Seeking insight into sudden onset cat seizures after short-term anesthesia.
My 19-year-old black American Shorthair cat Evel
has been walking like an old man for a while now, and on Friday one of his hind legs was splayed out sideways. I touched his legs carefully up and down and he had no pain, but figured it was time to get him to the local vet and see if there's anything more than age happening.
The vet wanted to do x-rays, and called after the first one to say Evel was unhappy with the process, and it would be easier if he gave him a shot to sedate him. I didn't immediately equate shot/sedation with anesthesia, and gave the okay. That afternoon, the vet showed us the x-rays and pointed out white areas on the back leg joints and spine that showed arthritis, but no breaks or dislocations. His blood panel showed doubled creatine since his last panel two years ago, when reduced kidney function was noted, but his weight has been stable and he seemed to be in good shape overall. We left with instructions to change his home-made Anitra Frazier diet to a raw food renal diet, sprinkle Cosequin on his food and increase his twice/weekly saline drip (for kidney function) to 4x/week.
Saturday morning Evel suddenly had a seizure of about two minutes, shaking uncontrollably followed by panting and a lolling tongue. We took him back to the vet, who hydrated and observed him until early afternoon and noted nothing unusual. The vet said the seizure might be because the sedative was toxic and needed to be flushed, to give him saline drips daily until Tuesday, then come in and talk about the possibility of putting Evel on anti-seizure meds.
Today, Sunday, morning at 6am, Evel had a shorter seizure, maybe 30 seconds, in which his back legs shook and he peed on the bed. When it ended, the fur on his tail about an inch from his butt was puffed out, and he couldn't stand up on his hind legs right away.
He was fine until 5pm, when he was lying down, moving his paws as if in a dream, when he suddenly stood up, moved confusedly in circles, laid down and peed on the bed. After about five seconds of confusion, he got up.
Then around 6:15pm he was in the hall when he fell over unable to stand on his hind legs, howled, drooled thick clear fluid, shook for about 20 seconds, paused, then twisted his head and neck to the left and moved in a circle twitching. He then laid down with his head up, front paws splayed and slowly sliding on the wood floor, still drooling. After this, he could walk but seemed exhausted. We gave him 100cc of saline and now he's alert but resting.
None of these incidents seems to have caused him any pain, but he's definitely confused and worn out by them. And I'm concerned that the last two came so close together.
The plan is to take him to office hours tomorrow morning at the miracle worker vet in Hollywood, who saved Evel's life several years ago when he had a bad virus and wouldn't eat. Hopefully he'll have some insight into what's happening and how we can help him get through this. Before we see him, we'll call the local vet and find out exactly what the sedative he was given on Friday was. Till then, we'll just keep an eye on him and hope there are no more incidents today.
If any of these symptoms ring a bell, I'd be grateful for suggestions and advice. This little cat is a great soul, and I'd like to see him get to the other side of this crisis very soon.