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Epilepsy affects cats as well as humans. Indeed it can be a very worrying cat health care problem as it can leave owners feeling helpless and unsure of what to do to best help their pet. The condition leads to cats having repeated seizures or fits because of abnormal activity in the brain. More often than not, the fits happen when the cat is more relaxed and restful, often in the evenings or at night.
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
To owners and cat health care experts alike it is quite obvious to tell when a cat is having an epileptic seizure. During a seizure the cat will lose consciousness and will be unresponsive, its face may twitch and its legs may appear to make running movements. Some cats will also cry out. After the fit, which normally lasts around one to three minutes the cat will normally appear dazed and confused, sometimes for a few hours. Bear in mind that if a fit continues for a longer period then this could well be a cat health care emergency and a vet should be called, because there is a risk of the brain being starved of oxygen.
The epilepsy is caused by abnormal activity in the brain, and may also possibly be a result of minor brain damage which had previously been caused by a blow to the head or temporary starvation of oxygen at birth.
Although there is no specific cure for feline epilepsy, there are a range of very effective medications which can control regular seizures in cats. Obviously these medicines will greatly improve the quality of life of the animal. A cat health care expert will be well placed to advise on the best treatment.
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|