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.
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.