14th of February is known as Valentine’s Day, but today is also International Epilepsy Day. Is it pawssible for cats to have epilepsy? Just like people, cats can have seizures and be diagnosed with epilepsy, and unfortunately, I learned this the hard way. Epilepsy is a long-term disorder marked by recurrent seizures, which are caused by an aberrant electrical activity in the brain.
It is terrifying to watch your cat have a seizure. Four years ago, my brother witnessed a frightening incident, in which our little cat Mikrou (originated from Greek μικρός (mikros) meaning “small”) collapsed, lost her consciousness and followed by convulsions and salivating. Once the seizure stopped, we took her immediately to the vet for a thorough examination and diagnosis. The veterinarian diagnosed our cat with epilepsy and prescribed medication. At the beginning of this journey, regular appointments with the vet occurred so as to determine the right medication. Now, we take her for blood analysis once a year for check-ups. Our little precious cat takes her medication twice a day, and she will need to continue taking her medication for life. Fortunately, we managed to address our cat’s illness early so as to have a good quality of life.
Cats with epilepsy can live a long and happy life if they are properly cared for!