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June 12, 2014

Is cat having seizures?

NORMAN — Dear Dr. Fox: My 16-year-old cat has understandably slowed down and sleeps a lot, but otherwise seems fine.

However, beginning a couple of months ago, every week or so he will make a hissing sound (not directed at anyone or anything) and drool or empty his bladder on the floor. Each episode lasts about 30 to 60 seconds, and afterwards, he reverts to normal behavior.

Could he be having a seizure of some kind? My vet says his blood work is normal for a cat his age. Thanks for any insight you can provide.

— V.B., Cabin John, Md.

Dear V.B.: Your diagnosis of your cat’s bizarre behavior may well be correct. Cats can have brief, silent “seizures,” quite unlike the more violent, falling-over, limb-trembling and extending “fits” seen in dogs and humans. Older cats can also suffer from dementia.

Considering your cat’s relatively advanced age, some degree of brain deterioration is probable, especially if his diet was deficient in certain essential fatty acids and other nutrients (a common problem with many manufactured foods, dry or moist). As noted in my review (posted at DrFoxVet.com), neurological abnormalities can develop in cats when fed thiamine-deficient cat foods.

You should first have your veterinarian check your cat for cystitis, a painful bladder condition, and for urinary calculi, stones or sand — all of which can make urination difficult and painful. This could make your cat hiss out of fear because of the pain.

Dear Dr. Fox: Please help me; I am at my wits’ end: My 9-year-old shepherd/rottweiler mix, Max, has a very bad skin condition.

His skin is raw, but he won’t stop scratching and biting. I have taken Max to the veterinarian and spent more than $800, not including new food (at $48 per bag) and shampoo ($25). His hindquarters and legs are all chewed up. The vet has run skin tests that indicate that there is no parasite and it is not mange.

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