Hi Nina! I'm so sorry I didn't respond sooner, I was at my parents for Thanksgiving. I'm glad you found my post and found PT, but I'm sorry this is how you had to find us!
I'm so, so sorry you are going through this with Loki.
No one should have to go through this. Seeing Snuggles having a seizure is the scariest thing ever.
Originally Posted by CurlsNB
I was sitting on the love seat and Loki was on the back of it to my right. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw him moving oddly. I looked over and he was drooling and breathing heavily in a strange way. He immediately had my attention and I reached for him to pull into my lap to see if he was all right. Then Loki's seizure went full blown. He practically flew from the back of the love seat onto the cushion next to me. I picked him up, thinking he just fell or jumped. I realized then that he was seizing and urinating all over me and the love seat. I dropped to the floor and set him down, trying to hold him loosely to keep him from flipping into the coffee table or hurting himself on the floor. It was very violent. When the seizure stopped, he let loose with a meow that ripped through my heart.
This sounds like what happened w/ Snuggles. When he had his very first one (2 years ago, he was 2 years old), he fell down the side of the couch and was flaling around so odd, and his leg looked weird. We thought he fell at first and even broke his leg, then he went into a full blown seizure. He does foam at the mouth and has urinated on the floor. They can loose control of their functions and it's not uncommon to see them urinate, etc.
And Oh my gosh.. hon I know that heartwrenching meow too well. It's so awful!!!! I cry everytime he has one. It's very hard to see. Just try to remember, Loki doesn't know what's going on when he has one, he isn't in pain. What we try to do, is when we see him starting to have one (our dogs usually warn us, too) we hold him down the best we can, so he doesn't run into anything and get hurt. Also, turning out the lights seems to help and being quiet. Although that's hard when my poor dogs are barking trying to tell us what's going on.
Your vet sounds very good. My vet ran blood tests to rule everything out. Yes, my vet said the liver was one a questioning factors, too. She wanted to make sure this wasn't caused by any organ issues, etc. She didn't find anything abnormal in his tests, and she ruled it as Feline Epilepsy. Snuggles isn't on medication as of yet. My vet didn't think he needed it yet. She told me she gets concened if he has more than one in a month, one that lasts longer than 5 minutes, or if he doesn't come out of it fairly soon after.
About the medication, I remember my vet telling me that Phenobarbital (medication for the seizures) wasn't too, too expensive. Your vet could actually write you a script for you to take to a *human* pharmacy as well.
I sometimes wonder if these are caused by vaccine reactions. A vet I ran into at a holisitic dog/cat food store, actually said it can be a reaction, it's possible, some cats can have seizures from this. As a result, my vet and I talked about him possibly not being vaccinated again, or rabies only every 3 years. He wasn't vaccinated this year. Smokie, my other cat, can't be vaccinated either. He got terrible reactions to his shots as a kitten, and last year was awful. He got rabies and distemper and was very sick from it. About 2 weeks later, he couldn't walk and his whole back end was very sore. They couldn't find out what was wrong, after X-rays and everything, he was on prednisone and antibiotics and got better, but I still say it was very weird. Sorry to go OT here. Was Loki just vaccinated? I wonder if this could come into play somewhere even?
I just saw your post in the into section, now, too.
Originally Posted by CurlsNB
Loki had another seizure at 5:00 this morning. I made an appointment with the vet for Thursday afternoon. Loki has to fast for 12 hours before the appointment. They are going to test his enzyme level before and after eating. This is to rule out a liver shunt problem.This has been the seventh seizure in three weeks. Six of the them were in pairs less than 24 hours apart from each other. One time, around 3 in the morning, he apparently starting seizing on the stairs. I awoke to the sound of him tumbling down the stairs and seizing at the bottom.
I read about seizures online and on threads from here (thanks Jackie!). This time the pre-seizure period was very long. He kept chasing his tail and acting oddly all day yesterday.
I don't know what I am going to do. I don't have a ton of money to shell out for a lot of tests or operations. I'm not sure if he will have to go on anti-seizure medicine or if I could afford it if he does. I also don't think I could give up my little guy either.
You and Loki are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope it's not a liver shunt problem. Please keep us updated. Please, feel free to PM me anytime, I know just how scary this is, hon.
My Snuggles has had a few more seizures lately and I need to bring him in for another updated blood test. Thanks for asking about him.
((hugs)) Hang in there, we're here for you!