by Joanne Heniades
(Chicago, IL, USA)
My cat Zach is 18 years old (going on 19). At an early age he was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. He's been on one pill of Prednizone every 4 days for many years and doing really well. In the past few months I've noticed he's been throwing up more often (2-3 times a week) and water only. But the reason I'm e-mailing you is that last night at 2:30 am my cat started convulsing on my lap from a deep sleep. This went on for about 30 seconds and then I put him on the floor. While on the floor his convulsions continued for about another 20 seconds or so. After the seizure, he just laid there, breathing with short breaths. Afterward, he got up and started walking gingerly around my one chair, with his back leg not responding very well. He limped around the chair about five times. I went to pick him up (he loves when I pick him up) but he meowed at me as if he didn't know me and squirmed to get down. I quickly put him on the couch where he didn't move at all!!! I stayed up until 4:00 am but he didn't move. I then went to bed (but didn't sleep) and he didn't come to bed like he always did. This morning he was unsteady a little bit on his feet but had some water but nothing to eat.
The vet said I should keep him comfortable and warm. She didn't say I had to bring him in. She understands how upset Zach gets going to the vet annually. They had to put him in a "gas" chamber to sedate him just to take blood.
Has anything like these seizures happened to anyone else's pet? I just want to do right by my Zach and not put him through any undo trauma or prolonged torture at his old age if there's nothing anyone can do. Your thoughts are welcome.
Answer by Kate
oh Jo i am sorry to hear your news.
I must admitthat i haven't personally experienced anything like this myself with any of my pets but i have heard others talk about similar experiences.
Due to his age i would think that the vet is thinking that he is just getting very old and that there probablys in't much they can do for him. i always say that as long as your pet is able to eat and drink properly and use the litter tray ok and are not in pain then just love youre cat as you alwasy would. if any of that changhes then you really do have to consider your pet first and think about doing the kindest thing for them.
I wish you both well.
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