Have a look at the base of your cat’s tail. Is it greasy? If so, your cat might have stud tail. It’s an issue with their sebaceous glands, which are near the base of the tail and produce oil or wax to keep your cat’s fur soft and healthy. With stud tail in cats, these glands are overactive, producing so much oil that it builds up on the fur. Stud tail is often a hormonal issue in non-neutered cats, but it can occur in every cat.
The good news: strokes in cats are pretty rare. The bad news? It can also be a fairly severe issue when it does happen. Cats can have ischemic strokes, which is when blood flow to their brain becomes blocked, either because of blood clots, head trauma, or another underlying issue like parasites. They can also suffer from hemorrhagic strokes, which happen when blood vessels are damaged and bleed out, causing damage to surrounding brain tissues. It’s an event that requires immediate veterinary care.