Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy

or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.

PetMD Seal

Water on the Brain in Cats




Your cat will require hospitalization if it is exhibiting severe signs or requires surgery. Those with less severe symptoms may be treated medically on an outpatient basis. Hospitalized patients need to be turned regularly to prevent pressure sores, provided with eye lubricant to protect the eyes from drying out, and properly positioned to prevent aspiration pneumonia.


Living and Management


Your veterinarian will schedule follow-up appointments with you depending on the severity of your cat's condition after hospitalization. How well your cat recovers will depend on the cause and severity of the illness. If your cat has a mild congenital form of hydrocephalus, there is a good prognosis and it may require only occasional medical treatment to keep it under control.



Related Articles

Q Fever in Cats

Q fever is a disease caused by an infection with Coxiella burnetii, a pathogenic bacterium that is structurally similar to the Rickettsia bacteria...

Brain Tissue Undervelopment in Cats

Cerebellar hypoplasia occurs when parts of the cerebellum - a large portion of the brain's matter - are not completely developed. This can occur...

Meningitis, Meningoencephalitis, Meningomyelitis in Cats

The system of membranes which envelops the cat's central nervous system becomes inflamed, it is referred to as meningitis. Meningoencephalitis,...

Brain and Spinal Cord Inflammation (Polioencephalomyelitis) in Cats

Polioencephalomyelitis is a non-suppurative meningoencephalomyelitis(non-draining inflammation of the gray matter of the brain and spinal cord)....