This is Olive
She is one of 5 cats that allow us to live with them.
Olive is about 3 years old. Last month, she had a seizure.
I had a dog with epilepsy when I was a kid, but I haven't ever experienced anything like this with cats. It was very violent and very scary.
I immediately took her to my vet and they found slightly elevated liver enzymes. In all other respects, she got a clean bill of health.
Of course the big question is WHY?
The vet said that the lab results suggest that she was exposed to a toxin. After much thought we narrowed it down to a few possible exposures.
Olive had access to my pantry where I keep a few cleaning supplies.
It could have been the product that I mopped my floors with.
I applied Advantage Flea prevention drops on her 2 days earlier. Of course, this was the first thing that popped into my head when she had the seizure
but the Doc said that a reaction to flea drops almost always occurs within 24 hours of application. She didn't completely rule it out, but thought it
So we return home from the vet and wash the floors to remove any possible toxic residue.
Deny her access to the pantry.
Now, I live on a farm and we have always had flea problems with the pets. Everyone out here does. My county extension AG office says it has alot to do
with over use of pesticides. The fleas and ticks are building up an immunity to them. We have tried using alternatives to chemicals.
Diatomaceous earth. Nematodes. We have free roaming chickens and a duck.. They eat fleas and larvae.
We bath the dogs with Dawn dish soap every week. It helps.
Anyway, it's like trying to nail jello to a tree. Pointless.
So, anyway, Olive starts showing evidence of fleas. They are making her miserable. She is my 14 year old daughter's kitty, so we discuss our
BTW Olive is strictly an indoor cat. She was the runt of the litter and is very small and would not be safe outside. Occasionally we take her out in
a harness, but rarely.
So my girl and I decide that we will use the drops. Vet says do it. So......we do it.
I only used half of the recommended dosage. This was 2 days ago.
Kitty seems fine...
Until this morning.
I feel pretty sure that we now have the "why". Of course, I have no proof, but I don't think it is a coincidence.
Hopefully, by stopping use of the drops, she will not have another seizure. The Doc says there is a possibility that it might not be chemical related
at all. She may be developing epilepsy.
Veterinary medicine really doesn't know alot about cats. The have spent most of their time and research on traumatic injuries and not nearly as much
time studying illness.
I have always had cats. I have been using these toxic drops for as long as I can remember, because they are the ONLY thing that works. Of course, I
won't use them anymore, but I am horrified at the fact that I may have permanently injured my kitty. What if the drops cause some sort of
neurological damage? I am consumed with guilt and self loathing.
Anyway, I thought I should let you fellow animal lovers know that there may be a danger. Even with the best intentions.
Any advice or similar experiences?