Question by Osairis: Is my cat having a seizure or something more serious?
My cat maggie has been having some “episodes” recently. It has happened twice in about 2 weeks. The first time it occurred, I wrote it off as a possible seizure. (which she has no history of) Here’s what happened:
She ran up the front steps of our house and into the living room.
She immediately froze and stared at the ground and her ears began twitching.
Suddenly she slumped down and began to give one of those deep sad meows that cats do when they are scared or in pain.
Her pupils dialated and she fell on her side.
@ this point her paws came up to the side of her face and tensed there for about 15-20 secs.
Then she came out of it and seemed very bewildered and was not responsive to sight or sound for a good minute. Then she was fine.
So we wrote this off as a possible seizure and isolated incident and let it be. It happened again last night, except this time I was with her in the events leading up to it. Maggie is a little overweight and was obese before we put her on a diet when we recieved her last year from some friends who were moving. Last night she ran and followed me up our driveway which is a good 40-50 feet @ a 35-45 degree incline which for anyone overweight or out of shape can be a little strenous. As i reached and climbed the steps up to our front door, maggie reached the bottom of the steps, slumped down again and started the exact same process. the meowing, unresponsive, tensing of paws near her face, and exhaustion. Now I’m wondering if its not some sort of diabetic or heart issue rather than a seizure but I’m not sure. A friend said it may be Ear Mites but all research i’ve done on ear mites have said nothing about collapsing or seizures or anything related to whats happening to Maggie. What the heck is going on with my cat? Help!
In response to a few of your answers,
A: After the first seizure, I immediately consulted my friend who is a vet tech, where i was advised to monitor her for the next hour and if it happened again to get her to a vet pronto, and if not then it was probably an isolated incident. Having had the last incident occur less than 12 hours ago and living near Yosemite park and having a full time job makes it hard to see a vet immediately but rest assured Percy that she will see one. Thanks for your constructive and oh so helpful answer btw 😐 I simply thought in the mean time I could get some quick answers from someone who may have experienced the same things…
To the rest of you thanks for your opinions and answers, you’ve pretty much confirmed our suspicions and now we can get Mags the help she needs with a bit more info. 🙂 Thanks, From both of us!
Oops almost forgot! Her diet. Maggie was fed a consistent diet of dry food by her previous owners which through further research and study in hopes of slimming ol’Magratha down I have learned is a huge NO-NO! Maggie is slowly being weened off the dry food diet to a canned wet food. The one thing I’m not sure of is the amount of wet food she should be fed. I’ve been told to split a 5.5-6oz can into 2 meals for her per day, and i’ve heard to feed her 2 5.5-6oz cans a day. 2 cans seems an awful lot for a cat like maggie who is just starting to get her active/playful side back but if you have any insight into serving sizes, I’d appreciate it. The serving info on the packaging seems unreliable.
Answer by Spike & Co.
Maggie needs to see a vet as soon as possible. It does sound like she is having seizures. It certainly is not ear mites.
Seizures are scary but they can be controlled and Maggie can live a long and normal life. I have a Maine Coon who has been having seizures for more than 4 years, with good vet care he does well and is happy and healthy.
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