Juggling life through a bi-polar lens. Sometimes up, sometimes down. Mostly trying to tread water in the middle. Creating a likeness to a normal life. Whatever "normal" is...

Saturday, 14 July 2012

I have cut and pasted this from my post on Facebook because I know some of my cat-owning friends won't be able to read it there. I wondered if anyone had come across FHS, and/or if anyone has advice.

It's been an awful day! I thought we were doing so well. Thank you for reading......

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Scooter had another seizure. I was there when it started, at 12.40 It lasted a long time. He wasn't really alert and up and about till after 4pm. He's eaten very little. He ate little yesterday too, and he was out in the sun. I wonder if he got dehydrated and the knock on effect was a seizure.


HOWEVER I've been reading about something called Feline Hyperasthesia.

One of the features of this is hypersensitivity around the tail/hips. He definitely has this, but I always put it down to his spondylitis. 
BUT- right before the weird seizing, today, he turned and bit and attacked the base of his tail. Something he does now and then. I didn't think anything of it, but it's in the list of symptoms- along with glassy eyes, enlarged pupils, etc.


What it doesn't mention is the twitching. Maybe it is a combination of both. The FHS and seizure too.


I think either way it's down to the tumour or polyp the vet thinks is in his forehead. He's too old for a scan to look into this growth, whatever it is.


I'm shocked to read though, that there are anti-seizure treatments for cats. He's been having them a year now and the vet has said nothing about them. I've seen different vets at the same practice, nothing. The one I usually see is the head of the business.


Time to go to another vet practice, I think. I'm going to email the other one I know of- it's the same sort of distance away...... 

I know Scoot's 19 and I know it's reasonable to assume this is his last summer, but I want to know what's going on, and whether he's in pain or distress..... also, I've thought for a long time that mistakes were made in Fluffy's treatment in the months up to her death. THIS time I need to listen to my gut, and my gut says something isn't being done for Scooter...


http://cats.about.com/od/healthfaqs/f/ripplingskin.htm


http://www.purelypets.com/articles/felinehyperesthesia.htm





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Love, tea & cake,  
Helena

4 comments:

Angel and Kirby said...

Helena, YOu need to follow your gut instincts! Seek a different vet!

Di said...

Oh Helena, I agree, see another vet, Love and hugs, Di xx

Found art blog said...

I agree - go with your instincts and talk to the other vet. Hugs to you too.....

Jerry and Ben said...

We're sending big hugs and saying prayers for Scooter!