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December 21st 07, 04:11 PM
Hi, I have a Cat who is about twenty or twenty-one years old. This
year she has really started to show what I think are effects with her
age and other things, never had any problems ever with her until early
2006. She had a seizure in February/March. Took her to a vet they
couldnt find any cause of the seizure, no diseases or anything. Then
about four monthes later in around July she had another one, this time
I took her and got anti-convultion medication. She had another seizure
yesterday, her third I have seen her have of the year. I am starting
to have some thoughts of putting her down, but she does not seem to be
suffering so it is tough to do that. About an hour or two after the
seizure she is moving around pretty much normal, she still jumps up
onto chairs and things.

One thing I have noticed is that her breathing is weird, she doesnt
seem to have trouble breathing but I now notice that when she is just
standing her chest and stomach move in and out more quickly and
noticeable, like she takes shorters deeper breathes, and this is
constant. She also walks funny sometimes, she doesnt look like she is
in pain at all, but just walking she doesnt walk in a straight line,
she can wobble and things out of pattern, kind of like someone drunk
walking a straight line. Im thinking the seizures have possibly caused
some brain damage. I also think her hearing and/or eyesight is not
that good anymore, ive seen her in the dark, not pitch black walk into
doors and things like that.

If anybody has any advice, especially with the breathing, I think the
other things are related to age or possibly the seizures, but the
breathing worries me a little, I dont want to put my cat down unless
it is necessary and Im not convinced it is. I'll probably take her to
the vet again hopefully tomorrow but I dont think they even know what
to do.

Rene S.
December 21st 07, 05:14 PM
> If anybody has any advice, especially with the breathing, I think the
> other things are related to age or possibly the seizures, but the
> breathing worries me a little, I dont want to put my cat down unless
> it is necessary and Im not convinced it is. I'll probably take her to
> the vet again hopefully tomorrow but I dont think they even know what
> to do.

I'm very sorry about your kitty, and I don't have any specific answer
for you, but I would strongly suggest either getting a second opinion
from another vet or seeing a specialist. It sounds like there's
something wrong that your vet is missing, and you have a right to be
concerned, especially given your cat's advanced age. At the very
least, if this isn't something that can't be cured, you need to know
what's wrong so he can live out the rest of his life comfortably.

blkcatgal
December 21st 07, 05:41 PM
I agree with Rene and could not say it better. You may need a second
opinion or see a specialist (like a vet that specializes in neurology).

Let us know what you find out.

S.

"Rene S." > wrote in message
...
>
>> If anybody has any advice, especially with the breathing, I think the
>> other things are related to age or possibly the seizures, but the
>> breathing worries me a little, I dont want to put my cat down unless
>> it is necessary and Im not convinced it is. I'll probably take her to
>> the vet again hopefully tomorrow but I dont think they even know what
>> to do.
>
> I'm very sorry about your kitty, and I don't have any specific answer
> for you, but I would strongly suggest either getting a second opinion
> from another vet or seeing a specialist. It sounds like there's
> something wrong that your vet is missing, and you have a right to be
> concerned, especially given your cat's advanced age. At the very
> least, if this isn't something that can't be cured, you need to know
> what's wrong so he can live out the rest of his life comfortably.

Paul M. Cook
December 21st 07, 11:52 PM
> wrote in message
...
> Hi, I have a Cat who is about twenty or twenty-one years old. This
> year she has really started to show what I think are effects with her
> age and other things, never had any problems ever with her until early
> 2006. She had a seizure in February/March. Took her to a vet they
> couldnt find any cause of the seizure, no diseases or anything. Then
> about four monthes later in around July she had another one, this time
> I took her and got anti-convultion medication. She had another seizure
> yesterday, her third I have seen her have of the year. I am starting
> to have some thoughts of putting her down, but she does not seem to be
> suffering so it is tough to do that. About an hour or two after the
> seizure she is moving around pretty much normal, she still jumps up
> onto chairs and things.
>
> One thing I have noticed is that her breathing is weird, she doesnt
> seem to have trouble breathing but I now notice that when she is just
> standing her chest and stomach move in and out more quickly and
> noticeable, like she takes shorters deeper breathes, and this is
> constant. She also walks funny sometimes, she doesnt look like she is
> in pain at all, but just walking she doesnt walk in a straight line,
> she can wobble and things out of pattern, kind of like someone drunk
> walking a straight line. Im thinking the seizures have possibly caused
> some brain damage. I also think her hearing and/or eyesight is not
> that good anymore, ive seen her in the dark, not pitch black walk into
> doors and things like that.
>
> If anybody has any advice, especially with the breathing, I think the
> other things are related to age or possibly the seizures, but the
> breathing worries me a little, I dont want to put my cat down unless
> it is necessary and Im not convinced it is. I'll probably take her to
> the vet again hopefully tomorrow but I dont think they even know what
> to do.

A 21 year old cat has beaten every odd in the book. A very scarce few ever
live to be that old, it is incredibly rare. Your kitty is old, she probably
has had some minor strokes. Her eyesight and hearing are probably poor but
you would not know this just by looking. The breathing could be small clots
in the lungs or some fluid buildup in the lung cavity. You have no need to
put her down so long as she has a quality of life. As log as she can eat,
pee, poop and groom all is OK. As long as she is in no pain, she is OK.
But it is time to begin to prepare yourself for her passing. What a long
long life she has lived.

Paul

ItsOverJohnny
December 23rd 07, 04:06 AM
On Dec 21, 2:11�pm, wrote:
> Hi, I have a Cat who is about twenty or twenty-one years old. This
> year she has really started to show what I think are effects with her
> age and other things, never had any problems ever with her until early
> 2006. She had a seizure in February/March. Took her to a vet they
> couldnt find any cause of the seizure, no diseases or anything. Then
> about four monthes later in around July she had another one, this time
> I took her and got anti-convultion medication. She had another seizure
> yesterday, her third I have seen her have of the year. I am starting
> to have some thoughts of putting her down, but she does not seem to be
> suffering so it is tough to do that. About an hour or two after the
> seizure she is moving around pretty much normal, she still jumps up
> onto chairs and things.
>
> One thing I have noticed is that her breathing is weird, she doesnt
> seem to have trouble breathing but I now notice that when she is just
> standing her chest and stomach move in and out more quickly and
> noticeable, like she takes shorters deeper breathes, and this is
> constant. She also walks funny sometimes, she doesnt look like she is
> in pain at all, but just walking she doesnt walk in a straight line,
> she can wobble and things out of pattern, kind of like someone drunk
> walking a straight line. Im thinking the seizures have possibly caused
> some brain damage. I also think her hearing and/or eyesight is not
> that good anymore, ive seen her in the dark, not pitch black walk into
> doors and things like that.
>
> If anybody has any advice, especially with the breathing, I think the
> other things are related to age or possibly the seizures, but the
> breathing worries me a little, I dont want to put my cat down unless
> it is necessary and Im not convinced it is. I'll probably take her to
> the vet again hopefully tomorrow but I dont think they even know what
> to do.


I would just use your own Judgment at this point. I think your cat is
old and this is probably related to that. Despite what many seem to
think in my opinion a lot of vets are not exactly the most trustworthy
and will be more than willing to try to squeeze every dollar out of
you they can running 'tests' and other BS, instead of just a simple
diagnosis that these things sometimes start to happen when a cat gets
old, and sending you on your way with a simple payment for an office
visit. I dont know, if this was a 10 year old cat, yes I would think
something is probably wrong, but this cats over twenty. Also if the
seizures just started happening in january or february and she is
still alive in december than I doubt it is related to any serious
desease or condition, I think if it was something such as a kidney
problem she would not have made it through the year. Thats my opinion
though.