|Purred: Thu Aug 23, '12 8:42am PST |
|I am posting this for my friend Michele as she cannot seem to get onto Catster at the moment:
Dear Lola's Mommy,
I am sorry you are going through this. My beloved Chiquitita suffered from seizures as well, I am happy to say, that with medication, she now has been seizure free for about 17 months. At one point, she was seizing 4-6 times PER DAY (and those were the ones I was home to witness). Therefore, while I am not a vet, or an expert on the subject, I do have a LOT of experience.
First, remember that the seizures do NOT cause pain and they are harder to witness than to experience. Second, as far as leaving your baby, yes you will worry, but you must continue to live (that sounds cold, but I too live alone and work full time). You can make her environment a little safer by picking up things she might crash into, but to be honest, my little girl was up on a coffee table more than once and ended up falling on the floor, so I would suggest also putting cushions down where ever you can to cushion her landing if she should fall. Try to keep her routine as normal as possible- if you are stressed and upset when she is in a seizure, she will be stressed and upset when she comes out of one. On that same note, it takes some time to come out of a seizure and she may seem very disoriented at first, so wait until she can come to you before you try to pet her (in the case of my little girl the seizures were triggered by nerve pain resulting from brain damage and if I touched one of her sensitive spots she would immediately have another seizure). Also, seizures in cats are EXTREMELY difficult to diagnose because they come in so many different forms. If you can, try to video an episode so that you can show the vet exactly what you witnessed, again that sounds so cold, but it is in her BEST INTEREST. Also, keep a journal with dates and times that you witness an episode. You may find she is more likely to have seizure activity when she is drifting off to sleep, and that information may prove helpful to the vet in finding the cause of her seizures. Additionally, look for signs that she has had a seizure when you were away; in the case of my Chiquitita I would find large tufts of white fur laying about because she would pull clumps of hair off of her chest in frustration at the conclusion of each seizure. One thing that I found interesting is that Lola has a deformed paw- I would as the vet if there is a possibility that there could be some nerve damage associated with the damaged paw. My Chiquitita is now on Gabapentin and has had WONDERFUL results.
I hope this has been helpful. You are not alone; others have been through this and cats can live very normal lives even with seizure disorders. My Chiquitita is 16 now and first started having seizures when she was 14. Pawmail me ANYTIME.
My heart is with you, and Chiquitita sends purrrrs and sandpaper kisses.
Michele and Chiquitita
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