Raza's Diary

You are all very helpful, thank you

November 24th 2010 2:36 pm
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The human has received lots and lots of information, Thank you.

It's really strange, as one minute they say it's not that common in cats then they go on to say the symptoms.

copied from a website...
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Symptoms and Types of Epileptic Seizures in Cats
A seizure may have several symptoms or only a few, including:
• Loss of consciousness
• Muscle contraction
• Hallucinations
• Involuntarily urination, defecation, drooling (salivation)
• Loss of recognition of owner
• Vicious behavior
• Pacing
• Running in circles
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Some say biting their owners or other cats all of a sudden, starring into space, running around like a mad thing, running in circles, vocal.
Many sound like typical cat behaviour?
Does that mean our cats are having seizures and we just don't realise it?

Here are a list of possible causes of it....
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Factors That May Trigger a Seizure...

Below is a list of factors that most commonly trigger seizures. This does not mean your pet will have a seizure each time it comes in contact with one. EACH pet is different and sensitive to certain things. This list does not apply to every pet.
Some of these factors are impossible to avoid, but are listed for your knowledge.

Hair spray - Do not spray when pet is in the same room.

Wool - Wool blankets, wool sofas, etc.

Heartworm pills - A seizure may occur 1 to 1 ½ wks. after administering heartworm medication.

Cigarette smoke.

Environmental Pollution from chemical plants.

BHA - A preservative commonly used in dog foods, read - "Additives in Pet Foods,"

BHT - A preservative commonly used in dog foods.

Sodium nitrate - Proven in research studies to cause severe seizures. Sodium nitrate is found in many foods we eat. Read the ingredient labels carefully.

Carpet powders.

Air fresheners.

Fabric softeners - If exposed to clothes that have fabric softener on them.

Dryer sheets - If exposed to clothes that have been in the dryer with the dryer sheets.

Salt, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Monosodium Glutamate - in excess.

Sugar - Sucrose, corn syrup, molasses, cane sugar.

Low quality commercial dog biscuits and treats.

Low quality dry food.

Low quality canned food.

Plastic bowls - All plastics release some undetectable fumes, especially when heated. This out-gassing means the fumes can pass into the foods that are served or stored in the bowl or container. Stainless steel or glass bowls are recommended.

Cheap ceramic bowls - Cause the same problem as described above.

Fumes from all bathroom cleaners.

Fumes from bleach.

Fumes from dusting products.

Household cleaners - Pine cleaners should be avoided.

All toxic flea products - If the product states "Hazardous To Humans And Domestic Animals", it is hazardous to your pet.

Toxic shampoos.

Toxic flea collars.

Dust - Change air filters in your home once a month, and wash curtains twice yearly.

Crabgrass.

Mold.

Eating cat or dog feces.

Stress.

Vaccinations.

Lyme vaccine.

Lyme encephalitis.

Rabies vaccine.

Head trauma.

Worm infestation.

Lead - Pets like to lick lead because it tastes sweet, and lead poisoning can result from licking or eating wood chips on which there is lead paint. This can be checked when doing regular blood work, but it must be specified that you would like a LEAD POISONING TEST which is not part of a normal blood work.

Paint fumes.

Paint chips from lead based paint.

Excessive exercise.

Overheating.

Abuse or neglect.

Rawhides - Many are dipped in a solution of salt and bleach
Cheap painted pet toys

Loud noises - Yelling, fighting, doorbell ringing
Scented candles.

Vitamins with high sodium level.

Inconsistent routine.

FALL - Research studies have shown that more seizures occur in the fall. This is due to mold and bacteria in the air.

Blinking lights - Christmas lights, bright lights, etc.

Pine cleaners.

Red food dye.

Ethoxyquin.

Fungi, Bacteria and Germs.

Foam mattresses - foam is made from petroleum-based chemicals. Some reseraches detected very high levels of toxins, like arsenic and phosphor compunds in the memory foam.

Mobile Phones - Research carried out on animals suggests that mobile phone emissions may trigger seizures. Check out this site - Epilepsy and Mobile Phones

Hereditary Factors.

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Wow!!! this list is huge.


This is from another site....
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Some people have suggested that a taurine deficiency may cause seizures. I have not yet seen any information based on scientific research that would support this belief. However, it is certainly true that a cat having seizures should be fed a balanced diet that supplies adequate taurine
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A few have mentioned give B12 additives

I have looked over what I may have done different that day.

Yes, there were a few things that could have triggered it. but who knows if they were a factor.

It's all interesting and confusing. I wish we had an answer so we know where we need to go or what we need to do.
So far Raza's test have come back neg for FIV and for toxoplasmosis which is great news, The bloods and urine tests also don't show anything too out of the ordinary.

She seems great and we haven't noticed any more problems. Unfortunately they can be quick and we may not notice them other than I'm checking her eyes often to see if there are any changes like before. (it took a little while for her eyes to go back to normal).

Maybe it is a one off. Also it seems to be a little more common in Persians (which she is) So who knows.........

We have to keep looking, and watching her.

Many thanks to everyone, thanks for the purrs and the advice, the treats, rosette and the Zealies so very kind. We don't think we are so deserving. You guys really are real treasures and it's this, that makes Catster such a great place to be.
Thank you purrs Raza

 
Purred by: ♥ Jezebel RIP ♥ (Catster Member)

November 24th 2010 at 11:08 pm

I will be sending purrs.
Purred by: Wendy C

November 24th 2010 at 11:23 pm

Still purring for you Raza. I found it interesting what you posted. Especially the part about running around like mad, I do that first thing the morning, I feel very good in the mornings and late in the evenings. Just normal zoomies for me! Thats a lot of information! Thanks for sharing it.

Hugz and purrs, Sassy
Purred by: Edgar ~ Precious Angel (Catster Member)

November 25th 2010 at 3:24 am

Wow! That's a loooong list of bad things fur kitties! I didn't know you'd been having seizures. :~( I'm so sorry. I'm glad your tests came back good and I hope this was just some strange anomaly.
Purred by: Sandi G

November 27th 2010 at 12:40 pm

Thanks for all the info, there is alot of bad stuff out there for us kitties. Hope you are feeling better and that you dont have anymore bad episodes. They should put on the list "empty food bowls", that can cause seizures too!! tehee! In my case anyway:) My dog brofur Bumble was found to be low in taurine, the vets have never seen a case of it before either. He has always been fed good name brand food and its so rare in dogs to be low in taurine. He is on a taurine pill now and he will be retested by the vets in April to make sure he is ok, the vet decided to test him for it because he had a collapsing episode and they wanted to rule out everything. Stay happy and healthy and thank god we have pawrents that take good care of us!!! Love, Tate

 

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