Seizures in cats occur when abnormal electrical activity occurs in the brain. This can cause tremors, cramps, and drooling.
They are usually categorized as intracranial or extracranial seizures depending on whether the cause is inside or outside the skull.
If you are seeing signs of a seizure in your cat, then you have to see a vet for a correct diagnosis and treatment. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of seizure in cats.
Symptoms of seizures in cats
Symptoms of seizure symptoms in cats most often come in the form of cat tremors. This is sometimes accompanied by drooling.
Other common symptoms are:
- Lose consciousness
- Loss of control of the bladder and bowel
- Meow and cry extra loud
Causes of seizures in cats
The cause of a seizure determines whether the cat is having an intracranial seizure or an extracranial seizure.
In intracranial seizures, the causes can be brain tumors, trauma, parasites, and infections.
Extracranial seizures can be caused by liver and kidney disease, high blood pressure, and the use of drugs intended for humans.
Epilepsy can also cause seizures in cats.
Treatments For Seizures In Cats In
If you notice your cat is having a seizure, resist the urge to touch or move it until the seizure has passed, then call your veterinarian to schedule an appointment immediately. Also, try to make a note of how long the seizure lasts, and if the seizure doesn’t stop after five minutes, plan to see an emergency veterinarian.
Once your veterinarian confirms that your cat has had a seizure, they will recommend treatment based on the cause. This may involve specific medications to help overcome an infection or toxin. In some cases, veterinarians may recommend medications known as anticonvulsants to help prevent seizures.
If your vet prescribes medication for your cat to help your cat recover, it is important that you give all of the medication, even if your cat appears to have recovered early.
In cases where a cat has numerous seizures, your veterinarian may suggest doing more tests.
Has your cat had a seizure before? How did your vet help your cat recover? Let us know in the comment section below.