A seizure is a sudden alteration of behaviour due to a temporary change in the electrical functioning of the brain while epilepsy is characterized by repeated seizures. They are both brain disorders. Managing cats with epilepsy and seizures requires special attention and care to ensure their well-being.
These guidelines will help you navigate this challenging situation.
- Veterinary Care: Consult a veterinarian to establish an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. Regular check-ups are important for monitoring your cat’s condition and adjusting medication if necessary.
- Medication Adherence: Administer prescribed medication exactly as directed by your vet. Consistency is vital to control seizures effectively. Avoid self-medication and make use of reminders when necessary.
- Safe Environment: Create a cat-friendly environment by removing potential hazards that could harm your cat during a seizure. Eliminate sharp objects, secure electrical cords, and consider padded surfaces to provide a cushion.
- Observation: During a seizure, stay calm and ensure your cat’s safety by gently guiding them away from dangerous objects. Observe the duration and intensity of the seizure to provide accurate information to your vet.
- Stress Reduction: Minimize stressors in your cat’s environment, as stress can trigger seizures. Provide a quiet and comfortable space for them to relax and consider using calming medication when necessary.
- Record keeping: Take note of the frequency of the seizures, duration, and potential triggers. This information will help your vet evaluate your cat’s progress and adjust the treatment plan accordingly.
Epilepsy is a complex condition, and each cat’s response to treatment may vary. Regular communication with your veterinarian and providing a safe and supportive environment are key to managing seizures in cats successfully.