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Bad stuff: Tusse had a seizure like the ones Zeta has had. We called the vet, she said that this really looks like they have eaten something toxic to them. At this point I agree - it has to be either environmental or contagious, and they can't think of anything contagious that gives these symptoms. We went over all that we know they've eaten, and decided to restrict them to a small area in the flat and only feed them boiled fish. And not much of that, either.

I went through my bedroom, making sure that anything they might be tempted to get into was removed or put in cat-safe tins or otherwise unreachable for them. Then we brought all three of them into my bedroom (which is now equipped with a litterbox). At this point Zeta had already had a sort of half-seizure, where she didn't fall down spasming but was shaking a lot whiile standing up.

Shortly after we went down, Zeta got up and started chewing on the spiderplant that I'd also brought in - it's the only plant in the room; if I'm isolating them I'll do my best to do it well! Shortly thereafter she started making unhappy noises. But instead of following it up with shaking and seizing, she ran in under the bed and puked. I don't think I've ever been actually happy to have a cat puke under the bed, but this... it's the first time since she started getting ill that she's actually gotten rid of her nausea in the normal cat manner!

A few minutes ago, Calle brought some small portions of boiled fish down for them. We'll see how that works out. They were all hungry, they were begging for more, but we don't dare give them any bigger portions just yet.

If they do get better while restricted to this bedroom, we'll let them out into the living room tomorrow and see what happens. We'll basically have to let them into one room at a time, after we've done our best to clear it of anything they may have gotten into. But at least now that we know it's environmental, we have some way of dealing with it.

Date: 2009-09-05 06:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rodluvan.livejournal.com
I'm sorry the cats are sick and I hope they will be well. Thinking of you HUGS

Date: 2009-09-05 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] artela.livejournal.com
Sounds like Zeta was using the spiderplant as "grass substitute" (chewing on grass seems to be the way most cats force themselves to be sick). Are they normally "indoor only" cats?

Date: 2009-09-05 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennyaxe.livejournal.com
Yes, that's exactly how they use it. The spiderplants are a great grass substitute. And yes, they are indoor cats.

Zeta has had one more attack since we brought her down here, Tusse hasn't had any more. Arthas is being bored out of his tiny cat skull and has tried to climb the curtains, dig hisn way out of the door, and is now doing his best to have the nightly runnig-around-like-a-small-furry-piece-of-lightning in one room. He ends up inside the litter box a lot.

Date: 2009-09-05 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] simonb.livejournal.com
At least you know its most likely due to something toxic they've eaten and not something worse.

FWIW I pointed [livejournal.com profile] ejde at your post - she is a vet nurse - and apparently they can do blood tests for most types of epilepsy now.

I hope both furballs get well soon.

Date: 2009-09-06 09:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennyaxe.livejournal.com
Thanks!

Yes, it's nice to know it's environmental, because that at least is fixable.

Date: 2009-09-06 12:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] trixieleitz
Poor kitties, and poor you. I hope you figure it out soon.

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