Starting Phenobarbital for Feline Seizures
May 8, 2014 7:52 AM Subscribe
had two grand mal seizures on Monday morning and has since had a complete neuro workup including MRI that have essentially ruled out everything except idiopathic epilepsy. He's been on phenobarbital since Monday evening - first by IV in the hospital, and then starting Tuesday night 15mg twice a day at home. And he is a sad little zombie.
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All the vets have told me to expect sedation during the first couple of weeks, but I have no idea if this level of sedation is normal. He's eating, drinking, and using the litter box, but other than that he's essentially living under the bed and will have nothing to do with us, which is heartbreaking as he has always been an extremely affectionate cat who demands attention and love almost every waking second. Occasionally he will emerge from the bed and hobble around the house staring at nothing for a few minutes but he immediately goes back to sleep, either under the bed or in some out of the way location that is not a normal sleeping spot for him.
Is this normal? Will it go away?
I'm working closely with a lot of vets right now, both general and neurologist, so what I'm looking for mostly are personal experiences. Did your cat actually become himself again while treated with this medicine? I miss my buddy.