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donnapl7
April 16th 07, 09:37 PM
My 12 year old cat, Peach, had what appeared to be a seizure last night and
again this morning. The only other time I've seen her have one was following
an illness, which could not be diagnosed by the vet. They are about 5
minutes in duration. Symptoms are disorientation, severly contracted muscles,
glazed-over eyes, inability to stand. Afterwards, she's continues to be
disoriented for 5 to 10 minutes, but then returns to normal activities. She
is now at the vet, with again, no answers. I was wondering if anyone else
has had this experience with their cat, and also does anyone know the
differences in symptoms between a seizure and a stroke? Any advise would
help, because I can't seem to get it from any vets.

Lynne
April 17th 07, 03:54 AM
on Mon, 16 Apr 2007 20:37:41 GMT, "donnapl7" <[email protected]> wrote:

> My 12 year old cat, Peach, had what appeared to be a seizure last
> night and again this morning. The only other time I've seen her have
> one was following an illness, which could not be diagnosed by the vet.
> They are about 5 minutes in duration. Symptoms are disorientation,
> severly contracted muscles, glazed-over eyes, inability to stand.
> Afterwards, she's continues to be disoriented for 5 to 10 minutes, but
> then returns to normal activities. She is now at the vet, with again,
> no answers. I was wondering if anyone else has had this experience
> with their cat, and also does anyone know the differences in symptoms
> between a seizure and a stroke? Any advise would help, because I
> can't seem to get it from any vets.

I can't help you except to say that perhaps you should consider finding a
better vet. If you have an urgent care vet facility in your area, they
often have a very high caliber of emergency and specialty vets.

I wish you luck getting to the bottom of this. I hope Peach will be okay.

--
Lynne

Matthew
April 17th 07, 04:24 AM
if your vet can't figure it out new vet on specializing in epilepsy my
rumble is epileptic his blood work was normal than he became diabetic.

If he has another seizure you need to pay very close attention here to these
8 rules. This is from personal experience

1 don't panic most seizures last on 30 seconds even thought it seems like
forever
2 DON'T PICK UP THE FURBALL unless he or she is in danger of striking a
object or falling off an object. They can
inverntely hurt you and themselves
3 observe how the body is reacting such as back legs constricting a
strange twitch. Observe how they react afterwards
4 talk soothingly to them you can stroke them it helps them come out of it
quicker.
5 REMEMBER DON'T PANIC.
6 write everything done this is an emotional time and you will forget
things
7 search your home to make sure the furball did not get in any chemicals or
household plants.
8 take a deep breath again and clam down some cats have a seizure and
never have a seizure again in their life. It is not the end of
the world even though it seems like it to us.

Trust me I went thru what you are feeling right now. Helpless ness the
feeling of like you were rode hard put up wet and than [email protected] slapped.
Long story made short. I snatched up Rumble and made it to the vets
office which is 20 minutes away in less than 5 minutes with two police
officers hot on my tail. In tears the whole time thinking I was going to
lose this furball. The vet asked me all the above question which I could
not answer luckily the officers where animal lovers and saw Rumble have
another seizure right in front of the vet who was able to diagnose what type
of seizures they were. To this date 5 years later cause unknown went to all
the specialist spent almost $10,000 ( no joke) to find out why. Luckily it
has been a year since he get off the medication and no seizures. YEAH HAPPY
DANCE

"donnapl7" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
> My 12 year old cat, Peach, had what appeared to be a seizure last night
> and
> again this morning. The only other time I've seen her have one was
> following
> an illness, which could not be diagnosed by the vet. They are about 5
> minutes in duration. Symptoms are disorientation, severly contracted
> muscles,
> glazed-over eyes, inability to stand. Afterwards, she's continues to be
> disoriented for 5 to 10 minutes, but then returns to normal activities.
> She
> is now at the vet, with again, no answers. I was wondering if anyone else
> has had this experience with their cat, and also does anyone know the
> differences in symptoms between a seizure and a stroke? Any advise would
> help, because I can't seem to get it from any vets.
>

donnapl7 via CatKB.com
April 19th 07, 07:14 PM
Thank you for the kind words Matthew. I'm able to handle the seizures pretty
well during them. You're right, it is so emotional to watch. Peach is now
on 3 meds - antibiodic, meds for low blood platelettes, and something for
parasites. We're not sure if she is having mini strokes for epileptic
seizures. I'm giving it a few more days on meds before I put her through
further/scary testing. She has had less severe and fewer seizures lately. I
am also hand feeding/hydrating. Her favorite is yogurt ;-) She is extremely
lethargic, but, she is sick so I'm trying to remain optimistic. She's such a
sweety, she even purrs during the seizures when she sees me. I'm so glad
that you had a happy ending with your cat. Thank you for responding and
helping me not feel so alone in this experience.
Matthew wrote:
>if your vet can't figure it out new vet on specializing in epilepsy my
>rumble is epileptic his blood work was normal than he became diabetic.
>
>If he has another seizure you need to pay very close attention here to these
>8 rules. This is from personal experience
>
>1 don't panic most seizures last on 30 seconds even thought it seems like
>forever
>2 DON'T PICK UP THE FURBALL unless he or she is in danger of striking a
>object or falling off an object. They can
> inverntely hurt you and themselves
>3 observe how the body is reacting such as back legs constricting a
>strange twitch. Observe how they react afterwards
>4 talk soothingly to them you can stroke them it helps them come out of it
>quicker.
>5 REMEMBER DON'T PANIC.
>6 write everything done this is an emotional time and you will forget
>things
>7 search your home to make sure the furball did not get in any chemicals or
>household plants.
>8 take a deep breath again and clam down some cats have a seizure and
>never have a seizure again in their life. It is not the end of
>the world even though it seems like it to us.
>
>Trust me I went thru what you are feeling right now. Helpless ness the
>feeling of like you were rode hard put up wet and than [email protected] slapped.
> Long story made short. I snatched up Rumble and made it to the vets
>office which is 20 minutes away in less than 5 minutes with two police
>officers hot on my tail. In tears the whole time thinking I was going to
>lose this furball. The vet asked me all the above question which I could
>not answer luckily the officers where animal lovers and saw Rumble have
>another seizure right in front of the vet who was able to diagnose what type
>of seizures they were. To this date 5 years later cause unknown went to all
>the specialist spent almost $10,000 ( no joke) to find out why. Luckily it
>has been a year since he get off the medication and no seizures. YEAH HAPPY
>DANCE
>
>> My 12 year old cat, Peach, had what appeared to be a seizure last night
>> and
>[quoted text clipped - 10 lines]
>> differences in symptoms between a seizure and a stroke? Any advise would
>> help, because I can't seem to get it from any vets.

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Matthew
April 19th 07, 09:28 PM
I always here to help :-)

"donnapl7 via CatKB.com" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Thank you for the kind words Matthew. I'm able to handle the seizures
> pretty
> well during them. You're right, it is so emotional to watch. Peach is
> now
> on 3 meds - antibiodic, meds for low blood platelettes, and something for
> parasites. We're not sure if she is having mini strokes for epileptic
> seizures. I'm giving it a few more days on meds before I put her through
> further/scary testing. She has had less severe and fewer seizures lately.
> I
> am also hand feeding/hydrating. Her favorite is yogurt ;-) She is
> extremely
> lethargic, but, she is sick so I'm trying to remain optimistic. She's
> such a
> sweety, she even purrs during the seizures when she sees me. I'm so glad
> that you had a happy ending with your cat. Thank you for responding and
> helping me not feel so alone in this experience.
> Matthew wrote:
>>if your vet can't figure it out new vet on specializing in epilepsy my
>>rumble is epileptic his blood work was normal than he became diabetic.
>>
>>If he has another seizure you need to pay very close attention here to
>>these
>>8 rules. This is from personal experience
>>
>>1 don't panic most seizures last on 30 seconds even thought it seems
>>like
>>forever
>>2 DON'T PICK UP THE FURBALL unless he or she is in danger of striking a
>>object or falling off an object. They can
>> inverntely hurt you and themselves
>>3 observe how the body is reacting such as back legs constricting a
>>strange twitch. Observe how they react afterwards
>>4 talk soothingly to them you can stroke them it helps them come out of
>>it
>>quicker.
>>5 REMEMBER DON'T PANIC.
>>6 write everything done this is an emotional time and you will forget
>>things
>>7 search your home to make sure the furball did not get in any chemicals
>>or
>>household plants.
>>8 take a deep breath again and clam down some cats have a seizure and
>>never have a seizure again in their life. It is not the end
>>of
>>the world even though it seems like it to us.
>>
>>Trust me I went thru what you are feeling right now. Helpless ness the
>>feeling of like you were rode hard put up wet and than [email protected] slapped.
>> Long story made short. I snatched up Rumble and made it to the vets
>>office which is 20 minutes away in less than 5 minutes with two police
>>officers hot on my tail. In tears the whole time thinking I was going to
>>lose this furball. The vet asked me all the above question which I could
>>not answer luckily the officers where animal lovers and saw Rumble have
>>another seizure right in front of the vet who was able to diagnose what
>>type
>>of seizures they were. To this date 5 years later cause unknown went to
>>all
>>the specialist spent almost $10,000 ( no joke) to find out why. Luckily
>>it
>>has been a year since he get off the medication and no seizures. YEAH
>>HAPPY
>>DANCE
>>
>>> My 12 year old cat, Peach, had what appeared to be a seizure last night
>>> and
>>[quoted text clipped - 10 lines]
>>> differences in symptoms between a seizure and a stroke? Any advise
>>> would
>>> help, because I can't seem to get it from any vets.
>
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