Rem sleep, stupor o...

Rem sleep, stupor or some kind of mild seizure?  

Amy Andrus
Originally Answered: Rem sleep, stupor or some kind of mild seizure?

My 2 year old cat ruby has or is recovered from hepatitis and she's doing a lot better now but i noticed that i her sleep her body goes limp and her face and paws have muscle spasms. I was wondering if anyone could tell me if that's normal or not. I don't have money to take her to the vet.

Ellen Marcinkiewicz
Originally Answered: Rem sleep, stupor or some kind of mild seizure?

@Amy Andrus

Thank you for your question. It's difficult to be sure without seeing her behaviour, but your description sounds more like REM sleep to me than a seizure. Younger cats like Ruby will experience more frequent episodes of REM sleep than older cats. However, to be sure I'd recommend sending a video to your veterinarian, if you can, to confirm (most vets will be happy to provide free advice in this situation to let you know if Ruby needs to be seen or not).

Signs of seizure activity may also include loss of control of the bowel and bladder, paddling/running movements, tail twitching and biting at their tail or the air. But partial seizures can be more difficult to recognise. Cats may also become more clingy or anxious before a seizure (pre-ictal) and not quite themselves afterwards (post-ictal). 

Is Ruby otherwise her normal self the rest of the time? Is she otherwise well? If not it's important that she sees a veterinarian.

I hope this information was helpful, please let me know how you get on.    

Dr. Ellen Marcinkiewicz BVSc. MRCVS



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