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It appears that Braveheart, one of the formerly feral kittens that Steph stole, is epileptic. His first seizure happened late October right after we came back from the vet. We rushed him right back, they did some bloodwork, and the only odd thing they saw was low potassium levels. He's been getting vitamins almost daily since. The second seizure was early/mid December. This happened early one morning. Quite early and I first thought someone was breaking into our house, as there was a loud enough of a crash and bang to wake me out of sleep. And this morning marks the third time it's happened. Another crash and bang, another morning being woken up out of sleep first thinking that someone's breaking in.

Braveheart's doing fine. He's had his breakfast and is purring, and already getting into typical kitty trouble. He always comes around a couple of minutes after the seizure and is perfectly fine. I've learned not to hold him during or after one of his fits. First time happened right after we let him out of his carrier, resulting in him pissing all over my leg. Damn those involuntary bodily actions. Second time I was holding him afterwards, and when he came around, he was a bit disoriented and scratched me up quite a bit. I still have scars on my chest and probably on my head as well. This time, I just pet him while he was on the ground and am happy to report suffering neither being pissed on nor scratched.

So I guess we'll take him in today and get some more blood work done on him. In the mean time, it's almost 5am, and I'd like to get another hour of sleep before I'm supposed to get up for work.

Date: 2006-01-17 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] merenda.livejournal.com
oh man, I feel for you. One of our doggies is epileptic. She just had her first seizure in 2 years a few weeks ago. All you can do is hold them until it's over so they don't hurt themselves. We had to up her pheno so she doesn't have more seizures, I hate drugging her up like that, but she gets really bad ones, and if she has one outside with the other dogs around, that can spell trouble. :(

5am? Shit man, I had been working for 3 hours already! :)

Take care,
-Frank

Date: 2006-01-17 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rainer3.livejournal.com
The seizure actually happened closer to 4:15am, but you'd still have already been working over 2 hours at that time.

The other cats get confused, but not too scared. I'm wondering if they make padded helmets for cats.

Date: 2006-01-17 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lorigami.livejournal.com
my boss' dog is epileptic, they gave her some sort of meds for it, maybe there is something for kitty?
Poor Braveheart. =(

Date: 2006-01-17 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rainer3.livejournal.com
I'm taking him in on Thursday to see if there's anything else to be discovered. Apparently epilepsy in cats is even more rare than in dogs. Our vet said that we'll probably have to talk with a specialist for any further care. Who knew people specialized in cat epilepsy?

Date: 2006-01-17 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottopic.livejournal.com
We had a dog with epilepsy, and eventually it just became a habit to care for her while she had a seizure, but she otherwise lived a long, happy life. I understand the being scared as hell part - the first time, we thought someone had maced her or something.

Date: 2006-01-17 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rainer3.livejournal.com
The first time we were scared shitless. The second time, not so much, though i did suffer nasty clawing and scratches. This time, it was jarring to be awoken, but afterwards, we knew immediately what was going on and just comforted him till he came around.

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