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Devon's having Fits

HI I was just wondering if anyone has had their Devon's suddenly start having fits for no reason..
MY Devon yesterday I noticed that she was drooling from the mouth but I just wiped it and thought nothing of it.
This morning I was woken up by her what first looked like she was sneezing but she was going around in circles  and then I grabbed her and just held her and her head was jerking back and forth. She seems alright at the moment and has just gone and had some food ..
I am waiting for the Vets to open and I am taking her down to be checked over. I have also noticed that she has put on a lot of weight suddenly too.
I was just wondering if anyone has had a similar thing happen to their Devon.  I am really worried about her..



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  • Sorry Deb, I can't help, but I would certaily get her to the vet ASAP. Good luck & I hope she will be OK.
  • I have experience of one Devon having so-called idiopathic epilepsy, though the Vet doesn't even seem sure it is epilepsy, but that's what the fits sound like. This lovely girl was 14 months old when she left me, and perfectly fine as far as never having shown any sort of abnormal behaviour or having fits.

    But within about 2 months in her new home (with a fabulous owner I hasten to add) she started having these fits or seizures. Since the owner had experience of a human who fitted, she knew what it was and what to do during the seizures. We both tried to research it, but there seems little known.

    I always suspected that it must be something different in the new environment triggering it, maybe something she reacted to, because to me, it's hard to explain why it would suddenly start happening at that age.

    I have to say I've never actually seen her fit as she's never had one when I've been at her home.

    The Vets' answer was wanting to put her on very strong drugs with nasty side effects and the owner eventually was convinced to see an animal homoeopath and has been working with her, with some success. Last I checked, the seizures were much less frequent. With moving house etc, it's been a few months since I was in touch so I must ring and catch up on how she's doing.

    However I have to add that the reason this girl did leave me at 14 months was as a result of a tiny abdominal hernia as a kitten. I had no experience of hernias before that, so decided to get it surgically fixed, and when the Vet opened her, he found she had one of the two crossover layers of stomach muscle missing, a developmental fault. So she just became a stayer, until her new Mum purrsuaded me otherwise and she went to live in a single-cat house.

    Weight gain was not an issue with my girl either.

    I'm not sure that any of that helps you with Sienna though.
  • Hi thank you both for all your help. I took her to the Vets and she said that is sounded like a fit and that we just have to keep an eye on her and wait and see what happens next.
    I am so worried about her. I think that the fit has affected her as her behavior has changed. I find myself looking to see if she is ok. I was ask by my daughter why was I so upset as she is only a cat and you can always get another one.. To me she is my baby she sleeps with me she is my closest friend she never complains about me. She doesn't judge me .. All she asks is that I give her a clean litter box and fresh water and food.. She might be a cat but she is nicer than a lot of humans I know.. The weight gain the vet said is muscle so I am just waiting to see what happens


    Pam Dowling said:
    I have experience of one Devon having so-called idiopathic epilepsy, though the Vet doesn't even seem sure it is epilepsy, but that's what the fits sound like. This lovely girl was 14 months old when she left me, and perfectly fine as far as never having shown any sort of abnormal behaviour or having fits.

    But within about 2 months in her new home (with a fabulous owner I hasten to add) she started having these fits or seizures. Since the owner had experience of a human who fitted, she knew what it was and what to do during the seizures. We both tried to research it, but there seems little known.

    I always suspected that it must be something different in the new environment triggering it, maybe something she reacted to, because to me, it's hard to explain why it would suddenly start happening at that age.

    I have to say I've never actually seen her fit as she's never had one when I've been at her home.

    The Vets' answer was wanting to put her on very strong drugs with nasty side effects and the owner eventually was convinced to see an animal homoeopath and has been working with her, with some success. Last I checked, the seizures were much less frequent. With moving house etc, it's been a few months since I was in touch so I must ring and catch up on how she's doing.

    However I have to add that the reason this girl did leave me at 14 months was as a result of a tiny abdominal hernia as a kitten. I had no experience of hernias before that, so decided to get it surgically fixed, and when the Vet opened her, he found she had one of the two crossover layers of stomach muscle missing, a developmental fault. So she just became a stayer, until her new Mum purrsuaded me otherwise and she went to live in a single-cat house.

    Weight gain was not an issue with my girl either.

    I'm not sure that any of that helps you with Sienna though.
  • Hi Debra, I have everything crossed for you & your baby. I know others can say she's just a cat, but they don't understand. She is part of the family, just because she has 4 legs & fur it makes no difference & as you say animals are often far nicer than people. Please keep us updated as to how she is.
  • hi hope she recovers and doesnt have any more fits - wonder whats triggered it ? food allergies, weather conditions, some shock or stress, any household products she couldve had naughty access to ? all the best with her and yes cats are our so special companions - sending hugs x
    Debra Pope said:
    Hi thank you both for all your help. I took her to the Vets and she said that is sounded like a fit and that we just have to keep an eye on her and wait and see what happens next.
    I am so worried about her. I think that the fit has affected her as her behavior has changed. I find myself looking to see if she is ok. I was ask by my daughter why was I so upset as she is only a cat and you can always get another one.. To me she is my baby she sleeps with me she is my closest friend she never complains about me. She doesn't judge me .. All she asks is that I give her a clean litter box and fresh water and food.. She might be a cat but she is nicer than a lot of humans I know.. The weight gain the vet said is muscle so I am just waiting to see what happens


    Pam Dowling said:
    I have experience of one Devon having so-called idiopathic epilepsy, though the Vet doesn't even seem sure it is epilepsy, but that's what the fits sound like. This lovely girl was 14 months old when she left me, and perfectly fine as far as never having shown any sort of abnormal behaviour or having fits.

    But within about 2 months in her new home (with a fabulous owner I hasten to add) she started having these fits or seizures. Since the owner had experience of a human who fitted, she knew what it was and what to do during the seizures. We both tried to research it, but there seems little known.

    I always suspected that it must be something different in the new environment triggering it, maybe something she reacted to, because to me, it's hard to explain why it would suddenly start happening at that age.

    I have to say I've never actually seen her fit as she's never had one when I've been at her home.

    The Vets' answer was wanting to put her on very strong drugs with nasty side effects and the owner eventually was convinced to see an animal homoeopath and has been working with her, with some success. Last I checked, the seizures were much less frequent. With moving house etc, it's been a few months since I was in touch so I must ring and catch up on how she's doing.

    However I have to add that the reason this girl did leave me at 14 months was as a result of a tiny abdominal hernia as a kitten. I had no experience of hernias before that, so decided to get it surgically fixed, and when the Vet opened her, he found she had one of the two crossover layers of stomach muscle missing, a developmental fault. So she just became a stayer, until her new Mum purrsuaded me otherwise and she went to live in a single-cat house.

    Weight gain was not an issue with my girl either.

    I'm not sure that any of that helps you with Sienna though.
  • Early Hours of this morning I once again woke up to Sienna having another fit. And two hours she had another.
    I rang the Vet this morning , I am taking her in to have some blood tests as I think that there is more to it than having Epilepsy.. As she has never done anything like this before. Good news is that I text the breeder and she answered my text for once she got back to me instead of being nasty she even tried to offer help in her own way.. SO Ya to me but poor baby Sienna.. I just dont know what to do.. I dont want to leave her on her own..
  • Oh no Deb, just what I didn't want to read. I will keep her in my thoughts & hope you have some answers soon. I had a dog with epilepsy & until properly diagnosed & her medication sorted she continued to have seizures & she had to have her medication updated as they do become used to it.
  • Well she has had some blood taken now its a wait and see what turns up.......
  • Fingers crossed Debbie. I thought they took fluid from the spinal cavity (at the top near the brain) to check for epilespy in my dog. It was a while ago so I may have that wrong
  • All her bloods came back normal so that is one good thing.. We might have worked out why shes having fits .
    She fell off the table on Monday afternoon and twisted her back she might have hit her head, that could be why she had the fit 14 hours later..
    With a bit of luck she will get better ... Have to give her a week and then get back to the vets..
    cross your pawsGrin.gif
    Thank you for being so caring
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