If there is a symptom that our furry may have that makes us feel really bad for not knowing what to do to help it, that is the one of the seizures. When it appears, the animal has such a hard time and feels so uncomfortable that the first thing we want to do is help it.
But you have to know what can and cannot be done, so we are going to explain what seizures in cats are and what to do in case of a crisis.
What are seizures?
Seizures They are a series of repetitive and uncontrollable movements that are produced by the alteration of the normal functioning of the brain. In other words, these movements arise when neurons receive a greater excitation than they can bear, which causes abnormal electrical discharges in the brain of the affected animal.
It is not to be confused with epilepsy. This is a disease that occurs on its own and is chronic, while seizures are a symptom of another pathology, which is why it is so important to do a complete examination of the cat to give it the appropriate treatment.
What are the symptoms?
Seizures can present in different ways, the most common symptoms or signs being the following:
- Loss of consciousness
- Uncontrolled movements
- Rigid body
- Salivation or drooling
- Defecation and urination
The seizures can last 2-3 minutes, during which the cat can do two things: hide or attract the attention of its caregiver. In any case, whenever we see abnormal behavior, we must go immediately to the vet.
What to do?
If your cat has a seizure, it is very important keep calm. We know this is easier said than done, but it is necessary to keep you from feeling more stressed. Also, you must remove any object that could hurt you, and do not wrap it with anything otherwise you could hurt him.
In addition, no food or water to be given during a crisis. Being unconscious could choke. And above all never self-medicate because drugs for humans are dangerous for him.
Always consult with a vet before treating him.
We hope these tips are useful to you.