Sudden seizures? The end of my sweet baby, please help
Recently my beautiful cat, Superman had to be put down...Ok now you may be asking why this is a question about her death, well here is why. Just a week prior she had been sleeping on my bed and suddenly had a seizure. When I finally got my mother, she thought I was simply mistaken. The next weekend I was with my dad, unable to watch Superman, the night after I got home she had yet another seizure and again my mother thought I was mistaken she also had these drool attacks so to speak, where she would seem to be in a lot pain and spittle would come out of her mouth, she urinated during one of them, I wonder if it was a mini seizure....finally...the next day I came home from school and she had drool all over her chest, she seemed weak...I was terrified. Then my mom came home. Supey was sitting on a chair when suddenly she spazmed and feel off the chair, spinning around the room, out of control, she then collapsed on her side, seizing. My mom witness this in horror, and asked me if this is what had been happening I replied of course with a yes and we took her to the vet. They rehydrated her and took some blood tests. WWe then took her home, with in minute of her arriving home she had another seizure. I was almost crying, I took her up to the bathroom so she would hurt her self in her next seizure. She had two more with in an hour...I walked into the bathroom and stroked her fur...she just sort of stared off, slowly breathing and unresponsive, usually she would be rubbing against me begging for help...It 1 am and my mom decided we needed to take her to the emergency animal hospital....they then told us we had to put her down...I watched my baby die in my arms...The blood tests came back inconclussive, can anyone give me answers?
Reply To: Raven
She was eight years old by the way....
Raven, I actually started crying when I read your story. What a sad story about you and your cat. Eight is too young for a cat to die, but it sounds like she was sick, and there was probably noting that you could have done. Based off the symptoms you describes it definitely sounds like it might have been something wrong with her brain. The fact that these symptoms occurred so quickly, assuming she never had these issues before, it could have been a lot of things.
"Feline seizures can be caused by metabolic disorders (hypoglycemia, hypocalcemia, hypertension, hepatic encephalopathy), toxins, congenital malformation within the brain, cancer, inflammatory or infectious diseases, trauma and vascular disorders, among other things. Feline encephalopathy is a common cause of seizures in cats and is a syndrome of acute cerebral cortical dysfunction caused by vascular infarctions, especially in the middle cerebral artery. This disorder is especially prevalent during the summer months in outdoor cats living in the northeastern United States."
Regardless, I am so sorry about your loss and hope you are OK.
Reply To: catsarethebest
Thank you so much for your swift response, I truly appreciate your knowledge on the subject, you gave me more information then the vet did, before we had taken superman to the vet, I thought perhaps it was lily poisoning because in certain rare situations cats may start to seize after being exposed, but the doctors said it was impossible that she would have survived a week if that was the case. Plus she had no kidney damage. I had her since I was 6, so yes I suppose I am young, but ever since I brought her home as a tiny kitten, I would read huge cat encyclopedias and guides (huge 700 pages books basically) But upon looking around the internet I quite simply wasn't finding an answer.
This story is so similar to mine:
All the research I've done and the info the vet gave me leaves me blaming myself for not realizing his condition earlier. You did the right thing by sparing your friend much pain, fear, and confusion. I hope the condition our cats endured is not becoming as common as it appears on the web. I had no idea much of our pet food is made over seas these days and I really wonder if there isn't something in the food. I've owned cats all my life and have never seen so many claims of seizures in dogs and cats. It really is odd.
I hope you find another pet soon. We all need the special as the bond we receive when we take a pet into our lives.
Reply To: bubbasboy
HI All, I too am looking for answers:Hi All,
I am posting on this for some of my own answers. Our beloved kitty, Molly, passed away yesterday morning and we are devastated. She was roughly 13 years old, adopted from a shelter about age 1 and mostly an indoor cat. We took her the vet when she was sick and for shots and stiff but did not do all the checkup visits all the time. She was extremely happy and playful, queen of the house and my boyfriend and I loved her dearly. Most everyone thought she was much younger then she was. Over the last few months she has gotten slower and a little thinner, but from all accounts it was always attributed to older age. Monday (we had also just been out of town for a week in Mexico and our friend was watching her daily at the house - she was moody and hiding a bit under the bed the first night I was home but then went back to her almost usual self, so I attributed it to being moody that we were gone, which she has been in the past, and the rest of the nights she slept next to me on the pillow and sat with me everywhere in the house) night she wanted to cuddle, I was tired and ready for sleep so after a little play time she went onto the floor on the side of the bed. About 10 minutes later I heard this horrible yelping coming from her and she was on lying flat face down convulsing and having stomach contractions and passing enormous amounts of very smelly gas and passing unformed stool. It was like she lost control of her bowels. All her paws went off in the sense that none of them were working and she kept trying to stand and her limbs would turn in the wrong directions and she would fall down. She was crying terribly and her tongue was out and she was panting and shaking. I was home alone with her (my boyfriend is out of the country for work) and tried my best between hysterically crying and frantically trying to help her, to get her into the car to drive to the vet. She was disoriented and falling all over in the car and the odor was very bad from the gas. I took her the emergency vet and they said they though she had some central nervous system failure or embolysim and suggested euthanasia as treatment would be costly and she did not have much chance. I authorized treatment anyway and said to please just make sure she is in no pain and if she passes to not resuscitate her. I stayed at the hospital for 2 hours to try to be with her an pet her in the kennel crate with the oxygen they had her on to help her breath but they told me I was letting the 02 out and that she was not cognitive but I didn't care as she is my baby and I wanted to pet her and kiss her. The 02 kennel also smelled of the horrible gas as I stroked and petted her and tried to let her know she was not alone. On the advice of the ER we went home for me to come back at 7 am and transfer her to full time medical care. I spent most of the night crying on the phone with my boyfriend, who was contemplating trying to fly home from Brazil to Texas) and then tried to catch a little sleep around 4 am. When I had called to check on Molly at about 1/2 am they told me she was a little more responsive but still critical. Then at 605 my phone rang and they told me that Molly had respitory failure and cardiac arrest and she was gone. I drove right to the ER (about 10 minutes from the house_ to see her and they brought her to me. She was so sweet and loving and just looked like she was sleeping but she was not. She also smelled very bad of the sulfur type gas smell. My boyfriend and I face timed for a bit to hold her and say goodbye to her and tell her that we love her and then released her for private cremation.
Where I stand today though is the all-consuming question of WHAT happened to her and if or they or anyone could have done something. I have the doctor’s notes and they are full of handwritten questions: CNS - Stroke/Embolism - Liver Disease, Kidney Failure, Diabetic? and no REAL answers. The chart goes over her hourly monitoring and states that at 2 am she was standing in her kennel and vocalizing and at 4 am standing but uncoordinated and uses words like ataxic and obtunded and mentions that they had trouble finding a pulse in many of the notes. They did NOT have her on pain meds and I am so concerned about that...they had her on IV antibiotics and oxygen, heat therapy and steroids. When I spoke with an independent vet - they suggested FATE and underlying heart disease, which trouble me GREATLY as that is supposed to be very painful and Molly was not on pain meds at the er. Though she was in intense pain at the house, the vet said she was beyond that at the ER, but the thought of my sweet kitty dying in pain and alone in the vet all might is breaking my heart beyond belief. I have all her medical records and labs from the night in the ER and am just looking for answers please?
Reply To: lilbeth
My post cut out where I wanted to say how very sorry i am for your losses on this post, we have been beside ourselves with grief over molly.
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