Your leader in veterinary care in the Long Island City area

Let us prove it! Our knowledgeable and helpful staff are anxious to assist you and your furry family member.

All visits are by appointment only. Please call or email us to book your next appointment now!

Starting March 2022 All spay and neuter will get Free Distemper and Rabies. Call to book your appointment today.

Schedule Today


This Educational Article Sponsored By

Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of the brain that causes frequent seizures. A seizure occurs when abnormal nerve signals in the brain cause the muscles suddenly to convulse.

Types of seizures:

  • Petit Mal: mild seizure, a sudden brief loss of consciousness – staring into space.
  • Grand Mal, Tonic Clonic: most common type of seizure. The animal falls on its side with outstretched limbs and loses consciousness. Your cat will lose all muscle control. Limbs will jerk intensely andit will lose control ofits bladder and bowels. These seizures last for 1-3 minutes.
  • Status Epilepticus: potentially fatal seizure. It lasts more than 5 minutes, or can be multiple seizures in a short time with no consciousness in between.
  • Cluster Seizures: another potentially fatal seizure. Multiple seizures in a short time span, with consciousness in between.


There is a condition called idiopathic epilepsy where there is no known cause, and can possibly be genetic.

Other causes may include:

  • Head injuries
  • Brain tumors, cancer
  • Birth defects
  • Infections
  • Lead poisoning
  • Metabolic disorder


  • Before a seizure: mood and behavioral changes
  • At the start of a seizure: trembling, drooling, wandering, restlessness, hiding and whining
  • During the seizure: loss of consciousness, teeth striking together, intense limb thrashing, drooling, whining and uncontrolled urination and defecation
  • After the seizure: disorientation and blindness

During a seizure, move your cat to an open space to avoid injury. Try to time the seizure and watch it closely. After the seizure, stay near your cat and comfort it as it regains consciousness. You can cool them with an ice pack either in the neck area or in the groin area. Then go to your veterinarian immediately and tell them exactly what happened. Seizures require emergency veterinary care because they can lead to life-threatening complications.


Many disorders cause seizures, so your veterinarian will perform a few tests to rule out other diseases before diagnosing your cat with epilepsy.

  • Cerebrospinal fluid analysis (fluid from the spine is withdrawn through a needle): tests for infections
  • Blood test: tests for lead poisoning, hypothyroidism and hypoglycemia
  • CT scan or MRI: checks for a brain tumor
  • X-rays: of the chest and abdomen
  • Sample analysis: of the feces and urine


Epilepsy is not curable and requires lifelong care.

Your veterinarian may prescribe anticonvulsant drugs. In most cases, these will not completely stop all seizures, but will lessen the frequency and severity. You will probably need to give your cat the medication for life. However, if they were on medication for over a year, and had no seizures during that time, your veterinarian may recommend slowly reducing the dose.

Probiotics (dietary supplements containing live bacteria) are helpful. They come in packets and can easily be added to your cat’s food.

Keep track of all seizures and follow up with your veterinarian every few months.


Since the main causes of epilepsy are either unknown or genetic, there is noknown way to prevent this condition.


With medication, approximately 70% of epileptic pets live a normal life. About 30% do not respond to antiseizure drugs, but most can still live happy lives.

Get in touch with our Team

Use the information below to get ahold of us, or submit the form and a member of or staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

Contact us any time

To send us a message, use the contact form or the information below. A caring member of our knowledgable staff will do their best to respond to your inquiry as soon as possible. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call us.

The communication methods below are monitored during our facility's regular business hours.

Long Island City Phone: 718-752-1488
FAX: 718-752-1499

Astoria Animal Society is a non-profit veterinary practice.


Fill out my online form.