My 6 month old cat had what looked like a seizure about three days ago. While vigorously playing with him with a cat teaser he collapsed on the floor, all four legs contorted, he shook, and foamed at the mouth. It seemed to last about a minute to a minute and a half. He has not had another incident and seems normal. I read of three types of cat seizures on the internet, petit mal, grand mal, and one other that I cannot remember. He seemed to exhibit symtoms of the grand mal, but also one of the petit mal symtoms as I recall, and non of more severe third one.Is it possible he could have injested needles from my Christmas tree or water at the base of the tree?If a seizure is due to toxic injestion, would the seizures cease after a while are would the toxin cause permanent problems?I very much would appreciate your reply as he is very important to me.Manuel Chavarria, Seabrook Texas
Type of Animal: Black domestic catGender: maleAge: 6 months
Taking him to vet today.
Thanks for the question. From your description I would say your cat experienced a grand mal seizure. It is very unlikely this was due to a toxin ingestion. Seizures due to toxins tend to last longer and reoccur over an extended period of time. Generally, my recommendations to clients on when to work-up and treat seizures are: 1. If the seizure lasts more than 5 minutes, or 2. If there is more than 1 seizure in a 2 month span. However, it is always good to have an examination and bloodwork after 1 seizure to make sure there are no underlying conditions that can be addressed. I hope this helps.
8+ years of general and emergency practice