Dear Dr. John,
Over the final one or two years, our cat has began having seizures every now and then. He is a 20-year-old cat, and we now have hesitated to have him evaluated and handled as a result of unimaginable quantity of stress that taking him to the vet causes. Not solely does he freak out when transported however he’s very nasty on the vet’s workplace and requires a number of workers members to regulate him. What are the causes of seizures in cats and the way frequent are they? How would you suggest we transfer ahead with this? — L.I.
Seizures in cats are usually not that unusual. There could be a number of causes, together with trauma to the cranium, metabolic illness, irritation and/or infections resulting from micro organism, viruses, and even parasites, publicity to toxins, low blood sugar, epilepsy, mind tumors, and extra. Even extraordinarily excessive fevers may cause a cat to enter seizures.
The age of a feline affected person and the historical past are vital in evaluating the cat and making a analysis. An outdated cat like yours might have any certainly one of a number of doable causes. The diagnostics would require a bodily examination, bloodwork, doable MRI, and maybe extra corresponding to amassing and testing the cerebrospinal fluid. A tough cat that will get anxious and aggressive deserves care all the identical and there are methods to work with such a affected person. A mixture of medicines, correct dealing with corresponding to worry free, utilizing pheromones, coaching, and different modalities might must be used. I might urge you to talk together with your veterinarian about all of this.
Submit a video of the seizures to offer the physician a way of what you’re observing. You may also take into account an preliminary house go to to cut back the stress in your cat. Is your cat having extra frequent seizures, is he imbalanced rather a lot, and have the seizures affected different issues in his life? All of those questions are a part of the dear historical past in making a analysis. The seizures would possibly have the ability to be managed with acceptable remedy however solely a correct analysis will permit for that willpower. Only you may finally decide whether or not or to not transfer ahead however I might urge you to take action. Good luck!
Dr. John de Jong owns and operates the Boston Mobile Veterinary Clinic.He could be reached at 781-899-9994.