Seizures in Kittens

Seizures in Kittens

Most kitten lovers would be mortified by even the words kitten seizure but unfortunately, it is something they should be aware of. Convulsions in kittens are not uncommon and cats are predisposed to congenital epilepsy. Other causes are also possible, which is why you need to be educated about the health concerns.

What causes kitten seizures?

The reason most kittens convulse is because of damage that has happened to the brain previously. The seizures can be scary but there are a few causes to educate yourself on for a faster diagnosis.

Feline Epilepsy

Feline epilepsy is the most common reason kittens have seizures. This is passed down through the genes and is unlikely to be a once only occurrence. They can happen at any point in their lives and usually recur within a short space of time after the first, but they can happen months afterward. It’s a condition that lasts a lifetime but can be controlled with medication.


Just like human babies, kittens can be curious and they also use their mouths to try out new things. This can mean they also can ingest dangerous substances that can affect the brain causing seizures. The most common cause of poisoning is cats eating toxic plants. Do research on any plants you have in your garden and home before getting a kitten to ensure they are cat-friendly.

Disorders of liver and kidneys

Problems with the liver and kidneys can cause loss of appetite, vomiting, bad breath and a dry coat. Seizures are also a risk with these disorders,  which is why you should contact your vet if you notice any of these symptoms.


In order to grow healthily, kittens need to have the right nutrition. Those that do not get the nutrients they need have a higher risk of developing seizures.

Seizure Symptoms

Although most people will be able to see that their kitten is having a seizure, they should also be on the lookout for the following:



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