Feline Seizures and Epilepsy
One of the most frightening sights is when you notice your beloved cat suffering from a seizure. Seizures can take many different forms, and can range anywhere from a slight change in disposition to uncontrollable movements. Seeing your cat suffering from a seizure can tear at an owner’s heart. When noticing your cat is having a seizure, your actions are very important.
However, many owners don't know the difference between a seizure from epilepsy. To understand the difference, we need to define each. A seizure is a symptom of a feline disease. Causes of feline seizures can include tumors, infections, exposure or ingesting toxic chemicals, and epilepsy. Epilepsy, on the other hand, is diagnosed when cats suffer from seizures, but do not have any other source of problems (i.e. tumor, infection, etc…).
When you observe your cat having a seizure, the way that you react is crucial. Most importantly, that the cat needs to see a Veterinarian as soon as possible. The seizure is an indication that something is not right in your cat. The vet needs to see the cat and determine whether the seizure if from an external source or if it is an epileptic seizure.
What should you do? When you see your cat having a seizure, don’t panic. Try to make the cat comfortable. Next make sure your make note of your cat’s reaction during the seizure. It is very important to tell your vet everything that you observe. For example, was the cat breathing heavily? Was it stiff? Make any sounds? What did its eyes look like? And so on. Any and all information that you can provide your veterinarian, will go a long way to determine the problem, and a solution.
What will your vet do? The first order of business for your vet would be to conduct blood work. This will help identify if an infection or a substance is present in its blood system. Based on the results of the blood work, your vet will recommend a course of action. Depending on the diagnosis, your vet may recommend dietary changes and/or medication. During the treatment, it is also important for cat owners to monitor the progress and see if any symptoms persist.
Pet lovers have a fondness for their animals and will do anything to help them. In the event of a feline seizure, it is important to take your pet to your veterinarian, so that they will quickly be on the road to recovery. To help pet owners, here are some valuable resources on seizures and epilepsy:
· Seizures in Cats: resource on seizures and possible causes
· Seizures: factors and treatment of feline seizures
· Feline Seizures: definition and symptoms of seizures
· Symptoms: definition of what to watch for
· Seizures: causes and symptoms of epilepsy
· Treatment: natural treatment for seizures and epilepsy in cats
· Seizure Treatments: diagnosis and analysis for treatment