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Feline Epilepsy

January 7, 2014

The primary cause of most seizures in cats is prior damage to the brain, although some felines suffer spontaneous seizures with no discernible cause.  (http://www.petmd.com/emergency/common-emergencies/e_ct_seizures_and_convulsions?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Common…_

It’s a frightening scene when your beloved kitty suffers a seizure.  A cat may collapse, become stiff and then display muscle contractions.  Seizures may also be involved when a cat appears to be in a trance and stares into space without appearing to focus on anything.  More complex seizures may find a cat snapping at imaginary bugs or chewing something that isn’t there.

Whatever the type of seizure, it is crucial that the animal be examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Seizures usually last only a few minutes, but that can seem like a lifetime when you are worried about your pet.  During a seizure, all you can do is try to keep your kitty safe until the seizing ends.  PetMd.com recommends the following when a seizure occurs:

  1. Remain calm.
  2. When your cat is unconscious and making jerking motions, be careful not to get bitten or scratched.
  3. Move kitty to a safe place away from stairs or furniture.
  4. Keep other pets away.
  5. Expect your cat to be disoriented when the seizure ends.  She may not recognize you at first, could try to attack you or run away.
  6. If the seizure doesn’t stop or she’s having cluster seizures (multiple or frequent), get her to a veterinarian at once.

There is no way to prevent your pet from developing a seizure disorder.  Medications can help, but they don’t always completely eliminate them.  Your best option is to educate yourself about the various types of seizures and possible treatment of them, so that you’ll be able to help your cat through a seizure and back to optimum health.

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