Cat Seizures – What You Need To Know

June 27, 2010

in Cats

Cat seizures are one of the more commonly seen neurological problems our feline friends have. Whether you call it a seizure, convulsion or fit, these episodes will likely include:

a loss of consciousness or derangement
contractions of the body
changes in awareness
involuntary urination or defecation
behavior changes.

It is important to look for these symptoms.

Cat Seizures – The Three Phases

Cat seizures have three distinct stages. They are:

The pre-ictal phase – during this phase your cat may appear nervous, seek you out, hide, become restless, shake or salivate. Your cat may experience this from a few seconds to multiple hours so you need to keep a watch on them.

The ictal phase – is the actual seizure and can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. You will see all their muscles contract and you may see the cat fall and appear paralyzed though shaking. This could be quite traumatic for a pet owner to see. They will likely urinate/defecate/salivate.

The post-ictal phase will likely include your cat being confused and disoriented. They may pace, be restless and may even experience temporary blindness.

Cats do not swallow their tongues so there is no need to put your fingers in their mouth. In fact, during cat seizures avoid putting your fingers anywhere near their mouth.

Cat Seizures – A Trip to the Vet

Cat seizures can be caused by several factors so it is important to speak to your vet and have details about when the seizure or seizures began, what your cat was doing prior to the seizure, etc.

It is likely that your vet will take blood tests to see if your cat ingested any poison, etc. Your vet may put your cat on anti-convulsion therapy to help alleviate the seizures while determining the cause of the this problem.

Find out more on cat seizures and read many interesting articles on pet care.

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