Seizures in cats
Different Types of Seizures in Cats:
We can see different types of seizures in cats, but there are two main categories. The first is called a generalised seizure, where the cat experiences complete loss of normal neurological control from their brain. This may manifest as severe twitches, tremors, loss of consciousness, uncontrolled leg paddling, and potential loss of bladder and bowel control.
The second type is a focal seizure or partial seizure, more common in cats. This may involve a small head twitch, jaw chomping, blinking of one eye, or strange movement of one limb. This is a more common occurrence in cats.
Seizures in cats can result from various diseases, including infectious diseases like toxoplasmosis or feline infectious peritonitis in younger cats. Brain cancers are also a possibility, especially in older cats. Other diseases impacting the brain, like significant blood pressure elevations or severe liver disease, can contribute to seizures.
When investigating seizures, we may recommend blood tests, diagnostic imaging such as x-rays or ultrasound, and advanced procedures like a CT scan or MRI of the cat's brain. A spinal tap might also be considered.
If your cat experiences a seizure, filming the event on your smartphone can provide valuable information during your consultation. Please bring the video with you.
In summary, there are many reasons why your cat might have a seizure, and we'll thoroughly explain them during our consultation. Feel free to reach out to us at Cat Specialist Services for any questions. We're here for you.