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The fitting cat - an emergency? Owner Factsheet

If you have witnessed an animal or person having a seizure (convulsion or fit), you will know how frightening it can appear. An animal suffering a generalised seizure (also known as grand mal seizure) will be unconscious and therefore unaware of its environment. It may show violent rhythmic movement of their legs, excessive drooling and twitching of the face and jaws. Some animals cry out and it is not uncommon for them to lose control of their bladder or bowels.

Although time seems to slow down when you are faced with a seizuring animal most seizures only last for 2 minutes or less. Seizures are not common in cats and some cats will have only one seizure in a lifetime. Remember your cat does not know what it is doing during a seizure so it is important to keep you and your pet safe.

What should I do if my cat is having a seizure?

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When should I contact my vet?

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What if the seizure doesn't stop?

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What about after a seizure?

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Can my cat die during a seizure?

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Seizure plan

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