Cat seizures happen due to sudden, uncontrollable electrical activity in the brain. They can happen just once. Or several times in a short space of time. Sometimes they occur every few weeks or months. The term epilepsy is used to describe repeated episodes of seizures.
A cat seizure will normally last for a short time. And your cat may be unconscious during the convulsion. This can all be quite distressing. And understanding the basics will help you determine the course of action to take. Read more about cat seizures: symptoms and causes here…
A cat seizure while sleeping is common and often happens when your cat is resting. Cat seizure symptoms include:
A cat having seizures will be categorised as:
If your cat has a seizure you should try to:
Take all your evidence with you to discuss with your vet. The more information you can provide the better, to carry out a thorough physical examination. Followed by blood tests. Additional testing could include an analysis of the spinal fluid, MRI and CT imaging, and an EEG performed by a neurology specialist.
The prognosis of a cat seizure disorder is dependant on the frequency of the seizures, the presence of an underlying cause, and your cat’s response to treatment.
If your vet does not know the cause of your cat having seizures or twitching uncontrollably, they will give your cat medications to manage the severity and the frequency of these events. Your cat will have a long-term course of an anti-convulsant to treat repeated seizures. Your vet should periodically monitor any drugs that your cat takes and adjust the dosages depending on treatment response.
The vet will give your cat medication to counteract any effects of toxins which include making your cat vomit to remove toxins from the body. If your cat is older, the vet may also recommend a change of diet.
With a stroke, symptoms develop very quickly. Also, your cat can seem perfectly normal one minute and then have these possible signs of a stroke:
Determining whether to continue treatment after a stroke is very difficult, but some otherwise healthy cats do tend to make a good recovery. The prognosis for cats with severe symptoms is generally not good.
Cat euthanasia at home may need to be considered as your final option. Your vet will answer any questions you have about the procedure. And all the personal help and support you need in making this difficult decision. The gentle euthanasia process will ensure your cat drifts into a peaceful sleep. And you can say goodbye in a calm and tranquil way.