In Which the Tiny Cat Scares the Crap Out of Me

The tiny cat has taken,  lately, to living in my bedroom window, which, for some reason, necessitates jumping up and down eight million times a night in the noisiest manner possible. Late last night, I heard a huge crash from the bedroom and went in to yell at her (let’s be honest), and she was sitting on the floor, bleeding out of her mouth, into a big puddle on the floor.

Her tongue was hanging out in a weird manner.  I put her in the bathtub and stayed with her and petted her and called the Butcher to come home and look at her. But even in the twenty minutes that it took the Butcher to get here, she seemed to perk up and become even a little playful and she put her tongue back in her mouth and so we decided we wouldn’t load her up to take her to the emergency vet, but just kind of keep an eye on her through the night and see how it goes this morning.

So, this morning, she seems fine. I don’t know if maybe she was a little off balance trying to get onto the ledge of the tub or if that was just my imagination, and she was clearly hungry at breakfast–she ate all the wet food, though I didn’t stay in there to check if she also ate some dry. And she seems fine.

I mean, the weird thing is, I feel like if I hadn’t gone in to check on her last night, and say the dog got in there to lick up the blood before I went to bed, there’s literally nothing about her this morning that would even indicate the whole incident took place. So… that’s weird.

Anyway, poor tiny cat.

6 thoughts on “In Which the Tiny Cat Scares the Crap Out of Me

  1. Minus the blood, that sounds like the time one of mine had what I could only guess was a seizure. He didn’t really have an “active” seizure (what one would think that is) but one of those trance-like episodes, and then for a while after pretty much acted like you say she did, and then perked up and was fine ever after. It only happened once, and I blamed it on a reaction to pest control chemicals – we were living in an apt. complex and they had just had all the apartments sprayed for bugs.

    With her, I’m wondering if she maybe had a more “active” type seizure (whether it was a one-time episode or not) because of the blood – maybe caused by one of her teeth puncturing her tongue or side or her mouth or something during a seizure.

    Everything else you wrote except the blood sounds just like Sox that time. Hopefully it will be just a one-time thing too, but if it’s not and if she has suddenly developed seizures, it’s easily treated by the vet. They just put them on kitty phenobarbital-type medication.

    Poor Tiny Cat and poor you, I know that scared the crap out of you.

  2. It makes sense that she may have had a seizure as described above along with the reasonable cause for the blood. Watch for irregularities in her actions in the future as, if this is a seizure, it will more than likely repeat. There has to be something better than phenobarbital for a cat. Wouldn’t this make a cat doppy and cause them to sleep 6 hours more than their usual 17 hours per day?
    Seizures, as in humans, come from causes. Medication isn’t always the solution, just the patch.

  3. I honestly don’t know what they generally give them, the phenobarbital was a guess. I would suspect they usually recommend medication over potentially costly surgery though. But they would have to get to the bottom of the cause first certainly, I’m sure just like humans there could a number of things that cause seizures.

    And then again it could be much like mine and she just had some reaction to something and it was just a one-time thing. I hope that’s the case if it was indeed a seizure.

  4. We used to have a little Pekinese/terrier mix that developed epilepsy when he was about 2 years old. He was prescribed the world’s tiniest phenobarbital pills. Watching him have a seizure was very upsetting, for everyone concerned. And, yes, afterward he would be groggy and tired for an hour or two.

  5. She may have been trying to come to you and was unable to because the seizure hit at that time. Mom had a Lhasa Apso who had epilepsy and when she (Butterscotch) felt a seizure coming on, she would look for a human to comfort her and watch for any complications while the seizure was going on. When she had a seizure she’d always drool and sometimes bite her tongue, luckily never swallowing it.

  6. My parent’s dog is epileptic. The seizures are scary (especially until you know what they are), but their vet just recommends stroking and talking soothingly to the animal to calm it as much as possible until the seizure is through. When she feels a seizure coming on she often goes and tries (unsuccessfully) to lean herself up against a wall so she doesn’t fall down.

    The vet says he can give her drugs to help if it becomes a regular occurrence but she only has one every once in a blue moon so for her medication isn’t necessary at this point.

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