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September 12, 2023

When to Euthanize a Cat With Seizures

Seizures are a terrifying experience for any cat owner to witness. While it is tempting to try and comfort your pet during a seizure, it is important to stay calm and not interfere with the episode. Doing so may cause the seizure to worsen and lead to injury or death. If your pet has a prolonged seizure or multiple seizures close together, it is time to consider euthanasia.

Veterinarians are the experts when it comes to end-of-life decisions for pets. They can help you weigh the pros and cons of euthanasia and make the most compassionate decision for your cat’s quality of life. Thorough examinations and diagnostic tests will provide insight into the severity of your cat’s seizures and their impact on its overall well-being.

It is also essential to monitor your cat’s pain and discomfort from the onset of the seizures. Cats are masters at hiding signs of pain, but a reduced appetite, reluctance to move, and behavioral changes may indicate that your cat is in significant distress.

It is also important to consider the cost and feasibility of your pet’s treatment options. Medications and specialized diets can be expensive, especially when your pet is suffering from frequent or uncontrollable seizures.