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Kitten Seizures

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by catcoonz, May 19, 2017.


  1. catcoonz

    catcoonz PetForums VIP

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    Any advice, good or bad please.

    Have a 7 month old kitten who is having full body seizures lasting 2 minutes, it takes her across the room and drooling.
    She has just started phenoleptil 3 days ago and we are having more than before.
    Unable to walk, very weak in both back legs.

    Is it normal for seizures to increase at the start of anti-epilepsy tablets?

    How long is long enough with seizures and medication before quality of life comes into question?

    Thank you.

    * Mods, please feel free to move this, i placed in cat chat as i need some answers today*
     
  2. ewelsh

    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    Hello I have no knowledge but couldn't read and run.

    I hope your able to gain useful information for your little one.

    Poor little thing x
     
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    I can't help much, but I've done a search on the medication increasing seizures and can't see anywhere that says it does. There are issues of rebound seizures when taking off medication, but I can't see anywhere that says it increases them initially.

    Sorry I can't be much help. Poor cat :(
     
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    Sorry CC another with no advice to offer,I really hope the kitten will be okay x
     
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    Is @Ceiling Kitty around to possibly give you some advice about the meds?
     
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    I can't offer any advice either, sorry but I didn't want to read and run either. Poor little mite. Try ringing the vet to check on her medication. If I'm ever worried my vet will always say whether it could be the medication escalating symptoms or not. I hope she feels better soon.

    Viv xx
     
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    CC, I have no direct experience of seizures in any cats but a girl I bred started having them when she was about 10 years old. I know your vet is very good but I was given to understand by the owner of my girl that vets treat seizures as though they are epilepsy in the absence of any other firm diagnosis. My girl probably had a brain tumour so the epilepsy drugs gradually became ineffective. Have you got a diagnosis for the kitten?

    I think that cats and people having seizures are not aware of what is happening to them, so, as long as they cannot fall and hurt themselves, quality of life may not be a problem.
     
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    Her bloods came back with low white cells, so indicates she is fighting an infection, but we are unsure what infection she is fighting.
    She has been moved from Synulox to Antirobe.

    It started when she stopped eating, so i syringe fed her, she then lost use of her back legs, so i thought maybe calici and she was anaemic.
    Went to the vets for iv fluids and started the synulox. Then the seizures started with just slight head rocking and vacant looks, so this is when the vet changed to antirobe and put her on 1/2 tablet epilepsy tablets.

    Iv'e taken a video and shown the vet but i do think 1/2 tablet is too much for her, tempted to reduce the dose.

    She is eating well but still not drinking, she can hold her head up and her back legs do work but she is too weak to stand up.
     
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    So sorry to hear this news.I hope you get some answers soon. xxx
     
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    Sorry to hear this,@catcoonz. My Ralph started having fits at age two...he was on one tablet a day of phenobarbital which I recall was effective immediately. Eventually cut him down to half a tablet on alternate days as worried about possible side effects. Unfortunately every three months he had to see a vet to get more meds and he would always have a fit in the car which was upsetting so I asked the vet to give him a valium or the like to calm him down before we left and it did work. His bloods always came back as normal.
    That was a few years back and treatment may be different/better now.
    Hope all will work out OK. Ralph used to foam at the mouth and wet himself...sad to see.
    XX
     
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    @catcoonz, I am very sorry to hear about your little one's problems :( .

    I believe that seizures can sometimes get worse initially (maybe for 24 hours or so) after starting treatment with phenobarbital (phenoleptil), as the body adjusts. One of the side effects of the drug can be loss of co-ordination, which might possibly be affecting use of her back legs.

    I hope the cause of the seizures can soon be identified, CC. xx
     
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    Thank you, i won't give up hope yet.
     
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    Hope everything gets better for the little fighter! Must be so horrible to watch :(
     
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    Scary to watch the first few times, but i am more clued up to the signs now.
    Had to move everything out the room and put blankets around the edges, to protect her.

    Vet wanted a decision Monday but will go for a check up and bring her back home.
    Thinking 2 weeks on medication will give me a clearer picture if they are going to work.
     
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    You are such an angel @catcoonz i am always in awe of how much you do & help people! :D
     
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    Me too!!!
    I really hope the meds can be sorted and she settles down. You always do everything you can to help whoever' cat/kitten it is and you deserve some good news.
     
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    @catcoonz

    I did find this from the Epilepsy Society UK about the speed that drugs will become effective:
    This varies from one AED to another and depends on the half-life of the drug. Generally, you can see the effect of an increase in five half-lives’ time, so if the half-life of the AED is 24 hours you will see the effect five days (that is, 5 x 24 hours) later. If the half-life is 12 hours you will see the effect two-and-a-half days (that is, 5 x 12 hours) later.

    Having searched around more the official factsheet for Phenoleptil states that "Elimination half-lives vary considerably between individuals and range from about 40-90 hours." Based on the bit above, that equates to control occurring between 8 & 18 days.
     
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    catcoonz PetForums VIP

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    Thank you.
     
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    Thank you for all the help.
    We increased the dose of phenoletril and had no seizures in 13 hours.
    Vet is assessing on a daily basis, so hopefully the right dose has been found.
     
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    I hope the new dose is effective in controlling her seizures. Sending lots of love xxx
     
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