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Have you seen this: Shaking paws / epileptic cat (not seeking vet advice)

post #1 of 9
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Hello,
I am new here.
First: I'm not looking for veterinary advice; I understand that's a no-no (and should be!).

A couple months ago, my 4 y.o. devon rex suffered a grand mal seizure. It was horrifying, of course; I initially thought he'd had some kind of violent attack and had died. The vet believes he's epileptic, and we're just taking a wait-and-see approach right now. He is not on any medication.

Here's the curious thing. At least a couple times a day, I see him do what I call "his foot-shakey thing." If you've seen a cat with adhesive tape stuck to his paw, it's much like that. Stronger than a twitch, but I could perhaps describe it as a fast, stiff twitch. He sometimes shakes all four paws intermittently like that, or sometimes just two. It alternates. It lasts 8-10 seconds at the most, then he's done. Sometimes he's a bit hyper-alert (looking about quickly, with darting eyes), like he was before the grand mal. But sometimes not.

The vet says it's possible these are tiny, harmless mini-seizures. But she's never seen it before.

So, I'm just so curious: Has anyone else seen or heard of this foot shaking as a manifestation of a mini-seizure in an epileptic cat? Or is my sweet little guy just that different?

Thank you in advance.
post #2 of 9
My Damita did that when she was dying. She would shake her paws as though she had tape on them. The vet's thoughts were that she was having issues with feeling in her paws - that she had a tingling sensation going on. She had definitely lost a fair amount of feeling in her paws - minimal to no pain reaction.
post #3 of 9
With cats, there really aren't multiple kinds of seizures like there are with people. There are varying degrees of severity of seizures, naturally, but as far as having what would be equivalent to simple partial seizures in humans, I don't think that exists. At least I have never heard of anything like that. It could be neurological like the epilepsy, but I don't think they're actually seizures. *shrugs*
post #4 of 9
It's pretty rare for cats to have epilepsy but sometimes it happens.

About a year ago one of my cat had a grand mal. We rushed her to the vet and found out she had FIP and it was affecting her neurological system. Sadly, she had the fast kind of FIP that we had to put her to sleep shortly after.

I have a dog with epilepsy and when she has petite mals she just mildly shakes all over for a couple of minutes like she has the chills. She's still alert and just sticks her head in my lap until she is done. I had another dog that had a head injury when she was young and had really bad grand mals where she lost control of everything, they were really bad and scary.
post #5 of 9
My Ginger kitty had exactly those small foot-shaking seizures as a direct result of getting her 2nd set of adult vaccinations, and it was accompanied by lethargy and vomiting, although not in that order. I had to rush her back to the vet 3 times and as a result she can never get another vax again, as they said it could kill her.

In our case, it had nothing to do with epilepsy. I hope your kitty gets better!
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Originally Posted by Tempestade View Post
Hello,
I am new here.
First: I'm not looking for veterinary advice; I understand that's a no-no (and should be!).

A couple months ago, my 4 y.o. devon rex suffered a grand mal seizure. It was horrifying, of course; I initially thought he'd had some kind of violent attack and had died. The vet believes he's epileptic, and we're just taking a wait-and-see approach right now. He is not on any medication.

Here's the curious thing. At least a couple times a day, I see him do what I call "his foot-shakey thing." If you've seen a cat with adhesive tape stuck to his paw, it's much like that. Stronger than a twitch, but I could perhaps describe it as a fast, stiff twitch. He sometimes shakes all four paws intermittently like that, or sometimes just two. It alternates. It lasts 8-10 seconds at the most, then he's done. Sometimes he's a bit hyper-alert (looking about quickly, with darting eyes), like he was before the grand mal. But sometimes not.

The vet says it's possible these are tiny, harmless mini-seizures. But she's never seen it before.

So, I'm just so curious: Has anyone else seen or heard of this foot shaking as a manifestation of a mini-seizure in an epileptic cat? Or is my sweet little guy just that different?

Thank you in advance.

seizures in cats range from grand mal all the way down to foot shaking. Working in the vet field we see everything, we had a cat that would drool when it seized and that was the only indication that he was seizing. Just remember every seizure an animal has "frys" their brain just a little bit more. I would find a neurologist and have them look at my pet. Good luck with him watch him closely and sending that he will not have any other seizures.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Just wanted to tell everyone thanks for replying! These are lots of new details to consider, and I appreciate the time you took to write them.

Thanks!
post #8 of 9
Gosh, that sounds quite worrying! I do hope your poor kitty gets better. Are there any tests that your vet can do? Has your vet discussed any tests that could find out what the problem is? I think that I would def advise going back to the vet if it happens again and trying to find out. How is he in himself?

Sorry to sound ignorant, but what is a Grand Mal?

I hope your cat gets better soon
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Originally Posted by Althekitty View Post
Gosh, that sounds quite worrying! I do hope your poor kitty gets better. Are there any tests that your vet can do? Has your vet discussed any tests that could find out what the problem is? I think that I would def advise going back to the vet if it happens again and trying to find out. How is he in himself?

Sorry to sound ignorant, but what is a Grand Mal?

I hope your cat gets better soon
A grand mal (sometimes called tonic clonic seizure) is when an animal (or person) has very severe convulsions that involve their whole body and they usually lose consciousness after. If you've ever seen a seizure on TV or a movie, it was probably that kind. The scary kind!!
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