Disease of a pet is a whole test for any owner. Especially frightens the owners of cats when the pet begins seizures. Such a seizure and an animal resembles a seizure of epilepsy in humans. However, panic is not the best helper, it is better to figure it out: when the cat has convulsions, what should the owner do?
What are seizures?
Convulsions outwardly represent twitching of the limbs of the animal. They often turn into convulsions, the cat loses orientation in space, and may lose consciousness. The look becomes cloudy, sometimes foam starts to flow from the mouth. During such a seizure, the animal is frightened, begins to scream not only from pain, but also from fear.
After the attack, the cat behaves as usual, but it needs more attention. For some time, the animal may not find familiar places, its home, so it is better not to let the cat walk alone.
Causes of convulsive contractions
What are the causes of a cat’s convulsions, what to do if they start? Various factors can provoke them. When determining the reasons, the specialist will first of all take into account the age of the cat. If the animal is very young, it can be assumed that there are congenital pathologies or poisoning. When the cat is already an adult, but not older than 5 years, the cause may be an epileptic seizure. Finally, in older animals, liver disease, endocrine system diseases or cancer can cause seizures.
Among the diseases that cause seizures, the following are most common:
- Epileptic syndrome.
- Brain tumors.
- Metabolic disorders: liver and kidney disease, lack of calcium in the body, as well as hypoglycemia.
- Malfunctions of the cardiovascular system.
- The presence of parasites in the body.
- Infectious diseases.
In addition, food poisoning, as well as poisoning with any chemical substances, are sometimes the cause of seizures.
What should the owner do
First of all, you need to do everything possible to alleviate the suffering of the pet. It is necessary to remove all dangerous objects that could harm the cat. It is better to wrap the animal in a blanket, it will save you from injury and keep you warm. In this case, you need to protect your hands, since the cat at this time can become aggressive and hurt.
The attack usually lasts a few minutes. After that, the cat must be stroked, calmed.
It is impossible to give medications before the doctor’s appointment, so as not to harm the animal!
The only thing that can be done is to drip a few drops of Corvalol or Valocordin onto the tongue, this will slightly alleviate the condition. You need to put a saucer of water next to it so that the kitten can drink when it wants.
If your cat is having seizures, you should not postpone your visit to the veterinarian. Even if the animal no longer shows signs of anxiety and looks perfectly healthy, see a doctor. He will conduct the necessary studies (blood test, X-ray, ultrasound), establish the cause of the disease and prescribe a course of treatment.