My 15 yr old cat started having seizures within a month of having his shots. He was very strong, healthy cat prior to that (he has hyperthyroidism and he responded well to medicine). His legs twitched a lot. Within the last couple of days he started losing his motor skills, can barely walk, can't hold his head up, very lethargic. He isn't eating. I had an MRI and spinal tap done and he does not have a brain tumor. His blood work has come back fine. He was on phenobarbitol for the seizures, but we took him off of it when his mobility started to go and he became so lethargic.
Could this be the shots? Is there anything I can do? I don't want to put him down if he can come out of it. My mom had a similar experience with her cat after getting a rabies shot and had to force feed him and he finally came out of it after a few days. Thanks.
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I am very sorry to read about your kitties problems, IMO yes they could well be related to the rabies vac esp given the age of your kitty, vac's are hard on their systems at the best of times but especially so when they are older and have less of an immune system.
I am sending a site with more reading on problems with rabies vaccines...
I truly hope he does improve for you....if he's not eating this isn't a good sign at all. You mustn't allow him to go without food, this will in itself lead to a fatal liver disease within days...speak to your Vet about assist feeding and/or IV therapy and his thoughts on if kitty is well enough to over come his current situation. Other wise please don't allow your kitty to suffer. He needs to see a Vet asap..
Phenobarbitol is used for epilepsy and seizures cats. There is risk of liver damage from it. When did his seizures start? if it was a month after, did he come into contact with anything, household cleaners, any antifreeze? Hyperthyroidism is serious in cats, glad he's doing well with the meds but I would try to help your cat to see what would happen with force feedings with a syringe or baby bottle, maybe you can stimulate his appetite with meat baby food he could eat from a spoon. What does the vet say?
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