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I have about a 7 yr old barn cat. Got sick last night,

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I have about a 7 yr old barn cat. Got sick last night, noticed this morning him having what seemed to be a seizure. Brought him to the house monitored him all day and he has had at least one seizure an hour that last about a minute or so. Thought maybe he ate a rabbit or something, but have never seen anything like this. What's your thoughts?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.

Hi there, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with cats and dogs. I'm sorry to hear that your barn kitty has been having a rough day. I'm glad that you've been able to bring him inside to keep an eye on him.

Seizures can be related to either primary central nervous system diseases like epilepsy or CNS infections or can be caused by "whole body" systemic diseases like diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, or toxin exposure.

One of the most feared infectious diseases that can cause seizures is rabies. The incidence of rabies varies geographically - I live in an area where our county has at least one or two rabid cats each year - they usually show up as cats with sudden onset of weakness, difficulty walking, progressing to seizures, coma, and death if not euthanized before that point. Other infections like toxoplasma or parasitic issues can cause seizures as well. Toxins can cause seizures - particularly bromethalin, which is a newer ingredient to the market in mouse and rat baits. They usually also have muscle weakness or "drunken" type walking with bromethalin before the seizures. Epilepsy is what we call seizures that have no discernible cause despite diagnostic testing. Seizures of the frequency you are describing merit a trip to an emergency veterinarian, as they are happening so frequently that they can cause irreparable damage to his brain and body. I hope that's an option for you, but if not, I would keep him in a dark quiet area and try to minimize loud noises and bright lights until you can get him seen. I would also, at all costs, avoid being bitten, especially if you're in a rabies endemic area. He sounds like he needs veterinary care as soon as possible.

Please let me know what other questions I can answer for you.

~Dr. Sara

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Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Doc Sara