Re: Cat seizure
I'm probably the member Heidi mentioned. Our beloved Rookie, a 3-year old gray tabby DLH, started having seizures this past February. The first couple seizures happened when we weren't home, so all we knew is that she had peed all over herself. We took her to the vet twice in 3 days, and both times the vet shrugged off the problem as behavioral. (He later apologized profusely for missing the signs.) It wasn't until the following Saturday when we were home that we saw her have a seizure. Epilepsy is rare in cats, so many vets don't really know how to deal with it. So that's one good thing in your case -- you saw it happen earlier in the process and know what you're dealing with. No vet will be able to tell you it's behavioral.
I say the following strictly about Rookie, since I obviously don't know your cat and for sure am not a vet . . . but it turned out that she had what they called primary epilepsy. They put her on a high dose of phenobarbital, which had the effect of stopping her seizures for a couple days but turned her into a complete zombie. She would sit motionless for half an hour at a time, barely able to lift her head. Then she started having seizures again, which made it clear that phenobarbital wasn't going to stop them all together (and they don't claim it does). After one seizure, she lunged at me and attacked me, hanging off my arm by her teeth. The only thing the vets could suggest was having a neurologist do a bunch of tests like a spinal tap, which they said had a 50/50 chance of finding the cause of the problem. And what if they found something? Would we really subject her to brain surgery? Eleven days after the onset of the seizures, we made the impossible decision to put her to sleep. She was my first cat ever and I still miss her every day.
One thing I learned is that as awful as it is to watch your pet having a seizure, the seizure itself doesn't really hurt them. They come out of it dazed and confused, but there are no long-lasting ill effects of the seizure itself. What could cause harm is what happens during the seizure, like if they happen to bump into something sharp, fall down the stairs, etc.
You didn't mention if your kitty peed all over herself during the seizure, but I imagine she did. That was a major problem too, since the vet said not to try to clean her up because that would be stressful to her, which could trigger another seizure. A couple months ago I saw a list of symptoms with points assigned to each, as a test to tell you whether it's time to euthanize a pet. Most of the things were worth 2 or 3 points each, and it said if you got to 8 points, it was time to euthanize. Peeing on themselves was worth 8 points.
I'm so sorry you're going through this. I know how painful it is to watch. I hope you're able to get some answers and that it's something treatable. It may come down to how vigorously you want to treat an animal with a condition like this. I know in our case, the course of treatment sounded extreme, very expensive, and maybe wouldn't even find a cause. I just hope your situation is different. As I said, I'm only telling you what happened in our case; it could be a completely different story with yours.
Please keep us updated, okay?
Holly and Murphy