensure she has easy access to food, water, and her litter box without needing to jump or climb, as this could exacerbate any potential injuries. If she is showing signs of pain or discomfort, try to limit her movement as much as possible without causing her stress.

Given the symptoms you've described, I strongly recommend a follow-up veterinary visit as soon as possible. A more thorough examination, possibly including X-rays or an ultrasound, may be necessary to assess for internal injuries or fractures that were not detected during the initial visit. It's also possible that she may require pain management or other supportive care depending on the findings.

In the meantime, monitor her closely for any changes in behavior, appetite, or litter box habits. If you notice any difficulty breathing, significant changes in her level of consciousness, or if she stops eating or drinking, these are signs that she needs to be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

If she is attempting to groom the area with the bulge or seems to be in pain when touching it, you may consider using a soft Elizabethan collar to prevent her from causing any further irritation or injury to the area.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.