Yesterday morning around 5:00am, our 17 yr old spayed feline had a seizure. It lasted no more than 2 minutes and then she had what appeared to be a blindness for about 5-10 minutes. After about 1 1/2 hrs she had a regular bowel movement and urine in the litter, and then proceeded to drink some water and eat a little turkey baby food. I called our vet as soon as they opened and he was here within a few hours. He said that her lungs were strong, eyes looked good, heart murmur no worse (stage 2-3) than it has been and looked recoved overall. Of course we could proceed with bloodwork, tests, etc...but I really do not want to put her through that at her age and we really do not have the money. Our vet believes (without testing) that possibly a small piece of clot broke loose and caused this or possibly a brain tumor (I guess seizures are one of the first symptoms). She has had no further seizures to this point.
As I looked over the past few week or so with her I now recall that she was sleeping more than usual and not eating as much as normal..her daily activity was way down. Today she is totally back to her old self, eating many small meals throughout the day, drinking her normal amount of water, cleaning herself, and very alert walking around the house with me. Has anyone had a similiar experience? Any suggestions?
sorry I missed your post before now, and sorry about kitty....that would have been frightening to you and to her too. I'm sorry too that I can't add any suggestions haven't had any similar experiences....I do agree with you about not wanting to put a 17 year old cat thru alot of invasive proceedures however bloodwork and tests wouldn't be that expensive if there is a chance that medication alone could allow her to live healthy for a while longer...
I do hope that whatever you decided to do will be the right decision for you and for her...if it does turn out to be a brain tumor or blood clot it would be in her best interests to put her down especially if the seizures can't be controlled.
I know this is one of the hardest decisions we pet owners ever have to make but sometimes it is the kindest.
Please let us know how she is and what you have decided to do, I wish you both all the best...and my prayers
Hi, I would also suggest bloodwork! It can really give some helpful information as to causes of the seizure. Bloodwork can point out problems with the liver and kidneys, which can and do causes seizures. And, if these conditions show up, your vet will help you change up her diet and give your kitty added quality of life.
I really do agree with you about not doing anything invasive-I'm in the same boat w/ my 17 yr old-but, I do believe in bloodwork and other noninvasive tests!
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