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Our cat has just had a fit/seizure, not sure what to do now

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laneyboo · 25/02/2012 18:28

Ive posted here before about our cat, she's had a few things happen to her in the last couple of years, poor thing, but this fit has been the scariest so far. I've spoken to the emergency vet and she says as long as she seems fine now, then keep an eye on her, keep her inside for a couple of days and if it happens again ring any time. I'm probably being a bit daft, because she does seem fine now, eating, drinking, wanting her tummy scratched etc, but I'm just worried about her. I've looked on the Internet about seizures in cats, and there doesn't seems like there is much I can do. Am I worrying too much?

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fabwoman · 25/02/2012 18:30

What did she do while she was fitting?

laneyboo · 25/02/2012 18:33

She was laying on her side, legs stiff, shaking and some frothing at the mouth, but not a lot. It took about a minute for her to stop

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fabwoman · 25/02/2012 18:43

That sounds very scary and worrying.

The fit your cat has had is not the same as mine had so I can't help, sorry.

Do as the vet advises and I hope it was just a one off.

laneyboo · 25/02/2012 18:49

Me to Fabwoman. Thanks for the reply, and I hope your cat is ok

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fabwoman · 26/02/2012 16:51

How is laneycat today?

Onesunnymorningin2012 · 26/02/2012 22:11

Hi laneyboo, I have an elderly cat (18 in April) who developed epilepsy for no apparent reason about 18 months ago. He is doing really well on a small dose of anti-seizure meds which he takes twice daily.

Hope your kitty is okay.

laneyboo · 02/03/2012 19:31

Laney cat is doing really well,thanks. She hasn't had another fit and seems back to her usual self. Thanks Fabwoman. Onesunnymorning- did your cat have to have any scans before he was prescribed meds? Glad your cat is doing well. It's good to know that medication does work.

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fabwoman · 02/03/2012 19:33

That is good news Smile. Well done laneycat!

Onesunnymorningin2012 · 02/03/2012 19:42

I'm glad she's okay Laney. :)

Oscar had heart scans because they thought at first the fits were related to his heart condition - the one we didn't know about until then...

When the heart meds didn't stop the fits, we saw our local vet who prescribed pheno. We do have to have his blood checked regularly, but he's doing brilliantly on a tiny dose. He's had one fit in a year, and that's only because we forgot to dose him.

laneyboo · 03/03/2012 11:03

I was going to take her to our vet, but I'm not so sure now. Shes been so well since it happened and she is a very nervous cat and just about has a panic attack when she sees her cat box! But if it happens again I'm just going to take her and not wait. Thanks so much for the info, made me feel much better. :)

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NurseJennyLee · 09/03/2012 15:11

My cat has them regularly about one a fortnight, he's very old. After various blood tests to rule out obvious causes the vet advised to leave him be. They don't always medicate them if quality of life and health is otherwise good. His triggers tend to be tapping or clicking noises e.g typing on a keyboard, he'll twitch and then have a fit. We can tell when he's due one as he twitches more in the days before. Although scary at first, with guidance from the vet we've learned to live with it and he's very happy.

He's recently been diagnosed with hypothyroidism too, it's never ending sometimes. He's a proper old man.

Sorry to ramble, just wanted to reassure and let you know, as others have done, that fits aren't generally a sign of anything sinister and the vet will advise you on what's best for your puss.

laneyboo · 09/03/2012 19:16

Thanks Nurse Jenny. Laney cat is old too, not sure how old. She was rescue cat but has been ours for ten and a half years, so probably about 13/14. She's sat next to me now fast asleep, she seems to need a lot of reassurance in the last 12 months and likes to know were we all are. No more fits though, so good news.

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Panadbois · 09/03/2012 19:24

My cat has fits too Sad.

We thought that we'd sussed out how and when it happened - after flea tratment (brand bought at supermarket)

But last time she had a fit was when I put her in the cax box to go to the cattery Sad

We just keep soothing her when she comes round, and don't take her to the vets anymore.

Hope she's better by now.

laneyboo · 09/03/2012 23:26

I hope your cat is doing ok Panadbois. Its a frightening thing to watch, but like you we soothed her afterwards and she seemed ok. I'll keep a close eye on her and will just have deal with what comes along

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