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25 July 2022 - 6:18 am
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I was wondering if I could get some advice please? My 3 legged feline friend (back right leg) has suddenly started having mini seizures when I try and scratch around her right neck area. She used to love it but a few months back when I was trying to brush the area ( she’s not a long haired cat but quite fluffy so could get knotted easily) she had her first seizure whilst in that area. I spoke to a vet who advised that as long as they’re not prolonged or often then not to worry. They literally last a few seconds and she does wee herself too but it’s only when I try and scratch that area she can’t get to. She’s always phantom scratched and does like to rub herself on anything she can find. She’s a rescue cat and we have no idea how she lost her leg. Could it be that the area is just too sensitive to touch now? Any help would be great. Thank you. 

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25 July 2022 - 8:48 am
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Are you sure this is a true seizure?  Is she "out of it" or is she aware that you are there? Cats can have a hyperesthesia syndrome that may look similar. If she is not still taking gabapentin you could try that.  Can you video an episode and post it here?


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26 July 2022 - 7:06 am
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Tbh I’m unsure as to whether it is a true seizure. She flips onto her back and kind of spasms rather than her leg’s flailing around like a seizure. Her head turns really around to the right too if that makes sense? It literally lasts maybe 5 seconds but it’s so scary to see and now I’m so scared to even touch her around that area. She phantom scratches ALL the time now too to the point where she can’t walk from A to B without stopping 2 or 3 times to do it. To film it would mean me purposely making her do it too which I’m reluctant to do as she doesn’t do it unless you touch that area. Hope this all makes sense?  P.s I lost my password so I’ve had to reply as a guest 🙄

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26 July 2022 - 10:45 am
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rach smith said
 P.s I lost my password so I’ve had to reply as a guest 🙄


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