What is feline epilepsy?

Feline epilepsy is a condition that is usually used to describe situations where seizures in cats are occurring for no apparent reason. It is fairly rare in cats (basically, because in virtually all cases there is some identifiable cause for the seizures). In essence, in cats epilepsy is sort of a linguistic "catch-all" for a problem with the brain causing seizures that we don't understand. Many things can cause seizures in cats - brain tumors, chemicals, infections, or serious illnesses. In some rare cases, none of these appears to be there.


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What can I do about it?

First, read our page on cat seizures. That's a good place to start - most of the time people who think their cats have epilepsy will find a specific cause when they go to the vet. If your vet cannot find a specific cause, usually your vet will prescribe generic anti-seizure medicines for the cat. Depending on how frequent the seizures are, you may not have to give them to the cat all the time - in many cases, they will only happen periodically, and if your cat has multiple seizures within a short period you give it the medication. These medications include primadone, phenobarbital, potassium bromide, and valium. Your vet will need to decide what will work best based on your cat's situation.

Most cats with epilepsy will live normal lives except for the seizures. However, remember that part of the reason for this is that a cat cannot have epilepsy if there is a clear medical reason for the seizures. If there is a serious illness such as cancer that is the cause, the prognosis may not be good for the cat.


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