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I have a formerly feral adult male cat,now neutered,had all

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I have a formerly feral adult male cat,now neutered,had all shots/worming/etc.Broken hind leg last Oct,(cause unknown,poss hit by car)kept confined 8 wks indoors.Healed badly,so this guy is now house cat.All along has exhibited IBS symptoms,does better on venison/pea diet,cottage cheese/yogurt also helps.Gassy,pale-colored diarrhea.Last 24 hrs has had 2 seizures.Short lived.Ok afterwards.With me closely prior to 2nd 'fit',obviously knew it was coming,was comforted by me talking to him/stroking him.Approx 2 min total duration.Don't see how he could have ingested anything odd, but it's possible,I suppose. Any insights? Any prognosis? Not prepared or able to spend a lot of $ on this boy-I have saved him from dying from disease,starvation,broken leg/exposure.He is no longer feral&very sweet/affectionate house cat,but I have 4 others & limited income...Help?!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
he had fairly violent expulsive gassy diarrhea about 3 min after seizure,but no meowing like he used to do when he was having IBS bowel cramps.Feces pale,liquid ,and very foul smelling.all cheerful,calm and affectionate now,washing himself while lying next to me and other cat...
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
having a little trouble typing because there are 4 kitties all very interested in this whole thing right now.No hissing or fighting, just everyone wanting to be petted&walk on keyboard...
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
%th kitty nad Great Dane are passed out together about 3 meters away...
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
oops that was '5th',not %th...sry!
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
hello?they keep telling me 8 minutes - its been more than 10 ....
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
original question was at 10:29 pm,it is now 10:58
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
okay,it is now 11:18 pm. Still telling me 8 minutes??
Expert:  Dr. Barbara replied 2 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm a licensed veterinarian and I'll be happy to help. Seizures can come from a brain abnormality like a mass, from an infection like toxoplasmosis, from hypoglycemia due to an insulinoma, or from decreased liver function causing ammonia build-up in the blood stream causing encephalopathy.
At Ralph's rather young age a cancerous brain mass is unlikely, but with a history of possibly being hit by a car, he could have a traumatic cause to a brain mass. Toxoplasmosis is a rather common protozoal intestinal parasite, but can cause brain infection with seizures as a common symptom. Hypoglycemia and decreased liver function would be diagnosed by a blood profile, and I recommend that you have this diagnositic test for Ralph. If all is normal, you could have him tested for toxoplasmosis with a fecal or a CFS PCR test for toxoplasma DNA, or you could just treat him with an antibiotic called Clindamycin for 1 month. Beyond these diagnostics and trial treatment, there are much more expensive diagnostics of brain CT or MRI, and a CFS evaluation.
Ultimately, if no diagnosis is found, phenobarbital can be used for an anticonvulsant medication.