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Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Shaking s head. Trembling in s head. He acts like he has an

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Shaking his head. Trembling in his head. He acts like he has an itch, licks and then his head trembles.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Malcolm. 16 years. No flea mess for about a month and he usually has no reaction.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Malcolm?
Customer: He's a bit overweight. Old. But in good shape otherwise.
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

I believe that you're describing a simple partial seizure which is described as abnormal focal or asymmetric sensory or motor activity affecting any part of the body and which may be associated with autonomic signs, (salivation, vomiting, e.g.) and is associated with a change in mentation (mental status) and/or behavioral abnormalities. Sleep is the most common post-ictal (post-seizure) symptom. Mark your calendar for these events and for just what you witnessed. Malcolm's vet will need all the information you can gather when deciding if Malcolm should be prescribed an anticonvulsive drug. Most of us will accept one mild (lasting less than 5 minutes, no thrashing about, no loss of consciousness) event monthly before prescribing such a drug. Should he suffer another event within 24 hours of a prior one clustering is diagnosed and that may presage status epilepticus - the state in which seizure activity doesn't abate unless I heavily sedate or anesthetize my patient. He would then need the attention of a vet at your earliest convenience.

Seizures first arising between the ages of 1-5 years are usually considered idiopathic (unknown cause) epilepsy. Seizures arising after 6 years of age are often caused by brain tumor or, less commonly, adult onset epilepsy. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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