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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My 17 yr. old cat appears to be having seizures tonigiht.

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My 17 yr. old cat appears to be having seizures tonigiht. She has been losing weight recently and our vet had been treating her for hyperthyroidism. She was doing better and was eating and drinking water and thenn tonight kept having seizure-like symptoms. Vet also said she was dehydrated and very anemic.I don't know what to do when she is having a seizure.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. To answer you directly, you can only prevent her from harming herself during the seizure by covering her with a thick towel or blanket and lifting her away from objects she might contact. If a seizure doesn't abate within 10 minutes or she clusters - more than one seizure within a 24 hour period, she would need a vet's attention to be heavily sedated or anesthetized lest she progresses into status epilepticus - the state in which seizure activity never stops.
Seizures can appear at the end-stage of many metabolic disorders as well as from primary brain disorders such as brain tumor in an advanced geriatric such as she. Please alert her vet to what you've witnessed. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.