Comments for so that happened... http://allthegooddomainsweretaken.com In the beginning was nothing, which exploded. Mon, 22 Dec 2008 05:42:33 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.6.2 Comment on Cat seizures by Kim http://allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/2006/01/29/cat-seizures/#comment-22308 Kim Wed, 12 Nov 2008 15:57:51 +0000 http://www.allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/?p=53#comment-22308 If you dont medicate her and she has epilepsy she will just keep having seizures. After reading above I have noticed seizures vary greatly in cats from blank stares to grand mal. I guess it would depend on what kind of seizures she is having. My fred has grand mal, so there is peeing, drooling etc so i definitally wanted him medicated and I also worry about what to do with the whole med situation. He is on meds 2x a day, so for his lifetime my life revolves around a 7 and 7 pill giving. There are places you can pay to have someone come give him pills if you are unable. Now he didnt stop having seizures with just the pb so they added potassium bromide which is a liquiid and given only 1x a day. The vet said in the future if he is seizure free for so long we could consider reducing the pb maybe even all together which would mean he would just be on a 1 day med..... but that is far into the future... If you dont medicate her and she has epilepsy she will just keep having seizures. After reading above I have noticed seizures vary greatly in cats from blank stares to grand mal. I guess it would depend on what kind of seizures she is having. My fred has grand mal, so there is peeing, drooling etc so i definitally wanted him medicated and I also worry about what to do with the whole med situation. He is on meds 2x a day, so for his lifetime my life revolves around a 7 and 7 pill giving. There are places you can pay to have someone come give him pills if you are unable. Now he didnt stop having seizures with just the pb so they added potassium bromide which is a liquiid and given only 1x a day. The vet said in the future if he is seizure free for so long we could consider reducing the pb maybe even all together which would mean he would just be on a 1 day med….. but that is far into the future…

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Comment on Cat seizures by andrea http://allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/2006/01/29/cat-seizures/#comment-22302 andrea Tue, 11 Nov 2008 23:55:56 +0000 http://www.allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/?p=53#comment-22302 My cat was diagnosed today with epilepsy after a blood test ruled out other possible problems. Is PB the only way to go? What happens if I choose not to put her on drugs? Not only am I concerned about pumping her little body full of drugs, I'm also worried about being consistent in medicating her and finding help in taking care of her when we're not home on weekends every now and then. My cat was diagnosed today with epilepsy after a blood test ruled out other possible problems. Is PB the only way to go? What happens if I choose not to put her on drugs? Not only am I concerned about pumping her little body full of drugs, I’m also worried about being consistent in medicating her and finding help in taking care of her when we’re not home on weekends every now and then.

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Comment on Cat seizures by Nurjan Kozanli http://allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/2006/01/29/cat-seizures/#comment-22278 Nurjan Kozanli Thu, 06 Nov 2008 17:20:20 +0000 http://www.allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/?p=53#comment-22278 My precious 15+ year old cat, Migou, had a violent seizure yesterday, twisting and contorting while crying loudly for about 90 seconds (although it is hard to know exactly how long because time gets distorted in such a situation). Looking back on her medical history I realize that she has had occasional episodes of much milder seizures, that didn't seem seizure-like at the time, over the past several years. This seizure was very violent and frightening. I rushed her to my vet who ran blood tests and took an x-ray. It turns out that she has a tumor in her chest that is pressing on her trachea (making an occasional soft cough) and, based on that evidence he feels that it is likely that she has a brain tumor that is causing the seizures. I am grateful to have found this post and have learned a lot from your stories. I have a few questions for you: 1. How do we know that the seizures are not painful? My vet said that having a strong seizure is the equivalent of a very strenuous isometric exercise session and is not only exhausting, but can cause a lot of muscular pain during the seizure and soreness afterward, especially for such an old cat. Does anyone know a person who has had seizures to ask them if it hurts? 2. The vet put her on prednisone to reduce any potential inflammation caused by the presence of the tumors, thus lowering the pressure on her brain. Does anyone know if phenobarbital is good for cats who have tumor-related seizures and not epilepsy? 3. The vet also said that we could expect her seizures to become more frequent, and longer over time. He suggested that we keep a close eye on her and if her seizures become too frequent or long in duration, that we should put her to sleep. What is your experience with how long cats can have this condition and still be fine in between the seizures? At what point is it time to make that hardest-of-decisions and put the cat to sleep? My precious 15+ year old cat, Migou, had a violent seizure yesterday, twisting and contorting while crying loudly for about 90 seconds (although it is hard to know exactly how long because time gets distorted in such a situation). Looking back on her medical history I realize that she has had occasional episodes of much milder seizures, that didn’t seem seizure-like at the time, over the past several years. This seizure was very violent and frightening. I rushed her to my vet who ran blood tests and took an x-ray. It turns out that she has a tumor in her chest that is pressing on her trachea (making an occasional soft cough) and, based on that evidence he feels that it is likely that she has a brain tumor that is causing the seizures. I am grateful to have found this post and have learned a lot from your stories. I have a few questions for you:
1. How do we know that the seizures are not painful? My vet said that having a strong seizure is the equivalent of a very strenuous isometric exercise session and is not only exhausting, but can cause a lot of muscular pain during the seizure and soreness afterward, especially for such an old cat. Does anyone know a person who has had seizures to ask them if it hurts?
2. The vet put her on prednisone to reduce any potential inflammation caused by the presence of the tumors, thus lowering the pressure on her brain. Does anyone know if phenobarbital is good for cats who have tumor-related seizures and not epilepsy?
3. The vet also said that we could expect her seizures to become more frequent, and longer over time. He suggested that we keep a close eye on her and if her seizures become too frequent or long in duration, that we should put her to sleep. What is your experience with how long cats can have this condition and still be fine in between the seizures? At what point is it time to make that hardest-of-decisions and put the cat to sleep?

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Comment on Cat seizures by Susan Lovingood http://allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/2006/01/29/cat-seizures/#comment-22245 Susan Lovingood Thu, 23 Oct 2008 15:09:17 +0000 http://www.allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/?p=53#comment-22245 My 13 year old cat just started having what we think are seizures. She will start to stratch her back with her back foot then she'll start stratching uncontrollably which causes her to go into a seizure. She does not lose consciousness, just shakes violently for about 10-15 seconds then it passes. We took her to the vet and he put her on phenobarbitol 2x a day which seems to keep the seizures under control. But she will still start to scratch violently and start to have a seizure but it does not materialize. Has anyone had this happen to their cat? My 13 year old cat just started having what we think are seizures. She will start to stratch her back with her back foot then she’ll start stratching uncontrollably which causes her to go into a seizure. She does not lose consciousness, just shakes violently for about 10-15 seconds then it passes. We took her to the vet and he put her on phenobarbitol 2x a day which seems to keep the seizures under control. But she will still start to scratch violently and start to have a seizure but it does not materialize. Has anyone had this happen to their cat?

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Comment on Cat seizures by charlotte http://allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/2006/01/29/cat-seizures/#comment-22210 charlotte Thu, 09 Oct 2008 13:12:46 +0000 http://www.allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/?p=53#comment-22210 Hi there, i was just woken up to the sounds of my ten year old black persian making a really strange meowing sound. He is new to me, recently adopted and I am pretty sure he had a seizure. I dont want to take him to the vet hospital because they will prob send me home and tell me to go get a vet or watch him or whatever but I would like to know if there are any more natural ways of helping a cat out that is having seizures, how many is too many. and any info anyone can offer on helping the cat beside taking it to the vet, which i will do anyway. thanks Hi there, i was just woken up to the sounds of my ten year old black persian making a really strange meowing sound.
He is new to me, recently adopted and I am pretty sure he had a seizure. I dont want to take him to the vet hospital because they will prob send me home and tell me to go get a vet or watch him or whatever but I would like to know if there are any more natural ways of helping a cat out that is having seizures, how many is too many. and any info anyone can offer on helping the cat beside taking it to the vet, which i will do anyway.
thanks

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Comment on Cat seizures by Laura Jamieson http://allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/2006/01/29/cat-seizures/#comment-22160 Laura Jamieson Tue, 16 Sep 2008 20:17:31 +0000 http://www.allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/?p=53#comment-22160 My Schmoo had her first seizure in July and we put her on PB. She hasn't had one since. I just hope that we don't have to up the dosage and it ruins her liver. She acted real weird and very chatty for a few hours. Then we went to sleep on the couch for about 1/2 hour, then she got up circled the couch and fell off into the usual looking seizure that lasted about 2 minutes. She then got up and bolted, not sure if she could see anything because she bounced off all the furniture and tried to stuff herself under the computer armoire. We rushed her to the emergency vet and she had 2 more seizures within 24 hours, that's why we put her on the PB. As of today all is well, for now. She's not the same cat, though, but I let her go outside and she's not chatty anymore (which was one of her endearing qualities). She just turned 6 years old last week. Laura My Schmoo had her first seizure in July and we put her on PB. She hasn’t had one since. I just hope that we don’t have to up the dosage and it ruins her liver. She acted real weird and very chatty for a few hours. Then we went to sleep on the couch for about 1/2 hour, then she got up circled the couch and fell off into the usual looking seizure that lasted about 2 minutes. She then got up and bolted, not sure if she could see anything because she bounced off all the furniture and tried to stuff herself under the computer armoire. We rushed her to the emergency vet and she had 2 more seizures within 24 hours, that’s why we put her on the PB.

As of today all is well, for now. She’s not the same cat, though, but I let her go outside and she’s not chatty anymore (which was one of her endearing qualities). She just turned 6 years old last week.

Laura

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Comment on Cat seizures by Kim http://allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/2006/01/29/cat-seizures/#comment-22159 Kim Tue, 16 Sep 2008 18:10:46 +0000 http://www.allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/?p=53#comment-22159 Better in the respect of his seizures but acting very uncorrdinated and drukin with the potassium. Vet states not unusual and since the potassium has a long half life takes longer to become aclimated to it also. I had read your other posts about the holistic. How do you go about finding one? I live in the Lehigh Valley. Better in the respect of his seizures but acting very uncorrdinated and drukin with the potassium. Vet states not unusual and since the potassium has a long half life takes longer to become aclimated to it also. I had read your other posts about the holistic. How do you go about finding one? I live in the Lehigh Valley.

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Comment on Cat seizures by Debra http://allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/2006/01/29/cat-seizures/#comment-22158 Debra Tue, 16 Sep 2008 16:26:01 +0000 http://www.allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/?p=53#comment-22158 Kim, How is your little man doing now? CAn you see a difference with the potassium bromide? I am so sorry I haven't been on much. Our Kelby is doing great. I am so blest that the pheno is working for him. Have you thought about using a holistic vet in conjunction with your tradtional vet? PLEASE keep us posted on how your little one is doing. Blessings, Deb Kim,
How is your little man doing now? CAn you see a difference with the potassium bromide?
I am so sorry I haven’t been on much. Our Kelby is doing great. I am so blest that the pheno is working for him.
Have you thought about using a holistic vet in conjunction with your tradtional vet?

PLEASE keep us posted on how your little one is doing.

Blessings,
Deb

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Comment on Cat seizures by Kim http://allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/2006/01/29/cat-seizures/#comment-22147 Kim Wed, 10 Sep 2008 12:21:13 +0000 http://www.allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/?p=53#comment-22147 Am I the only one that has not had luck with the Phenobarb. Fred is still have seizures. Thankfully not full blown grand mal, he is only having partial. Which means his ear pins back his neck turns to one side and he for lack of a better word ticks. He does this maybe 3-5 times then is fine. The vet was happy with his pheno level and said we just had to wait. Then 2 saturdays ago all he did was have these partial seizures every time he tried to go to sleep a total of 6 in a 7 hours. The vet put him on potassium bromide in addition to the pheno. This is a compounded liquid(which he does not particularly like). Everything i have read about this states it can take up to 2 months to become effective. In the mean time he is having side effects like when he started the phenobarb. Cat Fancy Magazine has an article in their October issue about cat epilesy. I just want my little guy to be ok. Am I the only one that has not had luck with the Phenobarb. Fred is still have seizures. Thankfully not full blown grand mal, he is only having partial. Which means his ear pins back his neck turns to one side and he for lack of a better word ticks. He does this maybe 3-5 times then is fine. The vet was happy with his pheno level and said we just had to wait. Then 2 saturdays ago all he did was have these partial seizures every time he tried to go to sleep a total of 6 in a 7 hours. The vet put him on potassium bromide in addition to the pheno. This is a compounded liquid(which he does not particularly like). Everything i have read about this states it can take up to 2 months to become effective. In the mean time he is having side effects like when he started the phenobarb. Cat Fancy Magazine has an article in their October issue about cat epilesy. I just want my little guy to be ok.

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Comment on Cat seizures by Melissa http://allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/2006/01/29/cat-seizures/#comment-22052 Melissa Thu, 14 Aug 2008 19:53:55 +0000 http://www.allthegooddomainsweretaken.com/?p=53#comment-22052 My cat Squeak is 17.5, and had his first seizure about 6 months ago. I didn't see it, but my husband said he fell off the ottoman, appeared to be unable to get up, struggled and panted, and was very weak on one side. Eventually he was able to walk, but we took him to the ER. Tests showed there was nothing wrong. Took him to our vet and again, there seemed to be nothing wrong. Last month (5 months after the first seizure) he had another: same symptoms. Again, our vet said it was probably a blip on the radar screen, and advised us to just watch and observe. Yesterday he had a grand mal seizure right in front of me: he leaped off the couch, began running in circles, then fell on his right side and began thrashing violently. His head jerked repeatedly to the left, and his eyes were enormously dilated. His mouth was open wide but was not crying, panting or drooling. He did not lose control of his bladder of bowels. This all lasted about 2-3 minutes while I held him gently on the floor and spoke quietly to him. Afterward he seemed dazed and disoriented. I raced him to the vet, had a full blood workup done, and this morning the vet said there seemed to be nothing to indicate a metabolic disorder or anything organic that would cause seizures. Meanwhile, Squeak seems normal and alert. At this point I am planning to take a wait-and-see attitude rather than starting him on drugs. If he has another seizure in the next month, we'll re-evaluate. Thanks to everybody for providing so much anecdotal info and for passing on your experiences. My cat Squeak is 17.5, and had his first seizure about 6 months ago. I didn’t see it, but my husband said he fell off the ottoman, appeared to be unable to get up, struggled and panted, and was very weak on one side. Eventually he was able to walk, but we took him to the ER. Tests showed there was nothing wrong. Took him to our vet and again, there seemed to be nothing wrong.

Last month (5 months after the first seizure) he had another: same symptoms. Again, our vet said it was probably a blip on the radar screen, and advised us to just watch and observe.

Yesterday he had a grand mal seizure right in front of me: he leaped off the couch, began running in circles, then fell on his right side and began thrashing violently. His head jerked repeatedly to the left, and his eyes were enormously dilated. His mouth was open wide but was not crying, panting or drooling. He did not lose control of his bladder of bowels. This all lasted about 2-3 minutes while I held him gently on the floor and spoke quietly to him. Afterward he seemed dazed and disoriented.

I raced him to the vet, had a full blood workup done, and this morning the vet said there seemed to be nothing to indicate a metabolic disorder or anything organic that would cause seizures. Meanwhile, Squeak seems normal and alert.

At this point I am planning to take a wait-and-see attitude rather than starting him on drugs. If he has another seizure in the next month, we’ll re-evaluate. Thanks to everybody for providing so much anecdotal info and for passing on your experiences.

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