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Seizures In Cats And What You Can Do About Them

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Seizures in cats are pretty uncommon, but they do happen. Seeing your cat have a seizure, or convulsion, is scary. It may look bad, but remember that your cat is not in pain during the seizure.

What would cause your cat to have a seizure? Are there warning signs? Can natural treatments help?

What Causes A Cat To Have A Seizure

There are many things that can cause your kitty to have a seizure. One of the first things you should do is evaluate your cat’s diet

Your local pet supply store probably carries natural cat food. Online, Only Natural Pet Store is a great source of additive-free cat food.

Many household cleaners and floor polishes contain chemicals which can damage your kitty’s nervous system, as well as causing cancer, heart disease, and liver problems. Keep your kitty in another well-ventilated room or outside when you’re using these products. You may want to consider using “green” products to protect your health too.

Other causes of seizures include:

  • A condition similar to a stroke in which the blood supply to your cat’s brain is restricted. This is the cause of about 20% of seizures in cats.
  • A severe parasite infestation, especially if her immune system is stressed
  • Liver or kidney problems
  • Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar
  • Thyroid problems
  • Feline diabetes
  • Cancer, including brain tumors and lymphoma
  • A head injury
  • Lead poisoning
  • Certain infections, including feline infectious peritonitis, feline leukemia virus, and feline immune-deficiency virus can cause frequent seizures. Cryptococcosis, a fungal infection that appears first in the lungs and spreads to the nervous system, and rabies can also cause seizures.

Seizures are a symptom of many diseases, so it’s important to have your vet check your cat throroughly to rule out any of these conditions. If your vet can’t find out why your cat is having seizures, the diagnosis may be idiopathic epilepsy, which means there is no known cause for the seizures.

What Is Feline Epilepsy?

Feline epilepsy causes involuntary body movements and loss of consciousness. How often your cat has a seizure, and the length of the seizure determines how serious it is.

It’s unusual for kittens to have epilepsy. Usually the first seizure will happen in a cat who’s two or three years old. There are three kinds of seizures:

  • Petit mal – your cat may act a little strange, but you may not even notice if your cat has one of these.
  • Grand mal – these are the most common in cats. You cat may pass out and have a convulsion. Grand mal seizures usually last about five minutes. Neither grand mal nor petit mal seizures are life-threatening.
  • Status epilepticus – a severe seizure that continues for hours without intervals of consciousness. This type of seizure can cause brain damage and death. This is an emergency, so if this happens, get your cat to the vet as quickly as you can.

Cats are more prone to having what is called a Complex Partial Seizure (CPS) instead of convulsions. A cat having a CPS may attack invisible objects, run around frantically, and run into things. She may drool and show facial tics. Your cat’s consciousness is altered before, during, and after the seizure.

What Happens When A Cat Has A Seizure?

Just before your kitty has a seizure, she may be nervous. Or she may hide someplace. Sometimes she’ll look for you. This phase usually lasts only a few seconds.

During the seizure itself, all her muscles will contact. She’ll probably fall on her side with her head drawn back. She may urinate and defecate during the seizure. This phase lasts from a few seconds to up to five minutes. If it lasts longer than five minutes, get your cat to the vet as soon as you can, as this type of seizure can cause brain damage and death.

Once the seizure passes, she may be confused and disoriented. She may drool, and have a temporary vision loss.

If you think you cat is having a seizure, it’s important to note every detail of what happens.

  • what parts of her body changed during the seizure?
  • how did her breathing change?
  • did her legs move? How?
  • was her body rigid?
  • did her body twist?
  • how long did the seizure last?
  • how severe was it?
  • how long did it take her to recover?

All this information can help your vet determine what caused the seizure.

What Should I Do If My Cat Has A Seizure?

Not much. If she’s on the floor, move furniture out of the way so she doesn’t hit it. Your cat won’t swallow her tongue, so keep your fingers out of her mouth, or you may get bitten pretty badly. And remember, that as bad as it looks, she’s not in pain.

If your cat is up on top of something high, try to get her down so she doesn’t fall and get hurt. Sometimes you can tell when a seizure is coming, so you can get her in a safe place.

Your kitty will probably want you around to comfort her as she comes to. Try to keep her quiet as she recovers. Contact your vet, as he or she will probably want to see your cat.

How Are Seizures Treated?

Most vets use anticonvulsants like phonobarbital or diazepam. These are considered safe for cats. But there are side effects:

  • dopiness from being over-sedated
  • loss of coordination
  • an increase in thirst and in urination
  • allergic reactions, including low platelet and white blood cell counts
  • temporary facial swelling
  • blood clotting disorders

Are There Any Natural Treatments?

Many cats improve when they are switched to a better diet, as mentioned above. Reducing any environmental toxins can also help. Give vaccinations only when really necessary, as some kitties have seizures after getting a shot.

Things to keep in mind when using herbal remedies:

  • Herbs take time to build in the system, so don’t expect immediate results. It can take from several days up to a week or more to know if the herbal remedy is effective.
  • It’s best to give a smaller dose three times a day instead of one large dose every day. The herbs need to remain and build in your kitty’s system.
  • The recommended dosages may need to be adjusted depending on your cat’s response. If vomiting, diarrhea or other signs of intolerance occur, stop giving the remedy for two days, and then start again with half the original dose to see if the lower dose can be tolerated.
  • Use only one remedy or medication of any kind at a time. Don’t add anything else until you’ve seen a response or signs of intolerance.
  • Herbs and natural remedies work best with cats who are eating the healthiest and freshest diet possible.
  • Do NOT discontinue your cat’s meds before consulting your cat’s vet! Most of these remedies can be taken right alongside conventional treatments, but alway check with your vet to prevent possible interactions.

What Natural Remedies Are Available?

EaseSure, from PetAlive, is a 100% natural blend of herbal and homeopathic ingredients specially selected to support your kitty’s brain and nervous system.

EaseSure contains the following:

  • Passionflower is used to promote calm and support the routine equilibrium of the nervous system.
  • Skullcap has been traditionally used to promote the natural equilibrium normally present in the mind. It also helps to maintain a healthy attitude and ‘even keel’.
  • Hyoscyamus 30C is a homeopathic remedy used for mental and emotional problems.
  • Belladonna 30C has a calming influence on nervous and jumpy individuals.
  • Cuprum mettalicum 30C supports the nervous system, while at the same time it encourages routine digestive function.

Doc Ackerman’s Epilepsy & Seizure Formula is another herbal remedy for seizures. It contains blue vervain, chamomile, ginseng, nutmeg, passionflower, St. John’s wort, and valerian root.

Flower essences can also help with seizures. If you see a seizure coming on, you can rub Emergency Rescue Flower Essences on your cat’s skin, lips, ears, or paws. This remedy can be used before and during a seizure.

After the seizure has passed, Seizures Flower Essences can be used to help your cat recover more quickly.

Both of these flower essences can be used every day for controlling seizures. You can give them four times a day, and mix them with your cat’s food or water, or put them in a misting bottle, and spray your kitty gently with them.

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  1. 81 Comment(s)

  2. By Brennan Kingsland on Mar 2, 2008 | Reply

    When we switched to a RAW diet, all seizure activity STOPPED in our dogs(3) and our cats(1). They had previously been on meds that barely worked. I’m not saying that the RAW diet is a cure-all but we’ve nursed some pretty nasty cases of Feline Leukemia and life expectancy was extended.

    Excellent post. Just one thing I would like to add. After a seizure, you mention how important it is to keep the cat quiet. It is important for owners to understand that they also need to keep their own voice extremely soft and low. Noises, even a loud voice, can trigger another seizure at a time when a cat’s hearing is ACUTELY sensitive to stimulus.

    Your articles are always very informative. I’m so glad I found this site.

    Brennan Kingsland’s last blog post..What Do You Want to Read About?

  3. By Chantel on Mar 3, 2008 | Reply

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  4. By admin on Mar 3, 2008 | Reply

    Chantel, thanks for your comment, and for your suggestion. I wondered how to fix this. I’ll definitely be adding your code! Thanks again.

    Darlene

  5. By Carol on Mar 3, 2008 | Reply

    Hi,

    I had never heard of cats having seizures until one of our cats experienced it. Unfortunately he was on our son’s top bunk bed and fell off during the seizure. We don’t know if it was the fall or the seizure, but he was paralyzed when we found him. He was in a lot of pain and the vet said we needed to put him to sleep. It’s been two years and we still miss him very much.

    Carol’s last blog post..Healthy Homemade Dog Treats – Great for Training

  6. By admin on Mar 4, 2008 | Reply

    Brennan, that’s a great suggestion to keep your voice soft when talking to your cat. Sometimes we don’t realize how loud we really are!

    I think raw diets are probably the best way to go, not only for cats, but for us humans as well. I’ve heard it said that a mouse has every nutrient a cat needs. A lot of health issues can be cleared up with a good diet, and raw foods should play a big part in that.

    Thanks for your comment, Brennan. I’m glad you enjoy my blog. Come back and visit often!

    Darlene

  7. By admin on Mar 4, 2008 | Reply

    Carol, I’m so sorry to hear about your cat. It’s awful when something like that happens. I lost my dear little sweetie a couple of years ago too, and I still miss her terribly. My husband said that it’s a gift to form a bond like that with a cat or dog, but it comes with a price. He’s right about that! I don’t care how long they live, it’s never long enough!

    Darlene

  8. By felinesopher on Mar 8, 2008 | Reply

    Great article, thanks for all the tips:)
    Maybe have you heard of adding Reiki healing for our beloved furry companions? Almost two years ago, one of my cats, Bunjie got distemper virus. My vet already tried her best, and she said that this virus is very dangerous & often kill cats, his chance was 50:50. My brother at that time tried with his Reiki healing, and thank God Bunjie is survive until now.

    My feline family is such a great inspiration, and I’ve been musing in the myriad of feline, human and philosophy in http://felinesophy.blogspot.com

    Having your say there would be a wonderful connections:)

    felinesopher’s last blog post..Book Junkies

  9. By amanda on Mar 12, 2008 | Reply

    my kitten fall on his face and than stated to have a seizure now he wont eat,drink or play what should i do? please help i do not want my kitten too die.

  10. By admin on Mar 12, 2008 | Reply

    Amanda, I sent you an email. It may take a few hours for your kitten to start feeling better after having a seizure. It’s best to let him rest and offer him some food and water after an hour or so. Try to take him to the vet tomorrow for a check-up.

    Sometimes worms can cause a kitten to have seizures. If you haven’t wormed him, you may want to try doing that.

    Let me know how your kitty is doing. I’ll keep you both in my thoughts and prayers tonight.

    Darlene

  11. By Juanita on May 2, 2008 | Reply

    We’ve had our little kitten since he was 9 days old because his mother rejected him. We went through the bottle feeding, we were the first thing he saw when he opened his eyes for the very first time and we watched him take his first wobbly steps. He is now 13 weeks today and he has been at the vet for the past three days. He is normally very affectionate and playful but three days ago he became withdrawn, aggressive and would not eat. Since then he has started having seizures and he still hasn’t eaten. If he doesn’t start showing any improvement by mid morning tomorrow, our vet suggests that we put him to sleep … we are devasted … is there any hope for him? is there any way we can save him? Please help.

  12. By admin on May 2, 2008 | Reply

    Juanita,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your kitten. It’s so easy to fall in love with these little guys, especially when you’ve had him from such an early age.

    Sadly, I don’t really have any suggestions. I found an article on Seizures In Cats that said:

    Infectious causes that should be considered in cats with seizure disorders include feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), feline leukemia virus (FeLV), feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), Cryptococcus, and rabies virus. Toxoplasmosis is a rare cause of seizures in cats, unless there is concurrent immunosuppression. Up to 20% of cats presenting with acute onset of seizure activity may have cerebral ischemic encephalopathy, a condition in which the brain is damaged due to decreased blood flow to a part of the brain (similar to a “stroke”). Causes of acute cerebral ischemia in cats are presently unknown. Cancer is a possible cause of seizures in cats, with the most common brain tumor being a meningioma. However, lymphoma should not be overlooked. Another possible cause of acute seizure activity in cats is the larva of the parasite Cuterebra, migrating through the brain.

    The main problem here is that it can become very expensive, very quickly, to try to figure out what’s causing the seizures. He could be sick with just about anything, as this excerpt indicates. And if you do manage to find out what the problem is, you may not be able to do much about it.

    Sometimes a mama cat rejects a kitten because she knows there’s something wrong with it. It’s sad, but it’s a part of life.

    You may want to try contacting the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association to see if you can find a holistic vet in your area. I’m not sure a holistic vet could do a whole lot more, but it may be worth a try.

    I’ll be praying for your little kitty that he improves. Please keep me posted on what happens.

    If anyone else has any suggestions that may help, please jump in!

    Darlene

    PS You may want to check out “Reiki For Cats” and see if you can find someone who does it long distance for cats.

  13. By kate on May 17, 2008 | Reply

    hello and heartbroken, my healthy special friend of 10 years went out in the backyard thurs night may 14, 08 he came in about 8:30 a little mopey with a slight cut on his back left leg, this was nothing new as he was alway getting tangled in the bushes. i put perioxide on it and a lttle antibotic ointment. i felt all around his body to see if he was hurt anywhere else , he didn’t even flinch he was fine. the dog spooked him under the coffee table but he dog did not touch him, he went into a seizure under the coffee table that lasted a few minutes, his breathing was very eratic and his tonque was to the side. we left him alone finally he got up walked around, i thought it would pass then i would be able to take him to the vet in the morning. later on his eyes looked funny, he managed to go upstairs and hop on the bed he hid bewtween 2 pillows, he slept and i could hear him purring, his breathing slowed down but his eyes looked funny. i got up to check on him a couple times that night he looked liked he was slowly slipping into a coma. he was so healthy the small cut on his leg was actually begining to heal. the next morning we couln’t find him. we found him under the bed wedged between the bed rail and the wall. we had to lift the bed up to get him out. i called the vet and told him what happened they made an appt for us at 11:45am , by then he was hardly breathing, about 9:30 i turned him over he vomited not much as he had eaten a little bit when he came in the night before. i moved him and turned him over again and at that point he took his last breath. my husband and i have been crying for 2 days, maybe if we had taken him to emergenceny they could have saved him sadly missed but never will be forgotten!

  14. By admin on May 19, 2008 | Reply

    Oh Kate, I’m so sorry. How terrible to lose your beloved friend so suddenly! I’ve lost some good feline friends too, so I know how bad you feel right now.

    Even if you had taken him to the vet right away, he may not have made it. I wonder if he got into something poisonous. For a perfectly healthy cat to pass away so quickly, it makes me wonder.

    I know it hurts a lot right now. Please accept my sympathy for you and your husband.

    Darlene

  15. By charlotte allwood on May 27, 2008 | Reply

    hello, my cat is about 14 years old and has never had any seizers, but the other day i found her having one, it was very scary, it lasted for about 5 minutes.
    she has been acting odd she has been dribbling and going to the loo more , breathing very heavly with her tongue out of her mouth. After all this happens she just flops down n looks tired. Is there anything that could help her?

  16. By Omar Farouki on May 28, 2008 | Reply

    hello, 48 hours after giving my little one a rabies vaccination to export her to another country, my cat suffered from a seizure that lasted about five minutes. the vet at the time of the injection said that she was healthy and happy. she is only two years old, can anyone tell me if it was potentially from the vaccine or any other reason it could have happened out of the blue?

  17. By admin on May 29, 2008 | Reply

    Hi Charlotte, I’m sorry to hear about the seizure your cat had. You may want to click on some of the links in the article above for more info on products that may help her. I would also take her to the vet for a check-up. Since she’s 14, you want to know if any health issues could be causing her to have seizures.

    Omar, I googled “rabies vaccination causes seizure” (without the quotes), and got several results. This one, at http://www.petresource.com/Articles%20of%20Interest/rabies_shots.htm,
    tells how rabies shots can cause chronic disease in dogs. It seems like it would cause a problem for cats, too. In the US, there is a place to report adverse vaccine reactions. I think you’re in the UK, so talk to your vet to find out where to report how your cat reacted to the vaccine.

    I would try very hard to avoid vaccinating her for anything in the future.

    I wish you both the best with your kitties.

    Darlene

  18. By Gail on Jun 18, 2008 | Reply

    >>Cats are more prone to having what is called a Complex Partial Seizure (CPS) instead of convulsions. A cat having a CPS may attack invisible objects, run around frantically, and run into things. She may drool and show facial tics. Your cat’s consciousness is altered before, during, and after the seizure.<<

    I was stunned to see this passage in your article. My cat has what I’ve always called “fly chasing seizures” and never before have I ever seen anything mentioned even remotely decribing this in a cat. He saw a neurologist at the beginning, who also had never heard of such a thing.

    The seizure manifests as if he is chasing a fly. He runs around unable to control it, chasing this “invisible bug”, then begins to flip his ears, bite his flank and bite the floor. It is horrifying to see.

    When these epeisodes begain they came every 30 minutes and lasted one to five minutes, except when he was sleeping. I was not able to interrupt them by holding him. he appeared cognizant, but terrified. he was always very hungry, and excessively loving, after an episode.

    He has been on Phenobarbitol now for six years, he is 9 years old. It took over a year to regulate the pheno dose to prevent breakthrough seizures. As of today he hasn’t had a seizure in a little over four years.

    He gets complete blood work and a pheno blood level check annually. His pheno levels are way below toxic levels, I will never take him off the medication, or reduce the dose, for fear of those horrible episodes coming back.

    I get so frightned when he has to have things done like dental work, he recently had FORL, and had to have five extractions, was under anethesia for a long time and was on the pain medication burpenex for three days but he did great.

    Your website is an informative and useful place.

  19. By admin on Jun 18, 2008 | Reply

    Hi Gail,

    You’ve certainly done a lot to help your kitty. He’s’ lucky to have such a caring and loving owner!

    You may want to google “complex partial seizures in cats”. Seizures In Pets specifically mentions a fly-chasing behavior about half-way down the article. I can imagine seeing something like this would be terrifying. I’m glad you’ve gotten his seizures under control. And I’m glad we live in a time and place where treatments for conditions like this are available!

    For my readers, a FORL
    FORL is a feline odontoclastic resorptive lesion, which is something like a cavity at the gumline of your cat’s tooth. A FORL is extremely painful for your cat and needs veterinary treatment. I’m happy to hear your kitty came through his dental work so well.

    Thank you for a thoughtful comment. Please come back again soon, and best wishes to you and your kitty!

    Darlene

  20. By Gail on Jul 3, 2008 | Reply

    Thanks for your reply Darlene. I’ve read the article you linked to and will google the phrase as you suggest. I guess I just never typed the correct words in my searches.

    It always helps to know if others have had similar experiences.

    Sorry I did not elaborate on FORL (Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions) in my original post.

    My seizure kitty also has herpes eyes and takes l-lysine 500 mg daily. he started the l-lysine therapy at the same time he started the phenobarbital and, six years taking the l-lysine, he very rarely has a herpes outbreak any more, even during high stress such as the pain of FORL and the subsequent surgery, or the loss of one of his beloved cat companions.

    I am fortunate to be only a 2 hour drive from Cornell University Companion Animal Hospital in Ithaca, NY and have been there many times, not just with my seizure kitty, but also with my other special needs cats. It’s a Wonderful Place.

  21. By admin on Jul 5, 2008 | Reply

    Hi Gail,

    I’m glad you found the article helpful. Sometimes it takes a while to figure out what to type into a search engine to find what you’re looking for. If it’s out there, I can usually find it, although sometimes it does take a while!

    FORL was new to me too, so it was good to learn about it. I’m happy your kitty came through all that so well.

    I’m planning to do a post on feline herpes in the near future. I’m interested in hearing how the lysine helped your cat.

    I grew up in NYS, over by Albany, so I’m familiar with Cornell. That’s a fantastic facility. It’s a blessing for you to be in the area so you can take advantage of what they have to offer there.

    Come back soon!

    Best wishes to you and your kitties,

    Darlene

  22. By Michelle on Jul 14, 2008 | Reply

    My cat has pancreatitis. Before this, he was a diabetic for about four years. Nobody could figure out why he was so thin, but constantly eating. Well, it was because he had pancreatits. When he was first tested for that disease, his diabetes went away. Then about a few months later, his diabetes came back. Well, not that I am treating him for his pancreatitis, his diabetes is going away. I went from giving him 2 units on the needle twice a day to .5 unites on the needle. The vet told me if he has too much insulin in his body when not needed, he could get a seizure. Well, its hard to test him myself, so I am routinely giving him shots twice a day. He had about three seizures over about a 4 month period. Only one was pretty bad, and lasted a few minutes. The other two were mild, but I still feel so bad about it. I think it was due to not needing insulin any longer. The vet told me his pancreatitis is getting better, which usually means they are no longer diabetic. He has an appointment tomorrow to get his blood tested to see if he needs shots anymore. After his seizure I stopped his shots. I thought it is probably better to not give him a shot than to give him a shot and risk another seizure. What I wanted to ask is are the affected after the seizure? He seems to walk a little funny now. He is eating and drinking water normally, but when he had his seizures his legs (especially his back legs) cramped up and wouldn’t move. After his seizure, his muscles seem to be sore – mainly his back legs, because he seems a little weak – especially in his legs. Is this normal? I will find out more tomorrow whether he needs shots or not, but for now, no more! I read that they are not in pain during the seizure, but when he had his seizures I cried so hard, because I feel so bad for him. It looked like he was dying. It was such a relief when he came out of it and meowed for food!!!

  23. By admin on Jul 16, 2008 | Reply

    Hi Michelle,

    I’m not a vet, so I’m not really qualified to address some of your questions. I would expect that he would be sore after a seizure, especially if his muscles were cramped up, but this something you should ask your kitty’s vet about. Your vet is familiar with your cat’s case and can give you good info.

    There is a side-effect of diabetes called neuropathy which can cause your cat’s legs to become weak. So I don’t know if his leg weakness is from the seizure or from the diabetes. Be sure to talk to your vet about this.

    Thanks for your comment. I wish the best for you and your kitty!

    Darlene

  24. By michelle on Jul 23, 2008 | Reply

    My cat is 4, and has had seizures for 2 1/2 years. He is on Phenobarbitol. He started peeing on my couch when I was away on vacation in March. It has been happening about once a week since then. I have noticed over the past year that when he has a seizure it is in the litter box. Does he not want to go in the litter box because he knows he may have a seizure? I took him to a neurologist last week, and he did not think his peeing on the couch was related to the seizures. Help please>

  25. By admin on Jul 23, 2008 | Reply

    Hi Michelle,

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the reason your kitty isn’t using his litter box is because he has seizures while he’s in there. He knows something bad happens when he goes in there.

    You may want to think about what could possibly be triggering his seizures while he’s in the litter box. Do you use scented cat litter? What kind of cat litter do you use? Is the litter box enclosed? Is it someplace where there are vibrations or lights?

    Your cat could also have been suffering from separation anxiety while you were gone, which caused him to go on the couch. Does he do it when you’re not there or when you’re gone, or does it make any difference? Of course, now it’s a habit, which makes it harder to stop.

    You may want to try a different type of litter box, a new location for it or different litter.

    PetAlive has an herbal remedy to calm stressed animals, called PetCalm . You may want to try this and see if it helps.

    Good luck! I wish the best for your kitty friend.

    Darlene

  26. By Marna Williams on Aug 5, 2008 | Reply

    I adopted a beautiful, intelligent, loving, and fierce Calico at the age of one. I have had her for two years. She was a kitten when the rescue tried to catch her. It took them 6 months. I went to adopt a specific cat at the shelter who was adopted just as I got there. I had no plans of bringing home any other cat. I went around the shelter to say hi to everyone there and this one kitty just picked me. She talked to me, followed me, did figure eights and jumped up on my shoulder. I really fell in love with her and she with me. I brought her home and my husband was so very upset as this was not the cat he expected. (By the way, they said she was feral.) So that night when we went to bed she chose to go with us. She slept behind his back. He rolled, she rolled. She came and loved me and then went back to him. Noone slept, but everyone was happy. After that we tried to keep her in the house, but she had been an outdoor cat before and she did get out and then back in, out, in , out and so on. So last summer she left for a day and then came back. Later it was for a week and then back. Eventually, she was gone for 2 months. We were worried sick. She came back and acted very strange. She was worried about going out, strangers were OFF LIMITS!! etc. She stayed all winter and then into the spring. In the late spring, my family minus me was cutting firewood in the driveway (we live in the mountains) and she was playing. Suddenly she was gone. So 4 months pass and I am about to lose hope (she is chipped)and I get a phone call at work. Some wonderful woman had found her. She only lives a few miles away from me. She put her dogs out in the morning and they went to the fence and acted strangely. They wanted her attention. She went over and found a calico kitty in a grand mal seizure. She took her in the house and she was loving and doing figure eights around her. Suddenly she fell to her side in another grand mal. She took her to the vet and they found her chip info. I received the call that my cat was found. She is still seizing. I went to see her and she is having complex, petit, grand and right-sided seizures. The vet has run a complete blood work, toxoplasmosis screen and a urinalysis. The only things of note are a white blood cell count that seems slightly elevated, but within normal limits. Her bladder and liver are normal. She was fully examined twice and there is no scar tissue, no sign of broken bones, etc. Remember this cat was tougher than nails. She never had a seizure while I had her or while she was in foster care. Antifreeze poisoning has been ruled out. She came from a shelter and was fully tested before adoption. Currently she has been put on IV fluids, valium and a steroid shot today as I stayed with her for over an hour and reported all signs to the vet. What test should I now ask for? The vet seems to think that this is a brain stem/head injury or possibly a viral infection. She is leaning more toward a traumatic injury. Viral maybe, but not real likely. She said that my kitty is 100% healthy except for the seizures and that she is at a loss as to what the cause is. ANY HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS???? I love my baby girl and will do ANYTHING to help her. Please suggest what I can ask the vet to do or what I can do.

    Help me and my JENNY PLEASE!!!!!

  27. By admin on Aug 6, 2008 | Reply

    Marna, I’m so sorry you had such bad news about your Jenny-cat. I’m not a vet, so I really don’t have any suggestions. A brain injury could be the cause. A virus might have left lasting damage in her brain, too. Is a brain tumor a possibility?

    Jenny sounds like she’s always been a very independent cat who lived life on her own terms. You were blessed to have her in your life for a season. I know it’s hard to give her up right after you found her again, but maybe it’s time to let her go on. It may be why she came back to you, to say good-bye.

    Please let me know what happens. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

    Darlene

  28. By SumChai's Mom on Sep 2, 2008 | Reply

    I adopted a Siamese mix female at 10 weeks and had her fixed at six months. Now she is 10 months old and always an inside cat and today had a seizure that lasted just under a minute. I held her steady in a towel onthe floor while it went its course, and she drooled, but didn’t defacate or urinate. When I was sure it was over, she looked alarmed, and was unable to get up at first. But then she began walking slowly. Now, about an hour later, she is lying under my chair. She seems subdued, but otherwise fine.
    She has been such a loving companion, sleeps with me most nights, and has had no other health issues. I have been feeding her Iams kitten since the beginning with some canned foods, but nothing canned for the past few months.
    The vet is overloaded after the holiday and cannot see her and I have a limited budget to afford extensive tests, but I am a Reiki Master and have access to other RM’s… I know Reiki works but am concerned about the root cause of the seizure… any suggestions? TNX

  29. By admin on Sep 2, 2008 | Reply

    Wow, I’m not a vet, so I can’t really make any medical recommendations…I would say the best thing to do is to keep an eye on her. Since you’re a reiki master, I would certainly go ahead and give her some treatments. It certainly can’t hurt, and it may help address any underlying issues.

    Check the ingredients on the Iams bag and make sure there aren’t any meat by-products in it. I’m not familiar with Iams, so I don’t know what’s in it. If you’re feeding her dry food, she could be allergic to one of the grains in it. You may want to try switching her over to a grain-free dry food, or to an organic canned food.

    I hope SumChai continues to recover without any further problems. Keep me posted!

    Best wishes,

    Darlene

  30. By Kathleen on Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

    I have a 22 (yes, 22) year old siamese with hyperthyroid, mild kidney and liver damage. She is almost comletely blind. She has alway had a mild jerking in her head area, but two to three weeks ago it got worse. Not only her head but her whole upper body began jerking kind of out of control. She kept falling, going in circles. I rushed her to er and they gave her sub-q fluids and valium. The next moring she couldn’t stand but she had a huge appetite. AFter the valum wore off she could walk better. It happened again on Thursday night. Friday am took her to my vet. He gave her valium shot. He thinks she has been having mini strokes which can cause seizures or maybe a lesion on her brain. MRI is too expensive plus she’s too old to do anything about what they might find anyway. So she’s now on valium twice a day, tapizol and baytril. Her vet said it will get worse. Any suggestions on if this is true or will the medication control it?

  31. By admin on Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

    Hi Kathleen,

    About the only thing I could suggest looking into is the possibility of an ear infection. Sometimes cats with an ear infection will circle and show signs of dizziness because the infection affects the balance mechanism in the inner ear. But like I said above, I’m not a vet, so I’m only making suggestions. Your vet is probably doing the best job possible in this situation.

    Your kitty is very lucky to have someone like you to take care of her in her old age. You’ve definitely been doing something right!

    Best wishes,

    Darlene

  32. By Marty on Sep 16, 2008 | Reply

    I have a 18 yr old longhair rescue, who is fed homecooked organic diet, no dry, spring water, and has developed behavioral and perhaps cognitive issues. He has been on prozac for a year, transdermal every other day on his earflap.
    He recently began having seizures, the last one last week, where he lost control of his bladder. He has had, what I call tics, for several years, especially when he purrs. He is scheduled to see a neurologist on Monday and is currently taking homeopathic remedies for this condition. He also gets supplements. Any thoughts, suggestions. I also have two Maine Coon cats. They lived peacefully together for 14 years and suddenly last year after Bastian (the 18 year old) had a bladder infection and had to go to the vet, when he came home, all @3@@% broke lose and they have to be kept separate. He lives up in my bedroom and has the run of the upstairs when we are home. He is the light of my life and has never missed a night sleeping with me in all the years we have lived together. He follows me everywhere and when my Dad was killed he never left my side.

    Thanks for your help.

    Marty

  33. By jm on Sep 18, 2008 | Reply

    my cat had a seizure and after he finished he was breathing really heavy and panting, is this normal?

  34. By admin on Sep 20, 2008 | Reply

    I’m not really sure what’s normal behavior for a cat who’s just had a seizure. Your best bet is to have him checked out by your cat’s vet.

    Best wishes,

    Darlene

  35. By Susie on Oct 22, 2008 | Reply

    I have just recently seen a seizure in my cat. I brought her to an ER vet and he said that he thinks she is having seizures. I left her over night and he said she did not have anymore. I then brought her to my regular vet and left her another 24 hrs to be monitored. They told me that she did not have any. I am concerned because when I brought her home she had to and hour apart and they lasted 20 seconds. The vets told me that they do not want to perscribe medicine if she is not having them for a long period of time. I am concerned because it is very expensive and I don’t know what else to do. She is not the same cat and this is just all suprising because it just popped up. Noone can give me a definate answer two vets have ruled out anything that may be causing them. Does anyone have any suggestions? I lost a cat in December and I don’t think I can bare to loose another. Is this doing more and more damage to her brain? What can I do?

  36. By Karen on Nov 8, 2008 | Reply

    I noticed that the article said that when your cat is having a seizure to move furniture and stuff out of the way. I have found from my experience with my seizuring cat that the best thing for her is to pick her up or go to her level and hold them snugly to your body making sure to cup her head, until it’s over. I found the recovery time shortend the sooner I could get to her.

  37. By Kirsten on Nov 30, 2008 | Reply

    My cat’s nine years old and he’s really special to me. . He has seizures about twice a day. . I don’t know what to do. . I went to the vet but the medication didn’t work. . I’ve noticed when i give him tin food he has them more often. . Can milk also make them have seizures? Everyone keeps saying i should put him down. . I really love him. . Please help..

  38. By Heather on Dec 3, 2008 | Reply

    Hi Darlene,
    My 4-year old cat Angel (part Devon Rex) has been randomly wetting the bed for the past 2 years–it’s a small amount, about the size of a silver dollar or slightly bigger. This occurs perhaps 4 times a year and it only occurs at night between midnight and 4 am when she sleeps with me. Colleagues of my sister think it may be related to seizures. I have noticed Angel drooling slightly the past couple weeks when I pet her, but she just had surgery to remove a mast cell tumor from her skin so I don’t know if it’s related to that or not? Should I be concerned about this urinating and drooling? Thanks for your help Darlene and for posting this website.

  39. By Rells on Dec 7, 2008 | Reply

    Hello everyone,
    I am so sad right now, my 4month old kitty Nala recently had a seizure. When we first got her we notice some slight shaking and she would go into an almost hypnotic state we figured that she was only playing. The whole thing usually lasted a few seconds. Nala’s shaking hasn’t been too frequent but the last seizure she had has really damaged her. Its been about 1day since she had the seizure that basically has her in a vegetative state and she has not yet returned to her normal playful self. She’s been sleeping alot! Whenever she does get up she’s very disoriented and there’s a white cornea-like thing covering half her eyeball. She does not eat or drink, I’ve been feeding her Friskies dry cat food, her poop has been really watery and the last time she pooped it had an red-orange color, almost looked like blood. If I take her out of her box or whenever she comes out of her box, usually if she get the sensation to pee or poop, she’s really wobbly and her head is drooped down and about 2 or 3 seconds after she gets up she goes into the hypnotic state. (sigh) I pray that my kitty get better and can return back to her normal loving self. Oh I guess this might be a plus, today when I took her out of her bed to check on her, I played her hind legs to see if she would respond and she did!! She made a strong “meow” and opened her eyes, the cornea-like membrane had gone away but sadly it came back after a little while. We took Nala to the vet he gave her a shot and told us that she will need Phenobarbital.
    Please can anyone help me or give me some hope in knowing that my Nala will be alright. I don’t want to loose her.

  40. By Rosemary on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    my 17 year old cat had 3 fits and now is blind vet thought he might have a brain tumour no tests done .put him on predinicare.he is starting to find thigs in the house .the worst thing is findig his tray. any help out their.

  41. By Katherine on May 2, 2011 | Reply

    My cat use to have pedi mal seizures. She has stopped having them thank god. The water where we use to live was horrible humans couldnt drink it i dont know how the cats did. The water was rid full of disease. Anyways since we moved and the waters better she is better!

  42. By Jessica on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Best website yet on seizures in cats! My cat Tuffy is about 5 years old and has been having seizures periodically over the last couple years. He runs away and I get so nervous because he usually runs down the basement stairs and nearly falls down. He runs around, twitches and shakes, and keeps falling down. We took him to the vet, they examined him but found nothing. I don’t know where to go from here but I will check his food, and switch to natural if needed.

  43. By Angie on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    My 18 year old siamese started having seizures about 2 months ago. When he hears a tapping, such as cat food can tapping against cat dish, his head twitches along with it and if I dont stop he starts to convulse (which is what happened the first time). It happened when my husband tapped his razor against the sink. Has anyone had this experience.

  44. By Sue Gustafson on Jun 20, 2011 | Reply

    Can my cat have a seizure after licking dog (Frontline) from my dog’s back? She has been twitching approximately 1 hour approximately 4 hours after grooming her. It this possible. It was dog flea/tick liquid applied to the back of the neck and rear end. What do you think? Could this cause seizures?

  45. By Vern on Jun 26, 2011 | Reply

    My 6 year old cat’s first seizure was 4 months ago. He had 3 seizures over 3 weeks then it appears the phenobarbital took effect (.75 ml day and .5 ml night). Suddenly, he started having seizures. between Thursday and Sunday he has had 6 mostly in the morning. they last 2 mins and are increasing in frequency (2nd was 24 hrs from the first, then in 9 hrs for the next, then in 8 hrs.) the vet increased his night dose to .75 ml, but the intensity of the seizures is increasing and seems to be about 9/10 hrs after the last doze. Should I ask m vet about breaking the medicine into three dozes? Has anyone had a similar experience?

  46. By Suz on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    My cat has had 2 seizures, the last being early this morning. I went to the doctor and am having bloodwork done and will know the results tomorrow. I am so worried and watching the seizure was terrifying. What kind of things can trigger a siezure in a cat. Mine seems so happy and normal and then for that to happen is so strange.

  47. By Shelly on Jul 2, 2011 | Reply

    Rabies shots can cause seizures in cats and can have an adverse reaction that leads to death. I didn’t know this until after I gave my very healthy, strong 15 year old cat the mandatory shot. He started having seizures 2 weeks after the shot, then he lost all mobility in his legs and coordination, could not hold his head up and stopped eating/drinking. I’m about to let him go this morning :-( . I searched everywhere for an answer and finally saw there are a lot of examples around dogs having this reaction. I don’t know if cats have this less frequently or what. But I have learned that vaccinations are very dangerous for older pets. Had I realized this, I would have kept my cat home, safe with me and we would be sitting on the back porch together right now.

  48. By kate donnelly on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    my cat was about 15 years old he was attacked by digs i took him to the vets and took him home he was doing wellbut seemed to lie on his left side and ate his food he was breathing funny when chewing he had another scare and seemed fine the next day he stook his tongue out ans was drooling later that night he died was it the shock again

  49. By Teresa on Jul 22, 2011 | Reply

    My 4 year-old, very healthy, active cat had his first grand mal 2 nights ago. The following day, he seemed ok, we thought it might be his new cat food we had bought for him the very night of the GM. I pulled the food and dumped it. Later that day, he had several petit mal seizures. Took him to the vet, and they ran labs – his esinophils were somewhat elevated indicating parasitic infection. His temp was 104. I do not want to start the phenobarb route. Have been down the seizure treatment track with my daughter, and do not want to start that with this kitty. Besides, it seems plausible that if the underlying condition is successfully treated, the seizures may stop. I’m thinking that with the high temp, that these seizures could be febrile seizures that occur with little kids who are sick and running a fever. Anyone else out there have a similar experience?

  50. By Loki's Cat Mom on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    My 10 year old cat Loki has been having grand mal seizures since he was about 3 years old. When they started I took him to the vet and ran test after test… the only thing even slightly abnormal was that he has an antibody for the Corona virus (but he has lived too long now for the seizures to be caused by FIP or related, I think). When the seizures first began, he had them pretty frequently- several per week for a few weeks- it was terrifying. He would rip out his claws paddling on the carpet. The frequency of his episodes has decreased over the years and he has maybe one every six months to a year. The seizures themselves seem to be getting worse though- lasting longer, and now he urinates when he starts to seize. He has behavioral disorders (sometimes attacking people- even me- unprovoked- hissing, clawing, biting really hard, etc.)… he is not always like that, but he can just freak out for no reason. I don’t think this is his fault, I think it is really a problem associated with his seizures. His behavior has gotten worse as he has gotten older, and that combined with going to the vet so much when he was younger makes it VERY difficult to take him to the vet now. I just wonder why he has seizures- I cannot get an MRI or further tests at this point, it is too traumatic (on both of us!) to go to the vet. Does anyone have a cat with seizures that they did not medicate? Maybe it could just be epilepsy and not a tumor/ disease? I can’t really put him on meds either- I would be the only person that could MAYBE get the pills in him, but it is a huge blow to the quality of life to have that epic struggle daily. He is my best little buddy, I am crying even thinking about it…. is it better or worse not to put him through more vet trauma (they have to cram him in a box and gas him to even look at him). We are switching to an all natural food diet, I thought about trying to make his food. I will say, in case this helps other people, his seizures decreased A LOT when we stopped using Frontline and most other household chemicals (especially on the floors), and I will never again get him vaccinated for anything (he is indoors except an enclosed yard). Any thought on his life expectancy without treatment? Or ideas on whether his seizures have an underlying cause? thank you and hope all your kitties are doing good

  51. By CAT_LOVER on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    THATS A LIE WHEN THEY SAID CATS NOT IN PAIN WHEN THEY SEIZE MY CAT IS IN ALOT OF PAIN

  52. By linda lewis on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    my cat was having seizures and i looked up what to do and you said cats don’t feel pain i would like to know what cat told you that! please comment back i need a answer to that question because my cat was screaming every time she came out of one.

  53. By kathy bell on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    My cat Nikke yells and then scrunches up his
    body and urinates, HELP!

  54. By viv daigneault on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    i recently adopted a 2 yr old siamese cat Max. he has had 3 seizures always the same. first he vomits, then he just keels over and his jaw is clenched shut. it seems to last only a minute or 2, then he recovers and is his old self again. i am very worried..will he die of this as when i am at work i am afraid for him. thanks

  55. By Sarah86 on Aug 19, 2011 | Reply

    my cat is 16months old, blind (literally no eyes) and has extremely bad seizures. there are always warning signs before hand. he will some times become nervous but most of the time he will turn his head right round,ears right back it kind of reminds me of the exorcist. then he will turn in tight circles and collapse and have a really violent seizure, urinating every time and foaming alot at the mouth. in worst cases he will have 15-20 of these attacks in a day.afterwards he will cry very loudly then look for me for affection.the seizures occur roughly every 3 weeks and each seizure lasts for about 1minute sometimes he cant breathe properly afterwards. this has been going on since he was 3months old.he was a stray and i found him at 5weeks old. i live in Turkey and when i take him to the vet the vet just gives me antibiotics to give him which dont work.i dont know what to do and i fear that one day the seizures will kill him. If anyone has a similar case or can help that would be great. i love my cat and cant see him like this much longer.

  56. By Wally's Mom on Aug 22, 2011 | Reply

    Wally had his teeth cleaned in February. When they took out the tube he turned blue. They got him back, but he was in ICU for 10 days. He is blind now and his rear legs don’t work properly. He has made progress through. He has had 3 seizures since, the last one just tonight. As I research these I would probably call them CPS (partial seizures). Do you think these are related to the “stroke” he had following the teeth cleaning?

  57. By stephanie on Aug 22, 2011 | Reply

    my cat is 7 years old, he had a seizure for the first time lastnight. We took him to the vet, they took his bloodwork and said everything is fine. We are waiting to see what happens. But my other cat, (4 yrs old) WILL NOT go near him now, she hisses and batts at him everytime he comes around, Why is she so scared? Can she sense something may still be wrong with him?

  58. By GOTHICGAELICGIRL on Aug 26, 2011 | Reply

    Hi there-

    Please help-

    I was out yesterday and my partnerwas at home with our 3 month old kitten, Foo.

    Foo mistimed a jump and ended up hitting his face off the kitchen counter. His nose was pouring blood (he has a small cut on it) and he had a seizure afterwards. My partner said he had convulsions and soiled himself.

    We tried to get in touch with an emergency vet but the only one we got in touch with insisted we become paying members on the spot before they would even advise us about giving him water.

    We sat up with him during the night and he seems ok now. He uses his litter box as usual, squeals when picked up as usual and acklowledges his bell.

    However, his eyes are crossed. From what I’ve read online, this is common in any animal after a seizure or head injury. He’s also quite sluggish and keeps trying to flop down.

    He’s not eating either, not even his favourite of ham and fish gravy.

    Please help me, I can’t bear to think I’ll lose Foo.

    GGG

  59. By Niki Nichols on Sep 1, 2011 | Reply

    “Cats are magical. The more you pet them, the longer you both live…!”

    I’ve had mine 17 years…and I’m 60 yrs. old. Maybe it’s true then.

    Great, informative site. Thank you.

  60. By linda seeley on Sep 3, 2011 | Reply

    my cat max has been having seizures for about 6 months. it was not often, few weeks, month maybe, until about amonth ago. they became more severe.he would bite hisself on the side and make a noise and fall, twist his body and urinate make that noise . it last for about a minute and he lays still for about 1/2 a minute then sits up and stares for a little bit then he’s o.k. i took him to the vet, they did blood test and x-rays and told me to observe him when he’s having a seizure. they did nothing for him and i paid 323.00 dollars. i’m on s.s. and can’t afford todo this again. what can i do? where can i find natural cures? help someone please.

  61. By terri on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    any suggestions? please help i dont know whats going on. i have never had a cat that does this. he has woke me up twice in the last week and a half falling off the table and haviing a seizure. the first one about a week and a half ago he fell off teh night stand and started convulsing it freaked me out so i picked him up and put him on the bed i didnt know what to do. i went to work the next day and i talked to this girl that is a vet tech and she said that it was ok for now but if he starts having one more often to takew him to the vet and just to watch him. well a week and a half went by to today and again i am woken up by him falling off the night stand this time it lasted alil bit longer maybe 30 sec the first one about 15 sec. this time i didnt touch him as my friend said not to cause he might bite me so i just sat that crying until he was done. he stopped convulsing and he just sat there and stared at the night stand and started drooling and making a loud sound and i couldnt get him to stop. when he finally turned around and got up he was still making this noise and all his hair was standing up and he was scared it seemed like. it looked like he was gonna attack me or something. i dont know what im suppose to do with him. i dont have the money to take him to a vet right now to see whats wrong with him. im just so afraid im gonna come home to him gone or something.

  62. By Steven on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    Ask any person who’s had a seizure – there’s no pain. That isn’t to say it isn’t disorienting.
    Granted, we can’t know for sure (we can only make assessments and comparisons with people where we can get a response about pain) – but would you rather go with scientific evidence, or go against it just because we can’t know for certain?

  63. By Diana on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    My cat had a stroke or somethin a while ago, but yesterday morning she had another one, and she started limping and walking sideways but nothing was wrong with her leg and when she has them she screams really loud, like shes attacking something, shes old and i dont know if that might have anything to do with it but i dont want them to happen again, how do i stop them from happening?

  64. By tahiti on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    my cat has been in the vet for 2 weeks now, i took him under the impression he had snuffles. turned out he had a kidney infection, was constipated and also had a twisted bowel. he has picked up since the vet fixed it up but today when i was able to pick him up, the vet gave him a cortisone injection and shortly after he had a fit. if he doesn’t improve by tomorrow he going to be put down =( can anyone tell me if the injection could have caused the fit as he has never done that before and also the chances of the bowel re-twisting???? i have searched every where on the internet and can not find any good information. i don’t want him to be put to sleep pllleeaasssssee help

  65. By Catherine on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    My cat had a seizure yesterday (09-27-2011) and then one a lil over 12 hours later. The Vet is putting him on Phenobarbital, 15 mg, twice a day. I was reading about raw foods, can someone give me details on that? And I am wondering about the EaseSure natural supplement too. The Vet did not think bloodwork was necessary, he said all the cats he did bloodwork on that had seizures gave him nothing. Anyways, any thoughts? My cat is a 6 yr old Maine Coon.

  66. By Jenny on Oct 3, 2011 | Reply

    Hi,
    I had a 2yr 8 month old cat that we rescued from the shelter. He has been the BEST cat I could ever ask for. Not one mean streak in him ALL LOVE?. His name was Weeman, solid black and slinky. Anyway, we returned home around 7:30 last night. Weeman always goes outside during the day. When we got home the neighbors were knocking on the back door, my cat was crying. We got Weeman in the house and he lost all control of his limbs. He couldnt stand or walk. At one point he was on all 4 standing and thought he could jump onto my dresser where he always slept, he didnt make it. thank goodness my husband caught him. I tried to get him to eat and drink. He didnt know how to open his mouth to eat or drink. By the time I got him loaded to take him to vet, he already had 2 seizures. I didnt know it that these were seziures until the vet seen him and told me. While at the vet he had another seziure. I completely lost it when he fell on his head just tring to walk. the vet had no idea what to do other that take him to a different vet an hour away. I wish I would have, now my Weeman is laid to rest. We ended up putting him down. I love him with ALL my heart and will forever hurt inside. I LOVE YOU WEEMAN, You were the best! Love always , moma

  67. By Sarah on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    My 4 year old just had a GM and another early in the morning. Her blood is being run. how did your cat do after the food was tossed? how is your cat now?

  68. By Carol on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    I just put my cat to sleep over the weekend. He started having seizures 3 weeks ago. The first two came a week apart, then they started coming regularly the last week of his life. All his bloodwork came back normal. An x ray was normal. One vet suggested it might be a meningioma tumor, but the other said those were rare. We started him on prednisone, but unfortunately it was too late. He had a horrible seizure on Saturday and wouldn’t come out of it. I couldn’t put him through anymore. I wish there was more known on cat seizures; even the vets don’t know a lot. Getting a diagnosis involves ruling out everything else first. I am at least $700-$800 in the hole now and my cat is still gone.

    If your cat starts having seizures, I think the best thing to do is get them on phenobarbital ASAP and then start trying to find the cause of the seizures. There is also another newer drug (begins with a K) but phenobarbital is probably the cheapest.

    I miss my little buddy; I know he is at peace now.

  69. By Jennie on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    Hi, our cat’s been on the Phenobarbital since July of 2011, and we’ve noticed several changes in her demeanor since.
    She rarely comes up to us anymore to be pet, she hides under the bed most of the day too. She used to like olives (as they had nearly the same effect as catnip, and it was always fun to give her an olive and watch her play with it) but now she ignores it and it’s scent. She hasn’t gone into heat for a very long time, and she is not fixed.
    I know now that her incoordnation and ‘dopiness’ is in fact from the medication, but did it also change who she was and stop her from going into heat as well?
    Any advice or help would be greatly appriciated. Thank you

    -Jennie

  70. By marie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    i losed my 23yr old cat 17/12/2011
    i was doing some work. and heard a banging.thought it was my grandson so told him off.he said nan its not me soot going mad.
    he was having a fit. i wraped him in a towel .
    layed him on sofa.he came to and didnt no me.
    he was howling.then he had another, second time even worst.then another in car as i held him.his eyes were glazed. the vet put him straight to sleep.i will never forget that sound.he didnt no me, or new were he was.
    i feel awful, i couldnt help him.
    i loved him so much.i picked his mother up as a stray that kp knocking my door. i took her in she was pregnant had 4 kittens, and i kp them all.lost mandy at aged 15, then lucky her mum at 17,then lost squeak at 22 and ben within a month of each other.i loved them all,
    and never seen a cat have a fit before until my soot, i cant stop thinking about it.
    he was the last of my babies, and the hurt im feeling is awfull, i can still here his howling,
    i miss him so much.

  71. By Nana on Jan 19, 2012 | Reply

    Hi, I need help. My kitten had a fall yesterday night. She’s 4 to 5 months old. She fell from 4th floor. I rushed down to bring her back home. When i saw her, she was super scared. Her mouth was injured, covered with blood. I carried her back home and she started to shit on my arms. Why is it so? Then after a while, she started to urine blood. It breaks my heart. I couldnt afford to bring her to the vet. But looking at her, hidung herself, breaks my hearts.

  72. By Imy on Feb 7, 2012 | Reply

    Hi everyone I would like to ask my cat Toby is 11 years old but last few weeks he has had seizures for last 2 weeks but yesterday was the longest seizure he had lasting for 4 mins so I took him to vet where he was tested the vet said it was kidney failure but they are not sure he was kept over night where he had 3 more seizures in 24 hours he still in vet all I want to ask is has nyone had cat doin the same thing as my cat if so shud I prepare for the worst . My cat has only been to the vet a handgull if times in 12 years

  73. By candice on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply

    Angie I have a 20yo siamese mix and she is very sensitive to the clicking or tapping noises. Last year around this time she had her first st of seizures. I had no idea what was happening. I took her to the vet and they did blood work said everything looked norml other than her kidney functions. She has onset kidney deisease. Well for a year she was fine her first and last seizures were on that day. Today she had a seizure 4 to be exact. 1 large one that lasted a minute or 3. 2 hrs later she had a mini seize that lasted 30 seconds or so with no flopping around just turning circles and drooling. Couple hours later she had 2 almost in a row but were very short. 10 secs or so. I’m not sure what’s causing them my only hope is to keep her comfy while their happening. Besides the seizures her appetite is good and she’s drinking water normally for her anyways. I still have no idea what happened but before her first one a yr ago I was clicking a pen open and closed and she fell off the bed bc she started having a seizure. I don’t remember any clicking or tapping this morning but who knows her ears are more sensitive than mine.

  74. By KATHY BELL on May 9, 2012 | Reply

    MY CAT HAAS SEIZURES, YELLS AND THEN URINATES.HELP’

  75. By Linda on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    Phenobarbital is what has made my sweet kitty’s life okay again. He was 2 or 3 years old when he started having seizures. Epilepsy, I understand, is common in cats of that age. Don’t know why. I had just treated him (but NOT his sister) with a flea medication the day before his first seizure, so WHO KNOWS if that caused it.

    All I know is that I do not plan to stop his medication, every 12 hours, because I tried it once, and the seizures came back. Epilepsy in humans is also treated with Phenobarbital and it works.

    As everyone has said, we love our animals and want them to be well-cared-for and at ease, without pain. So, as long as my sweet Rusty seems to love life, I will care for him the best I can.

  76. By Nicole on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    My kitten keeps having wierd seizures where he runs around and bangs into the walls. I LOVE this article! My vet ran $400 in test and told me nothing was wrong and its probably a head injury and now I know it is CPS! That describes him to a T! My question is what do I do now? I called my vet and they told me they wont give him medication… that he will either get better on his own or die. What can I do to help him? I started giving him kitten milk (about 4 teaspoons a day) because he was taken from his mom early by the people I bought him from and I give him vitamins. Is there anything else I can do to help him? Any certain food or supplement since the vet wont help?

  77. By Samantha on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    I have two male indoor cats – they are brothers and are two. My one cat has had three seizures that we know about. They last about a minute and started happening before his second birthday. He has had them about every thirty days since the end if march. I had blood work done and everything came back clear. I am debating on medicating him because I don’t want him to have a seizure in the wrong place and hurt himself. He is really scared of loud noises and gets startled easy. Should I medicate him? What are your thoughts? Will it change his personality? Any advice will be much appreciated – thank you.

  78. By catherine on Jul 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hey,
    My cat just had a seizure. Is it normal to have extra foam at the mouth and be wide eyed we also don’t have the money to take her to the vet as we are a low income family and money is tight right now. She is 5 years old and never had one before, now I beloved she was playing with somethin and hit the wall with her head right away she was meowing and trying to walk I was quiet and just kept telling her it was ok.

  79. By DJ on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Thank you for all the comments, my approx 17 year old cat had had several incidents that appear as mini seizures or anxiety – and she recovers into her playfull loving self, but a few have been exceptionally scary – her blood work was done shortly after a few incidents, and everything was great for her age, some labs were looking like possible pre CRF, and I got her on homeopathic supplments, helped, and seemed totally back to normal.For the last few weeks, she’s had an increase, one with bleeding out of her mouth after falling off counter, one with urinating since she rolled on my laptop, and tinight one occurred while sitting in my lap grooming herself (and yes I got bit and scratched since she dug into me as I tried to set her down… What Ive noticed is she is licking/chewing on herself, then starts to twitch, loose control, I was told the grooming is anxiety, and what has me the most concern is teh recent increase started teh morning after her frontline was applied (it is record fleas and humidity here – and was told could apply at 4-5 weeks safely) Anyways, just wanted to share, as reading all stories is good to know she’s not alone as first time I’ve seen this in an otherwise very happy, friendly cat who is mostly maintaining all normal activities..
    Thanks

  80. By Kim on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    My cat is about 9 years old and has been having seizures over the last 3 years. With the pheno she has about 3 every 2 months. Without the pills, she’ll have about 50 grand-mals a day. I’ve been having some behavioral issues with her lately including her not using her box and the one day she tore all of her hind claws out. Back in July she had a 7 minute seizure that only Valium could stop and she hasn’t been the same since. She’s so lovable and snuggly with me but these phases scare me. Her eating has lessened and the seizures would go from facial into grand-mals. The seizures would last about 2 mins total. The past few days she’s been seizing more. She’s going straight into grand-mals and its taking over 5 mins for her to come out of it. What to do? I’ve had 3 years with her like this. Vets have no idea why. If I put her down, what if I could’ve had another 3 years? If I don’t, I don’t want her to suffer or get brain damaged cuz I’m selfish. Any thoughts?

  81. By Sandy on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    My 14 yr old Ragdoll started having siezures once a day about a month ago – where he would fall on his right side, bite a chunk of hair from his left side and frantically scratch his head with his left rear leg (one time just missing his eye). The first time I thought he had been stung by a wasp – as there was a nest I found afterward . By the second one, he was inside and I knew that this was not the case. I did some research and found that Bach Flower “Rescue Remedy”(which helps with anxiety and trauma), Valerian and Passion Flower (calming herbs), mixed with Taurine (to help w/ brain function) almost stopped them immediately. I mixed them with water, and would give to him with a syringe every 4 hours. I slept with him on the couch, and woke up twice being scratched as my arm was behind his head and the remedy wore off after 6 hours. I eventually suspected he might be allergic to chicken or corn as I came across similar stories from people who saw results after they stopped feeding their cats chicken or grain. Their cats had sores in their fur and their ears seemed to bother them all the time, just like my boy. My boy now only gets high quality chicken and grain free food which I sprinkled with a little Valerian for the last 2 weeks after stopping with the syringe (he hated it so much). He has been seizure-free for almost a month (after those 2 at night), and is now back to his usual sweet screechy self, and his ears are not bothering him anymore. As many people wrote their reviews of how high-quality food had changed their kitty’s life, “it is much less expensive to buy more expensive quality food free of grain and by-products now than to spend a lot more at the vet later”. My boy’s drastic improvement is proof to me that this is true. I can tell he is feeling better than he has in a year. Good luck with your own kitties – I hope they feel better soon, and that my own story can help someone and their kitty’s quality of life.

  82. By Amanda on Feb 10, 2013 | Reply

    My cat is now 21 years old he’s called Toby & he’s ginger & white he’s had 2 seizures now Ooh my god their so up setting to see , I just don’t want him to have any more.
    He normal eats for England sometimes l don’t think he remembers been fed & wants feeding again.
    Don’t want him to suffer But don’t want to take him to the vet am l being cruel, , are you sure they don’t feel any pain when they have these seizures.
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