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Advice If Your Cat Suffers From Seizures

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy
Suffered from a seizure but is doing fine now!

Suffered from a seizure but is doing fine now!

On Sunday evening ,my 16 year old cat Molly had a seizure. I was very concerned as it lasted for about four minutes. Molly began shaking, her head was jerking back and forth, her pupils were dilated and her eyes were going back and forth like strobe lights! It was about 11:00pm and I panicked. I held Molly and tried to calm her down. The seizure was finally over. Molly went over to her food, took a few bites and vomited.

I called her vet who informed me that many older cats suffer from seizures. What should you do if you experience this very scary situation? First of all, try to calm your cat by gently petting her and keep her as still as possible until the seizure has passed. Some cats will experience only one seizure which doesn’t occur again. In others, it can become a chronic condition.

Some seizures cannot be explained while others can be caused by a variety of conditions. There could be something in the brain causing the seizures, even conditions such as diabetes and hyperactive thyroid could  be the culprit. Molly does have a slightly overactive thyroid (just like me!) . I will take her to have her checked again. She may need medication.

If the seizure lasts for a prolonged period of time, take your cat to the nearest animal hospital. Some are opened 24 hours a day. Find out which ones near you are open all the time.

Try not to panic! Unfortunately as our little friends get older, just like us, things can go wrong!

 

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