I had one of the scariest experiences of my life today. Oreo had an Epileptic seizure this morning at around 6:30 am. I thought he was watching a fly when I saw him and I tried to find it and swat it away. Then I realized it was not a fly. He started growling and hissing as the seizure took hold of him. It lasted for maybe a minute or two and then he began to calm down. I rushed him to the Hospital and the vet saw us right away. It's the first time I see it happen to Oreo and it was scary as heck. I remember my ex-husband’s old cat Besss used to have them and I had witnessed them a couple of times. In fact, that’s how Besss passed away, however she was 18 when she started having seizures, not 6 like Oreo. So it’s quite a shock for me.
The vet said that this sort of thing can begin happening at any time. There is no specific cause for it and there is no cure. It can happen only once just like it can also happen again today or tomorrow or next week. I will have to monitor Oreo closely and if it happens again he'll need to be put on medication and sent to a specialist for a scan. So it will just be a waiting game for the time being.
I brought my new kitten Pudding with us because I didn't want to shut him into a room alone. He's still too small to leave running freely around the house while I am gone. I think Oreo actually appreciated that Pudding was there. Oreo gave Pudding some snuggles and he seems more open to him now. So if anything good comes out of this, it's that. Pudding even climbed all over Oreo when we got home.
Everything always seems to happen at once over here! With Pudding coming in and now this, my pockets have completely emptied. A HUGE thank you to everyone who has made small donations and/or purchased Oreo's calendar. It will be a BIG help! If I have to bring Oreo for a scan, I've been told it will cost over $2000 so all the funds collected will be of great use!
I have posted the bills accumulated so far for Oreo's emergency visit and the bills Pudding has racked up in the past week below. I will keep updates here as far as Oreo's condition and do some research on the topic of Feline Epilepsy. I welcome any advice, insight and suggestions from pet owners who've dealt with or who currently are dealing with this issue.
Oreo Cat calendars will be available until the New Year and funds collected from these will go towards these bills as well as ones to come. You can purchase them through our site here: https://www.theoreocat.com/books.html
Many of you have asked if you can just donate a few dollars through PayPal. Thanks so much for your generosity! My PayPal email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayers are also welcome!!
Tina, Oreo, Onyx and Pudding
Tina Modugno is a children’s illustrator from Canada. Tina loves all animals, kids books and cartoons! She currently resides in Quebec with her husband and four cats!