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#1 Old 12-13-2006, 08:02 AM
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Last night my little girl cat Pesto (she's 7) suffered an unexpected and extremely severe seizure. She basically ran up and down a few flights of stairs and then collapsed in the living room, slobbering and convulsing and screaming. It was a horrifying noise, I thought it was a three-way cat fight or something. This is a cat who has never even had to take medication, who has always been as healthy as can be. We rushed her to the emergency vet clinic where they gave her valium, which put her into a resting state.



Blood tests didn't reveal anything, same with blood sugar test. She is awake and moving around this morning, even purred and talked the vet techs tell me, but we still don't know what happened and why she seizured so violently and prolongedly. She will be examined by an internalist today, with more tests to see if she has epilepsy, a tumour, a virus, or whatever. There's a good chance they won't even get the answer.



I am so frightened for my little girl. The vet is supposed to call soon and let us know when we can see her again. She must be so scared, she really doesn't like anyone except us. Her brothers are very concerned and agitated. I don't know what's going to happen and I'm so afraid of what decisions may have to be made. I love her so much, she's the first animal we adopted, six and a half years ago. She's the sweetest, most loving little girl. We are both very broken up about this.



Please send positive thoughts to us and our baby girl.
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#2 Old 12-13-2006, 08:07 AM
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I'm thinking of your little kitty girl and sending lots of positive thoughts and your way and to her. I'm sorry you're suddenly having to deal with this.







ETA: BTW, meatless, I edited your thread title because when I first saw it, I thought you were talking about pesto sauce until I saw which forum the thread was in.

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she is the black cat in this picture.
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#4 Old 12-13-2006, 08:40 AM
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That must have been so scary for her (and you) last night. You know I will be thinking about Pesto and your family. Please keep us updated on her condition.

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Best wishes for you and Pesto.
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Sorry to hear what happened to Pesto Meatless, let us know what happened with the tests.
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I will pray for you both sorry I thought thread was about food too.
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I'm so sorry - I wish the very best for Pesto!

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please keep us updated. (((hug)))
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I hope everything turns out ok. Sending good thoughts to you and Pesto. Definitly keep us updated!
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You're both in my thoughts.
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We still don't know what is wrong with her. They are running a battery of tests. It is quite likely we are going to lose her. They told us if we hadn't gotten her there so fast she would have definitely died. We just visited with her for 1.5 hours and she was so sweet and loving, but it's possible she has something untreatable.
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Cats can be quite resilient, as I recently found out. Seizure here, too, vet thinks some kind of blood clot in the brain( thrombosis) ? She pulled out really well and is very lively now, 2 weeks later. Tests showed nothing at all. You never know.



I am sending positive vibes to Pesto ! Hang in there !
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i am so sorry that had to happen i hope your kitty does better she will be in my prayers
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I hope it's nothing big, my parent's neighbor's cat has epilipsey and he just doesn't go outside anymore and they block off the stairs, other than that he has a pretty normal life.



good luck with your kitty.
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Oh no! Poor kitty. I hope everything works out well.



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Best wishes for Pesto all the way from Lulu, Isis (my kitties!) and me in Australia!



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meatless, that is horrible! I will say a prayer for that sweet-faced Pesto's recovery..
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#19 Old 12-13-2006, 07:55 PM
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thank you everyone.



She's still doing ok. The tests have eliminated a few things, but we may not ever know exactly what caused her seizure. She is coming home tomorrow hopefully, and we will be treating for several potential causes, including giving her anti-seizure medication. She will need to take that twice a day for the rest of her life. That's going to be tough, but we are going to discuss how we can rework our schedules to manage it.



We visited her tonight again for an hour. We both just held her and petted her and told her we love her, over and over. And that she's beautiful. She was a bit disoriented from her new drugs, but full of purrs and she even licked us both a bit. We got to feed her- her first meal since this ordeal started- and she gulped down her food with tremendous enthusiasm.



So things are looking ok at the moment, but she could still have a seizure at any moment (since we don't know the cause) and it's a long road ahead. But she's alive.
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I'm sorry to hear about the seizure. I haven't seen one like you described, but even the mild ones I have seen are scary. I'm glad to know she's coming home and I hope that the medicine helps. Good luck.
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But she's alive.



that's cool to hear
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Excellent ! I hope it was just a one-time occurrence and that you have many more years of furry love ahead of you...
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unfortunately the vet says this sort of thing doesn't just happen once. There is an underlying cause, we just don't know what it is. We may have weeks or months with her, but we really don't know how long.



The only way to diagnose her for sure is with an MRI. Our vet bills are already at close to $4,000 right now and an MRI is another $1,500. The MRI might tell us what's wrong, but even then, it's possibly untreatable, or can be treated but with a lot of trauma to Pesto and she's likely to have a relatively poor quality of life post-surgery. And it wouldn't necessarily extend it that long. I don't want to put her through all of that for questionable results, just because I am heartbroken and don't want to lose her.



Plus, if the MRI didn't reveal anything, the automatic conclusion would be epilepsy, which is the treatment we are going to start with her right away (anti-seizure meds). It's not even certain if we could treat her for some of the other options, or if there are vets to treat her in this city. This is a cat who is terrified of leaving the house.



We are trying pretty much all other avenues to diagnose her up to the MRI. The clinic she's at is one of the only ones in Ontario that even has an MRI, so it wouldn't even be an option for most people. The specialist vet (internalist) who has been treating her is supportive of our chosen course of action.



I still feel sick about it though. Mostly because I fear the worst and that we're going to lose her a lot sooner than we ever expected, whether we throw another $10k at the vet or not. We're just going to focus on making her comfortable and spending as much time with her as we can.
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We had some kind of seizure too but my vet said further tests (he did get a blood test done) would be useless because in his opinion it was as with aging humans, a tendency to form bloodclots. He said it can happen again or it won't, no one knows, our cat can live for weeks, months, even years, it's all very unpredictable and there's really not a whole lot one can do.

Going on your description, the seizure I witnessed with my cat was not as bad (I didn't see how it started though). Our vet did not think it was epilepsy in our case, he said it was a remote possibility but probably not...

However. My kitty is already 15 years old so she's officially a senior cat ! It must be so painful to know your cat is much younger and not entirely healthy. What I wanted to say is you never know. That's the verdict we got. Of course it can and probably will happen again, but you don't know when. So, knowing your cat can very well live for a long time still, I wish you and your kitty many more happy years together.
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I'm sorry that I missed this thread, Pamela, I only saw it now. I'm keeping Pesto in my thoughts and prayers. I hope she recovers well and hopefully she will be back with you at home soon. Big hugs
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Pesto's been at home for a week now. She hasn't had any reoccurences so far, and is doing quite well. She has adjusted to her meds, and while she sleeps a little more than she used to and was quite unsteady on her feet for the first few days, she's mostly back to "normal."



Unfortunately we don't know what caused her seizure, but she's on anti-seizure meds (we have to give them to her twice a day) and we've been giving her as much love as we possibly can. No matter how long we have with her, it's a gift.
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